Love Nest Cooking: The Truth

Love Nest Pasta a la Heidi Swanson

Perhaps I over-dramatize on occasion. Like the time I told you about our cute little Love Nest.  Yes, it's cute and yes, it's little, and it's all the nice things I mentioned a year ago. What I didn't share then is that once a week (usually Monday mornings), I crawl out of bed at the uncivilized hour of 5:30 a.m. to drive the hour-and-a-half to the office, otherwise known as the hometown of the Love Nest. I read somewhere that for optimal perkiness, a person should keep the same sleep pattern day in, day out. I don't do that. Some days of the week I wake at 7:30, some at 6:30, some at 8 a.m. The horrific back-to-the-office-day alarm comes as an assault. 

Another Love Nest Truth I Didn't Share With You: 
A Severely Sloping Cooking Surface

This morning I drug my weary tukhus away from dreams, the warmth of the covers and the sweet morning scent of My Baby into the chilly, dark dawn. I had my suitcase and garment bag packed in the car last night as usual, but a few last minute items always wait until right before I drive away, including a small cooler packed with a few food items to get me by for the 3 or 4 days away.  The Love Nest cooking plan this week included a ultra-green eggy springtime pasta I'd read about from Heidi Swanson over at 101 Cookbooks. It sounded easy, delicious and healthful; I had sugar peas, green beans and spinach at home with which to make it. Great. Easy peasy.

So at 6:15 this morning, having traded in weatherproof boots and jeans for high heels and office attire, I packed my little cooler, which required cutting an egg carton with kitchen shears so that the two eggs necessary for Heidi's recipe would fit with protection, a task that definitely strained my small-muscle coordination that early in the morning. Veggies, leftover pineapple galette (stay tuned for that), eggs, a dab of remaining fennel-potato gratin from the weekend, a sandwich baggie full of my favorite peanut M & M's, and tiny neat ice packs to keep it all fresh. Viola. Food for the week. Kisses and goodbyes, and I was off.

Sometime around noon I went to fetch my cooler from the car. No cooler. That's how together I was this morning. I packed the cooler and forget to put in the car. No cooler = no food.

After a long day at work, I schlepped to the grocery and purchased the things I'd left behind. In the meantime, a new iteration on Heidi's suggested recipe came to mind. All the veggies would still be great, but garlic and a little salty tang thrown in would be nice. Feta would work well for that.

In a non-rational hunger delirium, I chose this off-the-shelf Riesling purely because of it's name. By then I was really hungry, my pineapple galette was nearly a hundred miles away, and a cupcake sounded really good. I have no comments on the wine. You get what you pay for, and I got what I expected. Except no cupcake.

It was a fresh, tasty, easy weeknight meal. The next time I make it, some torn basil and a handful of pine nuts would be a nice addition.

If I don't forget them at home.


  1. This looks delicious and gorgeous presentation :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE Cupcake, have you tried their Sauvignon Blanc? You must, I love it!

    I wake at 445am every morning, I find it hard to sleep in. 6am is about as late as it gets for me.

  3. I love feta cheese! This vegetable pasta dish sure looks delicious!

  4. Early risers!! Wow. Great flavors here.

  5. Another fun story! The Cupcake Chard is pretty good, but not the best I have ever had!

    You are quite the trooper with that schedule you have. It won't be that way forever.


  6. I don't know why but I am really sad you left the galette behind! LOL

  7. I, too, lack a regular sleep schedule. Managing a coffee shop and waiting tqbles three nights a week kills my sleep cycle. I think a lack of sleep builds a better passion of food (must fuel up somehow).

    Great blog! Feel free to visit me at I look forward to reading more from you!


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