I see a flutter of wings when the magpie family lands on the windowsill right in front of my office window. It’s rainy and windy outside and they’ve taken the liberty to use our windowsill as a hide-out when it gets too wet in the trees. They are curious and I think the reflection in my window prevents them from seeing me the same way that I see them. They have young ones too so I think there is a nest somewhere in our overgrown garden. Great place for birds to hang out, as it is usually very busy with the real tweets…The parents feed the young right in front of me. I think a mere 50 centimeters separates them from me. Well that and a glass pane ofcourse. On occasion they peer inside and look me straight in the face, which never fails to make me laugh. They seriously look at me and as long as I don’t move to much they will stay there, staring at me, possibly wondering who that creature is sitting there…
Two days ago the weather was a little better and Gizmo, our old and slightly senile cat was outside sitting on one of the lawnchairs. I hadn’t noticed she went outside until I heard the magpie’s going completely insane and making a noise that would have awoken the entire neighborhood. Of course it was in the afternoon, so no one was sleeping. I got a little nervous and called Gizmo she had to come back inside (and believe me she actually listens when I tell her to come inside… Although I do think it is the only thing she listens too!) Magpies are fairly big and they sounded rather aggressive. An old cat would be an easy target! So better be safe then sorry. Now that I think about it; it could have been one of the neighbors cats that was lurking in the bushes as normally they don’t even react when Gizmo goes outside. As if they know she is old and slow. The sparrows will actually sit on the same chair Gizmo is lying in, teasing her…! Little buggers…
The reason I started talking about the magpies is because the weather has been lousy the last week meaning I had a lot of magpie visits on my windowsill. I am longing for long warm summer days and this pasta would be gorgeous to eat on such a day. I ate it yesterday while a storm was howling around the house and the rain was making the garden look like a pond, so I can tell you from experience that it does taste equally well on a cold day… Quick and delicious!
Goatcheese lemon pasta
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Quick and simple vegetarian pasta dish
- 60 gr goatcheese
- 1/2 tbsp of lemonjuice
- 1/2 tbsp of lemonzest
- 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
- 110 gr frozen peas
- 100 gr penne pasta
- rocketcress or rocket (arugula)
- Bring salted water to the boil and cook your penne according to package instructions. Add the peas at the last minute so they warm through.
- Make the dressing by combining the lemonjuice, oliveoil and lemonzest and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Crumble the goatcheese and set aside
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain and put back in the pan.
- Toss with the dressing so everything is coated and add the goatcheese crumbles. Some of it will melt in the pasta. Keep some separate to put on your plate.
- Add the rocketcress or rocket at the last minute and enjoy!