Yut and I made a risotto last weekend as a belated sort of Valentine’s activity. It was delicious! We’d never made a risotto before, although I love risotto, so it fit our Valentine thing — we try to cook something we’ve never done before (which is almost anything really).
We added mushrooms cos I love mushroom risotto, used fresh tomato instead of canned, and added garlic and shallot instead of onion. Aren’t we creative cooks? It’s really cos for the actual Valentine’s Day, we went to dinner at Kirala and then to Berkeley Bowl to buy the ingredients for the risotto. Only neither of us remembered to make a shopping list, so we kind of just bought what we remembered from when we picked the recipe in the first place. So we forgot stuff or bought the wrong thing and had to substitute. But it sounds better the other way. By the way, Valentine’s Day is a great day to go to Berkeley Bowl! There were relatively few people — we didn’t have to stand in a line that stretched part way down the aisles. I mean, I think compared to Safeway it was pretty regular, but for Berkeley Bowl it was fantabulous. But I digress. The point is, the risotto was yummy, the recipe is worth trying, and risotto isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Score! =)