Apparently it’s Labour Day weekend in a few days (HOW!), which means part of me is plotting what to bring to the parties our friends hold every year to see out the summer, and part of me is getting used to the idea of getting back to a regular schedule next week. I’m also doing my annual kitchen purge, after coming home from Tofino and wondering why we have so much stuff. This includes the stuff currently occupying our freezer and cupboards – including bags of pasta shapes I’m always drawn to at the Italian market, that seem to multiply in the dark recesses of the pantry.
And so cold pasta salad it is – perfect for picnicking and bringing to backyard parties, and also well suited to school and desk lunches. I normally make this with orzo – it’s a combination my mom and I came up with for a baby shower a decade or so ago, and never stopped making – but any wee pasta shape will do. (Rice works, too.) It also makes a delicious vehicle for leftover cold roasted or grilled fish, turning it into a more substantial supper. And if it’s all ready to go in the fridge, you won’t even need to cook.