So today I made the menu for the upcoming week. Here it is:
Saturday - Penne with Vodka Sauce
Sunday - Goat Cheese Tart, green salad (tart recipe from The French Market)
Monday - Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, ciabatta bread with dipping oil
Tuesday - Mustard Pork Chops with gnocchi
Wednesday - Blue Cheese Pasta (from Real Fast Food)
Thursday - Grilled cheese sandwiches, red pepper soup
When I looked at the menu, I realized what I had done unconsciously: I had created a healing menu. These are comforting foods, unapologetic in their warmth and simplicity. And I love the power of food - and the prospect of sharing it with my family - to make me feel better.
Eat, drink, and find comfort.
Matthew has been making penne vodka for ten years now. The difference between his recipe and the one you linked is the addition of pancetta, which is good. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Eat well and be well. I admire your ability to plan menus for the entire week. I may give that a shot myself today!
vodka sauce?? I may have to get me some of that. Do you have to have the pasta with it?
I really enjoyed your identification of food with comfort. I am a great believer in mood foods, though I normally shop for the day rather than in advance (unless it is a dinner party, for which I last did a French themed one for six, with tonsillitis, so can truly sympathise) so that I can really make that impulse buy. Rich winter warmers versus Autumn spice ( for your information, I did a roasted chilli squash with crumbled goats cheese and oak leaf salad for the dinner party served with a spicy French syrah or shiraz).
I am also glad to see that Nigel Slater has some readers over there. I like his simplistic style; that cooking is never too complicated. I must try your mustard pork recipe though.
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