28 December 2010

Still full!

I am going to try to eat a bit more sensibly today – I am feeling a little gluggy after several days of chocolate abuse.  (Also a constant slow feed of alcohol and general rich food).  Breakfast didn’t go too well; a) it took place at 10.45 am, and b) it consisted of strong coffee and a delicious selection of Belgian chocolate biscuits which were a gift from my love.  The perfectly logical reason for this behaviour is that I am trying to get rid of them before I start the traditional New Year Diet.  (More on that in a few days time, I do have a rather excellent Cunning Plan).

So today’s lunch …

~ Menu ~

Roast Squash, Red Onion & Chilli Risotto
and, OK, a little red wine
… and um - some Lindt Orange Intense

I bought this pretty little squash the other day just because it looked so appealing and today I thought I’d better use it before it was too late.  So this is the recipe wot I just made up  …

Roasted Squash, Red Onion & Chilli Risotto

1 small squash – peeled, seeded and diced
1 small red onion – thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
a few chilli flakes
Another tbsp olive oil
200 g Arborio rice
a splash of white wine
600 ml veg stock
Freshly grated Parmesan

~   Preheat oven to 200˚C.  
~   Toss the squash together with the onion, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper and chilli flakes and roast till tender and browning.
~   Meanwhile, as they say, toss the rice together with the other tbsp olive oil to coat and cook a minute or two, stirring, till it starts to look a little translucent.
~   Add the white wine splash (to be honest this is supposed to be warm so as not to “shock” the rice but mine wasn’t) and stir in till gone.
~   Add half the stock and simmer, stirring a lot till that has almost gone too.
~   Continue adding stock, stirring, simmering, tasting etc. till the rice is just cooked in a sort of savoury soupy gloop.
~   Taste and season, stir in plenty of Parmesan and then the lovely roasted veg. 
~   Eat.

The Lindt chocolate – a whole selection of Lindt chocolates in fact – was another gift from my love.  I wonder if I should just forget the diet altogether – perhaps he is subtly hinting that he’d prefer me a little fatter!

It’s been lovely to have a white Christmas and to be warm and cosy instead of all that tropical sun we’re used to!  Do you know I even mean that a bit!

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Anonymous said...

looks very pretty!

Suzy - SuddenLunch said...

Hello anonymous - how you doing?