Inspiration – Pasta with Spinach and Onion
So, I’ve been wanting to try a delicous looking pasta I saw on Dinner A Love Story (a blog I love reading). The pasta has spinach, caramelized sweet onions and a sauce made with yogurt. I found this while reading about another of her recipes for a similar pasta – without the yogurt and with balsamic vinegar. I couldn’t make the recipe exactly like the author’s because it is pretty much impossible to find sheep’s milk cheese here in Mexico city.
So, knowing that I couldn’t use the yogurt I opted for ‘crema’ which is something similar to sour cream, but not as sour, a little sweeter and thicker. (You can find ‘Mexican crema’ in the Latin American section of the dairy aisle or in Latin American food stores.) Since I was changing things around I decided to add some cooked bacon and I used the basalmic vinegar in the onions as for the first recipe. Now I know it probably sounds like a strange combination of ingredients (balsamic vinegar and crema) but the result was a creamy, delicious pasta, which I’m now serving in our café.
I guess the lesson that should be taken from this is not to be afraid to follow your inspirations. You never know when the results turn out to be amazing. The same can be said for life. If Alberto and I hadn’t followed our inspiration to open a café we’d still be working as teachers and rarely seeing each other. Our little café started with nothing more than a nescafe machine, café de olla, hot cakes, and a ‘regular’ sandwich (ham & cheese with tomato & lettuce). Now we have 4 kinds of salads, 8 types of sandwiches, omelets, french toast, chili, chili dogs and pasta. We were making slow progress with the business until last month when we moved next door (where Alberto’s father’s store had been for 40 years). The change of location has done wonders for the business. The main reason for this is a better distribution of space. Now we have space for a small sofa plus a ‘bar’ and a table which can seat 4. Before the placement was awkward at best, and not very welcoming. Now our café looks like a place to come and relax – almost like a friend’s home. Plus with the change we were able to make all the additions to the menu. We’re getting more people and, as a result, better sales.