Oh, Portland–what a soggy, mushy, damp, moldy little city you are these days. As charming of a place as it can be, it’s days like these where I wonder how the heck, I, a native Floridian of Puerto Rican descent, ended up in these parts. I’ve called this city home for a decade, and I’m so, so thankful to have ended up here….but the mid- to later winter season is the hardest on my bones. At least half of the year, I wake up unsure of what time could be because I don’t set an alarm and it’s about the same shade of grey from dawn to dusk. If it’s raining steadily, I’ll peek through my curtains and give any prospect of leaving the house a resounding NOPE. And when I’m forced to leave the warm, dry confines of my home, I scurry out of my house with a hunched back, grimacing in the rain and clutching my wool turtleneck like an angry, octogenarian hermit as I run to my car. Since I study and work from home, few things can lure me outdoors. These things include: New Seasons Market, the happiest place in the world; Powell’s bookstore for a new herbalism or nutrition book, and also tied for the happiest place on earth; medical appointments; church; trips to buy copious amounts of vitamin D and Asian ginseng for energy; and the occasional social gathering (I really do love my friends. I should just invite them over more often.) But honestly, I’m a homebody through and through, so it just gives me an excuse to happily stay indoors!
Anyway, onto the sauce! This here is a favorite sauce of mine that you can whip up in a couple of minutes and pour over just about anything savory (eggs, meat, fish, salads, roasts, etc.) when you’re feeling real lazy, unmotivated or just too busy to make much of a fuss over dinner. It’s adapted from a beef roast recipe from Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking, which, if you have the book, is a GREAT recipe to have in your entertaining arsenal….