Thursday, December 29, 2011

Spaghettini with Cream Sauce & Avocado Bacon Sundried Tomato Pesto Sandiwch


I think a lot. An action, a nuance, a lingering stare; a single gesture dissected in my head in the search of a hidden meaning. My mom says that my overthinking is the reason why I get headaches so often. I don't know if she's right or not, but I'll think about it.


I do my best thinking outside. The crisp, cool air helps cut through my muddled contemplations, leaving everything crystal clear. Sitting on cold bench outside the community center one afternoon last week, my mind drifted endlessly. Only once did it strike me that it was extremely cold outside and that was only after I had been sitting on the bench for a good twenty minutes. The idea that I would get sick after had not even occured to me until I woke up the next morning with a pounding headache. Oh, yes, my Christmas was wonderful.


The next couple of days were a blur of headaches, raspy voices, congestion, and coughing. A couple days later, I was feeling well enough (or at least I thought I was) to go to the mall to see a movie with friends. The headache came back with a vengeance, as did the coughing. My head throbbed in rhythm to my feet pounding the ground. Moving was a painful act in itself and focusing on anything caused a strain to my eyes. I was cold and then hot and then cold again.


The next morning, I felt a little bit better than I had the day before. My head was still throbbing lightly and I felt nauseous, but definitely an improvement. Still, I felt tired and groggy and unfocused. My mom took my temperature and declared that I had a fever. “Oh,” I said. Now that she mentioned it, a fever would totally explain the pounding headache and the cold-hot-cold spells. (Being sick obviously did away with my reasoning abilities.) She fed me a Tylenol and I retired to me room to rest.


Within the hour, I the headache had subsided and I was feeling much better. Suddenly, I was ravenous. All I wanted was some comfort food. And what’s more comforting than a big plate of rich Spaghettini with Cream Sauce made with heavy cream and parmesan? Or a hearty Avocado Bacon Sundried Tomato Pesto Sandwich? Nothing, except maybe a warm bowl of classic chicken noodle soup.
 

Spaghettini with Cream Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb spaghettini
  • 1-2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • a couple pinches of hot pepper flakes
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, to taste

Directions:
Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions. Drain, reserving about ¼ cup of the cooking water. In the same pot, combine the cooking water and cream and let reduce on high heat for a couple minutes until slightly thickened. Add the seasonings. Add the pasta and let the sauce thicken for another minute or two. Taste and season. Serve immediately.

Avocado Bacon Sundried Tomato Pesto Sandwich

Ingredients:

Directions:
Spread the pesto on both slices of bread. Arrange the avocado slices on top and then the strips of bacon. Place the cheddar cheese on top of the bacon and then the other slice of bread. This sandwich can be toasted. 


10 comments:

  1. I wish I had one for your sandwiches for lunch right now! Best wishes for a Happy New Year;-)

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  2. Both dishes sound utterly amazing! Glad the headache was able to go away long enough for you to make these =)

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  3. Hooray for being sick over Christmas. Both my wife and I were sick as parrots too... not-so-happy days :D Fantastic looking sandwich! I think that would always be guaranteed to make me feel better from anything!

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  4. the pesto sandwich sounds delightful! and I just want so bad to take some of that pasta

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  5. Oy being sick for the holidays sucks! One year, I had pounding headaches every day for the entire two weeks I was off from school...it was terrible. I hope you're feeling better!

    And it sounds like you self-medicated with food super well. As a future doctor...I thoroughly approve.

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  6. I may make the Spaghettini this week. I'll let you know how I like it if I do!

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  7. Kyleen

    Hope you feel better soon!
    I have an overthinking issue too and headaches. Maybe your Mom is right!

    Best Wishes to you in 2012

    Robyn
    http://theranchwifechronicles.com/

    P.S. Posting a Chicken Noodle Soup recipe on January 7th.

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  8. This sounds fabulous, Kyleen! I hope you feel better soon. I, too, am an "overthinker."

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  9. Hey there Kyleen,

    I love the simplicity of your pasta dish. Only a few good ingredients and you have simple deliciousness. And then you have bacon and avocado together - yum!

    Happy New Year to you!
    -Erin

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  10. Ahhh, this looks fab! The spaghetti looks awesome! x

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