Tuesday, April 17, 2012
taking pictures every day and gluten free lemon basil pasta
I LOVE photography! And I deeply desire to be good at it! Who am I kidding?? I want to be GREAT at it! It brings me JOY! Looking at photos in cookbooks or online, on travel blogs or food blogs does something to my senses! Some photos make me want to grab my carryon and hop on the very next plane. Others make me want to run to the grocery store for a fresh lemon or ripe tomato. Many times I've been inspired to try a restaurant, buy a new dress, or bake a delicious dessert. More than anything I want my photos to "get there." The more I learn in photography the more I realize I don't know but just like Dory in finding Nemo I just keep swimming, just keep swimming... One big thing I'm trying to do is to practice every day. I've posted this recipe before but wanted to repost it as I reshot the dish last night and am so happy with my growth through the school year.
I really love going to school! It's funny because I used to say that if there's one thing I'd never do is return to college, yet here I am. Oh, and here's a tip if any young girls are reading this blog post! You MUST know this! When I was younger all I wanted to be in the whole world was a mama. I didn't think school was important for me because all I wanted was to stay at home and raise my children so I never finished college. But not finishing college is not what I'm talking about right now. GRADES are what I'm talking about. I used to skip college back when I was 19 just to grab a latte or to visit my boyfriend and I got my first D in my whole life! Well here's the situation. That D stayed with me. Because I never got my degree that D is counted in my accumulative GPA even though I haven't been in school for 20 years! So whether you want to believe it or not your grades are important and you really should do your very best.
Oh and since I'm just chatting away do you know what else I've learned in school that is so important?? Learning someone's name. When I first started school I felt like this old lady walking around campus that didn't quite fit in. I remember the first time I heard someone yell "hey Lissa," and I turned and they were talking to ME! It felt so good to be known. I'm trying harder than ever now to learn peoples names and USE them.
Well anyway, I feel like I'm just rambling along and sharing a little bit of my schooling journey with you. I suppose that's enough for today. But just for fun here's the original link of the photo I took of this pasta dish. I'm hoping you agree that the current photo is much more tantalizing.
This really is a delicious dish! One of my family's favorites! It's adapted from Donna Hay's Fast Fresh Simple
Lemon, chicken, and basil pasta
1 pkg gluten free spaghetti noodles (my current favorite are by bionature)
4 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
2/3 c finely grated parmesan cheese
2 chicken breasts that have been cooked in olive oil, lemon pepper, garlic, and minced onion; shredded
1/2 c shredded basil leaves
sea salt and cracked black pepper
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water according to package directions.
Drain and return to the warm pan.
While the pasta is cooking, place the juice, oil, and parmesan in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Add to the pasta with the chicken, basil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
Serve immediately, serves 4