My mother was very bored the other day, fidgety and restless. “Maybe it’s the weather,” she complained over the telephone. It has indeed been very changeable and rainy too and not ‘typical’, lyrical, June weather at all. “Shall I make some pasta for you?” she asked me almost fervently, in a desperate quest to pass the time. So, noblesse oblige, of course I said yes, it would have been most mean-spirited not to. She popped round a few hours later with the most gorgeous looking fresh pasta, speckled with green ‘bits’ that, upon closer inspection, turned out to be fresh basil.
And I had plenty of ‘sugo’ (sauce) left over from the involtini I had made … told you so (see yesterday’s post). All I had to do was grate some parmesan cheese and add it to the sugo, together with a blob of butter.
So thanks to my mother feeling bored and restless, dinner last night was a doddle to prepare, and most satisfying in a faux-frugal sort of way : fettuccine al sugo, a nice bowl of mixed salad leaves to follow, and plump cherries to finish off.
And here are the cherries …