I don’t have anything in my vegetable garden yet.
Actually, I haven’t even thought about it yet. I need warm sunshine to put me in the mood.
We’ve had cold wind and rain.
Still – I have started to crave spring foods.
I saw the first artichokes last week and the avocados have been good.
I broke down and bought fresh spinach.
It was worth it….
With the spinach I used the last of the tomatoes from the freezer.
Summer better hurry.
Shrimp and Spinach Pasta
Total time: 30 minutes
- 8oz (240gr) shrimp
- 1.5oz (45gr) bacon, chopped
- 3 medium shallots, chopped
- 3oz (90gr) fresh spinach
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp basil
- 2oz (60gr) freshly grated Parmesan
- 4oz (120gr) spaghetti
- Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
- Clean shrimp if needed.
- Heat oil in a large skillet. Add bacon, shallots and sauté until shallots are tender and bacon is browned.
- Add paprika, basil, and tomatoes with all juices to skillet.
- Simmer, uncovered, over medium heat, until slightly thickened, 5 – 10 minutes.
- Add shrimp and cook until shrimp curl and turn opaque.
- Add spinach and cook just until spinach wilts.
- Divide pasta onto 2 plates. Spoon shrimp and sauce on top.
- Serve, Parmesan on the side.
So, a priest, a rabbi and an imam walk into a bar….
For you non-US readers, that is a standard opening line for a joke.
It could also be ‘a lawyer, a scientist and a politician’ or any one of many groupings of 3.
Why am I mentioning this? On Saturday a small group of us went to a concert.
We were 2 Belgians, 2 Americans, and 2 English attending a concert in a French church to hear a Crimean choral group sing Ukrainian folk songs.
I have no idea how many other nationalities were represented but, as the church was full, my guess would be many.
I’d heard that the acoustics in these old churches is perfect for choral music so I was looking forward to a first-hand experience.
We were hearing the Choeur de Crimée, Crimean Chamber Choir
The acoustics in the old churches may be wonderful but the seating is not. Church pews were never designed for comfort, and, as everything is on the same level, visibility is challenging as well.
Next time I’ll do what ‘those in the know’ did – bring a cushion.
If you would like to listen to a sample here is a YouTube video of a piece from an earlier performance: Crimean Choir
The voices were beautiful and the church was the perfect venue.