Yesterday was one of those days. You know...those days where you're running around like a spastic chicken working your tail off before your real 'work' begins. I have my own art studio, and a home cleaning business for people with special needs. And I just so happen to pride myself on providing a thrifty, happy little home with dinner on the table--even when I'm not around to putzy in the kitchen.
was the day before payday--the day when there are hardly any pennies
left to stretch. And, to top it off--it was HOT, already nearly 80
degrees in our little 1930s house. I looked in the fridge, and suddenly
epiphany(!), I had all the ingredients for a cool, colorful pasta salad
First, of course, I boiled up some pasta in olive oil. We prefer the thin spaghetti, and sometimes angelhair. Easy peasy.
was some cilantro in the crisper drawer that wasn't at it's freshest,
but certainly wasn't bad, either. I chopped up the rest of it with my
cleaver, which really needs a sharpening. It was worth it, though, I
love the lemony clean taste of cilantro!!
Then the fun part, raiding the
icebox for this and that. I chopped up a couple of tomatoes, really
impatient for our garden ones to be ready. Chopped up an onion, and
some celery. Cleaning the fridge and cooking something (ahead of time,
no less!)--now that's the way to go.
Some salami was sitting neglected in the corner, just begging to be included in the pasta party.
dressing was simple, and something do-able for even the emptiest
cupboards. I took a scant 1/4 cup of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of
vinegar, some garlic to taste, 1/8 teaspoon of powdered mustard, 1/8 of a
teaspoon of basil, a pinch of tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a
sprinkling of paprika and pepper.
30 minutes, and my sanity was
spared, and the leftovers gone! We served this lovely salad with icy
cold red grapes, chilled glasses of water with lemon, and the last of
the orange sherbet for dessert. Three cheers for the day before payday!