Thursday, February 21, 2008
I dream in color, specifically in olive green
Excitement is building here on Elm Street as we await the Clivia blossom that is sure to come soon!
That said, there's not too much to report from here. I'm wearing out my office chair from too much sitting and writing my dissertation. Perhaps that's why I dreamed last night that I was buying a Herman Miller chair (in an experimental olive green color!). I mean, we all have our own fantasies don't we? Dreaming about chairs is a whole lot better than dreaming about writing my dissertation, I'll tell you that much. I already carry a small notebook with me for any inspiration that happens when I'm away from the computer, don't tell me I'm going to have to keep it by the bed for all those dissertation dream insights! I'd rather dream about chairs.
So that's the kind of excitement we've got going on here.
We did host a Spaghettiplausch party last week for a few friends. I have to say that the Swiss do manage to come up with the very best in meal traditions that are intrinsically social. Indeed the meaning is built into the name Spaghettiplausch: "plausch" means to "chat."
Now while a Spaghettiplausch is not based around melted cheese like fondue or raclette (more's the pity since we lurve the cheese) it is still very fun! The point, as I understand it, is to offer a variety of different spaghetti sauces to try. And then to chat, of course!
We had four sauces for five people and we ate enough pasta to fuel a table of marathon runners! In addition to a meat sauce, we contributed one of my favorites - a Cantaloupe-Tomato sauce. I got the recipe from a friend almost ten years ago and I still make it from the notes I jotted down on a scrap of paper. Yes, I know cantaloupe isn't the first thing one thinks of as the key ingredient to a pasta sauce but once you try it, I'm sure you'll be hooked.
Have fun and throw your own Spaghettiplausch party!
Cantaloupe pasta sauce for 4 people
1 cantaloupe chopped into bite-sized pieces (the more ripe, the more easily it will break down when you cook it)
1/3 stick butter (the recipe I copied this from says 1/3 stick per 1/2 melon but I've cut back the proportions to 1/3 stick for a whole melon, IOW butter use in this recipe is fairly flexible and you can use more or less to suit your own tastes)
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
Saute the melon until it breaks down.
Add tomatoes, cook a few minutes more.
Add 1/3 cup of heavy cream (we use half and half and it works fine) and remove from heat.
Finish with a little S&P to taste. Serve over pasta (spaghetti and angel hair work well with this sauce).