Tuesday, January 17, 2012
the next best thing to sunshine
I learned to make risotto.
Butternut Squash Risotto and, upon hearing that somebody else had successfully made it, I decided that I would too.
Did you know that the whole trick is how slow you cook it and did you know that I'm finding that to be the trick of many delicious foods? While you do need to use a specific type of rice (Arborio) for extra starchiness, the real key is that you add the broth, a half cup at a time, over the course of 30 or 40 minutes. And stir, stir, stir- always stirring.
The butternut squash gave the dish a lovely sweetness, without being overpowering. I chose to roast my squash in the oven, as opposed to the microwave method suggested in the recipe. Both because I love roasting things in the oven, and because I wasn't sure if the squash could fit in our microwave.
South End and checked out some thrift stores. I love thrift stores. Even though they're crowded and disorganized and I want to wash my hands immediately upon leaving, I still love the possibility of finding the perfect unique item.
day bag I was carrying so that I can post it in the shop later today. I am especially excited about this bag because of the matching accessories that go with it- both a wristlet and a zipper pouch! I think that the day bag and zipper pouch set would make a great baby shower gift- what a fun diaper bag! And I love making wristlets to match larger bags so that you can just grab out the wristlet with your wallet and keys when you don't need all that other stuff. I recently introduced my mom to the idea of carrying a wristlet instead of a big purse on long shopping trips. I think it may have changed her life.
Today: I'll hardly notice that the sun never even came out.