Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pasta with carrots and asparagus

Usually my day starts out with creating a to-do list for the day. I make such a detailed list, that most of my family members tease me about needing to write down everything. I am a compulsive list maker and start my day with a to-do list and then keep adding stuff in it as the day goes by and striking out the ones that I have already completed. Mostly at the time that I do this sometimes semi- boring task of creating a to-do list, I also simultaneously log into my email to check on mails.

On some days just seeing the long list of tasks at hand for the day seem to weigh me down :-) So a little humor at the time is much appreciated and I seem to have a family of cousins and other relatives that are always willing to oblige. The results are that on most days when I check my email I find some humorous piece forwarded to me that brings a smile on my face. I recently shared one and here is another one that I came across.... you all must have read Murphy's law.... this one is somewhat on similar lines,  it says......


Law of Queues: If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now .

Law of Mechanical Repair : After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will start to itch.

Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss that you are late because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire

Law of the Result : When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will

Does this not seem the way it happens to us sometimes, at least I can attest to the ones on queues/ lines and greasy hands, only mine are when I am cooking :-)

Speaking of cooking, here is a simple pasta salad that I made inspired from a Vegetarian Times cookbook that I borrowed from the library. The, recipe of this salad, suggested it as a cold salad and and the ingredients mentioned in the original recipe were vastly different from the ones I finally used. I served this salad hot because it was a really cold evening and cold salad was not quite what I was in the mood for, but it worked very well as a hot salad. I absolutely loved this simple,quick and elegant pasta salad and it turned out to be a great way to use up the fresh asparagus I found in my local groceries :-)


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Ingredients and Method to make pasta with carrots and asparagus
3 cups dry shell pasta
2 large carrots julienned
10 stalks asparagus (heads cut off, balance cut into 2 inch pieces and then quartered lengthwise)

1 tbsp oil
1/4 finely cut fresh parsley
salt to taste (approx 3/4 tsp)

Whisk together
1 tbsp jalapeno mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)

Cook the shell pasta as per manufacturers instructions and keep aside to drain.
Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan and add the carrots and asparagus and saute for a few minutes until it is cooked, yet crisp not too soft. Remove from heat.

Add the cooked and drained pasta, salt to taste and and the whisked jalapeno mustard+ olive oil+ crushed red pepper and give it a good toss until the pasta and vegetables are coated with this mixture.

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Add some more crushed red pepper if required. Add parsley and mix it in too.

Serve hot, at room temperature or cold.

Serves approximately 2 to 3

This salad is off to the Healthy Inspirations Event- Salad being hosted on this site and to the Cooking with Pasta event being hosted by Sowmya

Update (03/25/10): Srimathi has started a new event called My food finds Event. She tells me that this pasta fits her theme too because of the jalapeno mustard, so as requested Srimathi, here is a picture of the jalapeno mustard, which I bought at the local grocery and used in this pasta, which is now off to the MFF Event too
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