Chocolate makes everyone happy, doesn’t it? Right now the sweets factory on the opposite side of the road is producing chocolate at least it smells like it. It’s pretty mean in my opinion. You step out of the door and what do you smell: chocolate. But there is no one who gives you a piece then. No, you are all alone with your imaginations about your favorite chocolates like dark thin chocolate from Lindt or Ghiradelli. At least with just smelling the chocolate it won’t end up on your hips which is good too.
We are really happy this week. We have our tickets for Portland, we are going to Germany tomorrow and best of all *drum roll* our friend I got a permanent position. She is a nurse and getting a position as a nurse is f****** difficult esp when you think about a permanent position. They often rather operate with Swedish contractors who are doing good work too, but aren’t permanent than giving permanent ones to well educated ones. Sometimes people have to swivel around for years from one temporary position to another one.
Back to the chocolate: since we were already talking about chocolate. Did you know that American babies are made addicted to chocolate right from the beginning of their lives on? – Yeah, those diapers are scented with chocolate. How crazy is that? Esp since baby poo doesn’t smell bad at all. That starts to change first when the little rug rats start to eat solid food but until then the poo smells sweetish. So, no chocolate perfume needed. But they are fancier than the European ones with pictures of the Sesame Street.
It’s really easy and very flexible. If you like it spicier just add some cayenne pepper or chili. You love tarragon? Just add some. You feel like a lot of veggies, well just add them too.
We prepare the tomato sauce this way:
- Fry a chopped onion in a pan until golden brown and add e.g. ground beef or fake hamburger or as we did this week chopped carrots. They usually preserve a nice bite until the dish is ready. Fry your preferred ingredient for a little while, then add your tomato base (I used about 6 cups of the one I’d prepared last week) or two cans of chopped tomatoes (the ones in tomato juice)/ passed tomatoes. Season it with a pinch of sugar, salt and your favorite spices like basil, oregano, tarragon, thyme, chili, cayenne, curry, cumin. Let it simmer until your pastas are ready.
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Bring a big pot with salty water (it should taste salty) to boil and boil your favorite short pastas like penne rigate or elbow noodles, farfalle or fusilli for the time said on the package minus 2 minutes. We use whole wheat pastas and I boil them for this dish always two minutes shorter than said on the package. They are going to sit in the sauce and would only get mushy if boiled for much longer.
- Now the grand final: take a large oven pan, poor the pastas into it, add the sauce and stir well, then fold in the cheese chunks and finish it with a few sprinkles of grated cheese. Bake it at 200C in the middle of the oven until the cheese on top has melted and is golden brown and the sauce is boiling.Please, after you have taken it out of the oven, wait for a moment. This dish is really hot and I don’t want that you think you are going to die cause a fork full of very hot pastas is sliding very sloooooowly down your throat.
That’s all I could catch. M was way too hungry to let me take a pic of the dish first.
For tonight still a few things are left to do: running and then ironing the clothes before we can pack them tomorrow. Ecky is going on vacation for the weekend at I’s and we are going to be pampered by my relatives. Wait, Theo is going to be pampered, we are more there cause we are the delivery guys. 😉
Have a great weekend and see you soon! 🙂