Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day 2 chef-dom

Tonight I was going to warn you not to try brown basmati risotto, however after 90 minutes of stirring and wondering, I have to say Go For It!

Here's my prep. I sauteed garlic and green onions in olive oil, added brown basmati rice and stirred, stirred, stirred. This was supposed to infuse the grains with the vegetable flavors and prepare it for the next step - - which was adding white wine (suitable for drinking -- not cooking wine) and let it vaporize. After the rice was dry, I began adding hot chicken broth and stirring, stirring, stirring. After about one hour, I made the "not written decision" to put a lid on the rice and let it simmer on its own. Forget the stirring. I was tired of stirring. I was tired of drinking wine. It was a good decision.

During this "down" time I sauteed cubed zucchini, cubed yellow crooked neck squash and coarsely chopped kale. I added a chicken breast that had been covered with basil, oregano, herbs de Provence and freshly ground RED PEPPER. Let me say again. This was a good decision!

At the last minute, I added freshly grated Parmesan cheese, the vegetables and chicken. I inhaled and did a double-take. Absolutely excellent!

And, as before, I have lunch for tomorrow. Double good!


Anonymous said...

I need to hire you to cook my meals! I love your approach and your taste sensations. I'd love it if we were neighbors.

Cindy said...

I can be there a week from Saturday for dinner! Sounds delish!

Lorraine Douglas said...

Hi Connie...thank you for looking at my blog and making comments. It is appreciated greatly! I went to the Vancouver Island School of Art for the week where I rented a little space...I have no space to do these kinds of things at home so I am very happy to do some work and that I made a mess in someone else's house too!

Sarah in Disturbia said...

We ARE neighbors and I've yet to try any of your creations! They sound absolutely delightful!!

Juleah said...

How do you inspire yourself to cook for one? I LOVE to cook but only if there is an audience to praise me for my efforts. Keep practicing so when we come to visit you can cook me something yummy:)

lifeshighway said...

How could you have been tired of drinking wine?

Now the stirring and stirring, I understand.

Diane said...

Basmati is such a lovely word. I like the flavor of the rice, too. Hope everything is going fine? Haven't seen you on Collagitation lately!