Jentry Sauce

Our friend Jentry gave us this recipe. I have (of course) lost the original and pieced together what I remember into this patchwork version. It’s a really quick bare-bones marinara sauce. It’s very light-textured and goes well with chicken Parmesan. We also use canned diced tomatoes, but I plan on trying it with fresh tomatoes when they’re in season.

1 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped (we use 5 or 6)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 T. basil
1 T. oregano
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. tomato paste

1. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic until just tender, stirring constantly.

2. Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, black pepper and tomato paste. Stir until tomato paste is integrated, then stir occasionally until sauce boils.

3. Turn down heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.

movie coolness

A couple nights ago, on my way home from work, I noticed a banner on a shiny new store front. They were advertising DVD rentals with 24-hour access. 24-hour anything is unheard-of in Regensburg — I mean, you can’t even shop on Sundays or holidays (like today, which is why I’m here, now, writing this). So I had to check it out.

It turned out to be Cinebank. I told Sarah about it and we were both intrigued. Yesterday, after taking the rest of the afternoon off and coming home for a nice nap, we decided to check it out. It’s not only 24-hour and automated, but also pre-paid – like that a lot. Here’s the best part: a DVD rental for 6 hours or less only costs €1. Since the joint is so close to us (20 minute walk, max) and open around the clock for rentals and returns, we have no reason to rent a movie for more than 6 hours.

So to get things rolling, we forked over the measly sign-up fee and put some cash our on our new membership cards and rented Punch-Drunk Love, which we enjoyed immensely. It was an eck sellent feelm. One of the best things about it was the score.