Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Last Unicorn - Spaghetti Night


People always ask me what my favorite food is and for some that question is really hard but for me it isn't. As simple as it may seem, my favorite food has always been Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. If there was only one meal I could eat for the rest of my life that would be it. 





When I was a kid, my mom or dad would ask my what I wanted to eat and 9 times out of 10, I would respond Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. When my parents would refuse to make it because they wanted me to select something else, I would resort to begging, then pouting and then maybe up the ante with some crying. I was the same way about watching my favorite movie which, when I was a kid, was The Last Unicorn. 

Sidenote: I watched this recently as an adult and it's pretty tripped out. I can't believe I used to watch it as a kid. 







One day my mom came up with a solution. On Fridays me and brother could stay up and watch a movie  (which pretty much was always The Last Unicorn) but we had to alternate what we ate. One Friday my brother got to choose and the next week I would get to choose. My brother always picked Pizza and I always picked Spaghetti. 

As time progressed with this new system, my brother and I began to barter for Friday Selection Night. I would play with him and his Ninja Turtles and he would let me choose on his Friday. He would play Barbies with me and I would let him choose on my Friday. I know kind of a weird trade off but we wouldn't have changed it for the world. 

So in honor of this wonderful food memory I decided to re-create Friday Selection Night in my own house with a Grown and Sexy Twist. So, I invited some of my friends over to watch The Last Unicorn and enjoy Spaghetti Night. It was a huge hit and a lot of fun. 





{Orange Cilantro Compound Butter on Top Of Baguette 
with Baby Mozzarella marinated in Olive Oil and Balsamic}


{Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - Just How I Like It}








Orange-Cilantro Compound Butter Recipe (adapted from chow.com)






INGREDIENTS
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place butter in a mixing bowl and use a rubber spatula to soften until it is very spreadable. Add remaining ingredients, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place compound butter on a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape into a log, and twist the ends to seal. Place butter in the refrigerator to harden, at least 30 minutes.







The Last Unicorn - Spaghetti With Meat Sauce (adapted from food.com)






  • 2 lbs. of Ground Sirloin





  • small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • cups water (for a long period of simmering for flavors to meld. If you don't want to simmer it as long, add less)
  • teaspoons basil
  • teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • lb thin spaghetti
  • parmesan cheese

Directions:






  1. 1In large, heavy stockpot, brown ground Sirloin, breaking up as you stir.
  2. 2Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onions are softened.
  3. 3Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water.
  4. 4Add basil, parsley, sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
  5. 5Stir well and barely bring to a boil.
  6. 6
      
    Simmer on low, stirring frequently for at least an hour. A longer simmer makes for a better sauce, just be careful not to let it burn!
  7. 7      Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  8.  8     Spoon sauce over drained spaghetti noodles. Sprinkle            Parmesan Cheese and Enjoy.           

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Aisha,

I came across ur homepage? by chance and had a looksee when I noticed we have something in common; favourite food, spag bol! And a cherished childhood film, the last unicorn, which oddly enough, I watched last week, lol. Just wanted to say, if u were the person who did it, FANTASTIC wallpaper for the last unicorn, is gorgeous.

Kind Regards,
Krystal Kitty. x

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