Ah, Sunday. It’s my favourite day of the week. Neither of us work and we can spend the day together as a family, walking or napping, drinking coffee, making a nice meal, going to a movie or staying in and lounging around in pajamas. We had a nice, low-key day today and a pretty great supper tonight.
It was sunny and cold, but with Baby J bundled in his new one piece, tiger striped fleece suit, we took a stroll after morning nap (I didn’t say ‘his’ because I had one too) to our local coffee shop and wedged ourselves into the last table to sit at, us sipping coffees and him nibbling on a rice rusk and staring quietly from his stroller at the lively people around us.
Back at home we mostly hung out, let the little guy scoot and move and flip around. He’s trying to sit up from laying down (I think?) and it’s pretty funny to watch him practice whatever he’s trying to do. He lays sideways as if he’s stretching out at the beach and inches up til he accidentally flips right over. There was also some piano playing, exersaucer enjoyment, and catching up on emails and plans for the upcoming weekend. A nice, lazy day.
But the highlight was dinner time. I decided to make a simple pasta that we have from time to time since tasting it in Florence two years ago. My version isn’t the same level of deliciousness, of course, but it’ll do for a nice Sunday night in. We lit candles, used place mats and opened our last bottle of wine from our trip this summer to Niagara, so fancy. Baby J also enjoyed his carrots and plumsauce for dessert.
Spicy Spaghetti with Oil, Garlic, and Red Pepper
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced and mashed
1/4 cup plus 1 T olive oil
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Cook spaghetti according to package directions – I used Capellini – until it is al dente. Drain.
Crush red pepper flakes and press or mash garlic, then mix together with olive oil. Dump into the hot spaghetti pot on low for about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the pasta, and toss.
Then put your tomatoes into the hot pot and let them cook for a couple of minutes.
Add pasta to plates and top with tomatoes.
*I added a bit of shredded Parmesan cheese too but didn’t really notice it. Definitely optional.
Hoping everyone out there had a nice weekend, with good food and sunny skies.