Officially, today is Spring. Think sunshine, think optimism, think cute baby animals, green shoots of promise and hope.
Jon, however, had other things on his mind.
â€œLook at this,â€ he said, voice serious and doom-laden as he woke me up with a cup of coffee in one hand and the iPad in the other. â€œThis is the future. Weâ€™re all probably going to die.â€
On screen, a giant robot dog marched its feet up and down, skittered from side to side, picked up a cinder block and hurled it across the room.
â€œPresumably theyâ€™re testing to see how the robot dog reacts to balance and force,â€ said Jon, all business. â€œItâ€™s a backfire test. Get this robot dog, give it some serious weaponry, team it up with those humming bird-sized surveillance robots that swam about â€“ robot Armageddon. Why are we even building these things? Donâ€™t these engineers watch movies? I mean, come on! We all know how this ends. Not well, thatâ€™s how.â€
It was a lot to take, especially before my coffee.
â€œI donâ€™t know â€“ I mean, try shooting a robot dog, see how far that gets you. I suppose we could throw water over it, hope it rusts. Or maybe use a magnet? Itâ€™s not a great plan but itâ€™s all Iâ€™ve got so far.â€
Lemon linguini with rocket to get us all in a spring state of mind
This sprightly pasta is the perfect way to evoke spring before the weather decides to co-operate â€“ itâ€™s creamy and comforting, but still fresh.Enough linguini for 2 â€“ 4 (a box for 4, half a box for 2)
A tbsp. of lemon juice per person
2 tbsp of cream per person
1 tbsp of grated parmesan per person
1 large handful of rocket per person
Lots of black pepper Â
- Cook the linguini in boiling salted water (well salted) for about 1 min less than the time the packet suggests
- Drain and put the pasta back into the pan on a low heat
- Add the parmesan then toss, and add the lemon juice and cream
- Season well with black pepper
- Stir in the rocket (arugula) and let it wilt in the heat
- Serve â€“ preferably with some garlic bread and a green salad