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Friday, March 26, 2010
After a long week at work, and a particularly bad experience as I ended a 10+ hour workday, I got home around 7pm not particularly motivated to cook. Thankfully, my husband's meal planning skills are exemplary, and tonight's dinner was an easy yet satisfying one: seafood and veggie pasta.
The hardest part was getting the water to boil - as our gas stove seems to have trouble in that department. Perhaps the pots that worked well on electric don't do as well with gas? I'll have to research that a bit. But once the water (salted generously) boiled, I cooked up some fettuccine, pulled it out, blanched some chopped broccoli, pulled it out, and then tossed in some chopped kale. While the pasta was cooking, I put 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and melted it down over medium-high heat, then added 2 tablespoons of flour, whisking quickly, then added milk until I got a nice thick sauce going. I added Parmesan cheese and Mizithra cheese, and then realized the Mizithra smelled bad, so I tossed that sauce and started over. 2 more tablespoons each of butter & flour, the last of the milk in the house, and some more Parmesan, and I had a good sauce (seasoned with some salt and pepper to taste, of course).
I also tossed a very little olive oil in a medium high heat pan and cooked some prawns and scallops, just until they changed color.
When everything was cooked, I poured out the cooking water and tossed everything in the big pot to toss it together - sauce included - then dumped it into a big bowl for serving.
The kale could've either used more cooking time or to be de-stemmed first, but other than that I felt the dish was successful.