Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve really been missing the sun lately.
There was a morning last week when the sun appeared noticeable earlier than usual. As I left for work with the morning sun on my face, I couldn’t help but smile with the thought that winter was ending!
Unfortunately, warmer, sunnier weather is not yet to be here in Germany.
The snow continues to bluster down and the temperatures are just enough above freezing to allow the snow to turn to slush. Yuck.
To make matters worse, my photos are suffering from a lack of vitamin D as well. My breakfast and dinner photos are looking jaundice while the only good photos are those that I can sneak while at school. Luckily, my students think I’m strange enough when it comes to art/ photography/ and eating that they no longer question me snapping pictures of “random” things all day.
Please put up with the sepia toned photos for now, I promise they will look better in the future sunshine!
Lunch was some leftover pasta with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and pine nuts. Served alongside a beautiful salad with green pepper.
I had a banana around 2:30, taught a year 5/6 art class after school, marked some homework, and then headed to the grocery store to stock up my fridge with some fresh veggies.
Since the store had sage, I decided to attempt a delicious restaurant recreation. Spinach a ricotta tortellini with butter sage sauce. I also cooked up a few veggies- mushrooms, zucchini, and carrot.
Feeling a bit guilty about the amount of butter in the butter sage sauce, I opted to use a margarine/ olive oil spread.
Butter Sage Sauce
4 Tbsp. butter
8-10 sage leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the butter in a large pan until it melts and begins to brown.
2. Toss in the sage leaves and lemon juice then reduce heat to med. low.
3. Once your pasta is cooked, drain (saving some of the water) then coat in butter mixture.
4. Allow the pasta to mix with the butter sauce. If it appears to become too dry, sprinkle in a bit of the reserved pasta water.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste then enjoy!
The food was fantastic, but I was a little disgusted by the pool of butter left on my plate at the end!
After such savory goodness, I needed a little something sweet. Chocolate chip cookie dipped in plain yogurt!
So, here’s to wishing the sunshine back! I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!
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