Thursday, January 20, 2011

my own recipe

eta: in thinking about this recipe, i decided it's really more of a pilaf, as the brown rice never creamed up like a good risotto rice would. so, for the instructions, i would cook the rice according to directions, seasoning the water with the turmeric. cook the vegetables in a little olive oil until tender, adding kale and beans last few minutes just to wilt the kale and warm the beans.
i can't wait to make this again.

olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
a few handfuls of baby carrots, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups brown rice
turmeric
water
salt & pepper

sauté onion and carrot until onion is cooked through, browning slightly. add garlic, cooking just a bit. you don't want to burn it. set the veggies aside in a separate dish to add back later. add rice to the pan and just enough water to barely cover the rice. cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. when water cooks down, add a little more. keep adding water until rice is tender. i did this for twenty minutes, then added more water and put a cover on the pan, reduced the heat to low and simmered for another fifteen minutes. i would probably add back the veggies before this last simmer. i cooked mine from the beginning and the carrots were mushy.

i season with salt and pepper at each step - first the cooking vegetables and again when i add the rice. the turmeric was a surprise. i was looking through my spices, smelling as i went and the turmeric spoke to me, adding great flavor and color.

when the rice was tender, i added a scootch more water, made a little well and cracked an egg on top. popped the lid back on and cooked till the whites were done but the yolk was still soft.

for my nanny family, i would add kale and white beans at the end. i think it would be great with any vegetables and the beans add protein. what a great meal! healthy, hearty and good.

i impressed myself. i don't cook like this. i find good recipes. and today? i guess i did just that.

6 comments:

Brenda said...

sounds yummy, looks yummy. I think I'll try it!

Thimbleanna said...

Where have you been??? It's so nice to see you back here. And with a fab looking recipe!!!

Penny said...

That looks seriously delish!

Robin/Indy said...

I was starting to worry....where's my melly friend? we must talk darling. guess what? what? my sisters are all going to be in hawaii in feb...so they thought their baby sister needed some rest time. squeeeee. and now since mikey is stable i'm good to go. now if i can get the back to cooperate. rest and pharmaceuticals. feb 13, need to get a little tan on these purly whites. please call when it's convenient good friend. xoxoxoxox

winelush said...

I love risotto! Pilaf is good too, but yummmmmmm risotto!

gMarie said...

Looks yummmooo! thanks for sharing. :) g