Thursday, January 8, 2009

Healing Balm

Nothing like a surprise visit,, a hug and a smile from my dear LM to make me feel better despite still being quite sick. Bob was resting and LM felt confident enough to leave him for a bit to drive over to Chatham, ostensibly to buy fish for their dinner (I live practically next door to one of the Cape's best fish markets), and to stop by for a few minutes to check on me. He also said he's been worrying about Ms G forgetting him so he had to see her, too. It was a sweet interlude in sort of a lost day. I slept most of it away, waking only to drink and respond to demands for treats (patting of the paw on my cheek). Finally forced myself to stay up after LM left at 4:45, made myself a delicious little meal, and spent time in my chair wrapped in a quilt reading. Back to bed at 7.
I'll share my delicious meal with you. I love spaghetti squash and when I remember to make it, I am always so happy and try to make myself a mental note to do so more often.
A day in advance, I split the squash in half the long way, scrape out the seeds, and bake it at 350 (this can also be done in a microwave with a tiny bit of water 8-10 min or until soft), cut side down, in a bit of water for about an hour, until a knife pierces it easily. After cooking and cooling, I wrap and refrigerate both pieces. When ready to serve, I take an inverted dinner fork and rake out strands (raking from stem to stern) onto a serving dish, drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and put several large scoops of meatless spaghetti sauce on top and heat in the microwave until hot. It is so easy, delicious and healthy.
The sauce is one I usually keep available. It is just cooked down diced tomatoes, roasted garlic and some basil. The squash strands are a perfect substitute for pasta in my book! I also sprinkle about 2 tsps of parmesan on top. Try it, you'll like it.....No photos....just not up to even thinking about that right now. Spaghetti squash is also delicious with a bit of blue cheese or gorgonzola melted atop. Actually, the possibilities are endless.
My head still does not wish to be upright, back to bed for me. Coughed deeply all night and slept in 10 minute intervals. I'm considering this sick time as "it" for the winter. I will not be sick again!


aliceinparis said...

That squash sounds yummy!
Get well soon, I had a nasty cold over Christmas and I know how yucky one can feel:(
Thanks for popping by with Birthday Wishes:)
Cheers, Shelagh

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