Bugs and Pasta

Like a moth to the lame, a lemming to the fire, and a virgin to a cliff, Macro Monday has returned! [insert feigned applause and mumbled groans here] This time, it’s a two-parter.

Many of you may remember the above photo from last week’s post. Yep, I’m using it again, because I needed an intro photo for this week’s macro video, which was taken seconds after I shot the photo.


Trying to focus macro video, is about as easy as sex on an SSRI, but the z6 did a good job. Hope you enjoy this brief look of a ladybug doing ladybug stuff in a flower bed at the Sylvan Solace Preserve just outside of town.


Part II: Cat 5 Cooking/Macro Monday mashup

On Saturday night, we got together with two of our best friends for the first time since March (thanks, COVID, you bitch). We sat on the deck and had a few beers, snacks, and much-missed conversation while trying not to suck down any wayward airborne snot spores.

As luck would have it, they brought us some cherry tomatoes and banana peppers from their always amazing garden.

So on Sunday night, I coated them with olive oil and put them on the grill with some chunks of onion to blister and char.

Once they were done, I tossed them in the food processor with some garlic and spices, pulsed a few times, and then mixed with some recently delivered whole wheat pasta from DeLallo’s market in J-Town. NOTE: As a kid my family used to make the 20-minute drive to DeLallo’s for meats and other Italian specialties like “Jumbo Italian Eggs.” Not sure what made the eggs Italian, all I know is that a trip to DeLallo’s always had me wishing that my family was Italian instead of cabbage eating Bohunks (not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are Bohunks, and I love me some cabbage!)

I was a bit sad that I only really made enough for Wifey because it was dogdamn legit, and I could have crushed the whole pot.

While I was washing, grilling, and serving, I happened to have the z6 nearby, so I took a few macro shots along the way before taking the extension tubes off to get a crappy pic of the finished plate.

There you go, bugs and pasta for Macro Monday. I love them both, but usually not together.


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