Monday, September 13, 2010

The Cure for a Bad Day


The cure for a bad day can come in many forms, depending on just how awful your day has been. If we are talking extreme public embarrassment that ends in tears, the only solution is a glass of wine. If you were forced to spend a day dealing with irrational or idiotic jerks you have no choice but to devote your evening to breaking some serious shit. If you are exhausted and cursing your non-19 year old body for not bouncing back from a hangover from drinking on an empty stomach days ago, one of the best cures is a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup. Cures such as this do not require fancy ingredients (but they help, depending on the severity of the situation). When I was a child, tomato soup came from the red and white labelled can. but these days I prefer something less preserved and lower on the sodium (this just reiterates my non-19 year old status, doesn't it?).

Some people get fancy with their grilled cheese, but when you are searching for comfort all you need is a nice slice of aged cheddar and two pieces of bread. I like to make my grilled cheese with a leftover baguette, the tiny rounds are perfect for making many tiny sandwiches, which, due to my portion control issues, feels more satisfying to consume. You can saute some apples and add that to your pre-grilled cheese sandwich as well (highly recommended). For a nice pot of tomato soup all you need is a can of Italian plum tomatoes, some chicken broth, fresh thyme, and garlic. Puree, boil, simmer. Finish with a splash of cream and more thyme. I like to add noodles to my tomato soup, anything from small alphabet pasta to orzo is acceptable. My personal favourite is moose-shaped pasta from Ikea. They have antlers. You understand.

Pour a bowl of hot tomato soup, dip with your tiny baguettes. Repeat. Bad day resolved.