Saturday, July 14, 2007

When The Day Is Long

It’s taken four days, but at last I’ve finally cooked my first meal here in Atlanta. The good thing about moving into a new place, as opposed to being in a hotel, is that you can finally settle and feel less transient than when you live out of a suitcase. This morning I raided the supermarket and got myself a couple of pots, a frying pan and the cutlery I tend to use most when cooking. So, er, no juicer yet. This recipe is actually loosely based on something that dear Kaz once suggested, being particularly nifty when you’re short on time and low on energy. Despite having to eat this right out of the mixing bowl (still no proper bowls or plates), it tasted pretty good. And I’m sure it’s better for me than the Pringles I was scoffing down just yesterday. It’s also good in that you don’t generate too much heat during the actual cooking, which is great if you’re enduring particularly humid weather like it is over here.

Salmon, Spinach and Spag a la Yo-Yo

Serves 1

1 small tin of salmon (Alaska Sockeye – punched-up fish? – in my case)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 brown onion, finely chopped
arbitrary quantity of washed spinach leaves
arbitrary quantity of spaghetti
arbitrary quantity of olive oil (they have the Bertolli brand in the U.S. – yay!!)

Bring a small saucepan of cold water to the boil, and cook spaghetti for the time it tells you to on the packet.
While spaghetti cooks, gently brown onion and garlic on low heat.
Place washed spinach leaves in a colander.
When the spaghetti is ready, pour it onto the spinach while still hot. The heat will wilt the spinach a little.
When browned and softened, add garlic and onion to the pasta and spinach.
Add salmon, including the oil.
Mix thoroughly and transfer from colander to a more “appropriate” dining receptacle.


  1. Woo hoo! So good to see your post. How is Atlanta treating you yossarian?????

    Gotta say that is one tasty looking pasta dish. I was trying to will myself to cook something similar to this a coupla nights ago but it wasn't going to happen. I think i've been inspired!

  2. aah serenity, the one thing i've learnt over the last two weeks is how far spinach can go...

    atlanta is grrreat! hot and humid right now - a far cry from what i hear it's been like back home. the lab folk are awesome and very welcoming. as for the city itself and the people in general, i love it ;p

    hope you're doing great & keep your eyes peeled for more posts. i've got several drafts in storage! the one thing i've been doing properly since i've been here is cook :-)

  3. ooh your first meal in atlanta :D
    i like your dining receptacle, less washing up!
    good to see you're eating ok over there!! what have they been playing at the organic supermarket lately - any more wilco?


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