My daughters are spending the April vacation with their father, and the needs of family and work are taking a big part of Dr. S’s time at the moment. Thus I have found myself somewhat at loose ends recently when it comes to my evening meals. One night was cheddar, crackers, and wine, while Skyping with my dad, but last night I spent a few minutes in the kitchen, determined to make dinner for one from my almost-empty fridge. (With the girls gone, why grocery shop?) I found a red pepper and a nice bunch of basil. I channeled that most fabulous former Gourmet writer and novelist Laurie Colwin (don’t tell me you don’t own Home Cooking), and slowly sauteed that red pepper in olive oil and garlic, while I brought water to a boil and julienned the basil. Into the water went some penne, and when it was almost done I threw a huge handful of basil in with the now quite softened red pepper and garlic. A big grinding of pepper, little salt to taste, and the sauce was done. I tossed the cooked pasta into the red pepper pan, poured it into a bowl, added a very generous grating of parmesan, poured a glass of wine, and sat myself down in front of “The Black Swan”.
If poor “White Swan/Black Swan” Nina could only have contented herself in the same fashion, I think things may have turned out quite differently for her.
April 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm
nice work Kris looks delicious and I like the narrative has a gentle comfortable feel to it…..Love,Dad
April 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Thanks, Dad! It WAS delicious, and there were leftovers for lunch the next day. Thanks for the compliment. Need to run – out-of-town guest arriving momentarily…
April 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm
Kris, this dish looks and sounds wonderful! I will definitely be trying it out! I frequently have just a few items in the fridge, such as you did, and love that you were able to whip up such a delectable dinner w/just a few ingredients.