Monday, February 29, 2016

Overnight tomato sauce

It is February 29.  I wonder what I did 4 years ago on this day, but I cannot remember. Our snow is long gone here in Maine, and this week will be warm. I am willing to take this demonstration of spring for the real thing.  Spring break is around the corner, and I feel I am going just to collapse and veg out for 2 weeks straight.

Yesterday were the Oscars, and I must admit I have not seen any of the nominated films nor the Oscars this year, thanks to being a Netflix & Hulu aficionado and satellite cutter. At least they streamed the SuperBowl, but not so much luck with the Oscars. I did buy a digital antenna, so maybe, next year I am back on track. I miss all those gut wrenching acceptance speeches and tears! And, I guess I have to see Spotlight, Mad Max and Leonardo. Or at least Spotlight.

A few days ago I made my own props.

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On Sunday,  I had enough time to both make pasta and a tomato sauce from scratch. The tomato sauce cooked for a few hours, not overnight, but it could probably be made in the slow cooker overnight. I just like the name ‘overnight tomato sauce’.

I find it difficult to get a tomato sauce just right, sometimes it does not come out well at all. No flavor, or not really good, or too acidic. This one worked really well, and I think it was mostly due to the types of tomatoes I used and heavy helping of Trader Joe’s red pepper eggplant dip.

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For the pasta, I tried out the fettucini attachment. It came out really well, similar to all the other times I made pasta in the Philips pasta maker. Thick, fat, wide noodles.

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with some Mache salad and the home-made pasta sauce it was a perfect Sunday dinner.

Overnight tomato sauce

  1. In a large, heavy bottom pot, heat the olive oil and fry the onions first. Once translucent, add the carrots and garlic and fry for just a minute.
  2. Blend the 3 cans of tomatoes in a food processor and add to the pot.
  3. Stir, and add the red pepper spread, and rosemary.
  4. Bring to a bubble, and then reduce the heat and cook for 2h on low heat. A third of the liquid should evaporate for a thick sauce.
  5. Add the dark agave nectar at the end. Stir and serve.

Slow cooker version:

  1. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and fry the onions first. Once translucent, add the carrots and garlic and fry for just a minute. Turn off the heat.
  2. Blend the 3 cans of tomatoes in a food processor and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Add in the red pepper spread, rosemary, and fried onions.
  4. Cook on low overnight.
  5. Add the dark agave nectar at the end. Stir and serve.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Angel hair and X Files

The cold and snow came on the weekend, and then the wind and rain came. Today I woke up and saw that most of the 15 inches of snow are now gone, and that the house is still standing. I was not quite sure about that last night when I went to bed, because the winds were howling around the house that even the cats looked up, their ears in alarm radar position.

Today, it looks like spring again, well, maybe spring in the northeastern corner of the Northeast, with temperatures around 40F. This is still better than a –30F windchill.

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I’ve been busy with a project at work and the days pass my by without much notice. I am in the zone. Hope, I don’t jinx myself. It took a while to get in the zone. There has been no time for recipes and I’ve been living off the large stash of home-made noodles in the freezer.  Thick spaghetti, penne, angelhair  pasta, thrown in a pot of salted boiling water, some tomato sauce and back to work.

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I also started to watch The X Files. I was not into it the first time around, but I’ve been a huge fan of Gillian Anderson since the UK series “The Fall”, with her as a non-nonsense, intelligent Superintendent Stella Gibson, the only one in the whole investigation who never looses her cool, similar to the killer.  It’s interesting to see that she played the same type, back in the days, much younger, in the X Files. Now, she’s just a lot hotter. Well, maybe it’s the clothes. Or is it age?  

My cats talk to me a lot. Mostly, it seems they complain and call me to order. “It’s dinner time, hurry up!” or “I am bored, you have not played with me today, how can you forget this. Now now now!” I started to respond with   “Alright, agent Scully…”

Just checking in. Be back.