Pasta with Kale and Garden Frustration

Ah, I wish I wasn’t writing this post.  Note: if you don’t want to read it, skip to the last paragraph for the link to a great recipe.  I am writing while sitting in my bed after 3 days and nights of illness.  I am still not allowed or eat with, little less cook for, my family.  I don’t want any of them to catch this from me. I finally have some energy and was able to get outside to walk the dog.  But mostly I am confined to my room and am bored and frustrated.

I am frustrated since I checked my garden while I was outside today.  The soil is so wet, I am worried for the root vegetables that have overwintered. And with more rain expected, tilling will not happen any time soon.  I would normally have tilled last weekend but the garden was buried in snow.  I would normally have either planted my early vegetables then or be doing it this weekend.  If I can’t get them sown by the end of the month, I may have to forgo the truly cold weather crops like peas and snap peas.  I guess I could try planting them as a fall crop, but I have not had luck with that in the past.  One hopeful possibility is that I may be able to find another place to plant them outside the garden where I may be able to get them in sooner; they are some of our favorites and I would hate to miss them.

Snap Pea, Carrot, Avocado, Tomato & Feta Pasta 1

I am bored because my head is not ready for reading and there is only so much TV and so many movies I can watch without getting headaches.  But I have caught up on every series I like and even watched Foxcatcher (Steve Carrell was incredible, but since it took place near here, I remember the event. I found the move really disturbing – because it was very well done).

Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher.” Credit Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

I must say I have been well taken care of.  Between my husband and our daughter, Lauren, who is home on Spring Break, I have been kept hydrated and fed as much BRAT food, chicken soup and eggs as my body would take.  Tonight, I was finally ready for a real meal. I had some nice organic kale that was sitting in my fridge waiting to be used.  I also had a very simple Daphne Oz pasta recipe that had plain enough ingredients that I could eat it.  I emailed it to my husband, who emailed it to Lauren. Her first time making dinner for us.  I did some coaching via text, but she was basically on her own, I was to stay in the bedroom so as not to contaminate the house.  About 1/2 hour later, my dinner appeared – it smelled perfect, looked great and tasted delicious!  The only problem was that they gave me a generous portion and, since I hadn’t eaten much food at one time, I had to force myself to in it in increments when what I really wanted to do was wolf it all down.  Great job, Lauren!



Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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