What recipe to share for my first meatless Monday post? Where Missy ended with a sweet BANG, I decided to start off with an easy savory dish! For all you busy DC people with picky tastebuds, try out this DELISH summer pasta. Its finished in no-time, and -not unimportant- kids-friendly!
455 g tagliatelle or spaghetti
2 teaspoons butter
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
½ nutmeg, freshly grated
400 g fresh spinach, washed thoroughly and finely sliced
freshly ground black pepper
120 ml double cream
150 g mascarpone cheese
2 handfuls Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta, and cook according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile get a frying pan or wok warm, add a drizzle of olive oil, the butter, garlic and nutmeg. When the butter melts, add the spinach. After 5 minutes it will have wilted down and will be nice and dark. A lot of the liquid will have cooked away and you’ll have wonderful intensely flavoured spinach. At this point season with salt and pepper until it tastes good, then add the cream, mascarpone and a little ladle of cooking water from the pasta. Let this come to a simmer and then season again.
Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water, then stir it into the spinach sauce. Add the Parmesan and toss everything together. Loosen to a nice silky consistency with some of the reserved cooking water, so it doesn’t become too claggy. Check once more for seasoning and serve straight away.
Join Lisa, Katie and your fellow TS yogis on Sunday, June 9th, for a discussion of Mindfulness in Plain English.
TSA’s book club will be meeting at 7:30 PM in the Tea Lounge (at our Arlington studio) to enjoy tea and cookies, lively conservation, and to learn more about starting a meditation practice or tuning up your own practice.
“The purpose of meditation is personal transformation. The ‘you’ that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same ‘you’ that comes out the other side. Meditation changes your character by a process of sensitization, by making you deeply aware of your own thoughts, words, and deeds. Your arrogance evaporates, and your antagonism dries up. Your mind becomes still and calm. And your life smoothes out. Thus meditation, properly performed, prepares you to meet the ups and downs of existence. It reduces your tension, fear, and worry. Restlessness recedes and passion moderates. Things begin to fall into place, and your life becomes a glide instead of a struggle. All of this happens through understanding.”
“So, are these reasons enough to bother? Scarcely. These are just promises on paper. There is only one way you will ever know if meditation is worth the effort: learn to do it right, and do it. See for yourself.” (p. 10)
Mindfulness in Plain English provides a helpful guide to “seeing for yourself” by describing what meditation is and what it isn’t, clearly explaining how to practice, and discussing what to do when all those pesky distractions arise. If you’ve ever wondered how to start a meditation practice – or even what meditation is – or if you’re looking for a tune-up for your own practice, come join us. We’ll spend most of our time together discussing the book and then close with a brief guided meditation. All are welcome!
We hope to see you there!
Katie & Lisa
Late last month we closed TSA a little early on a Sunday evening to welcome the front desk staff from both studios for our Spring Retreat. We shared lots of updates, a few games, TWO birthdays, and a fond farewell to departing studio directors, Missy and Mary Catherine. We are so grateful to team member Marie Maroun of demitasse photography for capturing the day!
Because we ♥ LOVE ♥ our yogi’s (and Fridays), Tranquil Space will be adding a Friday morning class at our Dupont location! Perfect for the not-so-early morning birds, this class will start June 7th at 9:00 AM, taught by the fabulous Carol Collins. So please join us for Friday yoga followed by tea and cookies!
Start date? Friday, June 7th
Time? 09:00 AM
Type of class? On-The-Go (all levels)
Sharpies can now be found lurking around our member mat storage areas! Many mats look alike, so we encourage you lovely members to put your name to your mat so you do not lose each other. Choose sparkly silver for dark-colored mats, or classic black (never goes out of style!).