Something I had not eaten in... oh, at least ten years: Polenta.
In case you're not familiar with it, Polenta is a dish made of maize/corn (whichever word you prefer) semolina. It is so easy to make even I manage to get it right :-)
It was on offer a few weeks ago at my preferred supermarket (Aldi), and I prepared some Polenta last week when the evenings were already chilly enough for me to feel like cooking.
We had a leafy salad with tomatos and a mixture of pine nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds with it. Tomato season is actually over in Germany, and I was a bit skeptical about buying these ones coming from a greenhouse in the Netherlands, but they are surprisingly tasty and their scent is very aromatic (I still have two more left).
For the polenta, you need twice the amount of water (in relation to the amount of semolina); salt it, bring it to boil, and stir in the corn/maize semolina. Then leave it on very low heat so that it keeps bubbling every now and then (stay away with your face when you open the lid - it has a tendency to splash upwards), and stir it a few times over the next 15 minutes.
In the meantime, I was making my very basic way of sauce bolognese. All there is to it is frying some minced meat in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and once the minced meat loses the pink colour and turns all brownish, pour the tomato sauce (it is only squashed and sieved tomato, no spices or anything else added) over it, stir, and spice with salt, pepper, and whatever herbs you happen to find.
To make it more tasty, of course I could have added garlic and/or onions, but I didn't have either, and the sauce turned out nice nonetheless.
We had the polenta with sauce bolognese on Wednesday night, and on Thursday for my lunch break, I fried the left over polenta in a pan and put an egg over it.
I am sure this won't have been the last time this season I make polenta - quick, easy and filling, just how I like my food :-)