Friday, June 10, 2011

Lazy Days

Gosh, where does the time go? We’re not doing anything special here, just enjoying island life. Our daily chores don’t take up much time but that is the extent of our exertion.

Monday I fixed a dish from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It’s very tasty and we both enjoyed it. But it makes a lot!

Rustic Pasta

Serves 4-6

½ pound pasta, long or short shape, as you prefer

2 T olive oil

2 large onions, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or thinly sliced

2 celery stalks diced or diagonally sliced

¼ cup soy sauce

½ t fine sea salt

½ t garlic powder

1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced

5-6 T marinara sauce

Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook just until aldente. Drain the pasta well

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet (I used a big pot!) over high heat. Add onions and cook for 7 min until softened, then add garlic and sauté for 3 min longer, until onions are transparent and turning golden.

Add the celery to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 min. Stir in the soy sauce, salt and garlic powder, then add cabbage, sauté for 4 min. reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 min longer.

Add pasta with the sauce and toss together. Cook over medium-high heat for a min or two and serve.

You could add meat to it but it’s good without it. How about a salad? That would be more healthy.

Tuesday we biked into Cedar Key for lunch at Steamer’s Clam Bar and Grill. Very good seafood and the cold beer tasted perfect as we sat outside overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. After lunch we poked around a couple shops on Dock Street then biked home. I forgot I was wearing a tank top and managed to get sunburned....Monday and Tuesday afternoon we had rain.

Wednesday I fixed a crock pot full of pot roast for dinner. Pat and Vern arrived that afternoon and we sat outside for dinner. It’s always nice when you’ve been driving all day not to have to fix dinner. Boo got a bath and a trim...not the best haircut but it has to be cooler for him.

Don’t recall doing anything special yesterday. We’re loving these lazy days of island life.