Can’t we talk? Have you ever had one of those days or weeks, where it feels like life has been thrown into a blender turned on high and someone forgot to put the lid on? This has been one of those weeks.
I’m very thankful for the long weekend last week but short work weeks are chaotic enough without throwing in twenty extra ingredients that aren’t normally there. I won’t bore you with specifics and the week wasn’t bad per-se, it was just overwhelming. Toss on top of it that I will be gone for three and a half days next week and now it’s just down right stressful.
The whole week ended up on a completely sour note and I did what comes natural; I threw myself into the arms of Mother Necessity, consumed a healthy portion of a bottle of wine and made comfort food.
I could name many dishes that would be happy to fill the need but tonight it was cheese pasta. It’s carbs, it’s cheese, it’s soothing.
There is something sublimely therapeutic about certain foods. To some people it’s food in general; to others something specific. I don’t really understand why. Blankets are comforting. Hugs are comforting. Why is food? I’m sure the scientific answer has something to do with neurological levels of serotonin vs dopamine and neural connectors or receptors. But it’s also said exercise is as well and personally I find zero solace in physical exertion unless it’s taking out aggression on a punching bag.
I suppose this is part of what makes us all unique.
For me it’s warm brownies, pastry cream, warm bread, cheese pasta and big plush comforters; all of which I’m anticipating I will indulge in, in copious amounts over the next couple of weeks.
Even when my trip is over I will be returning to all the work that was pending when I left and everything else that added to it when I get back, much of which will be urgent and have express time limits on it. Not too mention much of the unexpected chaos from this week will not yet have been resolved.
So you see, the blender is on, the switch temporarily malfunctioning and the lid is nowhere in sight. I won’t ask you to come help clean up the mess but I appreciate the ear. Here’s to good food and a return to normal.
- 16 oz pasta
- 2 cups milk
- ⅓ cup flour
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons ground pepper
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 3½ cups white cheddar cheese.
- Cook pasta to package directions, to al dente.
- In a separate pot melt butter on low heat.
- Add flour and spices to create a roux.
- Slowly stir in milk until completely combined.
- Add onion.
- Allow cream mixture to thicken and slowly add cheese.
- Stir constantly on low heat until cheese is completely melted and sauce thickens.
- Pour over pasta and mix thoroughly.
- Transfer dish to to baking dish and bake 15 minutes. (optional).
- Garnish with grated cheese and parsley.