I was thinking about this all week, Geodyne has a "food-blog" and it's full
of gorgeous things. Geo's a veggie, so am I but only every other Sunday afternoon,
when I have to think up something for son #1, who's gone all veggie on us
these past six months.
I'll tell you what, this was absolutely lovely!
some chopped toms,
a bottle (yes a whole bottle) of white wine (we didn't have any, only red,
so I used a bottle of champagne left over from new-year's eve, as you do)
half a liter of strong stock, throw 2 cubes in there, the wine dilutes it.
I used two kinds of mushrooms, really daft ones from the delli, never seen
anything like them before.
Grated Parmagano cheese and good ole' Gorgonzola.
Chopped onions, mixed with chopped spring onions, a bit of green in there.
Fry up the onions with a bit of crushed garlic in olive oil & butter for ten
minutes. 'till they're browned off (well, you would be, wouldn't you?), then
add the rice. Keep frying and stirring 'till the rice absorbs some of the
oil and becomes translucent.
Add the strong stock and keep it on the move while the rice soaks up the
Add the wine/champagne gradually as the rice-onion mixture thickens.
Chuck in the chopped toms and bring back to the boil. Keep stirring!!
As the mix thickens (Geo calls it "Porridge-like", good description) add the
mushrooms, towards the end of cooking, they don't need much more than just
Add more liquid as necessary throughout the process and for Gawd's sake keep
The smells, the colour, the textures; enough to make you "go veggie".
Right at the end add in the cheeses, the big lump of gorgonzola having being
cut into smaller blocks.
Serve into hot dishes and sprinkle with grated Parmagano, freshly ground
white pepper, drizzle with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar (Quite important
to the end taste, the blend of flavours, the contrasts)
400gr is a lot of rice to do in one go, use a big pan, and if you've got
teenage boys like I have, there'll be very little left for tomorrow.
Thanks for the inspiration Geodyne, it was absolutely Y.U.M.
8th Jun 2008, 20:56
Mike (Son #2) is 14 years Young tomorrow!
I'll be heading to England, he'll be in Germany on a school trip.
He got his new "proper bike" last week, this was just something to give us
all a laugh.
I tried it myself of course, dead easy, he should manage it in no time.
Pfffff, pass me the first-aid kit, I'm bleeding all over the carpet here!
8th Jun 2008, 19:34
What's that bit about "standing still" all about?
Is that so Gnasher can get a better purchase on your tackle?
7th Jun 2008, 07:56
Long ole' day since I left Bracknell at six fifteen this morning. Back in Rotterdam now, boat leaves for Felixstowe at midnight.
I'm allowed to do 15hrs total in 24, or in other words a minimum of 9hrs rest in a day.
Like I say, long old day.
4th Jun 2008, 23:17
As seen from the rail-head at the channel tunnel.
I seem to remember there was some controversy about this a couple of years ago when it was first proposed, something about it disturbing the local fauna.
I couldn't imagine why then, still can't now.
Does anyone know?
4th Jun 2008, 13:51
Some of you in England may not have realised (for obvious reasons) that there's a major football tournament about to start over here in Europe.
It's quite a neat little concept, all the best footballing nations in Europe play against each other to see who's best. Except England, who are obviously saving themselves for the World Cup and have nothing to prove.
This picture was taken while in Arnhem, a particularly dodgy part of Arnhem, check out the "evil-eye" that "woman" is throwing at me.
Anja was going; "Marty don't,
you know what kind of area this is, keep peddling!"
Well, I reckon if you dress up your house to look like that you can't really be too surprised if people stop to look.
And then I kept peddling.
2nd Jun 2008, 05:59