Celery is another underused vegetable.
Too often a little bit is finely chopped and added to a pasta or potato salad and barely noticed.
We like it….
Mon mari even likes it cooked, as a vegetable side dish.
I don’t, however, like raw onion (mon mari likes that, too). So even if all the other vegetables in a salad are raw, I cook the onion.
Pasta Salad with Sausage, Celery and Cherry Tomatoes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 1 1/4 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) pasta, penne
- 8oz (240gr) sausages, any flavor
- 1 1/2 cups sliced celery, about 2 ribs
- 1 cup sliced red pepper, about 1/2 pepper
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 cup (5oz, 120gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbs red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 3 tbs salad olive oil
- Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and sauté until tender.
- Cook sausages on grill or in skillet. When done remove and slice into 1 1/2″ (4cm) lengths.
- Put all ingredients in small bowl and whisk well to combine.
- To assemble:
- Put drained pasta in large salad bowl.
- Add vegetables and vinaigrette, and toss well to combine.
- Add sausage toss gently and serve.
Our summer finally got it’s official start….
We had our first bike ride.
I love going on bike rides. Walking and hiking is nice, but not as exhilarating as racing down the paths on my bike.
Plus I get lots of time to think; to let my mind wander where it will. And we all know that my mind tends to wander down some, er, interesting paths.
Yesterday I was pondering life.
It all started with a blog post I had read the night before. The writer had recently had a birthday and was reflecting on his life so far. He ended the post by saying that he had few regrets.
I started to think about whether or not I had any regrets.
No, I have no regrets.
Not that I have led a perfect life…. Far from it.
I’m sure I could have been a better parent and a better child and a more fiscally responsible young adult and I’m equally sure there is a whole long list of other things that I could have done better.
When I was in high school I had to decide whether to go to an out-of-state university to pursue my lofty dream of becoming an astronomer or go to a local.school and pursue my less lofty goal of partying with my friends.
I went to the local school.
I just don’t like the idea of using the term ‘regret’ for normal life decisions that may or may not have turned out for the best…. in retrospect.
Those decisions, for good or bad, shape who we are. If we had made a different choice we would be a different person.
When I was young, late teens I think, I remember having a ‘disagreement’ with my mother. I wanted to go somewhere or do something she didn’t want me to do. But I was old enough that it would be my decision. She told me how she always regretted not going to visit her mother one last time. She didn’t know it would be the last time, of course, but her mother wanted her to come home for a visit and my mother decided to ‘stay in the city’ rather than go ‘home to the farm’. Her mother died shortly thereafter. She told me that she always, always regretted the decision not to do as her mother asked.
See, mother…. I remember the story.
I’m sure she was attempting to teach me filial obedience but what she taught me was so much better.
She taught me to weigh each decision I make and to seriously consider whether or not I will ‘regret’ an action, either taken or not. Then decide and, along with that decision, to decide that there will be no regrets. Basically, to take responsibility for my life’s decisions, make the most of it and don’t look back.
I have wondered, occasionally, what my life would have been like had I studied astronomy.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be living in a big, old stone house in the middle of nowhere, France with two big dogs and a jungle for a vegetable garden.
And I’m pretty happy with my life…..
(Note: I’m not talking about, for example, regretting the decision to text and drive, thus causing an accident and irreparable harm to others. I would seriously question your ability to make good decision, however)
BTW – the Tour de France whizzed by us today…. in a thunderstorm; my tomatoes have blight and Sunday we’re going to a party at a local winery.
More about all that Sunday…..