Yes, I know. BORING! Bear with me, please, and remember that my middle name is Boring.
I sent the boys to the garden for kale. I wanted exactly 8 leaves. (Now you're thinking, "Boring, and also odd!")
Having read in my 1930s encyclopedia of cookery that the ribs in the center of the kale leaf are tough, and also that it takes a long time to cook, I cut them out. The piggies loved them, thanks. Then I was ready to try a new grand rice adventure, inspired by risotto. I don't make risotto. I won't stand and stir anything for 25 minutes. There's too much else to do in the last half hour of cooking! But try this if you find some kale wandering around your kitchen; it was pretty good.
SORTA RISOTTO WITH KALE
2-1/2 cups rice
5 chicken bouillon cubes
5 cups water
1 cup milk
8 kale leaves, center stalks removed, chopped
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan
In a large pan, combine the rice, cubes, water, milk, onion and chopped kale. Cook until the water is just about absorbed, about 22 minutes. Grind fresh pepper, or sprinkle pepper, over the top. Sprinkle the parmesan over the top, and stir both in with the cream. Serve at once.
See? Not quite such boring rice after all. It tasted pretty good; the kale tasted a lot like cooked spinach. I am sure I'll still need to find something else to do with it.
The broccoli idea came from one of my new cookbooks, but of course I altered it.
1/2 stick butter
1 to 2 tsp minced garlic
1-1/2 pounds broccoli spears
pinch salt and pepper
Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the salt and pepper, and saute the garlic until tender. Add the broccoli (fresh or frozen, it doesn't matter) and cook over low heat until done, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
The original recipe called for 15 cloves of garlic. FIFTEEN? You're kidding, right? And I use the commercially prepared minced garlic, because my dearly beloved can't tolerate very much of it before he breaks out in hives. Sad, because he loves garlic. So, feel free to use fifteen cloves of garlic if that's what floats your boat.
So, there you have it. A couple of somewhat different side dishes to help your dinner offerings!