The Daily News:
“She who gives cuddles and pets” has been summarily replaced by “He who gives toast and sandwich crusts” in the hearts of our devoted canines. They never really bought into the whole diet routine I put them on…. Fat bitches!
Mon mari has gone from lounging in a hospital bed to rampaging about the countryside on his lawn tractor, giant weed whip and trailer in tow. I have been summarily replaced on this front as well. I think he’s better.
Now that the lawn has been beaten back into shape, the weeds whacked into submission and the hedge given a buzz cut, it’s time to turn our attention to finding a place to live or we will be homeless come the end of summer (assuming nothing happens to quash the sale in the next 7 days – cooling off period. Six weeks to sign the compromis then 1 more to cool off…. We don’t want to rush into anything, now do we?)
Last night, sipping wine and feeling smug about all that’s been accomplished in the past few days, reality hit and panic set in.
We called the ‘Pension Canine’ and, not only do they have two doggie rooms available, they asked me to tell the girls that the doggie swimming pool was filled and ready for them. (In winter they have heated floors in the bedroom of their 2-room suites, the other room being a covered terrace.) Such deprivations our dogs suffer when we leave them!
I managed to find adequate, but probably not as nice, accommodation for us, so we are off, prior to the crack of dawn tomorrow, for 2 days of intensive house-hunting. In case you missed my opinion of these early risings…. Larks v Owls.
Realtors don’t work weekends here… People can’t be bothered to show their houses then.
Before we left I wanted to be sure to get my Pasta Post done.
Presto Pasta Nights, started by Ruth, of Once Upon a Feast is being guest-hosted, for the first time this week.
I didn’t want to miss Keven’s, of Closet Cooking, debut. Be sure to visit his blog on Friday to see all of the wonderful pastas from around the world!
As to the pasta… I’ve been on a bit of a feta kick lately…
What can I say?
Pasta Salad with Sausage and Chickpeas
1 1/4 cup bite-size pasta, rigatoni, penne, etc.
10 – 12 oz (300gr) sausages
15oz (450gr) chickpeas, garbanzo beans
4oz (125gr) feta cheese
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, 3oz (90gr)
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
2 tbs fresh snipped chives or garlic chives
2 tbs fresh snipped marjoram
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbs olive oil
Cook pasta according to package instructions. When done, drain, put into a large serving bowl.
Cut peppers into strips. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Heat oil, vinegar and soy sauce in skillet. Add pepper, chickpeas and tomatoes, and sauté 5 minutes, just to warm the chickpeas and soften the tomatoes.
Cut feta into half inch cubes (1.25cm.) Snip herbs. Make vinaigrette.
Cook sausages on barbecue grill or sauté in nonstick skillet, before doing peppers, etc., on stove until done. Remove sausages and slice into 1 1/2″ (4cm) lengths.
To assemble: Put drained pasta in large salad bowl. Add vegetables and vinaigrette, and toss well to combine. Add sausage to pasta along with feta and herbs. Toss gently and serve.
2 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp Soy sauce
4 tbs olive oil, the good stuff
1 tsp ketchup
Put all ingredients in small bowl and whisk well to combine.
Now I’m going to go panic some more.
“She who works well under pressure” Or better start!!!!!