Whenever I find myself running behind on my writing commitments and the pressure starts to mount, I paint my fingernails red.
A strange cure for writer's block perhaps but it works for me. Red is one of those colors that just won't be denied. Bold and energizing, it's an accelerator and mood changer. And it turns out that it doesn't endure procrastination very well either.
As soon as I see those bright red chiclets moving across the keypad in a trail of fire, it's like a call to action. Suddenly I'm transported out of the doldrums of my languid mind and into a place of movement and activity, whether I want to or not.
I don't think it would work on any kind of regular basis, and I wouldn't care to have my hands ablaze more than a few times a year, but every now and again, seeing red is where it's at.
Does color change you?
I know I should be moving on to back-to-school themes and fall givings and such but you'll forgive me for holding off on the pumpkin posts for now.
It is still August after all and I'm really not in a rush to abandon summer especially while mother nature continues to turn out such gorgeous late summer produce.
And speaking of spoils, we received another generous haul of garden tomatoes and basil from our neighbors this past weekend. In fact, we got the full tour of their plantation (so inspiring) and this time, I decided to make a roasted marinara sauce from their givings.
Instead of serving the Italian sauce with a conventional grain-based pasta, I decided to switch things up a little and work with zucchini - another abundant vegetable right now.
Some of you might remember this handy dandy shredding tool from this post that allowed me to make short work of my green papaya. That is the same tool I used to make the zucchini pasta threads. You could also use a spiralizer (I don't own one but I understand they are quite versatile and will produce a noodle like shape).
If you make this recipe expecting your great-aunt Angioletta's pasta, well, this is not it. On the other hand, you may be surprised to discover just how appetizing this dish is in its own right without comparison. A warm and savory roasted marinara sauce mingled with sautéed mushroom and chicken over a bed of light and delicious zucchini. You must just like it. A lot.