Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Better Angels: Lemon Tuna Angel Hair Pasta

The next morning, an emotional Rick Grimes speaks at the funeral of Dale Horvath. He urges the Group to honor Dale by holding onto their humanity and pulling together to survive. The change of the seasons mirrors the change in the Group's dynamic. Dale was the voice of reason and with his death, Rick realizes that he must now fill that role. And that Dale's way was the right way.

Rick plans to take Randall to Senoia with Daryl as his back-up. Daryl assures Rick that he has no problem with the decision. Shane is incensed that Randall is to be released and that Daryl is Rick's new confidante.

A reformed Hershel allows the Group to move into the homestead and preparations are made to stockpile food and supplies and secure the farm for winter. Lori makes an awkward attempt at an apology to Shane for her role in their affair. Shane gives the apology far more weight than Lori had intended. 

Shane finally takes the step he's been planning. He releases Randall and promises the young man that he wants to join his group. Once he gains Randall's trust, Shane breaks his neck. Running headlong into a tree; Shane then bloodies his own nose. He returns to the Group and claims he was jumped by Randall.

Daryl and Glenn join Shane and Rick for the hunt. Daryl immediately doubts Shane's story. But Rick still separates them into pairs, sending Daryl and Glenn on their own.

Rick reveals to Shane that he is aware of his intentions. Shane makes an attempt on Rick's life; but it is the unlikely leader of the Atlanta Group that delivers a killing blow to Shane.
Rick is horror stricken when he realizes he has murdered his best friend in the presence of his son. Carl followed them into the clearing and saw everything. The boy appears to take aim at his father with a pistol...but then fires into Shane's body; which has reanimated.

Daryl and Glenn make their own disturbing discovery when they find Randall. He had turned into a Walker, despite having no bite or scratch wounds.

The Group has suffered yet another devastating loss. Though the Walkers may be a constant threat; the true danger is the existence of other survivors.

The last meal the Group shared together would have been lunch. They would keep lunches simple in order to better ration their food supply. Carbohydrate-rich, with minimal protein would provide energy for the rest of the day's chores.

Lemon Tuna Pasta is flavorful and fast to prepare. Containing only 6 ingredients; the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a larger Group.

And when the dead rise; don't trade haymakers on the side of the road.

Lemon Tuna Angel Hair Pasta

1 lb box Angel Hair Pasta
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 cans Tuna in Olive Oil
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 smal jar Capers, drained
Lemon Juice
Parsley Flakes (optional)
Kosher Salt and Pepper

Cook pasta in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain well but reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Wipe out the Dutch oven. Add about 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil. Add tuna (you can add the oil from the cans if you want to make it extra rich) and sauté lightly over medium heat or medium campfire coals. Break up the tuna into flakes.
Add garlic, crushed red pepper and capers. Stir well for about 30 seconds just to make the garlic fragrant. Add drained pasta. Toss well with tuna, caper and oil mixture. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta mixture and toss again to combine. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and toss again. Taste and add kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Add the last of the reserved pasta water if needed. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
If you wish, add additional lemon juice to taste. Toss again and serve immediately.

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