There was a time in the not-too-distant past when I bought cook books whenever we traveled.
I still do that.
Except now I do it surreptitiously as someone, who shall remain nameless, thinks that I have more than enough cook books already.
When we were in Marrakesh I bought three small cook books – two were in French and one in Spanish.
When we were in Italy a few years ago I bought two Italian cook books in English. I never made any of the recipes and they kind of were pushed to the back of the shelves.
I rediscovered them the other day…
Fettuccini alla Romana
Total time: 40 minutes
- fettuccini, 8oz (240gr) fresh or 4oz (120gr) dry
- 12oz (360gr) ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) red wine
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef broth
- 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) plum tomatoes, chopped, with juices
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Heat oil in a large skillet.
- Add onions, celery, carrot and sauté until starting to get tender, 7 – 8 minutes.
- Add garlic, beef, and sauté, breaking beef up as it browns.
- Add wine, broth, and simmer hard until almost all is cooked off (1/4 – 1/3 cup remaining).
- Add chopped tomatoes, juices, and simmer until cooked down and thickened.
- To finish: Divide pasta onto 2 plates
- Top with sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.
We have had three absolutely beautiful, warm sunny days in a row.
Last weekend we had many cold, wet miserable days.
Before the rains came in this was the status of our pool project:
The struts on the far side had been filled in with concrete.
The channels for the struts on the near side had been dug out.
You may be able to tell that the pool area was not quite as flat / level as mon mari thought….
if you look closely you can see the laser level sitting on the tripod in the center used to make that determination.
This was all done about 10 days ago. Then the rains came.
The trenches filled up with water.
Our soil is clay, The water stayed.
The rains stopped last Tuesday but the trenches stayed full.
He actually went out and bailed the water out on Friday.
It was finally dry enough today that he could get back to work on it.
I don’t think we are going to hit the May 1 goal for having the pool installed.
But he just told me that they are not only perfectly level but square as well.