It is 20 degrees this morning!!!
My little pots are huddled in the entryway to the apartment, shivering and talking amongst themselves. "Wow, glad she saved us. Too bad not everyone got to sleep up here. I wonder if the comfrey is unhappy this morning?"
This is such unusual weather for us, we haven't had a freeze like this for a few years.
We southerners are such babies about the cold, we don't know how to dress, eat or drive when it turns icy.
I am cozy, happy and about to brew a big pot of chamomile, rosehip and nettle tea.
This afternoon I will make calzones and side of spicy marinara sauce. They house will smell like tomatoes, garlic and oregano. Yummy...
Later, I plan to snuggle in with my red thermal socks, blue flannel shirt and will watch Tortilla Soup and Julia and Julie. Foodie movies are so comforting .
Here is the spicy marinara recipe that can be used for dipping calzones or heaping on top of pasta:
Five Minute Marinara:
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic , crushed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
one 32 oz can chunky style crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 handful chopped herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, lemon balm.
(dried is good if you don't have any fresh left.)
fresh italian parsley, chopped
Add olive oil to medium saucepan over moderate heat. Add garlic and crushed pepper to the heated olive oil. when pepper snaps and garlic sizzles, stir in crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and herbs. Cook for 5 minutes and stir in parsley. Serve.
Yields: 4 servings