Yesterday it rained. Hard. On Fridays, I go to visit my Dad at the nursing home where he lives. He has lived there for 2 years since his stroke 2 ½ years ago. He is well cared for, happy and has a busy social calendar.
When Dad was discharged from the rehabilitation centre, he was not doing very well. The program there was not for him. When he was admitted to the nursing home, he began to thrive. The physiotherapist there reassessed him and asked if he had a goal. He said he wanted to walk down the hall and wanted to walk up 18 stairs, by Christmas. It was August when he moved to the nursing home. With a lot of hard work and determination Dad was able to walk with a walker, he walked down the hall and back again, he walked up 18 stairs and can walk down 18 stairs, with assistance. All by that first Christmas after his stroke.
I live quite far from where the nursing home is located, normally it is an hour bus ride from my home including three transfers. With the rain and all the roadwork, going on in Halifax it took longer yesterday. An hour and a half going. Coming home it took two and a half hours. I got soaked as I waited for the connecting buses because apparently smokers are unable to read the signs, which state there in NO SMOKING in or around the bus shelter. The worst place is the bridge terminal in Dartmouth.
So, by the time I got home I was tired, very wet, soaked down to and including my underwear, and hungry. There was an offer to go out and eat however, I had no desire to leave the house and just wanted a night in. We could have ordered in however nothing appealed to me. I wanted to eat something that was hot, it had to be quick to make, and most importantly good.
The orginal recipe was cut from a 1991 Canadian Living magazine. As you can see from the state of the magazine clipping, I have made this recipe more than a few times.
(In case you are wondering, I covered the original photo with one of mine.)
I often substitute sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. I like to add mushrooms, zucchini, and crushed red pepper flakes. I sauté the mushrooms with the onions, add the crushed red pepper flakes when adding the herbs. I add the zucchini midway through cooking since it does not take as long to cook as the potatoes.
By adding the extra vegetables, you can now serve four people.
A add few curls of Parmigiano Reggiano, a bit of green onion on top just before serving.
Serve with a baguette, or garlic bread. A glass of wine or a beer.
Eating on the East Coast.
All photos are clickable for the full yummy experiance.