Florentine Risotto was how the day ended up .. but it wasn’t a “rest and be thankful” kind of Sunday … more a run like crazy to try and keep up kind of day instead.
I am really going to have to come up with a better plan for how to manage my time now that I am working full time out of the house instead of in it – it took a full Team Colliar day to claw my way clear and I am grateful for all the help my kids and my parents gave.
The day started with endless rubbing in of clear wax to all the soft grey painted furniture … and when I mean ALL I mean it. Thirteen drawer fronts are in my project THIRTEEN!!!
Not that it is difficult work – but after all the painting and sanding and repainting and sanding the last layers are of a clear wax to protect the chalk finish … nothing for it but to put on some music and rub away.
………….. and yes! we have now removed the carpet and taken the old one to the skip and the new one arrives on Tuesday along with some 10mm underlay. All in wool and will be cosy and quiet in his new space very soon.
Of all the things that he loves about his new room .. the best is that he loves the fact I took the time to paint the inside of his wardrobe too!! Funny lad ……. but it does make it all seem so much more finished I think.
So all furniture is waxed … all carpet is gone … two carloads of green stuff has been skipped from the garden (overhanging ivy mostly with some low hanging tree branches) …. and not a penny has been spent today (YAY).
So tonight its just the big one and me for dinner – and that means that we can go a little more adventurous for dinner.
Now I could have done a roast dinner – or backed some salmon – or grilled some chicken … but frankly I CBA’d cooking after the busy day… so time to resort to the trusty pressure cooker and another riff on one of our favourite meals – the 7 minute risotto!
Yup! you can totally make an authentic risotto in 7 minutes using a pressure cooker and on a night where the thought of standing at my stove and stirring feels like too much bother it’s a sure-fire winner.
Florentine Risotto – for two piggie portions
- 200g risotto rice
- Small knob of butter
- 2 fat cloves of garlic – crushed
- 500ml boiling water
- 4 frozen cubes of spinach
- 150g quark or cream cheese
- Salt and pepper to season
Melt the butter and gently cook out the garlic for a minute until you smell it mellowing. Stir in the rice and stir well to coat each grain in a little of the garlicky butter. Cook for a few minutes till the grains become slightly translucent.
Lid on – weight on and up to pressure. Cook for just 7 minutes and them remove from the heat and cool the pressure cooker quickly buy sitting it in the sink and running cold water over the lid until the valve goes down and the pressure is released.
Creamy, steamy and comforting … just what we needed for dinner after such a busy day. Now to get my head around what is happening with work this week .. which is lots! And what is happening at home .. which is finally finishing the big lads bedroom makeover.
What is everyone else planning this week? What frugal schemes have you in the offing?