Everyday food

Someone wanted my bolognese recipe. So here you go.

1 carrot diced small
2 garlic cloves minced
about a pound of ground beef
1 can (15 ounces) tomatoes chopped
About 3 to 4 cups whole milk
Pasta (about 8 oz)
parmesan to serve

Sauté carrot in oil. Add garlic for one minute. Then add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes with juice and mix and cook a bit. Add around a cup of milk. Cook slowly until milk is incorporated. Add some milk every so often and let simmer into sauce. I try to cook the sauce for two or three hours. Or until it’s creamy and all the milk is incorporated. The amount of milk can be more if needed. It will become creamy. Once it is finished you can feeeze some of it. I usually get two or three meals for two from it. Boil pasta in salted water until nearly done. Drain. Saving some water. Return pasta to pot. Add sauce and some water and cook over heat letting the pasta finish cooking and absorb some sauce. Salt and pepper. Serve with Parmesan. Mmmm.
For our weekday lunches we often have egg “McMuffins”. Silly huh? We’ve been getting English muffins from Ely at Calagrana. They are not to be found elsewhere here. So we enjoy them. I have a cute little contraption I brought over here from the US that cooks my eggs to just the right size. I put it in a non stick pan, and add a pat of butter, salt and pepper. Heat it up and crack an egg in. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove that little ring and flip egg for 10 seconds. This “should” finish up with a not completely hard yolk. Depends on the size of your egg. Eggs are smaller here. It makes a good lunch. Here’s the ring. We have a set of four.

And here is the finished egg “McMuffin”. I toast the muffin and add cheese.

What else is there to do around here except eat? Well, that’s not completely true. We ran errands this morning. We picked up some cat supplies and went to the Coop supermarket. Brought it all back, to include emptying the trunk of four bags of pellets. We figure these are the last we will use this spring. All of this had to be carried up to our house. Huff puff.
Italian phrase for the day…”ogni giorno leggo molti giornali” — English “everyday I read many newspapers”. Own-knee gee-or-no leg-go mol-tea gee-or-nahl-ee.
Four of my friends here in Umbertide got vaccinated yesterday. Stupendous news! Soon it will be our turn, we hope. Stay safe everyone! 🌈

8 thoughts on “Everyday food

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hello Louann, welcome to my journal cum blog. As you can see, it is not commercial. Gardens. The only plants that will survive on a roof garden without daily watering or care are succulents and cactus. I grow rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, chives and they all do pretty well year to year. (I’m here all year) I’ve had to replace the rosemary, the thyme and oregano every year or so for better growing. They get very woody. Not necessary but better for getting good leaves for cooking. They all need watering if in pots and in direct sun. If it doesn’t rain those pots get like bricks. So dry. Citrus trees do well down there in pots. They are pretty and produce fruit and the flowers smell sweet. They need watering like everything else. So long story short. If you get trees and perennials they go from year to year…with care and water.
    I have friends in Salerno…nice place.

  2. louannchapman

    So wonderful to have found your helpful blog Nancy! Can’t get enough. My husband and I are retired U.S. citizens who live north of Seattle and are finishing the process of buying a townhouse in Salento. Our plan is to fly over for the closing in September. We are crossing our fingers the Covid restraints will be loosened. Fortunately we both have had our Pfizer vaccinations.

    I do a bit of gardening at home yet I am totally unfamiliar with growing plants in pots in a hot arid climate! We have a rooftop terrace but no garden or grounds. There is a persimmon tree there and 3 prickly pears but nothing else. They look healthy. Do you have to start planting over every year due to the heat of summers? We won’t be staying there ever in the months of July or August but probably can set up a way to keep the plants watered when we aren’t there. I figure lavender and rosemary might work in pots but would love to do basil and oregano too. Will I be able to do this or should I forget planting? Thanks so much.

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Auguri! I’m sure you are feeling protected…it’s all good. We hope we get our shots soon too.

  4. Deb taylor

    I just finished my two weeks wait after my second shot. Even though I will still continue to observe safety precautions, it’s such a liberating feeling. I hope you two receive your vaccinations soon

  5. Marjorie Arvedon

    I hope you and Luther get vaccinated soon, too.
    I’ll be interested to know your feelings afterwards.. then I’ll share mine.

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