easy peasy

last night was one of ease and simplicity. a meal was made in a half hour, a wedding guest list was made in a matter of minutes, and grocery shopping for next week was finished in the time it would have taken me to walk to the market.
never being one to resist any dish where the main ingredient is cheese i made jamie oliver's baked camembert pasta for dinner. it was so simple i felt guilty for not having to work harder for such a delicious show stopper of dish. seriously you know those little boxes of camembert cheese. you top it with a few ingredients, bake it in the oven in it's little box, and presto you have a rich creamy sauce. the only difficulty involved was in not eating 3x the acceptable portion size.
baked camembert pasta
after dinner we decided to tackle the guest list for the wedding. armed with champagne to get us through what i was presuming could be a touchy subject we effortlessly discussed and came up with a list for our little farm celebration, serving as another reminder of how wonderful we are together and how easy things can be when they are right.
with much of the evening left stijn taught me to shop for groceries on a website called "le shop"(how cute is that). you login, pick out anything you might want or need, place it in your cart, choose your delivery date and time, purchase, and the next thing you know your groceries are on your doorstep. since i love going to the market and touching produce the contents of our cart were mostly beer and wine.
such a night had me thinking, i am never one to shy away from challenges, on the contrary, in my life thus far i have found myself attracted to them. if given a choice between the easy way and the more difficult it is safe to say i have chosen the more difficult as though constantly trying to prove something or prove myself. maybe i associate easy with mundane and never wanting my life to resemble anything boring have found myself drawn to the always enticing dramatic option. i have to say that now at 30 years old and with more grey hairs than i can count the simple looks pretty good and feels even better.

the quickest, easiest, pasta dish ever:
baked camembert pasta

1 x 8-ounce box of camembert
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. dried rigatoni
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves
4 ounces parmesan, grated
baked camembert pasta
preheat oven to 350°. open box of cheese and unwrap. place it back in the wooden box. score a circle into the top of the skin, remove and discard. peel and finely slice the garlic. pick the rosemary leaves off the stalk. lay the garlic slices on top of the cheese, sprinkle with pepper, and drizzle with some oil. scatter over the rosemary leaves and gently pat with your fingers to coat them in oil. place the box of cheese on a cookie sheet and bake in oven for 25 minutes. meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. add rigatoni and cook to package instructions. when pasta is finished add spinach for 10 seconds. drain both pasta and spinach into colander, reserving some of the cooking water. return the pasta and spinach to the pan. add a couple lugs of olive oil and the grated parmesan. add a splash of the reserved cooking water. season with salt and pepper. remove cheese from oven. spoon melted camembert over the pasta and serve.
baked camembert pasta
baked camembert pasta