While he's away, I can go at my own pace. I can get a bunch done or be a lazy bum. The latter isn't too likely, but last night I took time for myself and chilled out watching dvr'd shows and a chick-flick, Definitely, Maybe. It was a better movie than I expected. It helps that Isla Fisher was in it, she's a girl crush of mine.
Since I'm flying solo I can try out a few recipes I know he'd be leary about. Last night's dinner was Brussels Sprout Spaghetti.
Brussel sprouts, cleaned and sliced - shredded would work well, too.
1 tsp butter
thin pasta - I used Ronzoni Spaghetti
juice from half of a lemon
garlic salt and pepper to taste
Boil pasta. Saute Brussels sprouts and shallots in half the butter, until fragrant and browning begins. Add drained pasta to the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Add remaining butter and lemon juice. Season to taste and top with parmesan cheese.
I thought it was a good start. I felt it was missing something, it needed pizazz. Red pepper flakes or bacon as suggested could be quite good.