Monday, September 20, 2010

Another purple risotto!

Rainbow Risotto
Serves 4


1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup vodka
about 5 cups stock, mixed up with 2 bay leaves and a teaspoon of dried basil left to simmer on stove
1 carrot, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 red capsicum, chopped
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup frozen peas
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped
Almost a whole 1/2 red cabbage
Sprinkle of nutritional yeast
1 tsp vegan margarine
Balsamic vinegar and lemon juice to serve


Fry all vegetables except the cabbage in a little bit of oil until just starting to soften. Put in the arborio rice and stir until slightly translucent. Add the vodka, stirring until it's all absorbed. Then continue to add stock until rice is almost cooked. Stir in the cabbage and some more stock and let cook until cabbage is slightly wilted and stock absorbed. If needed continue adding stock until rice is tender.

When done, stir through the vegan margarine and the nutritional yeast.

Serve on a plate with a squeeze of lemon juice and some balsamic vinegar if you like!

This is a great way to use up the last little bits of vegetables in the fridge, but you don't want to make a stir fry. This tasted really fresh and summery. Make it with whatever you have on hand!

For dessert we had this:
Also made to get rid of excess crap in the fridge/freezer. We had one lonely sheet of puff pastry left that was taking up too much room and a little bit of leftover strawberry sauce I made a while ago. I bought a tin of apricots yesterday - they were discounted to $1.50. I put them in the pastry, folded it over into a triangle and brushed it with melted vegan margarine. I even sprinkled sugar on top! (Well I actually use powdered dextrose instead of sugar but it's essentially the same thing. You buy it in the home brew section for about $3 a kilo. It's packed with carbohydrate glucose energy but doesn't have the bad-for-you part of sugar in it...or something like that. Don't quote me.) Anyway, I baked it and served it with strawberry sauce.

I am never making it again! It was delicious but waaayyyy too sweet for my belly. I feel sick now! I much prefer sweet pastries to be was still good though :)

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