Monday, November 16, 2009

Corn-free Visitors!

I had a spectacular weekend! Two of my girls and their families came to visit me. (On a side note, I didn't even get pictures of them!) It's been a very busy weekend and all of my plans fell to nothing when the car broke down the day they were to arrive. I was supposed to finish my grocery shopping that afternoon, and it just didn't happen. So, the weekend was spent with very little food in the house. (How embarrassing. :o)
On Saturday, trying to figure out what I was going to feed those I could feed, I threw this tomato sauce together:

Italian Panic Pork Sausage Tomato Sauce
3 pounds ground pork
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons fennel
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 onion, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
6 cloves garlic, pressed
7 Roma tomatoes, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1-6oz can tomato paste
6 oz water
1.5 lbs rice pasta

First, panic, realizing there's nothing in your house that doesn't contain corn. Calm down and take stock of what you have in the house that's real food and therefore not likely to contain corn. Then put a pot of water on to boil.
Measure herbs and spices into a small bowl. Remove 2-1.5 pound packages of ground pork from the freezer. Apologize for it being frozen (much less conventional feed-lot pork). Throw it in the pot, along with the spices. Dice an onion and throw it in the pot. Scrape thawed pork off the frozen stuff and mix as best you can. Look in the fridge to see what else you can throw in the pot and find a yellow pepper. Dice it and throw it in the pot. Read the ingredients on the back of a can of tomatoes. Realize citric acid is corn and panic again. Scrape thawed pork off the frozen stuff and mix again. Remember that you have tomatoes in the fridge. Take them out, wash and cut them. Take 6 cloves garlic from your container of pre-cleaned garlic (omg :o) and put them in the garlic press, pressing them directly into the pot. Take some time to make sure the meat is browned and the onion and garlic are sufficiently softened then add the tomatoes and mushrooms. At this point, your water should be boiling, so throw in the pasta to cook. Let the tomatoes cook up/boil down a little and realize there isn't enough of them to make this a good sauce. Panic (again) for a second and run downstairs to get a can of tomato paste, praying that it doesn't contain citric acid. Breathe a sigh of relief when it doesn't and run back upstairs to open it and throw it in the pot followed by a can full of water. Mix well and taste. Wonder what is missing and throw in 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Taste again then allow to simmer to blend flavours for about 15 minutes, draining and rinsing pasta as it's ready. Serve sauce over pasta and breathe a sigh of relief that you somehow managed to pull it off and make a note to decrease the amount of red pepper flakes so that children might actually eat it without burning their faces off*. Write a blog post about it, hoping your guests will find it humourous.

*I have already adjusted the recipe for this. ;)


Jessica said...

lol- I realized today that I'm WAY behind on your blog... (not that I want to read it anyway... I just makes me hungry.) :P

But after we left your house, I realized I didn't get pics of everyone either! I am usually a photo-maniac, so I was pretty bummed that I forgot. :(

Oh well.. we'll just have to do another get-together! :D

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Jacqueline said...

Another get-together sounds great but we're going to have to wait for Shannon to have the new little one before we can get pics of her.