My last assignment for the semester was turned in on Tuesday, and basically three finals stand between between me and the summer! (i have them on Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday morning).
So to procrastinate on studying for finals, I cooked dinner instead today. =p
(it didn’t really take that long; i don’t usually cook dinner during term just because i’m too lazy when there’s a lot of assignments and exams – i really only cook about 3 times in one semester)
1 cup arborio rice (this kind of rice is sticker and fatter than normal rice to get the consistency you see in risotto)
1/3 can of beef stock (in retrospect, it might have been better to use vegetable stock because beef stock is kind of thick…)
1/2 can of water
1/3 of one onion, chopped into small pieces
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
one box of mushrooms
box of roast beef from supermarket deli
some fresh thyme
some olive oil/butter
salt and pepper to taste
1. Wash the rice once with cold water, and place in small saucepan.
2. Add beef stock and water to rice.
3. Place rice on the stove on high heat, without lid, until the water boils.
4. Adjust the heat to “simmer,” and cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook until you can see that most of the water has been absorbed into the rice (takes about 15-20 minutes)
5. In the meantime, saut√© the onion and the garlic with olive oil (or butter), until they turn golden brown (and smells really good).
6. Add in the mushrooms once the aroma from the onion and garlic has developed.
7. Stir-fry the mushrooms. About a few minutes into the process, a lot of water will come out from the mushrooms that you are saut√©ing. Keep going at it until all of that water has evaporated (or about to disappear).
8. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper once it looks about finished.
9. During this time, take the rice that you’ve been cooking in beef stock and mix it in with the mushrooms. (if the rice finished cooking before you’ve finished with the mushrooms, you should take the rice off the stove before it burns).
10. Take the risotto off the stove once the rice and mushrooms have blended together and the rice has absorbed all the remaining moisture in the pan!
11. Garnish with fresh thyme, and add roast beef for a yummy meal! (you can add kimchi too, but I eat kimchi with literally anything)
(i wish i had some white wine to add when cooking the mushrooms =p it would make it smell so good!)
Back to studying for finals =p