We are having a completely freaky spring in Western NY. We had a spell of cold weather a week or so ago, but, other than that, it’s been really warm. The last couple days have been about 80 degrees. Those of you who live here understand this. Those of you who don’t should know that if it were snowing right now, none of us would be surprised. Typically in May, I’m pretty glad if it’s 60 degrees and sunny and not raining every single minute of the day.
This has meant a lot of things for me on a personal level: lots of yard work, walks, sneezing, and ice cream. I also have this crazy bumper crop of parsley. It’s the parsley I grew last year, really, which never died over the winter and is now as big as I might expect to see a little-used parsley plant in, say, July. So yesterday morning, I thought I should start trying to use some of this parsley. I consulted the How to Cook Everything app I got for my iPod a couple weeks ago and came up with Pasta with Leeks and Parsley, which I decided to try for lunch.
First, let me just say that while the How to Cook Everything app is really handy for searching for recipes and getting ideas, it is not good to try to cook something from a recipe that’s on your iPod, on account of the way the iPod and your kitchen don’t mix. As soon as my hands got dirty, I was like, “Oh, YEAH, I should have written that down.” So that’s one reason this recipe went wrong.
Second, and really more critical to the failure of this experiment, when it came time to put in the red pepper flakes, I did that thing you aren’t supposed to do where you shake the container that doesn’t have a shaker lid directly into the pan, and a LOT of red pepper flakes came out. Really a lot. “Well,” I thought, “I like hot dishes.” I did start to worry, though, when the fumes from the sautéing started making me cough the way the fumes from the dehydrator do when I’m drying hot peppers.
I had a bit of a cold this past week, and so one positive thing I can say about the way this recipe turned out is that it cleared out my sinuses. The cats also showed absolutely no interest in it, which is always nice. On the negative side, the red pepper flakes overwhelmed the whole. I could see where it might have been a nice dish had I made it properly (caramelized leeks=YUM). I ate what I needed of this for my lunch, and then I gave myself permission to throw the rest out, and the cats returned to the kitchen.