A debate ensued around our kitchen table last night.  The logistics of the weekend camping trip and all the factors that prevented me from going along:

A babysitter for frail mother-in-law, who needs to be ferried to shops and church;

A dogsitter for Lulubelle and Diski;

The tight deadline on my current project.


It’s been decided that father and daughter will go without me, for Saturday night only.  I’m slightly sad … but the subject matter (genocide) of the book I am editing makes solitude a better working environment and I should be able to get a lot done.


That said, the week lies ahead and people need to be fed.  I have decided to practise Tandy’s challenge of last week every Tuesday:


Make a pasta dish using 5 ingredients. These 5 ingredients do not include the pasta, olive oil or seasoning but you have to use 5!


Ergo, tonight is pasta night and here are my five ingredients (I will serve with fusilli pasta):





Spring onions


Seasoning: salt, pepper and Dijon mustard.


35 Comments Add yours

  1. aardvarkian says:

    I’m on my way over!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Taking your time, aren’t you? It’s all gone.

  2. Naomi says:

    Yum!! Need to stock up, as we have pitifully few of those ingredients!

    Sorry to hear you will miss the camping trip (working on the places to take dogs :-)), but must agree that alone time often yields great rewards, and pleasures…I’m sure you’ll dream up a dinner treat for yourself too!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe I will simply dial Mister Delivery 🙂

  3. Supa says:

    Admit it, you don’t really want to camp! 🙂
    I’m not a huge fennel fan.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m a recent convert to fennel and I’m liking it a lot.

  4. nrhatch says:

    Sounds like a wonderful plan to follow the Tandy challenge every Tuesday. Often simple preparations result in the best tasting meals.

    As for the camping . . . just think of them every time you flush the toilet.

    1. theonlycin says:

      … and head for the fridge 😀

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    It is a pity you can’t go, Cindy, and that they are now only going for one night. Perhaps when you’re not under pressure you can make a plan and go with them another time also for one night (to start, lol!).

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, they seem to be hellbent on doing a lot of camping this summer 🙂

  6. granny1947 says:

    You are one shrewd lady…all good reasons to stay…anyway…good for the two of them to bond!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I have my moments 😉

  7. PinkPolkaDot says:

    Lol…I agree with Supa!!! The dish sounds marvellous…how are you OC?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nice to see you, Pinky, all is well and I hope the same with you.

  8. buttercup600 says:

    Good bonding time for father and daughter…gave me an idea for supper too!! Yum! xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you had a good night, sweet friend.

  9. Great recipe Cindy:-) The project sounds as if solitude would be a great idea. Sometimes you just need to follow your own thoughts without interruption.

    Hope the solitude is enlivened by the odd dog walk…

    1. theonlycin says:

      There will certainly be that little walking distraction 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    Bravo…for one brief moment I had you stranded in the wildness without access to a decent wine….I too think the bonding angle is just wonderful…of course in my case I would have promoted mother-daughter bonding. 😉

  11. souldipper says:

    Count me in, Cin. I’ll have Supa’s share of the fennel!

  12. Tandy says:

    sorry to hear you are missing out on some nature time. Responsibility can be a bugger some time. Enjoy your day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      At least I am enjoying the work 🙂

  13. Kavita says:

    So you finally managed to “excuse” yourself from the camping trip eh?! Hmm… Smart gal! 🙂 But ofcourse you have that project to work on!!

    By the way, I am a total pasta fan! And my favorite ingredients for: cheese sauce, tomato, onions, garlic, bell peppers (and seasoning)… mmm
    Your post inspires me to make some tomorrow! yaayyy

  14. Jamie Dedes says:

    So the book you mentioned on my site is not published yet????

    Love the addition of fennel … nice!

    1. theonlycin says:

      No Jamie, I am editing at present.

      1. Jamie Dedes says:

        Fabulous assignment to land. Good for you!

  15. izziedarling says:

    Yum… have award for you on my blog – come and get it – it’s under “Who?Me?” … sorry I’m too challenged to send it. 🙂

  16. Tokeloshe says:

    Great idea!

    It sounds delicious, I like the photo too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a really great meal Tok 😀

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