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He lay awake all night pondering the existence of dog.
I know they exist.
They're all at my house.
That is my Emma laying in the front, with the 2 puppies (yes, puppies) and brother, Wellington standing.
And they do need to be with people. Which means they are wherever we are, laying quietly, yes, but it's still a lot of dog to have around the kitchen table.
My two are on the other side of the table. I didn't have a wide enough lens to get them all in the photo.
They're also very clean dogs… but, they still bring in leaves, twigs, and, um, rather a lot of pretty white dog hair.
I very quickly got to the point of simply ignoring it all, telling myself there was no point in doing any cleaning until they leave. Very liberating, that thought!
I do, of course, have to cook – just for the human, the dogs brought their own food.
There will be more dog pictures at the end of this post but for now, I'll get to the important stuff and ponder the existence of pasta for Ruth's Presto Pasta Night. Visit her wonderful blog, Once Upon A Feast, this weekend for a round-up of all of the lovely pasta dishes from around the world.
When one is only cooking for two, but still wanting to be creative, one ends up with lots of 'bits'. I want two kinds of beans in something but they both come in 15oz cans….
I made a salad of chickpeas and eggs for a starter last week and had chickpeas and tapenade leftover, so….
Pasta with Grilled Chicken and Tapenade
1 1/4 cup pasta, rigatoni
2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp oregano
7 – 8 oz chickpeas
4 oz green beans
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 – 4 tbs tapenade
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup shredded cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Note cooking time and add beans to water during last 4 minutes.
Mix vinegar, Worcestershire, oil and oregano. Pour over chicken and allow to marinate for 10 – 15 minutes. Cook on barbecue grill or in a nonstick skillet, 12 – 15 minutes, turning once.
Top and tail beans. Cut into 1 inch (2.5cm) pieces. Add to boiling pasta water for 4 minutes.
Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Put tomatoes, chickpeas, tapenade and olive oil in large bowl, mix gently. When pasta/beans are done, drain and rinse with cool water. Add to bowl and toss gently with tongs to combine. When chicken is done, remove, slice and add to pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
See how nicely they pose for the camera?
Please note that there is not a pointy-nose brown dog included in this family photo.
She may be queen of the house but she is also the smartest one of the group – 4 white to one brown are not odds she's willing to mess with, especially when the white ones are all family.
She just sticks her pretty pointy nose in the air and ignores them completely.
On another note, this is my 300th post. Who would have thought I would have had enough words!
Well, actually, mon mari never doubted it… I'm still trying to work out if that was a compliment or a very thinly veiled insult…
If he's not careful I'll feed his dinner to the dogs….
And a last note: After the
kids dogs leave on Friday, and I have a chance to recuperate, I'll be back to, not just quickly scanning, but actually reading and commenting on all of you're lovely blogs….