It’s winter and time for both.
Yes, we were in Paris last week and yes, I have lots of photos. I just haven’t gotten around to uploading them yet.
All things in time.
For this time we are having comfort food (it’s cold) and a look at the local Christmas color.
Spaghetti pie is something my sister used to make – probably because she wasn’t fond of cooking and it was easier than lasagne.
We still like it.
Total time: 50 minutes
- 12oz ground beef (360gr mince)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) peeled, chopped tomatoes with juices
- 8oz (240gr) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 4oz (120gr) spaghetti – make a circle with thumb & index finger, about 1″ (2.5 cm) in diameter
- 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) ricotta
- 1 egg
- 1 cup (3oz, 90gr) shredded Mozzarella
- Bit more oil
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender.
- Add garlic and beef and sauté until meat is done, breaking it up as it browns.
- Add chili powder, paprika and sauté briefly.
- Add tomatoes with juices. Simmer, uncovered, until needed.
- In large bowl lightly whisk the egg. Add 2 tbs of the ricotta and whisk.
- When pasta is done, drain well.
- Toss to cool a bit (do not rinse) then add to the egg mixture.
- Mix well and put into an oiled quiche plate or baking dish. Pat into place.
- Fluff the spinach a bit with your fingers and sprinkle it over the pasta.
- Drop the ricotta by small spoonfuls evenly over the top and spread out a bit.
- Spread the meat sauce evenly over the ricotta.
- Sprinkle with Mozzarella.
- Bake, covered with foil at 400 F (200C) for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer.
- Cut into wedges and serve.
We were back a few weeks ago and it was all dressed up for Christmas.
Well…. as dressed up as villages get in France.
Most villages have lights strung over the streets or around the lampposts for the holidays, but individual houses are rarely decorated.
This village, having a very busy market on Sunday mornings, decided to have a ‘best decorated window’ contest.
This is as close to a ‘selfie’ as I’ve taken…..
Sadly, the only two windows we saw were in the same shop. The idea apparently hadn’t inspired yet.
Maybe more shops will get into the spirit…..
This was more of a typical street:
Maybe we were too early…..