Don’t let that adorable face fool you. She might be comically chubby, covered in thick colourful fur and slow as molasses, but she’s a ninja just waiting for her moment to strike.
As cute as cats are they’re just as mean. Evil. Malicious. Diabolical even. Be rest assured they’re plotting to kill you in your sleep right now. And the best part is you know I’m right. How many times have you nearly tripped and fell walking down the stairs because sweet Spot decided to dart out of the darkness to weave between your legs? Or maybe Mittens thought it would be fun one night to pounce on your half covered feet just as you were dozing off. Perhaps little Fluffy became so entranced by your incessant blinking during a perfectly normal staring contest that she lunged at your eye lashes. Then you just turn around and pat their fuzzy little noggins while cooing sweet nothings.
Misty here is a swirling contradiction of good and evil. She’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in five pounds of fur. She was born feral, mean and ratty but she transformed into a squishy, lovable fuzzball. The only wildness that remains in her lies in her eyes, expressive and intent.
Normally Misty isn’t violent. She’s the biggest cat among the three and just as big of a coward. Poor Misty had some tree sap stuck in her fur so Lee and I, being the good masters that we are, went about removing it for her. Lee held her and I started trying to cut the sticky stuff out of her fur. She didn’t like that. In fact, sweet Misty disliked that so much, she freaked out, latched onto Lee’s bare arm and began clawing and biting it repeatedly. I guess the best defence is a good offence, right Misty?
Needless to say Misty still has sap in her fur and Lee’s arm is now covered in cuts.
I guess what I’m trying to say is after a long day filled with exciting and relentless cat attacks it’s just nice to sit down to a steaming plate of pasta. Nothing says I hope you don’t get a raging infection from those angry cat bites like Lemon Pesto Linguine.
Lemon Pesto Linguine
Makes about 5 – 6 servings.
Source: My imagination.
3 chicken breasts
2 tbsp salted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp parmesan, grated
Black pepper to taste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp salted butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
2 tbsp lemon zest, finely diced
4 tbsp lemon juice
Note: I paired Focaccia bread with this meal.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and position a rack in the center.
In a large pot of simmering water cook the linguine al dente.
While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Melt the 2 tbsp butter in the hot pan, season the chicken with the garlic, salt and pepper. Sear the chicken on each side then finish them off in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the juices fun clear.
In a food processor combine the basil leaves, garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts, parmesan, fresh ground black pepper and olive oil. Blend all the ingredients until there are no more chunks.
In a large pot on medium heat melt the 2 tbsp butter then whisk in the flour until you get a nice smooth paste or roux. Ad the cream and stir until it thickens and boils slightly. Blend in the pesto, lemon zest and juice.
Drain the al dente linguine then transfer it to the sauce pot and stir it to coat every noodle evenly. Plate the pasta, slice the chicken into strips and divide it among the plates. Enjoy!