Tuesday, 13 August 2013

36 years of marriage: a recipe

You take a dash of love, a pinch of commitment...

Totally kidding. This is not going to be one of those (vom) posts. 

But today is my parents' 36th wedding anniversary (they were married in 1977 - that does equal 36 right? my math is crap.) and that is absolutely something worth writing about.

My longest relationship, just shy of four years (and everything else barely hitting the year mark - or half year mark if we're lucky) is completely dwarfed by the volume of days (13,149) that my parents have spent as a married couple. That is longer than I have been alive.

How? Well, just like everything else that is worth that much time - weight loss, saving money, not eating that last slice of pizza in the box when you are full but it's the last slice so really, why not? - it takes hard work, dedication, and respect. As well as a few other things that my parents have also taught me:

- there are more ways to say "I love you" than with words - in fact, saying ILY less often makes it that much more meaningful when you do hear those three precious syllables
- mom cooks and cleans - not because she has to but because she takes pride in how her home is presented and in keeping her family healthy and happy
- papa works hard, very hard, to ensure that my mom and I have everything we ever wanted
- when giving flowers, it has to be done right: a dozen red roses
- sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do (visiting in-laws) or things that may not be your first choice/the hard choice (caring for a sick loved one) because it is the right thing to do
- take a break and travel together
- true love means being ok with sharing your food

Because my parent's know these things and are always willing to learn more, I know I can look forward to being around for their next 36 years of marriage (obscure number reference - i know - but that's what people say, right?)

And because I am like my mom, and every other Italian (showing love with food), I include one of my mom's go-to recipes for a simple dinner. I've also included a modified version based on ingredients I normally have on hand:

Mama T's spinach omelette w fava and parmesan

you need:
- 3 eggs
- parmesean cheese (1/4 cup)
- spinach (1/2 cup)
- fava beans (1/2 cup)
- salt (couple of dashes)
 * these measurements are guesstimations - my mom does not measure. Like, ever. 

Heat a smallish pan on medium heat with a generous tablespoon of olive oil. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. When pan's ready, pour in mixture. Then, in typical omelette-y fashion, wait for a few minutes and flip. Wait some more, then serve (with simple salad: olive oil, salt, red onion).

Serves two and a half after a long day at work. 

Nicolina's modified spinach egg bake for 1 (serves 2)

you need:
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 a cup of egg whites
- 1/2 a cup of spinach
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- generous amount of salt (probably 10 turns on my grinder)

Heat oven to 400, lightly grease a baking dish with coconut oil. In another bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Pour into baking dish and pop in the oven when preheated.
Set the timer for 20 minutes but you may need to keep it in longer (like even another 10 minutes). I find the time changes depending on the ingredients I am. You can also customize it to your level of runniness - I like it a bit runny because it makes it seem like there's a whackload of cheese in there when there's none. Also, minced garlic is so, so good.

Serves two - one for right away, and one for lunch the next day (single girl's meal prep 101).

YUM. iloveeggs. 

or for breakfast at your desk

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