The BaconSpinachPasta that saves my life

baconspinachpastaI am a food victim. In my head, that means that, when in need, I cope with food. That alone can explain the endless list of comfort foods I have compiled and hidden in a drawer in my kitchen, where it’s handy.

So, today was not a very good day. This happened, something else followed, another thing hit… The news in Greece is so disappointing, I’m impressed all Greeks are not staying at home in bed all day, refusing to get up, get showered and get out there. New taxes are being imposed to people who really have no more money (or strength), racism is raging, there is a man on a hunger strike requesting a fair trial, what is happening!

All in all, I found myself lying in my bed, under my sheet, not wanting to lift an arm. At some point, poor Mr. S stuck his head through the door and said “I will be leaving for work soon, would you like to come out here and sit with me for a while?”

He tries, I’ll give him that, and sometimes it’s all it takes to give me a tiny boost. I said “I need some comfort food”.

BaconSpinachPasta is somewhere in the middle of my comfort food list, but it’s easy and quick, so I opted for that, instead of apple bougatsa – also, it’s lunch, and it was lunch time!

I felt a little better after eating it, and I felt a little better about two hours later, when I took the pan and ate what was left of it, watching Arrested Development. Then, two hours later, I felt bad because there wasn’t any left, so I toasted some bread, buttered it, sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on it and ate like there was no tomorrow.

Now I’m trying to hold myself back from making apricot muffins.

I eat when I’m feeling bad, did I mention that?

Anyways, here’s what you’ll need:

(for 2 people)

250gr pasta (I used penne)

1 can, eh… canned tomatoes (the 400gr size)

5-6 rashers of bacon

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic, in small pieces

2 balls of frozen spinach

salt, pepper, a dash of nutmeg

Boil the pasta. While the pasta is boiling, put a saucepan on high heat, cut the bacon in pieces (not tiny, not huge) and put it in the pan, along with the garlic. When it’s all smelly and gorgeous, add the onions and cook them for about 3-4 minutes. Add the spinach and the tomatoes, salt, pepper and the nutmeg and cook for about 10 minutes. If it dries out, add some water from the pasta.

The smell alone will make you cry like a baby. Try it and remember my name, every time this easy little thing makes you feel a little better!

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