Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Barrie’s, Bowling,

raspberriesDidn’t make it to Costco after all yesterday, will have to be next week now. What did happen though, Tim Barrie said, on Facebook, that Mother Nature had been kind and he had asparagus to sell so off we trotted to get some. This time I got a lot and I am going to try freezing it. A friend did so last year and she was very pleased with it. Won’t have time today, bowling, but not doing anything tomorrow. I said to Tim had he ever sold asparagus as late in the season before and he assured me that he never had. I was hoping they would have some blueberries, they didn’t, but they had raspberries which I bought for our supper.

Today is virtually our last of our summer bowling league, we have a wrap up and maybe some pizza next week and that’s it although we will probably continue to bowl on Wednesdays and some of the MacDaddysothers may very well join us. The winter league starts early in September but of course, as usual, we will be in the Carolinas, 10-pin bowling too. In fact we are meeting up with Jeff Hargett from Strands of Pattern and his wife Myra for a bowling session one day.  We’re not very good at 10-pin so I hope Jeff and Myra are not too practised. We’re not very good at 5-pin come to that.

I thought the picture of this pasta looked delicious and then discovered it has potatoes in it. Not sure why you would want potatoes in a pasta dish, but it is apparently a traditional recipe. In case you don’t have any prepared pesto, I have provided a link. I keep some ready in my freezer.


Spaghetti Genovese

WebMD Recipe from

Traditionally, this Italian pasta recipe combines pasta and pesto withspaghetti_genovese potatoes and green beans. In our recipe for Spaghetti Genovese we give pesto a nutritional boost by adding spinach and toss it all together with fiber-rich whole-wheat pasta for a warm, comforting weeknight meal. Serve with escarole and radicchio salad.


2 cups packed baby spinach

8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

1 cup thinly sliced new or baby potatoes, (about 4 ounces)

1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup prepared pesto

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 45 seconds. Use a slotted spoon or fine sieve to transfer the spinach to a blender. Return the water to a boil and add spaghetti and potatoes. Cook, stirring once or twice, until almost tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add green beans and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  2. When the spaghetti and vegetables are almost done, carefully scoop out 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the pot. Pour 1/2 cup of the liquid into the blender and add pesto, pepper and salt. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Drain the spaghetti and vegetables and return to the pot; stir in the pesto mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently, until the sauce is thickened and the pasta is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add more of the cooking liquid, as desired, for a thinner sauce.

Have a great day



  1. Raspberries are yummy!

    Congrats on your Super Blogger Award!

    1. They were, delicious.

      Thanks Tyrean, and thanks for dropping by.

  2. You and Jeff bowling - that will be fun!

    1. Don't forget our spouses. Yes, it should be fun.

  3. Ooh, I love bowling! And another mouth-watering recipe :)

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

    1. Me too Sarah although we normally 5-pin bowl which is exclusive to Canada, we do like to do 10-pin when we are in the States.

  4. That's funny. I was just thinking that I should start practicing so I wouldn't embarrass myself. Tater pasta? A starch-lover's paradise!

    1. Well don't forget we only do 10 pin once a year when we come down to the Carolinas.

      To me taters and pasta is too much.