Son no 2 had flu a few weeks back but is now feeling better. He was tested for swine flu but he didn't have it, thankfully and is now back at work.
Here, we're cooking from scratch mostly and one recipe we chucked together was a veggy pasta dish.
Put pasta on to cook. We used the twists, which are probably the wrong sort, but it's what we had in.
Saute an onion and some chopped garlic in olive oil for a couple of mins. Add sliced mushrooms and a sliced courgette. Cook for a few minutes. Add tablespoon of tomato puree and a couple tablespoons of the pasta water. Stir. Season. I added basil, salt and pepper. Then, while cooked pasta is draining, add a tablespoon or two of cream cheese to the veg sauce and stir in thoroughly. Mix it into the pasta and there you are! You could, I suppose, blitz the mixture so it's smoother.
Sadly, we have no piccies as we scoffed the lot before we thought of that. lol
When I was younger and times 'was really hard', Mother used to cook pasta and stir in cream cheese into the pasta and that was your meal. No money in those days for extra veg and the luxury of a 'sauce':o( Sometimes it was pasta for pud, too. Basic pasta, knob of butter stirred in and sugar sprinkled on top. Mother used to rave about compote. Boiled fruit. I used to HATE it. Eughhh. And she'd just try to get it down our necks, saying 'Das is goot for you', but mouths stayed firmly shut. lol
Back to Min & Junior's kitchen, sometimes we have pasta and a basic tomato and onion sauce and herbs (I pestle and mortar black peppercorns and fennel seeds and add a pinch of that). Put grated cheese into the bottom of a bowl, add a bit of pasta, then sauce, then cheese. Layer it up as far as it'll go without tipping over the bowl. Junior's favourite cheese for this is mozzarella as she likes the stringy chewiness.
It's the cheese that lets me down on the being totally vegan front. Junior likes to try different foods, so she's still an omni at heart. (garlic sausage kid).
Must go and do some waddling (exercising of joints and which is a sight to behold!!). If I sit for half an hour or so it feels like concrete has settled in. lol 'Tis worse in the morning. I'm really peed off with the having to take painkillers....makes me tired but I wouldn't get anything done otherwise. Can't win.