There are days when I feel slightly under the weather, but don’t want to spend the entire day in bed and covered in blankets.
I don’t like waking up in the early evening to find that the sun is about the set, people are coming home from work, and there is a general sadness of having wasted a perfectly good day being home alone.
Today is one of those days, where there is a silence in the house, a peaceful stillness settling over me, and I feel the freedom of having my personal space, to read, sleep, write, eat, or whatever comes to mind.
I spent much of the morning lazing in bed, thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday, and so glad to spend time lying down and just dazing at the ceiling. But the bed is a very terrible addiciton, and the more I sleep, the more I feel that I need to sleep. So I finally got up at noon, before the rest of the day slipped away without my knowing.
I read a little, texted a little on my phone, and before I knew it, it was already time for lunch, if I was planning on having any. At first the lazy lethargy that clung to me, still dazed from the holds of sleep, took over and I was on the verge of deciding not to eat.
But then a food magazine lying seductively on the kitchen table shook my senses and woke me up.
On the cover of the magazine was a beautiful bowl of pasta, brimming with cherry tomatoes and colorful bell peppers.
What a delicious word, a constant reminder of why I love Italy and Italian food, and why I should live in Italy one day.
Now my mind couldn’t let go of the picture of pasta it had just seen, and before I knew it, I was in the supermarket buying ingredients to cook lunch, for me, myself and I.
Cutting, slicing and chopping the fresh vegetables, the pasta boiling and bubbling softly in a pot, and then sauteeing the colorful vegetables and breathing in the beauty of their aromas, my day was beginning to feel so much better.
I ended up eating every bite of the pasta, which was really meant for two, but I ate it all anyway, because I was hungry and greedy, and because I just delight in pasta moments, which I believe are meant to last forever.
BEAUTIFUL, GLORIOUS PASTA.
SPRING VEGETABLE & HAM SPAGHETTI (Serves 2)
1) 1 red bell pepper, sliced
2) 1 green bell pepper, sliced
3) 1 medium onion, sliced
4) 2 small tomatoes, sliced
5) 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
6) 1 handful of spaghetti pasta
7) 200g of ham, sliced
8) Salt & pepper to taste
1) Slice bell peppers, ham, tomatoes and onions length-wise, and then cut slices into half
2) Chop garlic
3) Cook spaghetti pasta in boiling water as indicated in package instructions, then drain pasta and set aside
4) In a pan, sautee garlic, onions and bell peppers until cooked
5) Add in ham and tomatoes and stir for a few minutes
6) Add in cooked spaghetti pasta and stir well, adding salt & pepper to taste
7) Serve hot
Ingredients sliced and chopped:
Cook the pasta:
Drain the pasta:
Sautee onions and garlic in a pan:
Add in bell peppers:
Stir until bell peppers and onions are cooked:
Add in ham and tomatoes and stir for a few minutes:
Add in cooked spaghetti pasta:
Stir well and add salt & pepper to taste:
Beautiful Spring Vegetable & Ham Spaghetti: