Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a continuous loop- a perpetual groundhog cycle, minus Bill Murray and whimsical little towns. No, my Groundhog Day has involved me driving back and forth between New York City and Southern Maryland.
And back and forth.
Sunday night, as I drove back to Maryland in my little Honda Civic with the remainder of our stuff from the apartment after a weekend of cleaning it thoroughly before officially vacating, a little over one week since the snow storm moving extravaganza, I felt that ever familiar sense of déjà vu. This time, with the slight sense of panic at the knowledge that it’s actually happening. Two years of my attempted (and failed, as I came back a year later) extraction from New York and it’s finally actually happening.
Of course, being the person I am, driving down 95 South I had a few moments of panic- What if I’m making a horrible mistake? sort of questions. I leaned forward on the steering wheel towards the window and briefly glanced up at the clear night sky with its shining stars- stars that are almost always muddied from the lights of the city- and immediately felt reassured. This isn’t a mistake- it’s just the next necessary step I need to take.
New York is still close enough that I can visit when needed (or wanted) but for the next few weeks at least I hope to stay within this state. January never really felt like the “New Year” to me but now with my feet firmly in Southernmost region of Maryland in February, I finally feel like it’s time to start the new year and the next chapter of my life.
February greeted me with an early morning (despite getting in late from the drive) due to some rowdy cats but a relaxed day spent working on the computer next to the kitchen, cooking and fussing with foods occasionally and drinking tea. When brewed in ernest, tea is a reflection of a person’s emotions. I was pleased to find that my first tea was calming and well-balanced (if not a little on the light side). I took it as a good omen.
This recipe is a riff off of one Mr. C used to make when he was a broke college student. The ideal would be to use Dominican Oregano if you can find it, but regular dried oregano will work too. While it can be made with very simple ingredients (canned tuna, if necessary), I’ve found this becomes quite a respectable and delicious meal when high quality ingredients (read: good olive oil) are used.
Nothing too fancy and not too much work, this makes for a quick and easy pasta dish that can be eaten as a main dish or a side dish.
Pasta de Atún
8 oz (approx 4 Cups) Fusilli Pasta
2 Sun-Dried Tomatoes (in Oil)
6 oz Canned Tuna Fillets (in Oil)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 TBSP Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Cook pasta according to package in salted water.
Allow it to drain and cool sightly. Meanwhile, mince the sun-dried tomatoes and flake apart the tuna.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients (I usually toss in a little oil from the sun-dried tomatoes and tuna fillets as well since it’s so flavorful), adding salt and pepper to taste. Add more oil if desired.