Bolognese is always a good idea. It has a cross seasonal appeal and an ability to soak up a little of the day it’s made in. Yesterday, the wind eased back and left a beautiful sea fret hanging over the house. I find the wind disconcerting, but there is something magical about the low mist that sometimes follows. In honor of the magic mist, I used a batch of fresh chicken stock in the bolognese , which then slowly simmered and reduced all afternoon creating a rich and rather lovely sauce.
I have been using Nigel Slater’s bolognese recipe for a while now but needed to adapt it today due to having a glut of celery but no carrot and having lost the nutmeg (yes apparently I live in a house where it is possible to loose a jar of nutmeg) and also didn’t think the usual quantity of wine made it very baby friendly.
Garlic, onion, celery and mince cooked together until mince brown then add salt and pepper and some tomato paste – a pint or so of fresh chicken stock (I’m not sure there is a huge art to making chicken stock – I just sling in the carcass in a pan after a roast and cover it with water – maybe some herbs if they are to hand and maybe some garlic cloves and salt and pepper – apparently the longer you cook it the better but we’re not really clock watchers over stuff like making stock around here).
I’m sure it could have been enhanced in all sorts of lovely ways had I not been racing out the door with 4 little people to get to a swim class, but it was pretty fine as it was when we came home. (Add some milk about 20 mins before eating it to make it even richer, and of course, have it over pasta of some kind with lashings of cheese).