What’s in the frig pasta

So, for the last three weeks I have spent every weekend day, every evening, and many early mornings working on updating my class for Lynda.com. I’m very proud of this class and it’s earned me some great passive income but it was time to do an entire refresh and on top of a full-time day job, AudibleYoga.com, and oh sleep, I was burning the candle at both ends. Yes, again.

So, when I finished up recording yesterday, I came home and curled up for a nap with Emily.

When I woke up, it was time to decide whether to go out for dinner or stay in. We had plans to go out, but I opened the frig and saw the basil pesto I had purchased last week and decided it would be lovely to put on some music and cook. Not everyone finds cooking to be a restful exercise, but I usually do. So, after scouring through the frig, I pulled out:

  • tomatoes
  • a quarter onion starting to turn brown at the edges
  • lemons
  • cooked chicken
  • marinated artichokes
  • baby spinach

I put on a pot of salted water to boil and dragged out the wheat pasta. I poured a glass of wine and started chopping.

Chopping for pasta


After the pasta was ready, I added the onions and olive oil to the pan to cook. When soft, I added the tomatoes and lemon. The key, I’ve found, is always to add one or two ingredients at a time. I believe the fancy cooks call this layering. I call is delicious plus it gives me time to sip the wine and stir – both very enjoyable activities too.

I didn’t have any fresh garlic (horrors!) so I opted to use a teaspoon or so of this marinade along with these other spices – it worked just fine. I also poured the marinade from the artichokes into the vegetables (great idea).

Spices for pesto pasta


Once the ad-hoc sauce was hot and bubbly, I added the spinach leaves, the chicken and pasta and stirred. The last item was several tablespoons of the pesto and man, it was delicious. I cleaned out the frig of all the leftover vegetables and made a delicious meal at the same time. What could be better?

I set the table outside and as you can see the dry brown lawn means we still have no rain. It’s 100% crazy drought here – all hot and dry and scorched. Still, the evening breeze was cool enough and it was cooler outside than in.

Set the table outside

After that, a book and into bed early. ┬áThat’s exactly what the doctor ordered.


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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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