I love the advert that is showing on tv at the moment which talks about Lilly the rescue dog and Lilly’s owner saying she sometimes thinks Lilly rescued her. I certainly feel like that about my two scruffy monsters, Benji and Baxter. They bring a lot of smiles and joy to my life. I am an introvert and I am definitely happier living by myself so I get to recharge in the evenings but there is nothing like coming home and being greeted by Benji and Baxter with such enthusiasm and love.
But they are not without their quirks and one of the quirks they both share is that they hate the car. They are the first dogs I have had that hate the car and it has made life a little bit more complicated to say the least. When I have the two of them in the car, I call it the vomit comet as you can be guaranteed that regardless of the length of the trip Benji will manage to empty his stomach and Baxter is probably not too far behind. It means I limit trips and when we do go on trips the car has to be dog proofed with blankets and towels. I have tried all sorts of medication and other tricks to try and solve the problem but to no avail. The vet has been very surprised at how resistant Benji is to the medication. First case he has heard of where the dog vomits after taking the super dooper expensive medication.
I try to avoid trips with them if I can but of course once a year we have to do a trip to the vet for their annual vaccinations and that was this week. Always a stressful occasion for all concerned and my Mum and Dad come along to help with the dog wrangling – it is major production. Baxter isn’t too bad, he throws in the towel and gets the vaccinations over and done with very quickly. Benji, who isn’t keen on being picked up at the best of times, is another story and I was very surprised this week that the vet managed to vaccinate him rather than me. I was sure the way Benji was wriggling that I was going end up being treated for heartworm.
But we have survived for another year (fingers crossed they don’t pick up anything else) and after the visit we all went home and collapsed on the couch with exhaustion.
On days like these I definitely need a carb pick me up that is quick and easy to make and this penne all’arrabbiata fits that bill perfectly – except I use fusilli. It is simple to make and has very few ingredients while still containing lots of flavour and spice. It is also a meal that scales down very easily for one person albeit with some leftovers. The recipe can be found here on As Easy as Apple Pie.
To make a serve for one I used the following ingredients:
- 1 tbs of olive oil (the original recipe has extra virgin but when I am cooking I feel I can’t justify using extra virgin. I buy high quality extra virgin and use it for salads and other foods that need dressing after they are cooked)
- 1/2 a fresh red chilli
- 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
- 120g diced tinned tomatoes
- 100g of fusilli (cause that is what I normally have in rather than penne)
- 1 tbs of pecorino cheese, grated (or parmesan if you have that in the fridge)
- parsley to garnish (skip if you don’t have – the main thing is your dish won’t look as pretty)
The instructions are on the Easy as Apple Pie page and I just followed the instructions given aside from the slight adjustments to ingredients mentioned above – because I used diced tinned tomatoes I didn’t need to chop the tomatoes. It is about 5 minutes to prepare – mainly getting things out of the cupboard and grating the cheese. Cook time is about 20 minutes. All done in half an hour. My kind of recipe. It has about 560 calories.
Cooking this for one,the items you will have leftover are half a red chilli and the remainder of the tinned tomatoes. I normally have other chilli dishes on my meal plan to use up the chilli. If I am not going to use the tinned tomatoes in another meal, I heat them up the next morning and have them on toast with a good smattering of salt.