People can keep trying to convince me that Brits are speaking the same language as I am all they want, but those flight attendants for Virgin Atlantic are doing nothing to help their case.
Since it was a really long flight from London to Nairobi, we were offered food (as if humans actually need more than just stale air and 20 cubic inches of space to survive)! The choices weren't anything that spectacular (it was still a plane), and I don't remember exactly what I ended up picking, but I do remember what I did not have. I was very tempted by the "Summer Pasta" dish that sounded refreshing and light. Exactly what you would want on a hot, cramped airplane. The type of meal that always sounds good in July.
I asked the very nice flight attendant what exactly came in the Summer Pasta.
She looked at me confused and said, "Summer."
My mom, who was laughing in the seat in front of me, turned around and said, "Salmon! Salmon comes in the Salmon Pasta!"
I turned to the flight attendant and said, "I'll have the beef. Thank you."
I really wish we had this pasta on that flight. That would have been nice and refreshing :)
2 c. orzo pasta
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon + zest
juice of 1 lime + zest
2 tomatoes, seeded & chopped (or cherry tomatoes, halved)
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
yellow pepper, chopped
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. cream
1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated
salt & pepper, to taste
1. In a large skillet, sauté garlic in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
2. While garlic is cooking, boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 c. pasta water for sauce.
3. To the garlic, add lemon and lime juices and zests. Add all vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes. Add pasta water, butter, cream, and parmesan and continue to simmer until thickened.
4. Add orzo to the sauce and mix together. Salt and pepper to taste.