Sunday, May 20, 2007

By Instinct Alone

Tamalehawk advises watching TV while cooking because too much concentration on either is boring. He watched a substantial chunk of the Survivorman marathon that was on Discovery, because that show is incredible. The premise alone is enough to make you tremble with primitive glee: Can a man survive completely alone for six days in a wide range of insanely unforgiving environments? This guy can. You really just have to watch this show.

Actualized: Sausage and basil risotto. Put a pot of broth on the stove and get it to a feisty simmer. Brown your loose Italian sausage in a deep pot, preferably something iron. Remove the sausage from the pot when they're done and set aside. Cook your onion in the brown bits until they're translucent, then add your rice and toast it for a minute or two. Then deglaze that pot with some white wine. Start ladling in your hot broth and start stirring slowly. The stirring isn't as slavish as it is often made out to be, but be diligent. Keep stirring and adding broth until the rice is cooked. Take it off the heat and add some butter and grated Parmesan. Add back your sausage and some julienned basil. Be happy you're not eating squirrel bones in the Canyonlands and happy that someone has.

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