This afternoon, L and I made Chicken in a Fresh Tomato and Eggplant Sauce with Spaghetti [recipe] which is utterly uninspiring food. The sauce, if you can call it that, is basically fried chicken, eggplant, onions and garlic with red pepper flakes, chicken stock and white wine. Cherry tomatoes and parsley add some colour, and the spaghetti is tossed in the sauce with some Parmigiano cheese. In the meals favour, the spaghetti is nice and the white wine/ cherry tomatoes combination is pleasant. But overall, the whole lot is a bit sloppy, insipid and bland. There’s nothing in the sauce to help it cling to the pasta. Like the worst canteen food, it becomes a bit like pasta in a dull gravy, with floaters. I had thought that I would have a problem with the eggplant, not being a fan, but actually it tastes of nothing so there is nothing to object to. Maybe some olives or capers would have helped, something with a bite to it and a welcome bit of saltiness.
Tomorrow we will be having another meal that is not exactly perfect summer food, My Mom’s 15-Minute Tomato and Bean Stoup. At least it sounds quick and cheap. Today may have been the most expensive day ever, as we paid for new appliances and a whopping vet bill. We offered to leave the cat and not pay the bill, but mysteriously they weren’t so keen on that suggestion. Now she must be down to about 6 teeth, but she’s eating so I suppose she’s doing well. Maybe we should get the rest of her teeth gold-capped, it would probably be cheaper in the long run.