Monday, June 05, 2006

Pasta, Pinot & Hockey

This is what it's all about.

Cup Fever has hit our house with a vengence!

Holy geez! Did you see that game??!! If the entire series is like that I don't know if my heart can take it. The end result wasn't what I would have hoped, but I was thoroughly entertained. Rod Brind'amour must be stopped! Ditto to Cam Ward. Chris Pronger had a sweet goal on a penalty shot (I LOVE those!), but horrible, horrible news regarding Dwayne Roloson. They say he's out for the rest of the season. OH NO!! Well, I'm always the one to say that one player does not make a team, and I hope in this instance that it's true. Cross your fingers and hang on. It's going to be a wild ride!

For American readers who don't get to see Hockey Night in Canada, here's a look at Don Cherry and the jacket he chose for tonight's broadcast.

This is by far the worst yet! Good ol' Don. Ya either love him or hate him.

This afternoon, I dug out The Farm's Vegetarian Cookbook and made some chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes homemade cookies have so much fat and sugar in them that when you bite into one, they have a greasy, grainy texture. I didn't want that. The recipe in the Farm book is reminisent of my grandmother B's chocolate chip cookies, but less sweet and less fat. They were exactly what I as in the mood for.

For dinner, I used a recipe that was in the early summer 2006 edition of LCBO's Food and Drink magazine. Sweet Pea made it a while ago and I thought it sounded worth trying. Boy, was it ever! Jim and I both really enjoyed it. (recipe follows)

I knew exactly which wine I wanted to have with this and I don't think I could have made a better choice. 2001 Gray Monk Pinot Noir.


I bought this a few years ago and tucked it away. I've looked at it a few times, but decided to just let it be. Patience is a virtue. I would say, this wine is near or at it's peak. The flavours were so complex and it was so velvety smooth. It paired wonderfully with the dinner. A great food & wine combination is part of what makes life sweet. It would be a whole lot sweeter if the Oilers were to win the Stanley Cup. Wednesday's game awaits!


12 oz (375g) penne, about 4 cups
10 stalks roasted fresh asparagus
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
pinches salt and freshly ground pepper
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely shredded
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
One 19 oz. (540 ml) can chickpeas, drained (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves, torn into large-ish pieces
1 cup vegetable stock or water
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta; boil uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain; set aside.

Preheat oven to 450F.

Cut asparagus into 1-inch lengths. Toss with 1 tbsp. oil and pinches of salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet; roast for 8 minutes or until asparagus is tender crisp and slightly browned.

Heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stirring frequently, saute for 30 seconds. Stir in onions; saute for 2 minutes or until softened. Add carrots, basil and salt; cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, spinach and stock. Bring just to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Toss hot pasta with cooked vegetables; stir in pepper and Parmesan cheese. Add roasted asparagus; toss well.

Serve in warmed pasta bowls sprinkled with additonal Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4-6


KleoPatra said...

YUM! Lookin' good, Carrie!

I have missed comin' here and reading your blog. And I'm so glad to read and see all the great stuff you've been doing and cookin'!

I dig hockey, used to cover it for one of the papers i used to write for ... currently we only have ECHL here, but i went to a bunch o'games this year...

funwithyourfood said...

Cup FEVER.. My co-worker and I were Ducks fans. haha
Your pasta looks great.. My coworker saw it and said "mmmm that looks good"
She's not even Veg. : )
I'm going to add you to my blog roll today.. hope ya don't mind

Crystal said...

Penne is growing on me. I used to just hate it, but it was probably all that time working at Olive Garden. I'll have to try this as we can use our herbs and we love asparagus and spinach - thanks for the recipe!


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

i want to hang out with you guys! & thanks for the pasta salad recipe ~ it looks super delicious. hey, we went out saturday night & had a great bottle of i gotta run the name by you: Le Cigare Volant. do you have it in your shop or know of it?

Tanya Kristine said...

oh GOD that sounds good. i'm on a juice fast for a week. i think i will not visit you guyses sites druing my week of abstinence becuase it will be very painful.

i did make VwaV coconut jasmine rice last night. it was unbelievable. with mini "ribs" mm. mm. good.

Harmonia said...

Recipe looks great! That's a purty snazzy shirt that dude has on! teehee

KleoPatra said...

Carrie, just noticed "youze" is a fan of "Goodfellas" as well...

Eh, youze tink we can hire Ray Liotta to fix da series if it don't turn out like we wants?

Anonymous said...

My heart just sank watching (parts of) last night's game. I don't know how real hockey fans handle all the ups and downs! It's too much for me!

Food looks awesome. I want one of those cookies (NOW)

Carrie™ said...

Kleopatra, so glad to see you back! Goodfellas is one of my all time favorites. I could watch it again and again.

Teddy, I'm adding you to my list as well. You've got some good stuff going on over at your place.

Crystal & Ryan, with all the basil you have you must make this dish. You won't be disappointed.

Vicki, game 2 is on tonight (Wed). By all means, come hang out with us. Warning...we can get loud. I haven't heard of Le Cigare Volant. Where is it from? Might be worth hunting down.

Tanya, did you make the ribz? Did they give you heartburn?

Harmonia, I got your tag. I'm going to work on it after I finish this.

Megan, being a Leafs fan is worse. My heart continually sinks. It's sucks even more when you're AT the game. I thought my cookies were really good. Jim said they were kind of bland. Hmpf! I'll fix him.