Spaghetti, linguine, penne… it really doesn’t matter as long as you got the sauce right. I used linguine because for some reason I prefer how it wraps around the sauce, but feel free to use spaghtetti.
Linguine alla bolognese (for 4)
- 1 packet of linguine pasta, cooked in salted water according to instructions
- 300 g minced beef
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt, pepper
- 650 ml tomato sauce in a bottle (passata di pomodoro)
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 Tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese
1. Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a deep sauce pan. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook until they are soft. Add the minced beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook until well done.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese. Bring to boil. Lower heat to medium/low and let it cook until the sauce reaches the consistency you want: neither too thick nor too watery. Just before turning off the heat, add the cheese and give it a good stir.
3. Pour the sauce into the pot of the cooked drained pasta, give everything a good mix, make sure the sauce envelopes everything, and serve with extra grated parmesan cheese.
We usually look forward to the weekend so we can do the hobbies we enjoy or the activities that we we hadn’t had time for during the week. For me, the weekend in the winter could include a trip to a new cafe, a homemade meal (preferably something in the oven), and an hour on the couch reading my novel.
This weekend’s oven baked dish is the classical Melanzane Parmigiana, with a twist. It is a no-fuss recipe that requires no pre-cooking of the tomato sauce. In addition to the grilled eggplants, I roasted half a red bell pepper and finished with a mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Follow the recipe step by step and you’ll end up with a finger-licking Melanzane Parmigiana!
Ingredients (for 2):
- 1 medium sized eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch circles
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into quarters
- Olive oil
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- A handful of coarsely chopped basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella and cheddar
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
1. On a baking sheet, brush the eggplant slices and the red pepper with olive oil on both sides and broil until brown. I peeled the red pepper after they grilled because I really dislike the skin when it comes off the pepper.
2. In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients except the two kinds of cheese. Mix well with a spoon.
3. In the baking dish, place the grilled eggplants at the bottom, spread the tomato sauce mix on top of them, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over that, place the grilled red pepper, and finish with the mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the tomato sauce is boiling and the cheese has melted.
Eureka! I’ve found it. You count sheep, I could BREATHS!
When I cannot sleep, I simply do the 4-4-7. It is easy to remember and it always work for me, but you have to do it 8 consecutive times before it works. This is how to do it:
1. Relax all your muscles, starting from your toes all the way to your scalp.
2. Inhale slowly counting to 4 filling your belly with air.
3. Hold your breath in, count to 4.
4. Exhale slowly counting to 7, emptying your belly from air until your bellybutton sticks to your back.
Repeat at least 8 times. If your mind wanders away, simply bring it back to consciously follow your breath.
That’s the trick. Whether it is sheep or cows or your breath, you need to let you mind focus on one single thing until it relaxes and sleeps.
My dear friend of Fragole E Farfalle recommended that I listen to Get Lucky by Daft Punk while I am cooking to give my evening ritual a new twist or more life, especially when I am alone. And what a priceless piece of advice! I can’t stop moving!
First, I played the song over and over for 3 times. I couldn’t get enough. Then, I started dancing, so I played it for another 2 or 3 times. Later, I found myself writing this post. I had to share this contagious beat! I guess we sometimes forget that dancing doesn’t just belong in a club. And we also forget the power of music and beats. Music is the drive of life, I think. Love, too :)
I dedicate this song to all of you who need a little beat in their day. I suggest playing it anyway, it won’t hurt :)