a simple supper to save sunday
(read on for a tasty supper dish from Rose Cottage!)
Do you ever have one of those weekends in which the “fast forward button of life” is stuck on–you can’t shut it off, find the pause button or the batteries are dead in the remote? That’s this weekend — I have the most noble (and mildly ambitious!) intentions of finishing an organization project sprawled on the dining room table! The Project: neat stacks of lovely pressed antique linens, vintage fabrics and assorted one-of-a kind French trims waiting to be tucked carefully away in the cupboard. . .
The Very Best Sweetie (TVBS), coming down the stairs and pausing next to the stack of lovely linens on the dining room table says carefully and quite sweetly: “What are you going to do today?”
Me responding cheerfully and confidently from the kitchen: “Don’t you think today is a great day for me to finish up The Project in the dining room? Maybe, we could invite some family over for Sunday dinner? Wouldn’t that be fun? Do you want an espresso?”
The VBS makes a quiet comment, and walks to the kitchen for his espresso.
Me: I decide it has been way too long since I have spoken with my dearest friend and kindred-spirit from nursing school in Chicago. She has been on my mind every day the past several months! Time to pick up the phone. I wonder if her number is the same. It has been how long since I called My Dear Friend? We pick up where we last left off a few years earlier, and get caught up on every detail of our lives!
(Where did those extra stacks of linen come from?)
The Best Sweetie (TBS) walking through the dining room (again!): “What are you going to do this afternoon?”
Me (a little less confident, but very cheerful after the long chat with My Dear Friend): “I think I might work on the linens in the dining room. Are you hungry for a little lunch?”
After making lunch, I move-in to tackle The Project–still chattering on about my conversation with My Dear Friend. Oh…I think I have a great idea for some of the embroidered linens! What if ….
The Sweetie (TS) stops in the dining room and stares intensely at the stacks of starched antique linens, lovely vintage fabrics and French trims. TS takes a very deep breath and cautiously asks, “might you work on getting some of the stacks of stuff taken care of later tonight?”
Me: replying rather weakly with something that sounds like: “Maybe…”
We are off to a dinner party across the river.
later saturday evening
(Is it my imagination or are those starched linen stacks a little taller?)
The Husband (TH) deliberately walks into the dining room. Stops. Engages in a stare down with The Project and then asks: “Do you think you will work on this tomorrow?”
ME: I am off to bed.
ME: To surprise TH, I get up early thinking that I will get started on The Project before TH wakes up. I walk into the dining room. I am sure, those stakes of linens and fabrics are looking much taller than last night! I decide to read a book so not to wake TH with all the noise and rauckus that results from organizing linens!
TH: “Good morning! I sure could use an espresso! Do you think you can make me one?” TH walks through the dining room with a slight glance at The Project out of the corner of his eye, but TH does not stop.
ME: “Sure! Do you want two cups this morning?”
TSH gently asks: “What are you going to do today?”
ME casting a sideways glance in the general directon of the dining room: “I would really like to work on The Project.”
The phone rings. It is My Best Girl from the NW. We talk and talk and talk!
TBS asks if we should have some family over for dinner. “We could eat in the kitchen. It is so cozy at the pennisula after all, isn’t it?”
ME: “I have just the thing to make for our Sunday supper!”
TVBS is so encouraging, doesn’t mention The Project and says: “That will be perfect!”
(The linen stacks don’t look so very tall after all.)
Here is the recipe that is enjoyed at the Sunday supper:
Pappardelle Pasta with Broccoli Sauce
1. Steam the broccoli until al dente.
2. Heat olive oil and anchovies in skillet over moderately high heat until anchovies combine with oil; use wooden spoon to
dissolve the anchovies. (I know, anchovies sounds odd-but is the secret ingredient in this pasta dish!)
3. Add broccoli and black pepper and saute over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Check and adjust salt if necessary.
4. Cook pasta in 6-8 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente (about 8-10 minutes).
5. Drain thoroughly and return to pot cooked in.
6. Add butter and toss lightly. Add the olive oil and broccoli mixture and toss again.
7. Add the cheeses, toss once more and serve immediately along side a salad dressed with a light vinegrette.
(Serve with grilled salmon for a wonderful dinner.)