Being far away from my country means being far from my parents and family, from my habits AND obviously, my favorite food. I miss so much of my mom’s meals, even of her soo simple rice soup (coming soon 😛 ). Even my dad is a great cook, he is so talented to cook classic french food, as bourguignon, blanquette and other.
I mean, if I love cooking, that’s not for nothing: my parents always cooked for us, we always had dinner together, with no TV or music, to talk about the day. Dinner time was a moment in the day where we were sure to be together and to enjoy this moment. Sometimes, it was frozen pizza or canned meal, but most of the time, our dinner was homemade. Simple, but delicious, that was our credo!
Now I’m far, I stick to these habits and I refuse as much as possible to eat prepackaged food. Since I’m here, I might have eaten once or twice these type of meal, not more.
Someday, it’s hard to motivate myself to go in the kitchen and to cook, but I remember that, anyway, I don’t have the choice. Well, when I really don’t want to cook, I go to the restaurant on the campus, it’s quite good, but not so often.
SO, when my parents sent me my first package, my mom gave me a bottle of her homemade tomato sauce. It was in october. I opened it last week, and OH GOD, just with pasta, it was soooo delicious!
To finish it before it goes bad, I decided to try vegetarian bolognese, with textured soy protein. Served with quinoa, because i love quinoa 😛
It was one of the beeest bolognese I’ve eaten, really!!!
From La Table verte
2 tbsp soy sauce
½ carrot, diced
2 tbsp textured soy protein
½ cup homemade tomato sauce (you can make a fast one by mixing 2 tomatoes with some onion, than add spice (italian is good))
Mix soy sauce, onion, carrot and oil. Add the textured soy protein and let marinate for about 30 minutes.
Heat a pan on medium heat. Add the TSP and sauté for 2 minutes, unitl soy sauce begin to evaporate. Than add the tomato sauce, reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Add water or milk if it is becoming to dry.
Meanwhile, cook quinoa or pasta or rice, as you want (1/3 cup for me).When the sauce is thicker and a little caramelized, you can stop heating. Put this over your pastas (or whatever you want), sprinkle with nutritional yeast and enjoy (I hope!)
Snow is here! Christmas spirit is around, so good! And in 17 days, I go back home. I look forward, so happy!