Put Them Peas in My Pod!

Yes I recognize that there’s both a friendly and sinister connotation to the title of today’s post. The sinister one being that I’m procreating and that’s a very scary place to take a very happy little vegetable. I prefer to think of my rather forceful exclamation as a futuristic reference to when I live in a space pod with a nice hydroponics corner where I can grow things like peas. My favorites are snow peas but overall pease are pretty good across the board. From fresh off the vine (you can really taste the chrolophyll!) to smashed into a pulp as a side for fish & chips (not my preferred way of eating them) to crunchy and wasabi coated these tasty little guys are almost always welcome in my space dwelling!

Garlic Snap Peas

Garlic Snap Peas

Creamy Pea Salad

Creamy Pea Salad

Peas with Mushrooms

Peas with Mushrooms

Parmesan Peas

Parmesan Peas

Pea, Mint and Fet Fritters with Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce

Pea, Mint and Feta Fritters with Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce

Toast with Lemony Pea Mash

Toast with Lemony Pea Mash

Pea Pesto Pasta

Pea Pesto Pasta

Polka-Dot Pea Soup

Polka-Dot Pea Soup


Garlic Sesame Snow Peas

Garlic Sesame Snow Peas

Grilled Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Oregano Butter

Grilled Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Oregano Butter

Project Pasta

Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto

“Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto Sauce” from Proud Italian Cook

I have finally located the pasta machine and I’m ready to give making my own pasta a try. My dad likes to point out that no matter what I’m doing with it I must be wrong because I’m not making Asian noodles. But he’s off in Asia eating his Asian noodles so he won’t be around to comment. I’d like to try the recipe above (or whatever is similar based on what I have in the fridge) but it doesn’t use a homemade pasta so I’m going to use the recipe from this recipe (with a quick click through a translator):

Gli originali tortelli di zucca mantovani per Halloween

From Cook & the City

The poor text translation aside (although the recipe itself is fairly decipherable), I like the “How To” photos with the cute little eggs and the pile of flour. It’s just pretty.

What I Wish I Had For Lunch Today (Day Four)

Trenette al Pesto (Trenette with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes)

“Trenette al Pesto (Trenette with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes)” from Saveur

This would be easy enough to make but even easy takes time and energy that I really just don’t have. So here I sit. Wishing for something I could have made but just didn’t. Eat well, Foodie Nation. Or, at least eat better than me. Eat well and slumber.

Foodie National Holidays: Ravioli

Wild Herb Ravioli

“Wild Herb Ravioli” from Garden Therapy

As many of you know, I’m trying to catalogue as many of the “Food Holidays” as I can find. Yes, there will be a calendar being printed at some point. One problem that I’ve come across is the difference between International and National food days. Growing up as a global nomad I’m so out of tune with things like national pride and boundaries so I don’t care what country a feast day or foodie holiday is from.  So I’m just going to declare myself the Grande (and benevolent) Dictator or the Foodie Nation and as such I wish all my subjects a very merry Ravioli Day!

Lemon and Goat's Cheese Ravioli

“Lemon and Goat’s Cheese Ravioli” from Lisa Is Cooking

Pumpkin Ravioli

“Pumpkin Ravioli” from Wolgang Puck

Olive and Goat Cheese Ravioli

“Olive and Goat Cheese Ravioli” from Heather Cristo Books

Three Cheese Ravioli in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

“Three Cheese Ravioli in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce” from Baking with Blondie


J’ai Faim

I hate how hungry my job makes me. It’s not always a physically tasking position (although there is always New Student Orientation and those darned meetings all over the place) but it is an emotionally and energy draining one. Perhaps my running of this blog while I eagerly await students with some SERIOUS issues (anything other than “I’m failing and I don’t know why… Attendance? What does attendance have to do with it?” would do really) is not the best tactic for solving the issue.

The sad this is that by the time I get home I’m too tired to cook all the lovely things I see online and in my magazines or to think of anything on my own. So I make soup in the crockpot or live off the everlasting grace that is the fact that my Indo/Chinese Apo lives with me. I stave off the hunger for better food while biking (a decent average of 35mph for 60-80 min) and then watching TV or simply face planting (as easily as one can in a loft bed) and getting in just barely enough of an REM-cycle before waking up and starting another day. It’s not an existence I’m particularly fond of.

I’m not complaining, however. Having a job in this area at the amounts I’m making is nothing to sneeze at and I am putting away a considerable amount for another step forward in life as soon as I decide what that will be and how much it will cost. But whatever it is there had better be more time to cook involved because I honestly feel lost without a day or two with no one in the house, my poor leaking fridge (he’s older than I am!), and a head full of plans to just cook and cook and cook. I used to do that a lot. It was fun. It was fulfilling. I miss it. Now I go to people’s houses nearly empty handed (going completely empty handed would just be rude) and I feel… Naked.

I titled this post “J’ai Faim” not only because I literally am hungry and ready to leave this place and go home for dinner but because I feel empty. I supposed I’m not the only one out there like this. Not people who feel like if they haven’t cooked they are on vacation but people who feel like cooking IS their vacation.

I don’t have Gma duty this weekend (although I do have students and a trip to Nando’s (Yay!) on Sunday) so that means I should schedule some vacation time. Friday is about to become cooking day. And I take the GastroGasms pledge as follows:

The GastroGasms Pledge

I pledge to take time out of my week to take part in the sacred art of creating at least one dish or recipe that I have not tried before.

I pledge to take this act of creation very seriously.

I pledge to look for more meaning in my life.

I believe that cooking has the power to heal our souls and our relationships with others and I pledge do my best to perfect my skills in the kitchen so that I can begin the healing process. As a part of this I pledge to share what I make with those who are special to me and to new friends that I will make in the process of sharing my experiences.

And I pledge to be awesome at all times throughout the process.

Take the pledge with me and let’s do some serious cooking!

Here is what I’m thinking to try this weekend:

Breakfast Bread: I’ve been falling behind on my project/promise to make more breads this year.

Find the pasta machine in the basement and USE IT (Pasta Verde)

French Onion Soup (This recipe happens to be a crockpot recipe, which would be nice too. I happen to love this soup and haven’t had it in years. And I’m not a huge soup person.)

What about you, Dear Reader? What will you be making this weekend? Do you have a Pledge? Have you taken the GastroGasms Pledge? Tell us! Share with us! Join Us… Okay, that sounded a little creepy. I’m sorry. Didn’t mean for it to get awkward and creepy there.