Monday, May 22, 2006

Gnocchi Verde & Coming Attractions

From Nonna's Italian Kitchen Cookbook we successfully made gnocchi verde. While I made the Tofu ricotta (silken tofu, ground raw cashews, and lemon juice), D. prepped the spinach that was finely chopped and added to the tofu ricotta with some flour and blended together. The dough is pretty sticky so you have to refrigerate it for a bit before working with it again. We made the dumplings. D. cooked them in boiling water and then you bake them for 15 minutes with some oil before serving. D. made a classic Sunday tomato sauce with mushrooms and topped the gnocchi. I felt spoiled. It was very delicious.

It's been a food fantastic long weekend. This morning after my run we had a large brunch. Needing to fuel up with a hearty meal prior to gardening, I made potato latkes to go with our beans in tomato sauce, toast and D. had vegan sausage. The latkes turned out pretty well. It was a nice change. The breakfast gave us all we needed to finish pruning the mulberry tree, weed, and till the soil. I also cleaned up one side of the stone pathway that was starting to look like a lawn it was so overgrown. The mulberry tree was quite a feat. D. climbs up into the tree (a good 8 - 10 feet off the ground) and saws away at the larger branches. It was a successful year for pruning and D. feels like he finally got to get at some of those branches that have been plaguing him for years. Now our tomatoes will get more hours of sunshine. Yay!

The Upcoming Week in Whoville:
More days at L.V.
Catering on my day off from L.V.
Run, run, run.
I'm also reading a script and preparing a report for the writer. For those of you that don't know screenwriting and film is the reason I came to whoville. I studied at Who U for five years. I spent one year as a teaching assistant reading scripts and working with student writers. This education culminated in my completion of my own feature length script/thesis. It's one of the things I love to do. So I am more than happy to have been "hired" to do what I love to do.


Wandering Coyote said...

I know how you feel about being hired for something you've trained so hard for. It's a great feeling. I don't really regret the writing degree, but I do regret that I have not used it at all and am still paying for it. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever write anything ever again, let alone ever use the education professionally.

sp said...

You'll write again. I work with many people in the arts and we're all catering and working at LV together. I think that's part of what you have to do if you're trying to make a living as an artist.
As for the writing degree...I do recall a novel? Not many left that program having completed a novel. What you achieved in the program, and the fact that you DID complete it is something to be celebrated on its own.