Aglio e Olio for Two
Oh Aglio e Olio, you old friend. Deceivingly simple yet trustworthy enough to whip for a significant other in a heartbeat.
Note: While no two spaghetti Aglio e Olio recipes are alike, this one comes closest to preparing an age-old Italian favourite whilst consumed with love and smitten with nostalgia.
Serves Two (a beautiful even number; also the number of people your love can house, you and me).
10 ounces of Spaghetti or a handful (like how your heart feels)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
A few slices of chilli pepper (as much as your heart desires)
4 cloves of beautifully aromatic garlic
2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
A pinch of Salt and Pepper (also known as the oldest couple in the cookbooks)
1. Deseed the chilli pepper; note how the seeds cling for dear life. Remember how it felt to separate from home only to discover that home is where you plant your roots. The seeds will eventually find its way back to soil and make for itself a home. Just like the way you did with us.
2. Thinly slice the garlic. Be careful when handling knives. Your loved one appreciates all of you. Take your time here, love. Rome wasn't built in a day. Feel the humidity of garlic pressed against your nails, transparent now on the grain of the wood chopping board you chose together when you built your nest.
3. Cook the pasta accordingly. Eight minutes or so will do. Watch the time here. Amuse yourself momentarily with a picture of both of you in Bali. Recall the sand beneath your feet and the way he serenades you with songs that... oh wait, the pasta is done. Strain.
4. Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and chili pepper for a minute or so. The key is to slowly roast the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown. The smell will help later, trust me.
5. Add spaghetti and mix well.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with Parmesan cheese. Here is a test of faith; to varnish with a pinch (or so) of salt and pepper, but not too much. For the heart deserves only the best and the most perfectly seasoned intentions.
P.S. Where appropriate and not a threat to the waistline, serve with a protein of chicken or fish. Or both, if well-deserved.