I have to tell you about a serious problem that exists in my life.
It is not life or death… but it is.
It might have been about a year ago, I was given a new computer. I should interject for a moment to let you know that I have a very close relationship with my technology. My phone is by my side at all times. My iPad is the last thing I see as I close my eyes at night. And, my computer and I share every morning together learning about the goings-on of the world.
We are, all four of us, a match made in Heaven.
Anyway… back to the story…. one year ago, new computer, I love it. Except for one teeny-tiny huge problem.
I have no music.
I don’t know maybe I am making too much of a big deal out of this. I like music. I would like to listen to music. But, as I said: I HAVE NO MUSIC!!
Something happened in the transfer from one computer to the other such that any time I click on a song to play I get this warning : “iTunes cannot locate this song. Would you like to locate?” I click “OK!” and thus begins the painful process of not being able to locate any of my songs.
This is a case of you don’t know how important something is until it is gone.
I had over 10, 000 songs. It took years to create and collect my library. It included a recording my uncle made for my family of my grandfather singing a song a few months before his Alzheimer’s really set it. And it isn’t that I listened to these songs every day. But when I felt the urge to listen to something, I took comfort in knowing it existed.
Now, it cause me angst and stress. It is the one area where my love affair with my technology has [slightly] soured.
We all have decided what soundtrack best represents our lives. We each have musical tastes and when certain songs play, memories flood back. Some music is conducive to thought and creativity. Some music is for dancing and setting yourself free. Other songs are best when feeling melancholy and alone.
I believe music is important.
It is rainy outside. There is a need for food that nourishes and warms the soul. I have a desire to have music on in the background, accompanying my day. But there is none.
So, today is the first day of the rest of my musical life. I begin anew.
- Orecchiette pasta, enough for four people
- 2 bunches broccolini, washed and chopped into 1-inch pieces
- Tempeh Sausage Crumbles, from PPK.com
- 1-2 T Olive Oil
- ½ cup (low sodium) veggie broth
- Prepare Tempeh Sausage Crumbles per recipe, set aside
- While pasta is cooking, in a separate sauté pan, heat olive oil. Sauté broccolini pieces in olive oil until tender, even slightly brown. Add, at least, 1 cup of sausage crumbles, stir to heat through. Add the ½ cup of broth, using it to de-glaze pan (if needed) and creating a light pan sauce. Allow for broth to reduce by half.
- While broth is reducing, allow pasta to drain. When sauté is ready, add pasta to pan, stir to combine and allow to heat.
- Serves 4 as an entree or 6-8 as a side dish.