tagliata with pea shoots

I am so touched by all of your kind words.

Never in a million years did I think losing Molly would be so devastating. Over the years, I have witnessed friends losing pets. I tried to comfort them as best I could. The reality is that I never understood how deeply the loss was felt. My heart is physically aching.

A dear friend dropped her life yesterday and spent the day with me here at the farm. We talked for hours, went for a walk, had dinner, talked some more and finally went to bed.

When I woke up, my first thought was the same thought that I have had for the last thirteen years. “Time to get Molly”

All day I have expected her to be behind me. I can hear her.

I have scheduled my life around her needs for so long, my day feels like I have too much time.

Last night, I prepared a simple Tuscan steak dish called tagliata. Tagliata translated means ‘cut’. You literally cut the steak before serving it. Classically this dish is served with arugula. I used pea shoots instead – home run!

Grill steak, allowed to sit for ten minutes, slice into 1/4 inch slices and fan out on a dinner plate.

I used fairly thick top sirloin and grilled it to medium. After fanning the beef on the plate, I placed a handful of freshly picked pea shoots in the centre, generously grated reggiano parmigiano over everything, drizzled extra virgin olive oil over all, a squish of half a lemon and finished with some sea salt flakes.

This dish is simple, quick and fantastic. Play around with different cuts of beef, cheeses greens and citrus. You will be amazed with what you can come up with.

Cooking last night took my mind away from Molly. Everyone says that this sadness will pass. I’m not convinced.

Thanks for reading

  • Kelly

    I have two cats, fat orange and white Maverick, and small white Pearl that are like my children. I have cared for them that way and with both of them being 12, I am trying to brace myself. I know when the time comes I will carry my grief until the day I die but still, I can’t imagine my life without them. 🙂

  • Tanya

    We lost our beautiful Golden Retriever, Abby two years ago…it is devastating and heartbreaking. When I read your email the other day I cried as I read it remembering how much it hurt to loose my first baby. The ache does lessen but sometimes I think my heart aches at certain times when I think of her so that I don’t forget how special she was to our family…sending you lots of hugs from all the Patersons..XO

  • Dee

    Had this last weekend at IBN — fantastico! So sorry about your doggie. We had to had to have one of our kitties put down recently – so very hard.

  • all of these posts about your sweet Molly are heart wrenching— i hope your coming event with your dear friends will help ease your mind for a while xo

    • I am really looking forward to it…

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