Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quick, Easy, and Surprisingly Good Marinara Sauce

I was totally not in the mood for cooking tonight, so I wanted something super quick and simple. I ended up throwing this together in about 10 minutes with stuff I had lying around. I never would have expected it to be so good.

1 1/2 yellow or white onions, diced
1 red jalapeño, minced
1 can tomato paste, plus water for thinning
Large dash of nutmeg (1/4 t or so)
Heavy splash of cheap white wine for deglazing
Medium splash of red wine vinegar
Salt, to taste
Garlic oil

Sauté the onions and jalapeño in hot garlic oil, deglaze with the wine, add the nutmeg. Stir in the tomato paste and thin to your desired consistency. Add in some red wine vinegar, and salt to taste, and you're good to go.

Super easy, super simple. I didn't actually measure anything out, and even though I say 'Salt to taste,' I just eyeballed it and and tasted it at the end. Turned out so good, I decided to just stop right there. No herbs necessary. Would red wine have been better? I don't know. Probably, but I didn't have any on hand. All in all, though, this turned out to be pretty damn good. I'll definitely be making it again, especially when I'm in a hurry, or being lazy (which is most of the time).

Friday, May 11, 2012

Banana-Coconut Smoothie

I normally don't do smoothies because whenever I try, they always disappoint. Alcohol helps, but usually it just helps me forget how lame my smoothie is. However, tonight I finally made a good one. The first one I've ever made that I actually liked. And as is usually the case whenever I come up with something decent, I didn't try to measure anything out, I just eyeballed it.

This was my second try. My first try came out like they always do: lame. However, I had some bananas and juice left over and I didn't want to just throw them out, so I figured I'd have another go at it. This is what I came up with:

2 bananas, sliced and frozen
1/2 c or so each of pineapple-orange juice concentrate (undiluted) and coconut milk
A pint glass of ice cubes
70 proof coconut rum, to taste (1/2 the bottle should be sufficient)

Dump the juice, coconut milk, and bananas into a blender and whiz away until it's all good and liquefied. Add the ice and blend some more, then the rum. Give it a couple quick pulses and pour it all into a frosty mug and pat yourself on the back for a kick-ass drink.