1/26/10

Lemon-Caper Pasta and...

...A surprise road trip!!!!

My hubby knows I have been missing my family in Florida. Yesterday, he said we could visit them, and we are leaving tomorrow!!! It should be a 'long weekend' trip.

I do love surprises, and this was a major surprise:) To prepare for the trip, I made a checklist of things to bring, and printed out some online recipes, since I will not have internet access there.

The list helped a lot when it came time to pack. Here is a pic of my tiffins and other stainless containers. Some already had some goodies in them:) I will also be making some goodies to enjoy during the 20-something hours we will be driving.


There is a slight chance I will stay for a longer visit, so I also packed some appliances and things like my knife set, nutmilk bag, and of course my favorite gadgets.

Here is one of my favorite recipes I plan on making while I am away.

ETA~I have switched out the original old pic for a heart shaped* pasta for Valentine's Day:) You can still see the original pic on gone raw.

Lemon Caper Pasta

Ingredients:

1 yellow summer squash, organic, or other veggie pasta
1 lemon, organic
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon capers, organic but not raw, drained
1 medium tomato, 1/4 inch dice

gremolata topping:
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley
1 clove garlic
Preparation:

1. Process squash as desired for 'pasta', squeeze dry.

2. Zest lemon(reserve zest) and juice it, should be about 2 tablespoons juice.

3. Combine oil with lemon juice, capers, and only 1/2 of the lemon zest.

4. Pour over squash and mix well.

5. Top with tomato.

* For the heart shape, I used a small heart shaped pan. I placed the tomato in first, topped it with the lemon-caper pasta, put the plate on top and flipped it over. After removing the heart pan, I sprinkled it with the gremolata:)

6. For gremolata, chop remaining zest with parsley and garlic and sprinkle over pasta.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will see you soon!!!

15 comments:

bitt of raw said...

i just got one of those little tiffins. and hope to get more. i also have the chopper thing.

have a great road trip! stay away from the junk food temptations of the road.

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

I recognize that To-Go-Ware there. =) How exciting that you'll be traveling tomorrow. Enjoy!! and Safe Travel.

The pasta looks so yummy. I've been craving capers too. Hmm, must be time to get to the store. ;-)

Melissa said...

YAY!! You get to see your family. What a nice hubby! Great job with the prep too. Hope you have a safe drive and enjoy your time:)

kelli said...

mmm that pasta looks great! have a great time with the fam! =)

La Mama Naturale' said...

What a great surprise! Awesome packing too- love the stainless steel containers. :) Have a wonderful trip!

evergreen said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments, and well wishes:)

Nikki said...

I love road trips! What a nice surprise from your husband. Your so organized, it's inspiring. Have a great time!

Danielle said...

Surprises are my absolute favorite. And road trips in addition to seeing family is a close second and third. Enjoy! :)

HippieMom said...

I miss road trips! and love how well you are organized! and Fantastic food plans.
Have fun ;-o)
XOXO.

Pure2raw twins said...

Have a safe trip to Florida! Wish we were coming, it is going to be a cold one here in NC.

Pam said...

Have a wonderful time sweetie!

Thank you for caring so much!

xoxo!

Colleen said...

Hey! Where in Florida? I'm in Florida and I know of a new raw food cafe in the area where I live. Let me know! :-) I check your blog everyday I just love it!

Isle Dance said...

IloveIloveIloveILOVEyourcontainers!

Michal said...

I have heard that tiffins are super good for foodie transportation!

I hope you have a really wonderful time on your trip =)

evergreen said...

Thanks so much for all the kind words...We had a fantastic time(near Tallahassee, Colleen:))!

I appreciate having the steel containers and tiffins, and use them even at home for storage.

Good thing we drove down, I could imagine the metal detector at the airport shorting out if I tried to take them on a plane!!!

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