Aston Villa have lost yet again. This time it was 3-1. But saying too much or getting too angry about this match is worth nobody's time. This was a lineup that we will likely (hopefully) never see again, being managed by a man who won't be at the helm come Sunday. It came away to a team who have been firing on all cylinders lately. Rémi Garde has been named our new manager, and the change starts tomorrow.
So there's nothing to talk about that will have lasting impact. But that doesn't mean that the sorrow doesn't live on. So, without further ado, I present:
Top 5 comfort foods to eat away the sorrow caused by Aston Villa
Listen, I love meat. Meat is delicious. But you simply cannot beat a sheet pan of roasted vegetables for delicious comfort. Here's what you do. Preheat the oven to somewhere between 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit (200-230 celsius). Get some veggies (I like to use some combination of onions, butternut squash, leeks, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, but you can use whatever). Chop them up roughly. Don't be precise about this, just make em bite-sized or so. Toss them with a little olive oil and salt. Throw them onto a flat pan covered in some tin foil, and put that in the oven.
Roast. Check it every once in a while and stir. When they look nice and roasted, take them out. Serve them over rice with a drizzle of balsamic if you're feeling fancy. Or not. Whatever, they're amazing. Tell your stomach that you love it.
See? I love meat. But I wanted to make sure we had one vegetarian option on here. Now we turn to the meat. A big ol' chunk of the cheapest beef roast you can find. Now, sear that off in a big dutch oven. Take it out once it's nice and brown and toss in, oh, I dunno, some carrots and some onions all chopped up big. Cook them in the fat a bit and throw the roast back in. Add some seasonings that you like (My grandma's secret: about 1/4 cup of molasses). Now, dump a whole damn bottle of wine on the roast and put the lid on. Cook it low and slow for two or three hours. Once the roast is ready, take it (and the veggies) out, reduce the leftover juice to a gravy, and serve.
Spicy pasta (Pretty sure this is aglio e olio, but if I say that for certain, someone's Italian great-grandmother will rise from the grave and scream at me. Not taking that risk)
Cook some pasta. Any shape. Cook it until it's al dente. Or until it's soft. Cook it until you're happy with it.
While it's cooking, dice up some garlic. And get some red pepper flakes. Heat up some olive oil in a skillet. I dunno, about 1/4 cup? Somewhere in there. You be the judge. Then throw in the red pepper flakes and cook until aromatic, and finally give the garlic 30 seconds to a minute in the hot oil. Take it off the heat. Combine the oil/pepper/garlic with the pasta. Top with fresh parmesean cheese.
Wait, that's two vegetarian things. Yesssssss.
Chicken and dumplings
Do British people have this? If not, you should really have this. Basically it's a chicken stew with these little bombs of starch that sort of soak up the stew liquid and sort of don't? I don't really have a great way to explain it other than :drooooool:
I don't have a "do it by head" recipe for this so just use the Pioneer Woman's. Her blog annoys me, but her recipes are always spot on.
Who said comfort food has to be slow cooking. Here's the deal. Buy some ice cream. Now, put it in the freezer when you get home. When the time comes for ice cream dinner, go to the freezer, open it, take out the ice cream, and eat. Nothing says "goodbye sorrow" like a pint of ice cream.
Let me know in the comments what comfort foods YOU use to eat away the pain! And oh yeah, we really did lose. Jordan Ayew DID find the net in the 79th and almost again a few minutes later. And hey, with him and Carles Gil on, Villa actually looked pretty decent. Maybe this was the loss we needed. It'll show Rémi who the poor players are and warn him away from using them in the future.
But a new team starts tomorrow. Up the Villa!