What to do for a quick light lunch? I decided to make a mushroom quesadilla with few cheese and a lot of mushrooms. I managed to get a delicious little sandwich crispy and melty, light and hearty, cheesy and vegetable-y. Very satisfying and still light.
It has been a week since my last post. I think it might be the longest I have ever gone without posting, but I am super busy at work with many close deadlines and I am trying to meet all of them. Next month looks pretty busy too, so I might stay on a 1 to 2 posts a week schedule for a while.
Also I have been doing a lot of cooking and canning in my free time, with my master pieces being canned tomatoes and Italian croissants. Let’s say I am researching for my next posts. I will report on some of my experiments in the next few weeks.
Today I will give you the recipe for mushroom orzotto. Orzotto is like risotto, but is made with barley (orzo) instead of with risotto. The flavor ends up being quite similar, but a little more rounded. And orzo is more toothsome than rice, so orzotto has more of a bite risotto. For whatever reson I think of barley as a summer thing, so a mushroom orzotto in my mind is a good way of marrying summer and fall.
Today I am late… I just got back from DC and I had planned to post at the airport, but with the perfect storm coming, everyone decided to leave DC ASAP and everyone was using the airport wireless network…. the result was very slow and spotty internet…
Anyway, DC was lovely and we had wonderful weather for all of our stay there. I loved strolling along the mall and shopping in Georgetown. Hopefully I will have a chance of going back sometimes soon.
Today, is also the day of world on a plate. And the theme is soup. I guess many of you expect me to post the quintessential Italian soup: Minestrone. But Minestrone is one of the few things I cannot eat. Don’t know why but I really dislike it. So instead I bring you another typical soup made with legumes and cereals that sometimes is called zuppa toscana.
It is just beans and cereals, but if you start out with some onions and some vegetables it really becomes something special. In this version I used mushrooms, but potatoes, carrots, winter squash, turnips, kale, chard would all be great. Just use whatever you have at hand. Another thing that makes this soup special is adding a bit of bacon and possibly some cheese crusts. I think BF might have eaten a quart of it and he only stopped because there was no more of it….
Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget to look at my fellow world bloggers did for their soup! You will find a link to their recipes at the bottom of this post.
And here a new recipe. An american one for burgers. Although it might be less beefy than the typical american burger. See I like to add vegetables in my burgers. I find vegetables help with keeping the meat moist and soft. And they add flavor and make the burger healthier. So I almost always add some sauteed vegetables and a bit of cheese to the burger.
Some of my favorite additions are eggplants, zucchini, onions, sun dried tomatoes, capers and on the cheese I like feta and melty stuff like muenster and mozarella. What do you like to add to your burger?