Thursday, April 1, 2010
The light that softly shakes the sleepy-webs from my eyes is now as gentle as a grandmother's fingers, wrapped in silver clouds and morning dew. Although it's long after dawn, that pre-dawn stillness fills the room, the light barely seeping in through the cracks, my husband still sleeping - only the harsh summer sun with it's drums and symbols can wake him with its morning raucous.
I finally feel that Autumn has settled in, shaken the trees and washed down the earth as it settles into its armchair, and exhales a fresh breeze. Today, I pulled on my cable knit cardigan, brushing it against my cheek as I buried my head within its collar like a turtle into its shell. I feel as if the world stops spinning for these three short months, and I can finally plant my feet and breathe.
I also love that my body craves comforting, nourishing and satisfying food - all warmth and substance. To me, butternut pumpkin risotto is Autumn-food personified.
ease: 4/5. Multiple steps and time intensive.
prep time: 30mins to make puree, walnuts and get ingredients ready.
cooking time: 35mins.
total: 1hour & 5mins.
taste: 4.5/5. You butter-nut skip making this dish.
I had a good feeling about this dish from the ingredients and pictures along, and my gut instinct was right: absolutely delicious and interesting dish.
The sweet butternut pumpkin plays wonderfully with the aromatic sage, salty Parmesan and crunchy walnuts.
The rice itself has that beautiful al dente texture and the perfect amount of creaminess and sauce. I don't want to smother you with adjectives and superlatives so I'll be succinct - this is a very yummy risotto, and you would be wise to try it.
I kept everything pretty much as is, except I added an extra 2tbs of pumpkin puree to the risotto. Next time I would also add more sugar and less salt to the walnuts. Also, there is no need to season the risotto once done, it was already perfect.
would I make it again: Yes, this very week.
recipe: Pumpkin risotto