Ana was coming over to watch a movie with me – Inspector Lewis, one of our faves. I planned to do things like garden, knit, or read all day, and make a meal-in-minutes just before she was due to arrive. But…. Rebecca had a lovely olive ciabatta recipe on her blog and I wanted to try it. After all, bread isn’t much work, and doesn’t really take much time. You just have to be there all day to watch over it. Right? Sabine had a lovely rhubarb dessert recipe on her blog, and I wanted to try that too. What better time than now? This meant that in addition to making it, I had to walk to the store to get the rhubarb. That only takes a little while, right? And what would be better with rhubarb apple crumble than some nice frozen yogurt from Heidi’s 101 Cookbooks blog. That only takes a few minutes to prepare. I have some nice asparagus; maybe, in addition to my avocado and strawberry salad, I should make an asparagus carrot salad, also from 101 Cookbooks. It looks pretty quick. Just blanch the carrots and asparagus and make the dressing. A snap. The real entrée that I had planned all along was a penne with tomato cream sauce, and it really is a meal-in-minutes, as well as being delicious.
My plan was to start the bread the evening before, fiddle with it in the morning, and then take the day off. But wait…. I had better get the desserts made, and then relax with my book. And the salads. I can do them early. And…. and… and … and…. And I ended up cooking all day, but I enjoyed doing it, our dinner was yummy, our show was good, albeit a little incomprehensible, and I had nice leftovers for work lunches. All in all, a very nice day.
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