This has been a weekend for comfort food. Dear Husband is off to sail the south end of Lake Michigan, and we girls, and Ed, are bach-ing it. I started Saturday out with a big bowl of Cheerios. I haven't eaten cold cereal in a long time, and it brought back memories of school days.
Elegante Mother, who will be 90 in December, has had a change in her eating habits. She's eating less at meals and snacking more between meals. Dinner gets pushed around the plate, but she never ends dinner without having ice cream or some sort of dessert. I worry that she's not getting a balanced diet.
Last night we made a meal that we haven't cooked in close to forty years. When I was a kid, Mother would cook breakfast sausage links, and roll out a dough made of Bisquick. She would lay half the dough in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan, set the cooked links on it, and then use the second half of the dough as a cover. We made half a recipe last night, and had half of it left over.
With the fat left in the pan from cooking the sausage links, you make a gravy to spoon over the baked casserole. We call this dish as "Pigs in a Blanket.
EM and I started dinner together, and realized that neither of us quite remembered the recipe. She cooked the sausage while I rolled out biscuit dough. We jointly made the gravy, with her adding flour while I stirred.
It turned out well. We needed to salt and pepper the assembled meal, but otherwise it tasted like the meal I remembered. It was an interesting trip back to my youth. Dear Husband would have enjoyed the meal, but this is another meal in the category of comfort food that he should no longer eat. We make things on the weekends when he is away that he would love to have. I do my best not to taunt him about the meals he misses when he goes off to sail.
EM is asking for my homemade macaroni and cheese. I make a white sauce, add shredded sharp cheddar to it, and add that to boiled shell or elbow macaroni. It's baked for 30 minutes, and then Durkee onion rings are scattered across the top, and baked for another two to three minutes to crisp the onion rings. This meal gives me heartburn, so I try not to make it often, or try to have an alternate available when I do make it.
Something else Elegante Mother has asked for is the tuna casserole made with wide egg noodles, tuna, peas and white sauce or mushroom soup. We add crushed potato chips to this casserole the last few minutes. Can you see where her tastes are going? Old-fashioned food that is high in fat. I don't cook that way any longer, and she misses it.
We have a box of Tilapia fillets in the freezer. The other night after physical therapy, I needed to pull together a very quick meal, and I chose to make Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia fillets. After you cook the tilapia in a sauté pan, you remove it from the pan and keep it warm. Then, you add olive oil to the pan to cook a minced clove of garlic. When that's soft, you add white wine, lemon juice and chicken broth to the pan and reduce it by half. The last step is to add a pat of butter and whisk it into the sauce. It was wonderful! It's really too bad EM won't even try a taste of it. She refuses to eat it because it's farm raised.
So....We are all yet living....getting ready to face the coming week. I hope you have a good week. If you're in the awful heat, remember to stay hydrated!