No roast dinner

My cooker has been in a week, and the only thing I have yet to test drive is the grill, though I used the top oven for my makeshift cottage pie.
Most meals are still cooked on the hob, and today’s was no exception.
I made a spaghetti bolognese, something we haven’t had for a while and it was a bit risky with fresh tomatoes and garlic for Hubby’s digestive system. Still, we need to try these things as a process of elimination if nothing else.

My ingredients were

150g lean minced beef
1 small onion
2 fresh tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 chicken stock cube
Squirt of tomato puree

Spaghetti to suit your appetite, cooked as per package instructions.
grated mature cheddar and italian herbs

As always, I cooked the mince first in a little water, draining off the excess liquid and giving Maggie a spoonful of the meat in her bowl.
I chopped the tomatoes, onion and garlic and threw them in the pan with the stock cube and tomato puree, turned down the heat and stirred it to make sure it didn’t catch on the bottom.

When everything was cooked, I served the spaghetti and put my mix on the top, then garnished both portions with grated cheese. I added a sprinkling of herbs to mine as we know they definitely disagree with Hubby now.

It’s the best one I’ve made for a long time, and I mean years.
I don’t know whether it was fresh tomatoes, garlic, portion size, or what, but it was an adequate serving, filling, tasty and extremely satisfying.

I am feeling very positive today and much more content within myself.
This could be down to a number of things: more rested and settled because Mum’s ashes have been scattered, more confident now that I have a cooker that works and one I’m familiar with, I made some cards yesterday which went very well, and having unpacked and disposed of the final packing boxes, we are officially ‘moved in’ (you have to have seen The Incredibles to understand that line).
These past twelve months have taken a toll on both of us. Hopefully now we’ve turned a corner, though Hubby is beginning to feel the beginnings of an acid tummy so we guess the fresh tomatoes probably weren’t such a good idea afterall.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to No roast dinner

  1. Would tinned tomatoes be easier to digest? I get some reflux with tomato products too so I usually take an antacid after the meal. Sounds like you are happy and feeling “moved in.” 🙂

    • Hi Kate.
      I usually use tinned tomatoes as they’ve been peeled and cooked, but I had some in the fridge that needed to be used. As we are growing our own again, it will be interesting to see how things go. It could have been the puree or the garlic, or a combination of all of them. Hubby has ant acids as well as his reflux meds, but surprisingly a bowl of museli sorted it all out!
      Indeed, I do feel more settled, and despite this cold, sleeping better.

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