The past few days we’ve been hosting my parents. It was great to catch up with them both, even if the weather was the worst we have seen in a while. It was almost raining non-stop ever since they arrived on Friday. As a result we spent a lot of our time at home, huddled by the kitchen table with Tina sleeping in her new favourite basket that my mom brought for her. It was really nice as we all got on really well, which is not always the case 😉 .
Dad has been super helpful with the roof issue we are having. He told us how we can mitigate our roof’s structural issues fairly simply and cheaply. He drew us plenty of helpful drawings, went to a home depot with me and helped me bring 3 meter long planks of wood into the house and then, because it was raining (and he was a bit bored), even installed the first of the three rafter ties (which are meant to stop the roof from sagging and spreading) with me so that I know how to proceed with the remaining two. It’s been so good to get his advice. He saved us lots of money and stress, plus empowered us to extend the remit of what we consider as possible DIY jobs.
I was a little bit worried about the food situation but I should not have been. They both loved my vegan moussaka and mushroom pasta that I ended up making more than once. Dad sneaked out for some fish and chips once but other than that they ate vegan almost all week and were really happy to too. I even baked them some muffins for the road as I needed to practise the recipe for the blog and they were very happy to be my test subjects. Luckily, the muffins came out really well (which isn’t always the case…). I was chuffed. I will be posting them on here as soon as my bananas ripen enough before Duncan gets to them… 😛 .
The biggest surprise of my parents’ visit is how much my dad loved Tina. I didn’t think he was into cats at all, but I was wrong and the feeling was mutual. It’s nice especially that we have no kids, I keep on joking to my parents that Tina is their granddaughter 😉 and to be fair to them, they roll with it. It was a relief as Tina isn’t always that chilled about us having guests. There were certainly some visitors in the past that made her feel stressed and it’s always a bit stressful to us when she is upset.
My parents left this morning so it’s back to reality for me. I’ve just shot this recipe for you. For a good while the sky was so dark that I was getting ready to take the artificial light out of the box. Luckily, I managed somehow. This pasta is a spring-inspired riff on my mushroom pasta that everyone loves. These days, I make this spring version instead, as asparagus is in season and mint is taking over my garden. It’s quick and easy to make, fresh and delicious. It makes a perfect midweek meal too! Enjoy x
PS: If you do make my asparagus and zucchini pasta, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (#lazycatkitchen). I love seeing your take on my recipes.