So I kind of feel like I took a wrong turn somewhere. I set out to make this:
And I ended up making this:
I think we can all agree which one looks more appealing. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t have a clue when I dumped the mixed pasta into my casserole dish but I think I was hoping closing my eyes and wishing real hard would make it magically transform in the oven. It did not.
Sadly, I think I under-salted so the whole dish was so very bland. Bland and carb-y and heavy. Not a very good combination. But the almonds were a nice crunch. And I’ve never had almonds on top of a casserole, so that was a new and interesting experience.
Seriously, is there any way to make casseroles look attractive after plating? Will bake for photography tips! My dutch oven for a horse! Help, I need somebody!
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I was writing up this blog post and a thought occurred to me. A terrible, terrible thought and I just scared the bejeesus out of Martin by making the weirdest sound ever. I will re-enact said thought:
(Melanie skims the blog post) Wow, this post is really depressing. I should really – ohmygod, isn’t Chinese New Years soon? Chinese New Years is soon! Did I freaking miss Chinese New Years?!!? (googles “Chinese New Year 2011”) Okay, lots of crap about the traditions behind Chinese New Years … where’s the date? GIVE ME THE DATE. February 3rd … are you serious? That’s THURSDAY! * unintelligible sound of frustration and disbelief**
Then I think I said “oh sh*t” a lot, actually aloud, thinking about how I am totally not ready for CNY. First, I felt like a bad Chinese person and then I felt like a chicken with no head. Then I irrationally had the thought that if I were a chicken with no head, I would at least be prepared for CNY, except you’re supposed to eat chicken with the head still attached so actually I’m in the same place I was five minutes ago. Actually, maybe in a worse place, because now I’m a chicken with no head. 😦 It’s been a long day.