No, not “free furniture”. Well, not yet, anyway. But keep your eyes open, because we may just give away our sofas in the near future! Until then, I want to share with you a very exciting new blog discovery. It’s called http://www.katysays.com, and the blogger is a biomechanist and mom who writes about healthy bodies, alignment, and a whole bunch of other amazing, fascinating things. And she lives (mostly) furniture-free with her family. As soon as I read this article, I made sure it was all set up nice for Fireman to read, and then not-so-subtly put it right in front of his face.
And waited. With bated breath.
HE LOVED IT! Ah, I love this man who happily joins me on my hippie endeavours. Of course, neither of us are jumping on Craigslist to give away our furniture (yet) but the ideas are percolating. Most of the world’s population lives without sofas, tables, and chairs – why can’t we? Imagine how much SPACE we would have! Imagine how fun and adventurous it would be! So we started by pushing our kitchen table against the wall, leaving a huge space in the kitchen (great for mini-stick hockey, says B!) and allowing us to spread out a blanket and eat on the floor for meals. Just like they do in Afghanistan! (And many other countries, but I just finished a great book about a girl in Afghanistan).
Here is a video tour of Katy Bowman’s house: http://www.katysays.com/furniture-free-ahs13/
Tonight, dinner was our first picnic. And dinner was DELISH. I made Smoked Salmon Asparagus Pasta and it was healthy, easy, and quite delicious if I do say so myself. In fact, everyone gobbled it up. Including K, who is our fussiest eater. I’ll share the recipe and I encourage you to spread out a blanket and eat it on the floor🙂
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 package of pasta (organic brown rice pasta is my favourite, but any pasta will do!)
- 2-3 TBSP butter
- 2 large or 3 smaller green onions, finely chopped (makes approx. 1/2 cup)
- half a bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- zest of one lemon (optional)
- 1-2 cups of whole milk or cream
- approx 1/4 cup cream cheese (organic if possible. Island farms is a good non-organic option. Or make your own by straining yogurt through a cheesecloth overnight, and adding some salt!)
- a chunk of smoked salmon (often called BBQ Salmon Tips) about 200g-400g
- a few handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped (optional)
- Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.
- Wash your asparagus and trim the ends. Put in the boiling water and could for 1-4 minutes, depending on the thickness. You want them bright green.
- Once they’re cooked, remove them from the water using a slotted spoon and if they’re absolutely perfect, run them under cold water to avoid overcooking. Or you can take them out a little early, put them on a plate, and allow them to continue cooking a little as they cool.
- Return the water to a boil and cook the pasta as directed.
- Meanwhile, finely chop your green onions and parsley. Heat your butter in a pan on medium heat.
- Chop your asparagus into 1-2 inch pieces and throw in the pan, tossing to coat with the butter.
- Add the onions and parsley and lemon rind (if you’re using it) and cook for a minute or two.
- Check your pasta. Once it’s cooked, drain, but don’t rinse it. You need it to have a little extra starch to thicken the sauce.
- Add 1 cup of milk/cream to the pan, as well as the cream cheese. Don’t bother measuring the cream cheese, just put four tablespoon-sized glops, then stir to melt and incorporate with the milk/cream.
- If the pasta is done, add that to your pan and mix.
- Break or chop the smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces and add that too.
- If you want to increase the veggies, chop some spinach and add that too, ensuring everything is heated and that the spinach wilts a little. If it isn’t saucy enough, add more milk.
- Season with salt and pepper. If your kids don’t like pepper, make sure you have it at the table for adults, because it’s a must in my opinion!