It is no lie that I love pasta. In my opinion, it’s comfort food at its finest. And post-grad job hunting is the soul-crushing, anxiety-inducing type of work that has me needing some serious comfort. I’m only two weeks in, but it feels like a lifetime. And when the days keep passing by, and you were so certain that that cover letter you wrote was gonna blow them away, it’s that stab of rejection that gets your mind thinking awful thoughts. Like, what if I don’t find a job? What if I can’t pay my rent? What if I have to go back to waiting tables? The what-ifs will kill ya.
But, BUT, that’s no way to think. And when those awful thoughts creep into my head, this is what I think:
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” -Stephen King
Don’t you just love that quote?! It helps me to stay strong and be brave. Because life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, all of which need the bravery to stay positive and believe you will get through it even stronger.
And when that doesn’t work, I think this:
Because nothing will get me out of a funk like a good book, be it something new or something like Harry Potter which I’ve read oh, probably, 15 times all the way through. It will never, ever get old for me. :)
Back to the lovely Pasta Bolognese. I used Anne Burrell’s recipe found here. The only thing I changed was that I used 2 pounds of ground beef instead of 3. And it made enough to feed an entire country, so I really don’t think it needs that extra pound. Burrell’s directions are very, very detailed which, according to her, are vital if you want to produce the richest and heartiest bolognese possible. This is an arduous process, a labor of love, if you will. A solid 5 hours of cooking. While I was making it, through all the stirring and browning, I imagined I was an 80-year-old Italian grandmother fixing Sunday dinner for my large, loud Italian family. This is the type of recipe that should get handed down through generations. And when you need some comfort pasta, rich and meaty and ready to stick to your bones, this isn’t a bad place to start.