There are some days when it is almost impossible to really function properly. I find these days usually follow a rather exciting evening where a couple of sweet sherries have been drunk and the long term committed relationship I have with my bed, has been tested.
We have had just one of those weekends thanks to one of our glorious nieces having her prom night and, as a consequence, my sister in law having a ‘bit of a do’.
These gatherings are always a huge amount of fun, and now that the boys are a little older, not so stressful in terms of getting everyone to bed at an appropriate time. In fact, the wee one insisted that he curl up on the sofa without us even suggesting it, (with his beloved best friend blanket, obviously) and, as son #1 is 11, we allowed him, with guidance, to make his own decision about when he would retire.
It’s a funny old thing, staying up. When you’re a child you think it will be so much fun, and, to an extent, it is. But what is not fun is the next day when you experience your body clock battling with time itself. However, I am a great believer in trying to understand the various effects lack of sleep can have on you before alcohol is added to the mix. Therefore, it makes sense to me to equip the boys, whilst in our very protective arms, to get a feel for these things, in the hope that they learn, over time, not only what the lack of sleep does, but how best to look after yourself.
Being gentle with each other and catching up on sleep are two of the three main components to the morning after the night before. The third one being food.
Ah yes, good old comfort food.
Now here’s the thing. When you are the one that needs to make the food for the gang who need the food in order to feel comforted, you need something that is nourishing, fulfilling, and quick.
Pasta always fills this role for me, and in recent years I have begun to not just add grated cheese, tomato ketchup and a sprinkling of ground black pepper, but have actually started making my own tomato sauce.
Chop an onion and fry on a low heat in a little olive oil. I used a red onion, but you can use whichever colour you fancy.
‘That’s not a red onion, it’s purple’, the wee boy said to me. And he has a point.
Cracking on. Add two cloves of finely chopped garlic and some salt. Chop as many different types of fresh tomatoes as you have in the house. I used cherry tomatoes and salad tomatoes. Basically the riper they are, the better they will taste.
Add the tomatoes to the onion. Then add a sprinkling of sugar and black pepper. Pop a lid on and leave on a very low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook some pasta, make some toast, boil some rice. Whatever takes your fancy.
Add the two together. Enjoy.