Like tonight's dinner...but, let me back up a bit. The latest edition - Donna Hay Magazine, Autumn 2008 has just about every page dog-eared. I couldn't resist the cover - easy chicken, leek & mushroom pie - even though that will have to wait for cooler weather.
But on to the recipe...
Donna's version calls for spaghetti and fresh oregano, but I was really in the mood for the shrimp noodles I had on hand. They're subtle and, truth be told, I really never taste any shrimp, but they're easy to whip up even on a hot summer day. And I just bought a big bunch of basil two days ago that is already looking sad and starting to wilt. I was tempted to use some of the Mint & Cilantro Pesto , I had left over from yesterday's delicious dinner Grilled Shrimp & Spinach Fettuccine, but I'm glad I resisted the urge. It was perfect as is.
That said, even while we were eating this plate of pure heaven, I was already thinking about what herbs I'd use to go with the Black Pepper Fettuccine I'll be using next time. And should I add some thinly julienned red peppers to give it more color?...hmmm.
This week Presto Pasta Night is being graciously hosted by Michelle at Greedy Gourmet and I know her roundup will be wonderful. Please send all your entries to her directly...michelle AT greedygourmet DOT com
And so, my question to you...who inspires you to be creative in the kitchen?