Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Solstice


I love to cook. Cooking to me involves a little bit of science, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of creativity. I like to cook so much, that I have an art journal just for food and recipes.

So in honor of the Summer Solstice, I decided to cook my Summer Solstice pasta: light and sunny.

I used 1/4 box of whole grain pasta, which I boiled with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, until soft to the bite (I do not like al dente pasta).


I reserved 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and used this cute measuring spoon in the shape of a cup cake :)


On a frying pan, I cooked 1 teaspoon of finely chopped onion and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic in a 1 teaspoon of olive oil. I cooked the onion and garlic at medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring it at all times.
Then, at medium-low heat, I added 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup of broccoli florets, 1/4 cup of thin sliced fresh mushrooms, 1 small sweet pepper sliced (red), 1 small sweet pepper sliced (orange), 1/2 a summer squash cut in small cubes, 1 small can of peas ( 8oz, drained) and the sea salt. I let it simmer for about 10 minutes, then added the pasta.


I served with green salad with just a bit of white vinegar instead of dressing.  And of course: a "sprinkle" of shredded mozzarella cheese on my pasta.

*UPDATE* I forgot to say I also added a cup of chopped cilantro and 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes to the pasta prior to serving.

20 comments:

turquoisemoon said...

Oooh my...that looks absolutely wonderful! I am, for sure, going to try this recipe. Thank you.

The Roof said...

looks delicious! :)

Jane said...

Incredible pics! Your salad sounds and looks wonderful. Happy Summer Solstice!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Gosh, that looks good! Summer Solstice blessings to you!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Ana, your pictures are amazing. I am sold on this recipe just from looking at them. I must try this; it looks so good. Thank you for sharing it. And happy Summer Solstice!

Jo said...

you are back! :) I missed your posts. That pasta dish looks SOOO good!

LuckyDog said...

Hi Ana! That pasta looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing! :)

La Dolce Vita said...

Such a delightful treat just before my eyes ! I want to be your guest right now :-)
Thank you for the recipe .
Love,
Sanghamitra

Buttons said...

This looks and sounds delicious I would love to try this. B

Lois said...

That looks so good, I will be copying it down. Cooking is magic to me as well, and yesterday I made a pasta salad too, but not as colourful. Perfect for this extreme heat that we are having in Ontario...

alteredstatesstudio said...

yum!! we will come and eat at your house! thanks for sharing your recipe!!

Sulky Kitten said...

Looks delicious - and I love that cute little measuring spoon!

Francie said...

Yes Yes. Must do this! Love your photos and just by circumstance have everything in the house. Will do this! Hope your summer solstice was great!

Sherri B. said...

Oh my gosh...that sounds (and looks) so delicious!! And anything with cilantro gets my wholehearted approval. :) Happy Summer Solstice to you!

Natasha said...

Ok here are the things I love - the fact that you have an art journal for food and recipes, the YUMMY food you served up here and YOU!! YOU are just fabulous the way you turn everything in life into art!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Looks delicious!A kind of food that I like a lot!
Your blog is very nice, congrats and thanks for your kind words in WE LOVE LUNA, my kitty blog!
Léia

Beth said...

Such a pretty dish...and it looks delicious, too! I think I may try it using what's currently growing in our garden---I think it would be perfect. Thank you!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I always love smaller recipes and your last pic is beautiful:@)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That really does look delicious! I know I would love it...I love all of the wonderful ingredients! Happy summer!

Lynn Fisher said...

Oh YUM!!! Art, photography AND food...this is awesome. I may be trying this for the coming hot weekend. Thank you!
-lynn