Feeling lazy? Well it’s a hump day, I’m not surprised. But really, we all have lazy days. Hell, some days I look at the pan and say “Dance Monkey, Dance!” hoping that it will do the work for me. Maybe it doesn’t like being called ‘Monkey’, and maybe it’s an inanimate object which in fact, cannot dance.
Either way, that pan doesn’t show the initiative I’d like to see. Where’s your can-do attitude, pan? Pull your weight!
Yes. These are the kinds of conversations I have with myself on Wednesdays, mornings when I don’t have enough caffeine, or on days where I write so much copy that sentences are no longer in my range of scope.
Today is the sort of day when I start talking out loud to pans. And gettin’ all sorts of pissed when they don’t respond appropriately.
Then I start saying things like “Look at me when I’m talking to you, young pan!” or “Don’t make me turn this stove around!”
It’s then that I realize 2 key things:
1) I have officially turned into my mother.
2) I should probably just order pizza.
Instead, I will probably make a meal in which the pan does most of the work itself. It’s clear I have neither the time or patience to stuff, fry, or baste anything. I am slapping some meat in the pan, and I am letting it ‘do work.’ Bolognese, will time intensive, is a dish that you can walk away from, pour the biggest glass of wine you can carry, and let it do the work for you.
Time intensive, but hands-off.
- olive oil - 2 tablespoons
- pancetta - 3 ounces, diced
- ground beef - 1 pound
- Barolo wine - 1 cup
- garlic - 4 cloves
- onion - 1 large, diced
- carrots - 2, diced
- tomato paste - 1/4 cup
- beef stock - 2 cups
- freshly grated nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
- bay leaf - 1
- fresh thyme - 1 tablespoon
- dried marjoram - 1/2 teaspoon
- fresh sage - 1 teaspoon
- spaghetti - 1 pound
- sour cream - 1/4 cup
- fresh parmesan - 1/2 cup
- salt and pepper - to taste
And tell that dutch oven who’s boss.