Thursday, August 9, 2012
The light is now blue at both ends of the day. The open window had condensation at its base when I got up this morning.
Bedtime has its ups and downs. Last night I yelled at Cal to stop talking and go to sleep, and he told me that he likes me less when I yell. I apologized.
Usually, one of them wakes of his own accord, early, eager to get on with his day; one requires elaborate effort to rouse. Today, Alexi decided to read aloud some of their bedtime book, The Lord of the Rings, on his way to work, so the boys were both up when I came downstairs. Cal asked me to build with him. I resisted the urge to think about what else I could be doing, and was the mother I would like to be for those fifteen minutes. As Alexi left, I thought about how stressful his job is in the life and death sense, and how my day’s stresses are in the mundane.
I make everyone a list every morning at breakfast – their ‘honey-do’ list, I call it. Brush teeth, take a shower, hang up towel, make bed, practice piano 10 min, unload the dishwasher, check for laundry under your bed. They’re diligent with it; everything gets done. It’s sacred, somehow.
They are at times querulous; at times they wrestle like puppies. When one wants to read, alone!, and barricades his door with a chair, the other talks to him through the open window of the next room.
On the way home from our errands this afternoon we stopped and bought clams. I make them how a fisherman friend taught me to, years ago.
Linguine with Clams
1 pound linguine
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds small clams, washed well
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
a large pinch of red pepper flakes
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Bring a large salted pot of water to boil. Add the pasta, and cook until just done. Drain, and return the pasta to the pot.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. When it gets warm, add one tablespoon of the olive oil, along with the onion, carrot and celery, and cook them until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the clams, wine, garlic, and chile flakes, cover, and cook until the clams open, about five minutes. After the clams have opened, turn off the heat, and add the parsley and the rest of the olive oil.
Add the clams, vegetables, and all their juices to the pasta, toss well, and serve.
Yield: 4 servings