Hope you guys have had a good start to the week? Since flying back home on Friday, I’ve not managed to do much other than to half unpack my suitcase, put a wash on, go for a run and make up for lost time with Duncan and Tina. The two of them bonded and have become an even more adorable duo since I’ve gone away. They now have a daily ritual whereby Tina sits herself on her chaise lounge (haha, not really, it’s a scratching toy we got her but when you put it on its side it’s a bit like a cat-size chaise lounge), arches her back and keeps on looking expectantly at Duncan until he gets the message and starts an elaborate back massage session. They are hilarious and adorable and I am beginning to feel like a gooseberry at times 😉 .
Even though I’ve been home for a few days now, my head is still in a bit of a post-holiday haze. I am sure you know the feeling! Work seems alien and as there is no one who tells me what to do, I’m still struggling to regain my pre-holiday focus. I find myself procrastinating and ambling.
Yesterday, I was supposed to cook and shoot today’s recipe, but I could not make up my mind as to what to cook. By way of procrastination, I went out to town and bought ingredients for four entirely different recipes and then got really confused and undecided. Finally, I decided to go with a simple pasta today, aimed at people looking for a fast and delicious meal to make after work. It’s my take on an Italian classic that my lovely brother cooked for me when I was staying with him and his girlfriend – spaghetti aglio e olio.
It’s easy and quick to make and really tasty, yet very versatile. If you are busy, keep things simple and only just make the base recipe. If you want something a little more elaborate or, like me, cannot have a meal that does not feature at least one vegetable, add a thing or two. Either way, this simple Italian classic is naturally and effortlessly vegan, full of flavour and can be ready in as little as 10 minutes flat, which could be a real life saver if, for example, you’ve just come back from a run in the cold.
PS: If you do make my spaghetti aglio e olio, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (#lazycatkitchen). I love seeing your take on my recipes.