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Three jars of Ragu
red, yellow green and orange peppers
three big cans of diced tomato’s
three cans of mixed vegetables
minced beef and a few more things.

Beef cooking slowly
I stir
write a little
stir some more
until absolutely sure the beef’s
cooked right through

Throw everything else in
add some gravy mix
soy sauce too, seasoning to take away
the over-powering tomato look and taste
and cook it on the lowest heat
for the longest time
maybe three hours or more.

Taste a bit
add more pepper, a little more soy
when I’m satisfied it cannot be
improved on anymore
let it cool for long enough
and transfer to empty jars to freeze.


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Some people love to cook, I am not one of them. I cook because I have to, not because I want to. Chloe has always hated vegetables and it used to be such a fight with her to get her to eat them so, once Cathie had taught me how to make a huge saucepan of it, I used to throw cans of mixed vegetables into a spaghetti sauce so that I knew Chloe was at least getting some, even if they were disguised. People would say to me: ‘You don’t put vegetables in spaghetti!’ ….Well who says you don’t! … I do 🙂
She bought her best (boy) friend home the other night and I asked if he wanted to stay for supper. I gave them my spaghetti sauce over pasta with some toasted garlic bread and he said it was the best he’s ever eaten, apart from in restaurants. Lovely boy 🙂 That made me really smile.
I keep about 10 empty Ragu jars and let the sauce cool down enough, then fill them up and freeze it all. When wanted, I thaw one out and makes such a quick, hot meal as we go through the late autumn and winter months.
Just made a new batch of it a few days ago. Chloe’s verdict was… to scrape the dish clean…lol

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

23 thoughts on “Home cooking”

  1. Great story behind your poem–you captured the flavors so well in your piece, but the back story makes it even better. And for the record, as a former vegetarian, I ALWAYS put extra vegetables in my pasta sauce. Don’t let anyone tell you it shouldn’t be done. A splash of wine or vodka never hurts either. 🙂

  2. i’m salivating… actually, it’s more drooling! sounds absolutely delicious, Bren! when my daughter was growing up, as a single mother i usually had to work two jobs. a couple of Sundays each month, i would spend a few hours making big batches of things that would freeze well so we could have home-cooked meals during the week.

    oh, if you add about one teaspoon of sugar to anything with tomatoes, it cuts both the acid and the bitterness tomatoes can sometimes get when cooked without adding any actual sweetness. add less for a smaller batch.

    have a wonderful week!

  3. I cook because I have too, also. a high five and huge embrace to you for having a handy recipe that impresses. I like the cooking-writing combo!!!

  4. I was relieved to read this is a batch for multiple servings, hee hee. I must say, I enjoy cooking big pots of things in the winter – I enjoy the chopping and simmering – thru warm weather, not so much!

  5. That’s some hearty homesick dish. that you can’t wait to visit home and read, i mean eat with the family and friends.

  6. What a great idea. I’m going to try this, I’m not real big on cooking either and now that my kids are gone I rarely do anything but basics. Well, except for special occasions. Luckily my husband loves to cook and especially BBQ so it really doesn’t matter now does it…

  7. It’s a thrill! You make cooking a fun thing. The food seems incidental as the end product. Nicely Bren!


  8. You are so right, Ragu can become anything you like in reality. Maybe I
    will not try gardening tomatoes next year. I was such a bust this year with the plants from Wally world, I felt ripped off. Since I took such great care with those plants.

  9. haha sounds like one to keep indeed. And yeah I hate cooking, cooking sucks, only do it to eat and that is that.

  10. hmmm…sounds like a delicious sauce…and some things are just best if cooked in big amounts and then go to the freezer…nice

  11. Delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Some great description here and you make it all sound very appealing (despite not enjoying cooking!) :).

  12. I like the idea of making batches ahead of time and thawing it out when you need it. Sounds great to me. I love ‘leftovers,’ actually call them ‘plan-overs.’ Your Ragu variation sounds quite tasty!

  13. It really sounds good! I would try some over pasta or rice 🙂
    Of course you can put veggies in sauce! I put carrots in mine all the time.

  14. I remember you saying this before…you bottle it up and freeze it ~ Looks yummy ~ Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving Bren ~ I will be baking the big chicken, not turkey for a change tomorrow ~

  15. ha. he is a keeper…this sounds really hearty…i might have to print this out and follow your poem to a meal…scraping the dish clean is a great sign…smiles….nice verse bren…

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