To leisurely wake up and stretch, feeling your muscles hug your bones, only to curl back up, turn over and close your eyes again is a most delicious feeling.
When a morning affords you time that hasn’t been penciled in with appointments on your calendar, staying in bed for a few minutes longer is divine sweetness. The rest of the week may be a flurry of activities and deadlines and obligations, but for that particular morning time is well spent savoring the stillness, the way your body is relaxed, the way the sheets lay lightly against your skin. You get up when you’re ready to get up, and that is the best way to greet the day.
Have you ever pulled back the curtains and just admire the sunlight, the way it caresses leaves and branches, the way it gleams and sparkles on dew, the way it makes you squint and warms your cheek and shoulder?
When the day is unhurried I pay attention to the sunlight. I move slowly, avoiding the habit to bustle into the kitchen to put on the kettle and get out the coffee.
I’ve been so prone to being in a hurry that when I take the time to be slow I feel refreshed and at ease. My pleasure senses are heightened.
A lovely dish to make that saves you time, effort, and money–while allowing you to relax, take it easy and rest your body and soul without compromising on flavor–is angel hair pasta with roasted garlic and tomatoes. I can eat this dish every day.
A few vine tomatoes//Garlic (as much as you like)//Salt + pepper//Dried rosemary, thyme + oregano//Olive oil//Fresh angle hair pasta//Feta cheese
Quarter tomatoes//Smash garlic//Drizzle olive oil generously onto tomato + garlic in glass baking dish//Season with salt + pepper//Add a light sprinkling of rosemary, some thyme, some oregano//Roast in 350 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes//Boil pasta once garlic + tomatoes are done (it will only take less than two minutes)//Drain pasta but reserve some of the pasta water (fresh pasta dries out quickly)//Season with salt//Add feta cheese (per your preference) to the hot pasta + mix until cheese is melting//Serve pasta into dish + then top it with some roasted garlic + tomatoes + their juices//Twirl your fork + enjoy!
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