I am an adult with a sunburn. Does that sound absurd to anyone else? I’m sure getting a sunburn probably breaks rules in that handbook they give you when you turn 18. You know the one that also says here’s a voter’s ballot, a pack of cigarettes, a release form to appear in a porno, an American flag and a gun.
OK, so maybe I haven’t had the best day. Mistakes at work and not applying enough sunscreen make me cranky.
I got home and spent some serious time with a bottle of aloe and took a nap. Woke up and remembered I had two slices of rye bread and a few blue cheese crumbles, which does not a dinner make. Off to the store in shorts and a long-sleeved shirt, why show the world the fact that I am an adult with a sunburn. Most absurd day ever.
Did I mention I was wearing a cap-sleeved blouse today? I have pearly white shoulders.
At the store I remember I needed soap/body wash/shower gel/whatever they call it now. After locating the proper aisle, I am faced with a choice: smell like a fruity dessert or an ocean breeze? When did soap stop smelling like soap? I bet it was the 90s. Everything started to get X-treme (yes, spelled that way) when I was kid. And eventually that trend made its way into the soap department, where you can now choose between smelling like mango chutney and a Tahitian waterfall.
I need a drink. … And maybe another.
Dinner was simple, a salad of broccoli slaw, avocado and blue cheese with a side of pineapple. I’m not turning on the stove with a sunburn.
Moving on. I made pasta bolognese the other day. It was lovely and comforting and so flippin’ easy. All the thanks goes to my co-worker Bethany who rattled off her recipe one day at work and which I recreated with what I had in the fridge.
Pasta Bolognese, makes 6 servings
1 pound ground beef (I don’t buy a lot of meat, but when I do I usually go for lean 90/10 grass-fed. Or, if I’m a week away from pay day whatever is on sale)
1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce (I used Walmart brand. It was plain marinara with chunks of veggies in it)
1 medium carrot, grated
3 to 4 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 to 1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, plus more to taste
3/4 small can of evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound dried pasta of your choice
1. Brown ground meat and break up into small pieces. Add carrot, garlic and onion. Cook until onions are translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes.
2. Add whole jar of pasta sauce, vinegar and evaporated milk. Season to taste, adding more vinegar, milk or S&P to fit your likes.
3. Cook pasta according to directions on box. I used campanelle, which is a short and fluted pasta. I like it because the bolognese sauce clings to the little ridges.