Autumn Leaves – Eva Cassidy
It’s so lovely outside. Smells like wood and leaves and very crisp air, mmmdang. When this weather comes along it makes me crave my Nanny’s “mush” so badly. I knew it was coming, so I prepared earlier in the week and bought a turnip, some potatoes, a big ol bag of carrots and some of the cutest onions I have seen all year. And tonight I set about, making mush!
3 large potatoes
Roughly chop every thing up and boil until tender. Drain. Mash it all up with a little butter, salt and pepper.
6 small onions or 3 large
2 Tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil
Heat butter and oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add onions and a pinch of sugar and salt and slowly cook over medium heat. Cook until onions are caramel coloured, this could take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how long youre willing to wait. I like doing it for an hour.
I just returned from running to the store because this meal cannot be eaten without fresh white bread. On my merry jaunt home with a baguette slung under one arm and a pomegranate in my hand I stopped to shoot the shit with some neighborhoodlums. Said hello to the owner of the second hand shop who looked like a fat and contended owl in his round rim glasses, sitting in front of his halloween racks. Got molested in the street by a couple coworkers who had just finished closing up shop. And now, Im home, and its warm and the apartment is spotlessly clean and filled with the smell of carmelized onions. I’m a happy girl.
Mush, fresh bread, carmelized onions, and the thing to complete it- a whiskey and gingerale. This meal is my nan, and eating it makes me happy and sad and comfortable all at the same time. And hungry. So Im gonna shut the hell up and eat this. This makes enough for 4 or 5 people by the way. Or just one person, over the course of 3 or 4 days, wa ha ha ha!