Funny how things change over time.
No, today did not find me boiling chicken bones to make broth, but it did find me boiling vegetables to do the same thing. It is a part of this whole October Unprocessed dealio I've got going on... I had to find a substitute for this:
But look at that ingredient list. Clearly I was putting more than just risotto and soup on the dinner table. Today was the day I took my stand. It was time to make risotto, and I needed to do it without the aid of Knorr or Herb Ox. And it turned out to be a success.
You want to know a secret? I cried a little when I tasted it. Yep, I did. For someone who barely knew how to boil an egg when this journey began, this is a huge milestone in my cooking life. For the first time I felt like I was actually making something, not just putting things together to get the desired result. I can create food out of plants -- and not just salad! Take that, Kraft!
It is so easy. First, take a whatever vegetables you have in your fridge (ideally with carrots, celery, and an onion, plus whatever else you have). I had carrots, half a cucumber, some celery, garlic, and collard greens, so I just used those. Cut into pieces and then saute for about 5-10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of salt and two quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour. Strain out the vegetable pieces. Will make about six cups. (I used three for my risotto tonight and saved the other three for later. Next time I will make more and freeze it, I just wanted to make sure I liked it first!)