Always look on the bright side of rice…..

Billions of Christians across the world will be making the best of a Good Friday that was far from good for the main protagonist who was executed in the most grisly fashion for the good of mankind.  Looking at the daily round up of world news it would appear that mankind has paid little heed to this sacrifice. This can’t be through not having heard about it, as some 60% of the world’s population consists of a near equal division of Christians and Muslims. So 30% definitely know about it, and another 30% have heard about it but think their guy had a better view. One of the stated beliefs of both of these religions is peaceful co existence with their fellow man. It’s not working, but happy Easter any way.risotto_lemon_ricotta_1800 Back to the working title which refers to risotto; in this particular case risotto with lemon, ricotta and thyme. At a much earlier point in my life, I took against risotto. I can’t remember the exact circumstances which led me to vilify this simplest of dishes, but deep in my subconscious, a place I try never to consciously visit, there is  a memory of something that convinced me that risotto was anathema, the Antichrice. A slight resistance still lurks beneath the surface, which is good in rice but bad in prejudice, in that I would not immediately choose a risotto from a menu, whilst true risottieri most certainly would, particularly if it contained white truffle; but not I. Cheapness and dried porcini led me back to risotto and I’m glad to be home. This is a recipe from Gennaro Contaldo’s “Easy Italian”.risotto_lemon_ricotta_recipe

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31 Responses to Always look on the bright side of rice…..

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Happy Easter Roger 🙂

  2. I adore risotto. I never thought of making a lemony one though. What would you serve it with? Or is it best solo?

  3. cecilia says:

    I have never been a big risotto fan, maybe because the ones i have tried have looked like a heavy gruel, this on the other hand looks lighter and fresher probably because of the Good Lemon that I don’t have a hope in hell of finding down here, however Maybe I can find Another lemon! So for the sake of fairness to the humble risotto i shall go in search of a Nother lemon!. c

  4. I’ll have to make this for dinner as I just ate fish for lunch.

  5. We are a bunch of terrible meat-heads and don’t seem to learn anything. The nonchalance with which we accept violence is truly obscene. I do my own little ‘Thanksgiving’ on Good Friday, but my good fortune has come at the expense of many other people. Thirty-six years ago I was engaged in a running battle between my Marine Corps infantry company, and North Viet-Namese Army units around the Viet-Namese DMZ. I came out of it without a scratch, many others did not. Over the years I had so much hope that we all would learn from our mistakes there. When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed I was ecstatic and thought common sense would prevail henceforth. Goes to show what an idiot I was/am.

    I love your recipe – I use lots of lemons or limes with many of my rice and pasta dishes! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  7. Antichrice. Hehe.

    I don’t like to cook, but I love to make risotto. We used to eat it at least three times a week for dinner, usually with a simple salad and steamed veggies. But white rice packs on the pounds. Or we were eating American-sized portions. It is a special treat now. Risotto a la Milanese is my favorite, except I would sub my shrimp stock for the chicken stock in this recipe:

  8. Michelle says:

    Happy Easter to you, too, Roger. “Any way.” 🙂

  9. Tandy says:

    I love the simplicity of this dish. Hope you enjoy your weekend Roger 🙂

  10. Do you think we’ll ever learn to live happily along side each other. I’m an optimist, I do hope so. In the meantime…we’ll eat risotto 🙂 Happy Easter Roger to you and yours.

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    Ricotta in risotto? You’re mad, Roger — like a fox! This sounds delicious and I predict that a certain 90 year-old is going to really enjoy it.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter!

  12. I need to make that ASAP. It just looks like spring.

  13. Another bonne bouche of a piece that has redeemed a sleepless patch of my night – and alerted me to a risotto recipe I didn’t know at all!

  14. Nicely stated first paragraph along with the usual great photo…

  15. Karen says:

    Lemon and thyme add so much flavor to a recipe but adding the ricotta takes the risotto to another level of goodness.

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