Since we started with putting some bread in the oven, we had some time for little pick-us-ups. We opened up a jar of Mamie's pear chutney, and combined it with some cream cheese and crackers. Also a bit of cheese. We have found that we love the Irish cheese you can find at Sam's called Kerrygold Dubliner. MMMM! Slivered thin and nibbled with a glass of red, it is delicious. Mamie even put a little in the bread tonight.
First, out to the garden to pick some fresh swiss chard...
Verdict: Pasta was very tasty; but Poppy and Mamie concurred that some freshly chopped roma tomatoes would have brought this dish to a new level. Although it was quite tasty, it needed the acidic fresh taste of a ripe, fresh tomato. We will try this again this summer! The bread could have been a meal in itself! Sooooo goood! Here is the recipe as we made it tonight, without our future adaptations...oh, and as for Mr. and Mrs. Mouse....we bid them,
"Con te partiro"!