So England’s been doing what England does best for the last couple of days. Rain. Rainrainrainraaaain. My life has been effectively reduced to testing how quickly I can cycle to and fro the library, and obstinately keeping my curtains firmly closed while at home to try and block out the bleak outside world.
In a similar vein of avoidance, the food I’ve been eating has been uncharacteristically sunny – snacking on strawberries, trying to incorporate as much fresh fish as a student budget will allow, and using an absurd amount of green veg. This pasta dish from TopWithCinnamon screams all things ‘spring’ to me, it’s vibrant and fresh, with a little bit of tang… and so darn pretty.
I love pasta. I really, really love pasta. Pasta, however, is a cruel mistress who piles layers upon layers of unflattering fat across my hips, as well as making me feel bloated and – if I’m being honest – a bit ill. (I’m not often honest so still request that my mum makes me her lasagne, which is hand on heart the greatest lasagna on this planet, every time I return from uni.)
Despite our complicated relationship, pasta and I have found a way to get along just fine – I stay conscious of my gluten intake and indulge only occasionally, but make damn sure those occasions count. And boyyyyy did this count. Continue reading →