Comfort food for Sicilians is pasta with tomato sauce. And in a time like this, when the things that have happened in the world, our country, our city, our block, become too much to handle, we Sicilians head for the kitchen. Because losing ourselves in the routine of chopping, measuring, simmering and eating is about the only thing we can do to comfort ourselves. For a while, at least, we can think of nothing but the knife, the cutting board, the pot.
Our world is lost, I fear. We say we’re the greatest nation in the world, but more people act out in horrific ways here than anywhere else, per capita. Go figure. Money is KING (think gun lobby) and so no American is safe from crazy, racist, terrorists who can get guns as easily as they can buy a pack of gum.
I have no solution except to make some tomato sauce, boil up some pasta, sprinkle it with fresh grated cheese and lose myself in thoughts of my childhood, where life wasn’t perfect, but at least it was innocent. It’s not so innocent now, is it?
Join me in the kitchen today:
Mama’s Tomato Sauce (serves 4)
1 large can tomato puree
2 small cans of tomato paste
small handful of dried basil
4 small cans of water
2 small cans of red wine
Half cup grated parmigiano cheese
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 6-8 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Taste midway. If too acidic, add a bit of sugar. (If only we could do that for the world.)