The first twin had to have the initials JP to follow with the first-born family tradition, so we named our first- born twin Julia Petronella (pronounced Patronella). As Julia was named after her grandmother on her father’s side, we felt it fitting to do the same for Ailish, giving her the middle name “Marie”. Their grandmother’s full name was Julia Marie Petronella Shea O’Connor.
We recently introduced to our girls their middle names. When prompting them here’s what we’ve got: Ask Julia for her middle name and she smiles and says brightly “Patch” (close enough to the first syllable in Petronella). Ailish always replies lovingly with the name “Maria” – emphasis on the last syllable. And even though we’ve corrected her (Marie), she’s continued to proudly state it’s “Maria”. Thus they have new nicknames which I’m happy to share.
So Patch and Maria it is! And I’m happy to share their delight in my dish. In fact, my husband video taped them to try to re-capture their delight. “This is the best!” said Patch “I like it, too!” said Maria. (But of course, these precious moments are fleeting and they were on to some other topic of conversation).
RAVIOLI with Vegan Sweet Potato Cream Sauce:
I prepared a vegan cream sauce for Ravioli. Why? Because I thought the ravioli already had enough cheese (dairy) and as I’m dairy free, I thought it might taste good on my quinoa with sliced almonds and cinnamon base. My girls ate it all up – AND asked for seconds!
Here’s the recipe for the Sweet Potato Cream Sauce:
- 1 whole sweet potato
- 1/2 cup of organic soy milk
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 1 TBS Smart Balance Light, melted
- 1 TBS cashews
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender (a Vitamix will do the trick). When puree is complete. Heat on low until warmed and pour over Ravioli or your favorite whole grain.
Q: What’s your favorite pasta noodle and how do you enjoy it?