This is the second pasta meal I made for dinner this week and there are still two days left to go before the week is over (or three if you count Monday as the first day of the week). But no one in my family is complaining about being stuck in a pasta rut. In fact, my daughter cannot be happier as she gets to eat pasta almost everyday this week (since leftovers from dinner are always served for lunch).
When I first moved to Toronto, I discovered a world of television cooking shows that is the Food Network. It was awesome being able to while away my afternoons watching Ina Garten cook luxuriously in her gorgeous kitchen and entertain her friends in the Hamptons and, my favourite by far, Giada De Laurentiis showing us all that cooking Italian food everyday at home is actually so easy and achievable. To this day, the ingredients and flavours of Italian cuisine are commonly found in my kitchen and continue to inspire what I cook everyday. If my husband feels shortchanged that he married an Asian girl who knows zilch about cooking Chinese food, he has said nothing about it to me ;)
For dinner tonight, I made Pasta Ponza by Giada De Laurentiis, a dish that I must have made a gazillion times to date. The taste completely exceeds the amount of effort put into preparing it; this dish cannot be easier to make. I got carried away and added minced garlic, dried oregano, Herbes de Provence, a tin of anchovies and red chili pepper flakes to the mix. With so many additions (five!), I totally butchered the spirit of the original. But I simply couldn’t resist; I love my food to be robustly flavoured.
For now, I am going to spend the rest of my evening drawing up a meal plan for the rest of the week that doesn’t include pasta. Believe me, it’s going to be hard.