Mmmmmmmmmmmm carbs….

I’m making a risotto with havarti and topping the whole mess off with garlicky shrimp’n’scallops.

This better be damn good considering I’m dumb enough to be slaving over a hot stove in hot weather for it.

(Sometimes I really have no common sense.)

The recipe I’m using has been adapted slightly from Nigella’s Cheddar Risotto in her Express Cooking Book.

Only changes I made was to omit the white wine and replace with equal volume of broth, and use havarti instead of cheddar, because I felt like it.

I’m serving this big pan of starchiness with garlicky shrimp’n’scallops on the side.

I was going to make some steamed green beans as well, but now I’m just feeling hot and lazy from heat.

Cross your fingers, I hope it’s yummy.

YuM!

I forgot how much I like making (eating!) onigiri.

I finally got my butt in gear to test drive the ice cream molds for rice balls.

I just wish I had taken pics. They’re rather adorable with a wrapping of nori and seasoned with pink furikake (flavour unknown because the bag came straight from Japan via Baby Bro’s last visit).

So cute — the pig is the absolute cutest of them all because it’s so round.

And now I am so full.

And just for future reference: 1 cup of sushi rice = ~6 balls…. or pigs.

Boooored….

I’ve decided that weekends are just not my thing.

Yeah, yeah, I know people are required to work and will kill me for saying it, but it’s true.

I don’t like weekends much anymore.

The reason being, of course, is that The Hubbs and I are stuck on two different activity schedules.

He works and is out of the house all week long like the rest of the world and I am for the most part, stuck indoors, at home all by my lonesome.

When the weekend comes, I get to see him but I want to be out of the house doing things, whereas he wants to be a homebug, destress and relax.

*sigh*

Yea, this is my life.

And here is dinner: wild rice pilaf with sautéed zucchini & garic and pan-fried fish.

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Wild Rice Thingy

2 cups wild rice
3 green onions, sliced
1 stick celery, chopped
1 Tbsp dehydrated onion
1 Tbsp roasted red pepper and garlic seasoning
2 Tbsp butter

– Mix all ingredients together in rice cooker.
– Add water to indicated line.
– Press on button.
– Wait.

If by chance you have no rice cooker, try these instructions instead:
– In frying pan sautee onions and celery until soft and fragrant with butter, season with salt and pepper.
– Add wild rice and stir until nicely coated + red pepper & garlic seasoning.
– Add sufficient amount of water or chicken broth and cook until done.

Mmmmm… tasty.

For some reason freezing cold weather calls for curry. I dunno why, it just does.

I had been eyeing up this kedgeree recipe for awhile, and I admit it’s not technically curry per se, it does have the flavours I thought I might be looking for…. and it has fish.

Yum fish.

As always, I’ve doctored the recipe and made it using what my pantry holds and what my tastebuds crave.

I even renamed it to suit my amusement.

My version was definitely a creamier rice concoction, I couldn’t bring myself to chuck out 2 cups of milk, and I do see the appeal for the rice to be more dry + fluffy.

I’ll try it one day on Dad using only fish stock and we’ll see what happens.

Side note: For some reason frozen peas are calling out my name to be added to the rice. I hate frozen peas (but I will eat them if the need arises).

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Curried Fish Rice

2 cod fillet, thawed if frozen
milk

2 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tsp curry powder
1 cup long grain rice
1-2 cups water or fish stock

Olive oil
2 heaped tbsp butter
salt, pepper

3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
chopped fresh curly parsley
lime/lemon wedges (optional)

Turn the oven on 190C/375F.

Place the fish in a saucepan. Add milk enough to cover and simmer gently on low heat [don’t let it boil] until cooked and starts to pull off the skin. About 10 minutes. Take the fish out of the saucepan and keep the milk aside for later. Peel off and discard the skin, if needed, and separate the fish into large chunks. Set aside.

In an ovenproof pan , heat the oil and 1 Tbsp butter in medium-low heat.
Add the garlic and fry until just golden.
Add the chopped onion and fry gently in low to medium heat until translucent.
Add the curry powder in the pan and stir in the onions for a few seconds.
Add the rice and keep stirring for 1 minute.

To the fish poaching milk, add hot water to top up to ~2 1/2 to 3 cups and add to rice.
Keeping the heat to low-medium, cook for about ten minutes.
Keep checking every 2-3 minutes and stir gently making sure that the mixture doesn’t get too dry.
If it gets dry, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water/stock at a time. You have to judge this carefully as you don’t want too much water on the rice.

After the 10 minutes, the rice should look nearly cooked with slightly creamy sauce consistency, take the pan off the heat.
Add the fish flakes in the pan and 1 tbsp of butter and stir through the rice gently. Top with hardboiled egg slices.

Cover the pan with lid and place in the oven.
Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is nice and fluffy.
Sprinkle with parsley and a squeeze of lime or lemon, if desired.