Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Mushroom Pancetta Risotto
After nearly two months of living in the library and staying away from the kitchen I finally had the opportunity to make my first post-bar exam meal...
Two simultaneous event occurred to prompt the above meal:
1. After three days of testings for nine hours a day, yours truly drove in traffic for nearly two hours to her parents house. Depleted, exhausted, depressed, and disappointed by the anticlimactic conclusion of the often darkly described exam I walked over the threshold and made a beeline straight for the piano. Granted, by the time I got home it was about 9:40 p.m. and apparently my mother had decided it was time to call it a night. " Oh no! Piano at this hour?! Please, I just want to go to sleep." The look on her face said it all, she was genuinely exhausted and knowing she, like myself, had difficulties falling asleep I took pity on her. "Ok" I responded, " Just two songs please, let me just play two songs, I NEED IT". In a combined effort of understanding an compromise I was able to play a couple songs on the piano I had missed so much. She knew very well if allowed, those couple songs would have turned into a couple hours...
The next day, still unaccepting of the fact that my summer of legal immersion had come to its conclusion, I set about to filling my day with long-ignored hobbies. Among these, a trip to the local library and of course dinner plans. " I'll take care of dinner today mom, just let me know what you want, and consider it done." Excitedly my youngest sister interrupts with " Risotto please please! Make us some risotto!"
2. A simple Facebook request. I announced the impending return of my food blog ( optimistic thinking here) and asked if anyone had specific requests. Much to my delight, my best friend from elementary school made a request for my risotto! Granted, this post won't have the recipe because I believe risotto requires step-by-step pictures to get the full impact of the process. But, she has been promised a private lesson as soon as I hop on a plane to the East Coast ;)
Two requests for risotto from two valued members of my life was enough to make the decision for me :)
One last exam this coming Friday and academic freedom will hopefully be mine. Life will move onto new(and old) goals of health/fitness, piano, reading books for pleasure, writing and of course blogging.