I’ve had a secret shame buried deep inside me for a few weeks.
I watched “Twilight”. I watched “Twilight” and I liked it.
Now, everyone is carrying on and on about the dreaminess of Edward Cullen and I do feel a bit superior when I proclaim I did not find him the least bit attractive. Now this is not to say there haven’t been a few young men I have taken a shine to; I feel a special kind of flutter every time I see Joe Jonas. Say what you will but that boy really does look like he needs his purity ring tarnished and I am happy to take on that job. Also, I find his floppy brown hair lovely.
But Edward Cullen? Too pale, skinny, hairless and far, far too blond for me. I do not handle emotional boys well and our dear Edward feels far too many feelings for my liking. He seems a young man that would be scared of hurting me, only wants to make love and would talk incessantly about what a deep connection he feels. I do not care for this one bit.
Oh, and he is a vegetarian. I know plenty of lovely men who are vegetarians, but really? Nothing produces a pile of sawdust in my panties faster than a man who won’t eat a steak.
What I think got me about the movie was the sort of wide eyed faith Bella has in what she is feeling. She is in awe he loves her and doesn’t quite understand it, but she just goes with it. She is young and unscathed by heartbreak. There are no “what ifs” and she doesn’t hold back scared of the possibility of being hurt. The movie reminded me of the free fall of first love and made me wish I was 14 again. Well, 14-years-old minus the acne and the disproportionately large rack.
Except in my 14-year-old fantasies, it was not Edward Cullen…it was Anthony Kiedis. There will be no pale vegetarians on my watch, no propping of of weak men who are far too emotive. The only thing I am ready to handle on a regular basis is raves about my cooking and Mr. Cullen would not be able to even eat my food and that’s just too bad. Not to say their aren’t some misses but I like the accolades when they are deserved. For instance I threw this meal together totally last minutes and it came out really well. Sure, it is just pasta, but it is flavorful and I managed to get a ton of vegetables in here. For a fast week night dinner that will leave you a ton of leftovers you really cannot go wrong. The whole wheat pasta adds a nice depth and the sauce, more chunky than a normal sauce, manages to stay light(er) thanks to the turkey and artichokes. Hey, this isn’t going to change your life but it is way better than a jar of Ragu.
And how do you feel about that, Edward?
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
1 pound mushrooms, chopped finely
2 teaspoons dried basil
1.5 teaspoons dried oregano
1 package (about 1.5 lbs) ground turkey
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 8 0z. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 14.5 oz. can artichokes, drained
Salt and pepper
1 box whole wheat pasta
Parmesan for sprinkling
Boil salted water and cook pasta while preparing sauce.
Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms,a pinch of salt and some pepper and cook for another 3 minutes. Drain off some of the liquid from the mushrooms with a spoon. Add basil, oregano, balsamic and turkey and cook for 8 minutes. (You may need to spoon off some more liquid.)Pour in tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes and artichokes. Cook for an additional 7 minutes. Salt and pepper and mix with pasta. Top with parmesan.