Just as I thought- the odd balmy weather has given sway to cold, pouring rainy that comes in a dump, subsides and then starts again. I walked to the supermarket to make sunday
dinner, and as I walked, I could see only the outline of the sun through the rolling gray clouds. It was not the familiar yellow of warmth, but a burning white. It seemed alien and cold. And then I remember, our Sun is Sol, the star millions of miles away.
But nothing much happened on this gray and white. There was the usual sense of depression that comes with such a day, when you wish for spring so badly, and it seems so long in the coming. But, it will come, none the less.
And so, I made a Sunday
dinner that reminds me of green living things. Here it is:
Simple Shrimp Pasta with Sauteed Broccoli
Boil 1/2 pound-3/4 pound of whole wheat linguine
in 4 quarts of water with a teaspoon of salt added. Should be done in about 7-9 minutes. Meanwhile:
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Half bunch parsley, trimmed to 1 cup leaves
5 tablespoons good Olive Oil ( Virgin/Extra virgin)
Crush and chopped garlic, working into paste with salt. Add olive oil, and then add parsley leaves to coat. Set aside.
4 cups trimmed broccoli
florets and stalks
2 tablespoon canola or olive oil, divided
1/4 cup water
1 garlic clove, sliced
a pinch of red pepper flakes
two tablespoons sliced almonds
Set a pan on medium high until hot. add tablespoon of oil, then broccoli
, stirring quickly. Add water and cover
for two minutes. Then add garlic clove, red pepper and almonds. Add remaining oil and cook for another two minutes, shaking and stirring, until bright green.
1 pound deveined
, shelled shrimp
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tablespoon oil
Season shrimp with first 3 ingredients. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add shrimp. Cook until just opaque, 2-5 minutes. When done, squeeze juice of lemon over all.
Add parsley sauce to pasta. Toss well, adding more olive oil, salt and pepper as necessary. Serve with broccoli
and shrimp on top. You will have a nutty, tender, sweet tasting dish that is very easy and comforting- and best of all, it augurs spring.
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