I've been doing Becky Higgin's Project Life this year. While the idea behind it is to document everyday life with a picture a day, and the product is set up for that, you can obviously use it however you choose. I jumped on the bandwagon a bit late, but had enough photos to start back at the beginning of 2010, with a two page spread every week. Not necessarily a photo for each day, but rather, photos for each week. I'll have to share more about that with another post. The reason I brought it up is because last week, one of the photos I took was my favourite pasta, heck my favourite meal. Has been for years -- 20 I'd say. It's evolved ever so slightly over the years, the biggest change being the whole wheat pasta. The uncooked sauce is chopped tomatoes, grated parmesan, chili garlic sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper, at least 5 cloves of garlic, cubed jack cheese, and chopped cilantro. Mixing the sauce with the warm pasta makes the cheese melty and the rest of the sauce warm. It's oh so yummy, and I cannot believe I'm the only one in the family who likes it. Kids aren't fond of it and Marc doesn't care for it either. Though for Marc, I think it's more the garlic breath he doesn't like. Both mine and his!
So the only real benefit of having a husband who travels frequently is in the kitchen. Meal preparation is generally more simple when he's away, and I prepare dishes like this one, that he doesn't like. But I'd really rather have him home!
The other meal I mentioned, the chorizno corn chowder, is my second favourite, and also something that only I enjoy. But this can be frozen, so I usually make a pot of it and freeze it for my solo lunches during the day. No garlic in this recipe, so I can eat this when Marc's home!
My Mom makes yummy meatballs and gravy. Always has. I think this falls under the comfort food category, as I craved it with both pregnancies.Being 2400 km away when I was pregnant with Gaby, I had to make my own, which just didn't cut it!
The lasagna I mention is one that Marc finally made, the day of my surgery in May. He may have made it once before for me -- don't recall. But I hope he doesn't wait as long to make it a second time. It was delicious.
I also enjoy my homemade veggie pizza -- lots of roasted garlic. And Marc will eat this with me. Roasted garlic is much milder. It's not that Marc doesn't like garlic. He just doesn't like walking around with garlic breath for 3 days. The steak chili is great too -- a Crazy Plates recipe.
And I think my favourite dessert has to be the tiramisu that my neighbor Sue makes. She is so sweet. She knows I love it, so not only did she share the recipe, someimes when she makes it she'll either share a few pieces or make a little one for us. Just one of the many reasons they're our favourite neighbors!