Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tomato Basil Pasta

12 ounces pasta
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 large sweet onion, julienned
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
2 sprigs basil, chopped
4.5 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Throw all the ingredients in a large pot; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer, keep covered, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

I found this recipe on Facebook today, copied from Getting Healthy & Staying Healthy. Looks pretty cool, and it smells AMAZING with the fresh basil chopped up (thanks roomy!!!)

I did have to tweet it a bit, because of the ingredients I have in my house. For one, I have no soup stock (SHOCK!!!), so I'm using some chicken bouillon. I just added the necessary water to the pot, and I'm currently waiting for it to boil before I add the bouillon.

I also don't have any red pepper flakes on hand, so they're not getting added. Which is alright for me anyways, I imagine this dish to be quite savoury, and I don't want to put any spicy heat in to take away from the savour.

(Here is where I go and finish cooking...)

And back! HOLY CRAP THIS DISH IS DELICIOUS!!!! I think it's the fresh basil that really does it! Wow!!! And it's seriously sooooo simple! Throw everything into the pot, and let it cook itself!

Also, there's a really great lightning storm happening right outside my bedroom window, so I took out the screen and got some nice shots of it. I haven't connected my camera to this new computer yet, and it's just after midnight as I type this, so I'm not gonna do it now. You'll just have to believe me... ;)

Anyways, Alex and I took our bowlfuls of pasta out to the balcony, cuz the lightning was moving towards the east, so we had a pretty good view out there. There were quite the few bolts that shot down, which also came with really loud booming thunder, SO cool!!! =D

It's amazing to see so much power and energy being emitted! God is the coolest! :)

I'm gonna head to bed... I gotta be at work for 8 tomorrow morning. Good thing it's right next door ;) Perhaps next time I blog, I'll go through my Projects 2012 and update it for 2013. It's been so long since I've seen it, I don't remember what's there!

Goodnight! :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


So apparently I haven't updated my blog since February... Time to fix that!

First thing's first, I'm having trouble typing, so I'll have to keep this short. My pinky on my right hand is all puffy and sore, not sure what I did to it, but it's affecting my typing...

Anyways, what has been going on since February?

Alex and I have made it through a year together, and things are going really well :) We actually just went to Saskatchewan to visit with his family there, because his younger sister was graduating high school! Congrats Taba!!! :D

I got a new job! I started at the end of January at Stella's Cafe on Portage, right by where I live, woohoo! I started as part-time evenings, because I was still working days at the daycare. But my last day at the daycare was April 30, so now I am full-time at Stella's. It is super fun there, I love it! I love cooking, I love the people I work with, I love that it's pretty busy and I can work through a good rush on my station pretty well :) So far I've been fully trained on the salads and meat station so I can run that on my own no problem, I've worked middle (eggs and finish) but haven't actually been trained on it, and have started training on sandwich and pans. My boss is super cool, and he really pushes me to learn and do the best I can, and he's been really impressed with how I've done so far. Which is awesome!

I also got myself a new laptop! An actual new laptop, not a used one lol! My other one crapped out, it doesn't hold a charge. It's not the battery, cuz I got a new one and it didn't help, so I'm thinking it could be something in the plug-in, or in the cord. I don't know... But I've been wanting a MacBook for a while, so since I had some money from my income tax saved up, I was able to finally get one! :) And I am loving it!!! :D

Anyways, my finger hurts, and I'm really tired, so I'm gonna post this, and go to bed.

Also, I love bananas. According to Alex.