Present-Moment Pasta

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I could have berated myself for not going to the grocery store earlier as I promised myself. Or I could have forced myself to go at 5:30pm despite every part of me that did not want to. I could have bemoaned the absence of any number of other ingredients that would have led to another dish entirely. But I went with what was in front of me.
There wasn’t much to work with but there was some left-over pasta and a can of chick peas and artichoke hearts. That was good enough for me. After that, there was no looking back. Now that lone onion was a gift, an unnecessary but lovely addition. All in one skillet. The onion is cooking in the extra virgin olive oil. So I have time to figure out the rest. Yes, it would have been nice to have some marinated red pepper to add color, but while looking for that, I found pignoli nuts (pine nuts for the non-Italians or non-cooks). I kept looking. Now it was fun. “What else?” Oh, there are olives! I sprinkled the whole thing with basil and thyme. And of course, added some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Dinner.
If only life could be so simple. Accept the surprises. Work with what you have. Enjoy the process as well as the end result. Despite whatever perceived absence or lack, there is sometimes also an unexpected gift. It may not be the same as yesterday, or a week ago, or a year ago, but one can build on the past experience or foundation and add whatever new thing presents itself.

4 thoughts on “Present-Moment Pasta

  1. Teri, if you are doing a cooking blog, then I want to benefit from your experience, creativity and love of people, connecting and dining. Music, leadership, cuisine, theatre, lectures, beauty, wisdom…you have it all!. Bravo for what you have done, what you are creating now, and what you do to make a brighter world. From my heart, one of your biggest fans, Larry Rosenberg, The Larry Show.

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