Monday, October 22, 2012

Perfection & Pasta

I was feeling really low and stupid today; I made a mistake at work last week and had to fix it today.  It wasn’t a major mistake, and it was totally fixable – it took most of the day, but it got resolved.  The fact that I made such a silly mistake, just sat there poking me, sticking its tongue out; if you haven’t figured it out already, I have perfectionist tendencies, a very bad habit that I’m trying to break.  For some reason, cooking is the thing that kind of helps me keep things in perspective (yes, I know I haven’t been cooking a lot), just hear me out.  I’ve hardly ever made a completely inedible meal.  I’ve made plenty of meals that have required some form correction, but for the most part I can work my way out of a cooking mess.  So when you need to prop yourself up, go to what you know.  Tonight, I propped myself up with a quick and simple asparagus and pasta dish.

Asparagus and pasta

Penne (½ lb. cooked al dente according to package directions)

1 bunch Asparagus (ends snapped off and then cut in half)

Minced garlic (1 to 2 cloves)

Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Kalamata olives (1/4 cup)

Capers (1 tbsp)

Lemon juice (1 tbsp)

Anchovy filets (2 tsp minced) *optional

Salt and pepper

In a large pot, bring water to boil for pasta; make sure you salt your water for flavor once the water has reached a rolling boil and before you add the pasta.

In a skillet, heat olive oil and add garlic.  Add asparagus, olives and capers one at a time, you want to try to layer the flavors.  Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and add anchovies).

Once pasta is al dente add to asparagus and toss.  You can add a little bit of crumbled feta cheese when serving, if you wish.

Makes 4 servings as a side, or (for the singles out there) 3 servings – 2 dinners and a lunch.

And you’ll note that I’m still on a semi-Mediterranean food kick – what can I say, it’s comforting food for me.

As I finish up this post, I’m happy to say my house smells like chocolate a treat for my co-worker and friend that reminded me that perfectionism is really to exhausting to hang onto for much longer.

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