Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Honey, I think it's done

We had my favorite for dinner on Sunday night - Spaghetti! Pasta is more or less a forbidden food here since my husband found out a few years ago that he has diabetes. I love pasta and bread more than anything, except cheese, and miss eating it. I hardly ever get to have it for lunch even, because my lunch-buddy Deb makes me eat healthy salads everyday.

We decided to cheat, just once, because I was craving Spaghetti. I was totally decadent and bought nice Italian bread and whole milk ricotta cheese to mix with the pasta. Heavenly!

The DH ended up in charge of cooking while I wandered off to do something else. While I was cleaning up the dishes and stove I discovered the poor charred houseplants that I had left on top of the stove to drain. The one on the right is more or less okay, just a little singed around the edges, but the other is totally baked. I wonder, do you think it will recover? ;-)

If you're interested, the plant is called a Pin Cushion Plant or Coral Bead Plant (Nertera granadensis) and is a weird little houseplant in the madder family sold around Halloween. I read that it's native to moist, boggy places in New Zealand and Tasmania. Apparently, it doesn't do well on the stove, despite all the steam from the boiling pasta.


Mary said...

I would move the plants elsewhere and they'll probably come back. When my DH found that his sugar was way high (borderline diabetes) over a year ago, we gave up starches, i.e. rice, potatoes, bread, pasta... But we treat ourselves to pasta every two weeks anyway. I sorely miss mashed potatoes and all of those starchy sides and find myself ordering as much starch as I can when in a restaurant. Our new eating habits have helped our waistlines, though!

bunnygirl said...

Oh, dear. That looks like something I would've done. I'm no good with plants, for all that my father grew up on a farm and could grow anything. He tried to teach me, but I remain only good at the theoretical aspects. Give me a real live plant, and tragedy is sure to follow. :-(

Susan Gets Native said...

"What Happend When You Eat Carbs: A Cautionary Tale"

You won't believe this, but my word verification was "karbdjjo"!

silverlight said...

You can have cheese. That notation got reversed. As with anything, be sensible.
Cheese besides milk is a good source of calcium. And I can lose weight when I eat it.

samtzmom said...

Sounds like something I'd do! Hope the cooked plant revives. Pasta is one of those things I limit as well, and tend to stick to the whole wheat variety.

Hey Laura, would you drop me an email at blessingsabound@mac.com? I need help with some bird ID. Thanks!

Lynne said...

Poor little plants...

I'll bet the pasta was all the better for not eating it often!

NatureWoman said...

Mmmmm, I love spags and sauce myself, but I don't eat it anymore. But every once in a while I get out the sauce and pour it over my veggies.
It will be interesting to see if the plant recovers!

LauraHinNJ said...

Mary: Yes, moving them is the first step. Really I just left them there to drain for a while!

The starches are my favorites - and mashed potatoes - mmmmm! It's a good thing I love vegetables.

Bunnygirl: I'm better with the theoretical aspects of houseplants myself. I haven't gone so far as to buy plastic or silk houseplants, but mostly that's because it would only mean more dusting.

Susan: I thought for sure you would make a joke about the veggie garden we set on fire.

Silverlight: I have to have cheese - my husband wouldn't really miss it though.

Samtzmom: I love whole wheat pasta with veggies, but don't like it with a red sauce.

Lynne: Poor plants is right. You know me and houseplants!

Naturewoman: It's not looking any better since I took the pics. ;-(

Susan Gets Native said...

Oh, I had forgotten about that!
What is it with you two scorching plants?