Do you have eggs and flour? If not, why not? If yes, great. You are rich. You can make pasta. Fresh pasta is the third great joy of this year and it is sitting patiently in your kitchen.
One of the many unpleasant consequences of losing my mother ten years ago was I lost any real enjoyment in the kitchen. Cooking was one of her passions and whenever I tried it I would miss her. I would become anxious and miserable.
One of my favorite meals when I first moved to Brooklyn was as follows:
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 1 half eaten container low fat cottage cheese
- 1 baggy of baby carrots, flavorless
I would mix the tuna into the cottage cheese and use the baby carrots as utensils. No muss! No fuss!
Now I know the secret of cooking: all true joy is in action. At lunch sometimes I sit and watch the sushi chefs silently slice and tweeze a full salmon into sushi size pieces, dressing it like it’s going to the Oscars.
I can make you fresh pasta on a week night- two eggs, one cup flour, butter and parmesan- one hour and we can sit and eat. Tell me everything.