In less than two weeks, my husband and I will be on a flight to Bolivia. As you can imagine, things are hectic. We are working on getting our life affairs in order. There have been pending issues that haven’t been resolved like claims with our car insurance or medical bills where adjustments need to be made – Somebody please tell me why does it cost $800 to put on a bandaid? Do hospital bandaids have some kind of mystical power that no one else has access to?
The biggest stressor, however, is finding time for our family and friends. We didn’t realize how much we would miss everyone and we haven’t even left yet. It’s been overwhelming because we cannot spend time with all of them before we go. In fact, we have been turning down invitation after invitation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some have even asked to stop by the house for five minutes and we can’t seem to arrange that. But, our friends are patient and so loving, which makes our departure so much harder to do.
Thankfully, there is a going-away party, but even the thought of that is nerve-wracking. To spend a whole day ugly crying is not in the top ten list of things I want to do. And yet, there is no other place I would want to be than surrounded by those whom I love dearly.
Amidst all that has been happening, I have been comfort eating. Generally, when I’m consumed with disquieting thoughts, the food I make becomes richer and heavier. I haven’t even bothered stepping on a scale. Thankfully, because I’m careful with my sugar intake, my weight stays pretty consistent. It may go up a few pounds, but then it will go back down quickly when things are normal again. So, I have been making nachos, cheesecake mousses, pancakes, cheese grits, Mexican rice and beans, and especially, pasta – all without added sugar, of course. 😉
In my pasta craze, I have craved a good Bolognese. Bolognese sauce is a meat sauce that is composed of more meat than tomato. It, also, contains wine, stock, dairy and other veggies.
This is not a sauce that is thrown together in a few minutes, but, instead, it simmers for a few hours. The time it takes is worth it though. This is one of my and my husband’s favorite sauces. I have been caught eating it alone without the pasta. For a time saver, make a large batch and freeze it in portions that suit your family
As a side note: Posts will be sporadic for the next month until we get settled. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
3 tbsp butter
1/4 olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 pound ground pork
4 oz. pancetta, sliced thinly or bacon, ground
2 cups red wine
1 can italian whole tomatoes, put in blender til smooth
1 cup stock (beef)
1 cup milk
Put oil and butter in large heavy pot over medium- high heat. Sautee garlic, onion, celery, carrots until soft, 10-15 min. Put meat (beef, pork, and pancetta) in pot and cook til brown, breaking up with spoon, about 15 min. Add wine and cook until reduced by half, about 4 min. Add blended tomatoes and simmer uncovered for an hour. Add stock and cook for another hour. If sauce gets too thick, add water, 1/4 cup at a time. Add milk and cook for 45 minutes. Taste it! Then season with salt and pepper, according to your taste. Serve with your favorite pasta. Enjoy!