Friday, April 8, 2011

We Like A Quickie

After a busy and social weekend in which I gave a casual dinner party on Friday, attended a lovely dinner/birthday celebration on Saturday, strolled for hours around the Alameda Swap Meet (an amazing experience, by the way) on Sunday and entertained a delightful house guest on Monday by driving to Sonoma for lunch at the Girl and the Fig followed by wine tasting at the Buena Vista winery, I was wiped slick. After dropping the guest off at the airport, I went home and took a long, long nap.

When I awoke at nearly dinner time, I was still without energy for any kind of serious cooking. Thank heavens for the contents of the fridge and pantry - no shopping required!

I started boiling water for a package of Eduardo's penne pasta while I browned in olive oil the meat that I crumbled out of the casings of two Fra' Mani Italian sausages, then lowered the heat and added three minced cloves of garlic. As they sizzled together, I cut up broccoli florets and stems into bite-sized pieces, sliced three nice big radishes, and chopped some scallions. When the garlic was nicely fragrant, I added first the broccoli to cook for a minute or two, then the radishes. The penne was drained briefly and tossed into the pan with the rest of the ingredients and stirred until it was coated with all that garlicky, meaty glory before plating and serving with a hunk of ParmReg to grate over the whole.

The only thing I'd change about the entire weekend is that I'd use spicy Italian sausage next time. This was really good, especially considering it was a quickie, but it would have been even better with some spicy sausage bits, or some hot pepper flakes added. Still, we quite liked it.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Penny @ Coffe Maker Reviews said...

I love the photo. The color of the pene, radishes, scallions and the wonderful Italian sausage.

Even though its breakfast time it makes my mouth water!

Penny

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Ha ha. And I thought a quickie was what Bill Clinton had for lunch. You know, that egg-custard pie with bacon and onion. However you pronounce it.

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

And cheese. Real men eat 'em!

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Cookie, you're worrying me ;)
Zoomie, I've never had hot radish before, now I'm cursing for not grabbing that bunch at the market this morning :)

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Penny, I'm glad you liked the colors - enjoy your breakfast!

Cookiecrumb, oh, _that_! :-) Poor Bill, he'll never live down his quickies.

Ms Mouse, cooking radishes is all the rage here, for some reason. These weren't really cooked, just sorta warmed so they kept their "bite." I'll await Cookie's reply - it will almost certainly make us laugh.

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Cooking radishes is all the rage on MY blog. Though I did not invent it. Not lol, sorry. My mood is fine! :-)

Friday, April 08, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, I've seen roasted radishes on at least two other blogs besides yours, so you're a trendsetter!

Saturday, April 09, 2011  

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