Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sometimes I get homesick

I am a bit bitter this week because husband is in Boston Massachusetts seeing our old friends and I am stuck in Cambridge ENGLAND working. This bitterness was fueled by remembrance of culinary delights such as Anna's Taqueria and Pomodoro. I went to the grocery store to try to get ingredients for an enchilada-like casserole. I needed some monterey jack cheese, some corn tortillas, chicken, enchilada sauce, jalapenos, salsa.
After a trip to Marks and Spencers I found:
Chicken.
So, that was an epic fail. I went home and had an ostrich burger and salad. I had a think about what else I could do with chicken. (Oh that was such British phrasing...) I decided to attempt a version of my favorite pre-made pasta sauce: Sauces in Love's pink pesto. I probably consumed way more of that stuff than is healthy over the years, evidenced by the little reuseable container collection I had in DC. Minor complaint here - they should be stackable! I decided this would be an equally satisfying homesick cure if I could recreate it. I had my friend in Boston (who was eating a few spoonfuls at the time) IM me the ingredients off the side of the jar and I experimented with some tomato cream bases and voila! Homesickness cured.
Maybe once I move to London the Whole Foods there will carry Sauces in Love. But if not, I've created a solution!

One (14.5 oz) can plum tomatoes with tomato sauce
1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
2-3 tb olive oil (few swirls)
small handful walnuts (or pine nuts)
1/3 cup of thinly grated/shaved pecorino (I use a microshaver)
1/4 - 1/3 cup of grated/shaved parmesan
at least 10 leaves of fresh basil, add more to taste
2 oz cream
dashes of salt
2 gloves of garlic, minced

Chop garlic or food process it, then the nuts, basil and the tomatoes.
Add the olive oil and cheeses next, then the salt to taste, then the
cream last. Then simmer over medium heat until warm. Pour over chicken, pasta, etc. Doesn't beat the original of course, but it comes close enough.

2 comments:

JulyDream said...

Very impressive!! I think no matter how far or close you are, there are still moments of homesicknesses. Even I, being only a coast and 5 hour plane flight away, still miss SF at times!

Chin up and here's a hug!! :D

JulyDream said...

Very impressive!! I think no matter how far or close you are, there are still moments of homesicknesses. Even I, being only a coast and 5 hour plane flight away, still miss SF at times!

Chin up and here's a hug!! :D