I've been in Israel.
I meant to post this before (in spring), but got distracted by something shiny and the Internet.
Oh well. It's too hot to cook now, but there is always next spring!
Spring Risotto and Poaching Eggs in shapes (from Bon Appetit)
2 c frozen fava or lima beans - thawed (let's be honest, no one wants to actually shuck those)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
Eggs (however many you want to eat)
8 c vegetable broth
2 tbsp butter
1/4 lb mushrooms
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves- chopped
2 leeks- only the white and pale leaves- chopped
1 bulb of fennel- chopped
2 c arborio rice
1 c white wine
1 bunch of spinach- torn
2 tbsp sour cream or creme fraiche
1 1/2 c Parmesan- grated
1/4 c chives- chopped
You'll need to:
-bring broth to simmer in a large pan over medium heat, reduce to low, cover and keep warm
-Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large pot over medium heat, add mushrooms and cook until tender. Transfer them to the bowl with the thawed beans.
-Heat oil and 1 tbsp butter in the same pot, add leeks, fennel and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Add rice and stir to coat, about 2 mins. Add wine and cook until it's evaporated, about 4 mins.
- Add 1 cup of broth, cook and stir until it's absorbed. Add the rest of the broth by the cupfuls, allow it to absorb before adding more, until the rice is firm, but tender, like a good man, about 20 mins total.
- Add spinach, creme fraiche, cheese, chives, beans and mushrooms to rice mixture. Cook until the spinach is wilted and the cheese is melted, about 2 mins, season with salt and pepper.
- Poach Eggs!
-Bring a large skillet of salted water to a simmer, add vinegar.
-Drop the cookie cutter into the water, crack the egg into a bowl, then slide it into the cookie cutter.
-Cook until the white are cooked, but the yolks are runny, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon and transfer the egg and cookie cutter to a bowl of ice water.
|Not at cool poached eggs.|
- Put the eggs on top of the risotto, top with cheese, chives, pepper etc... Nom.
It should come as no surprise that I've been rocking out to Daft Punk's new album. It's a little old school, pretty DSSJ (ask Val what that means) and doesn't really sound like them a ton. Does that piss me off? Maybe a little, but after the intenseness of Tron, I'm glad for some soulful easy listening/BBQ-ing music from them. I won't be throwing a dance party with it, but it is road trip worthy.