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A good risotto to conclude Risotto Season

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
~ Mark Twain

There’re a few dishes that are lovely to cook and to eat, but not in excess – and I am fast learning that risotto is one of them. For instance, I fashion meals with eggs all the time and never tire of them, but risotto… risotto is different. It’s beautiful, elegant and comforting, but it’s absolutely smothering if you have it too often (made the third one this month tonight – oops).

I think both Matt and I were heaving wearily with the weight of risotto after a few spoonfuls of it this evening!

The recipe came from Tessa Kiros’ “Falling Cloudberries”:
#62 Champagne Risotto – Page 297

Tessa Kiros describes it perfectly with the phrase “startling honesty”… that is exactly what it is. The champagne is invisible, seemingly lost in a galaxy of rice, butter, parmesan and shallots – but its aroma penetrates your mind and its flavour arrests your tongue the moment it enters your mouth. It’s a blade of truth, transparent and pure. I do like this dish, and think it is best served in smaller portions as a prelude to seafood or vegetables.

As the risotto bubbled to cooked perfection, I stirred in a whisked egg yolk as suggested in the notes; I think I liked this and will do it again in other risotto dishes in the future.

You’re looking for photographic evidence now, I know. Well, I am sorry I am unable to post any of the pictures I took. I ran them past three people just to be sure I was not the only one who thought them distasteful, and all of them think you will be better off not seeing them… :-/

Tonight, we also had:

Matt’s Juice (version #50-something-at-least? of juices like this)… tonight’s version included baby carrots and beetroot leaves. :-/ Pretty potent.

Monkfish baked with lemon zest and juice, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper… (wrap the fish up in foil parcels and bake at 180°C for around 20 minutes. Simple).

And now we are drinking stovetop hot chocolate… always a welcome finish to the evening!

Goodnight!

PS. Cute is this post on The God of Cake.

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Affirmation pasta

Little by little, one travels far.
~ J R R Tolkien

I ate this for breakfast today, and named it Affirmation Pasta because this name floated firmly into my head and I can think of no alternative.

Hope you are all having a glorious Monday!

    Affirmation pasta
    Ingredients:
    2 cloves garlic
    1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced on the diagonal
    1/4 cup frozen baby peas
    3 shakes of the fusilli carton (or enough pasta for you)
    a pinch of dried mint
    a sprig of fresh basil
    olive oil
    shaved parmesan
    salt
    black pepper
    Method:
    Heat a saucepan of water over medium-high heat, and add in a few teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a rolling boil, then add in enough pasta for you.
    Meanwhile, smash, peel and chop the garlic cloves and prepare your vegetables. Dribble some olive oil in a small skillet, set it over medium-low heat and swirl the pan around to spread the oil around the base. When the oil is sufficiently warmed, add in the garlic – watch it sizzle. Once you can smell the garlic, add in the zucchini slices and saute them for 2-3 minutes. Add in a pinch of dried mint, rubbing them between your fingers as you go. Finally, add in the frozen baby peas, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally so nothing burns!
    When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and put it on a plate. Pour the vegetables on top, then add the parmesan and torn basil leaves. Add a sprinkle of salt and black pepper… serve immediately.
    Yields one serving.