So the last time I checked in was weeks ago, and I mentioned that I was in a food funk. Nothing was inspiring me nor was I even wanting to eat, my taste buds were on hiatus. Part of this was due to the Farmer's Market coming to a close as well as the weather here in Salt Lake won't make up it's mind if it wants to be cold or warm. I'm certainly not complaining about the sunshine it's just that it is throwing my wants and cravings for a bit of a loop! So I took action and I completely cleaned the kitchen and fridge from top to bottom in hopes that cleaning out my creative space would make room for the energy to flow. Is it working? Who knows only time will tell, but there's always in the meantime. As for the meantime, I vowed to keep it simple, and get real about this present moment. All of us go through stagnic times, it's like riding a wave - it goes up and it goes down. No worries just go with the flow, do what you can, andthe rest will catch up.
Here's a simple Marinara Sauce I refer to often (Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis) it's sweet an delicious and very versatile.
- Marinara Sauce-
1/4 c. olive oil, or enough to cover the bottom of the pot
2 small onions or 1 large, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
4-6 stalks celery, chopped (I like the leafy stalks)
2-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 jars (I use my canned tomatoes) or cans (32oz)
2 fresh bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pot over medium heat, add onions and garlic and saute until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the carrots and celery and season with salt and pepper, saute until soft, another 10 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes and bay leaves and simmer until sauce thickens about an hour. Let cool and I like to puree mine in the blender, taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.