Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, Grandma Dragon, Pig Tails.

Thanks for the well wishes yesterday, I did feel quite rough for a while. Slept well, however, and Friday was another day. I finally managed to get my hair cut. I was planning to go on Tuesday (I was already overdue) and was called in to see the specialist, Wednesday the hospital, Thursday unwell, so Friday morning, fairly early I got it done. I am in the middle of doing Christmas cards too and had requested a delivery of envelopes (and ink) from Staples who decided they were out of card sized envelopes. Phoned local store they said they had lots, so Cavemen & Computersdropped in there after my hair cut. Also got a couple of small ring binders which had been suggested for keeping our Blood Pressure records. They give you a book with the machine and once that is filled you can’t get another. They do have sheets you can print on line which is fine for me, but Matt doesn’t use computers. Trouble these days, we are so electronically minded we forget there are still a lot of people who neither have a clue nor want to. Several of the people we know in the bowling alley, seniors, couldn’t be less interested in any form of computer. Don't understand it myself, but there you are, there are thousands out there.

Al Diaz recently said I was like his grandmother so as he claims 800 yrs, I figured that has got to make me over 3,000 years old. Older dragon
I think I am wearing pretty well under the circumstances. I could use a few of my grandsons dwarves as my cleaner has quit recently.

Today we are going to the Legion in the next town for our annual pig tail dinner, well I eat pig tails, Matt eats schnitzels.  Of course, after all this dieting, I probably should run a mile from pigtails but I really do enjoy them. I only have them once a year. Of course I only have Pig Tailslots of things once a year or at least not very often, if I let go every time I wouldn’t have lost any weight at all. They have a band from Newfoundland (well supposedly) who play ‘down ‘ome’ music which Matt hates but I love. It’s lively and good to listen to. I can’t really dance any more, although I haven’t tried lately, but I couldn’t last time I tried. Hips and all that stuff.

This is an unusual risotto which I found on and as I love risottos anyway I decided to share it.

Pumpkin Risotto

Source: Food and Wine

Serves 6

Rec ImageThis healthier risotto is full of the hearty, earthy flavours of fall, and makes an elegant first course at any dinner. Wine Recommendation: 1992 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc


For the Pumpkin:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice (1 1/3 cups)
2 medium white onions, finely diced
3/4 cup dry Riesling
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
About 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
For the Rice:
7 cups Vegetable Stock for Risotto or canned low-sodium chicken broth
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups arborio rice (about 11 ounces)
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


Heat the oil in a nonreactive medium saucepan. Add the pumpkin and half of the onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until the pumpkin is just tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the wine, nutmeg, white pepper and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. In a food processor, puree the pumpkin mixture until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl.

In a medium saucepan, bring the Vegetable Stock for Risotto to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce the heat to low and keep the stock hot. In a nonreactive medium saucepan, heat 2-1/2 tablespoons of the butter until it begins to sizzle. Add the rice and the remaining onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Immediately stir in 1 cup of the hot stock and cook, stirring constantly, until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to moderate and gradually add 3 more cups of the hot stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until each cup is almost absorbed before adding the next, about 15 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Continue adding the remaining 3 cups stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring and cooking as above, until the rice is tender, about 10 minutes longer. The risotto will be quite loose. Stir in the parsley and the remaining 2-1/2 tablespoons butter.

Spoon the risotto into 6 warmed soup plates and sprinkle the Parmesan on top. Serve immediately.

Have a great weekend


  1. Hi Jo - Al's 800 year old grandma is great .. and you are wearing well!

    Love risotto of any sort .. and pig-tails too .. now I'm hungry .. better get on with my day - glad your'e feeling better .. cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary,

      I never ate pigtails in England. Don't remember coming across them. My mother used to love pigs feet though.

  2. No into pig anything, well except for bacon I guess. LOL

    Sorry you're still struggling to feel well. A hair cut is a good thing, I need one, wondering if the pixie is for me - most likely not! LOL Be well!

    1. I enjoyed my pig tails Yolanda. I love pork in more or less any form.

      I am feeling pretty good now actually. Hair cut was much needed. I don't like my hair to be long. Once upon a time I could sit on it. Had it cut and never looked back.

  3. You're quite the catch for an 8,000 year old dragon! I love it!

    1. Why thank you young man, flattery will get you everywhere. No wonder you are the Dragon Knight.