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Holt Family Reunion (because I have a lot of feelings)

When they finally find Pidge’s family it’s very heartwarming and it honestly makes everyone feel so much better? Like they get to actually see how Voltron is helping the universe and each of them kinda files that memory away as something that will get them through the hard time. It’s messy full of tears and laughter because one of the first things her dad says is “am I seeing double, why are there two matts? Wait, katie? KATIE? Oh my god katie” and then they just all collapse in a pile of hugs and tears. It takes them almost twenty minutes to stop crying and over an hour to separate from their hug on the floor. This mission resulted in a lot of aliens being rescued and most of them were injured in some way, but because there were so many aliens they couldn’t put them all in the healing pods. But almost all the aliens who saw the reunion insist on allowing matt and sam to go first so they can be strong enough to be with pidge. So the first set of healing pods contains pidge’s family. During this time, the remaining aliens and paladins try to organize how they will get everyone home. Some aliens planets have been destroyed and allura updates them on what planets have been rescued. Then they start talking about the people in the pods about where they come from, other aliens tell the home planets of the ones currently healing. But then they get to matt and sam holt. Allura says, oh earth okay, they’ll need their own pod because no one is near them. And pidge is like. What? You want to send them home in a pod? A POD?!? Hell no, I am taking them home Myself, you are not just sending them in a pod. And allura is like, “be rational, voltron is needed you can’t just take time off from being a paladin”. And pidge just Snaps. They’re like “What?! How dare you! You of all people should know! I have MY family back just because you can’t get yours doesn’t mean you will stop me from reuniting mine. My mom thinks all of us are Dead!!” “please pidge calm down” “NO I WILL NOT CALM DOWN, and if you don’t swear that you will open up a wormhole for me and the green lion to take my family back to earth, I will destroy this entire castle with the touch of a button. You think I won’t do it? I am doing you a FAVOR by promising to come back, if you try stop me, I will ruin you forever.” Allura looks over at the other paladins, like a little help here, but the Pidge Protection Squad is out in full force, and all she gets are hard stares. She agrees to send the green lion to earth, but when she says she’s doubling the patrols of the other paladins everyone else is like ??? no???? We’re going back to Earth. We don’t know what the hell the garrison told our families, but they most likely think we are dead, THEY THINK WE ARE DEAD. We are going and seeing them and there’s nothing you can do to stop us. Finally Allura turns to Coran like, help me please. And he just calmly takes her to the side and says, “I know what you’re just trying to do what is best, and you are not the bad guy in this situation, but it would be best to let them see their families one last time. You know as well as I do that they could die up here. You know we would have given anything to say goodbye to Altea, at least they have the chance to say goodbye to Earth.” Finally Allura gives in and says, okay you’ll all go in the green lion because it has the cloaking device and is the smallest, I’ll keep the castle near your moon so it stays hidden. Now first they go to the Holt family’s house because duh, out of everyone they deserve to be reunited first. But when they get there, there’s no sign of Mama Holt? And the house is a mess? Like someone went through it? And all the electronics are missing? What the heck, where is mom? Their neighbor almost has a heart attack when they see Katie, why is she here, didn’t she know? The neighbor very shakily tells them that their mother was arrested for treason. Apparently she had been caught sneaking around on a military base of some kind. Pidge has to be physically restrained to stop them from killing the neighbor yelling that they were a liar. When she finally calms down, they thank the neighbor and go back to the green lion, contacting allura… “we need Voltron”. On the way back to the castle pidge can’t stop talking, they keep saying “She knew, she knew something was wrong, she knew the garrison was lying but she didn’t want to believe me, why does she believe me now, why did she do that. Iverson didn’t arrest me because he would then have to admit that a little girl managed to hack in, but mom, mom is an adult, she could be executed, oh my god, what if she’s dead, what if she’s dead! How, I just, I just got my family back, how can they do this. We are going to obliterate the garrison, I don’t care if you think that’s excessive. They are corrupt and lying and dicks (language) I DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT LANGUAGE SHIRO I WILL CUT YOU” Finally they get back to the castle and everyone gets their lions, it’s show time.

It was a normal day at this government facility, hidden, calm, no one was expecting a HUGE FREAKING ROBOT WITH A SWORD TO DROP FROM THE SKY AND TEAR OFF THE ROOF SCREAMING GIVE ME MRS. HOLT OR WE WILL DESTROY YOU. Everyone is frozen in fear, what the actual crap, someone finally snaps out of it when the robot throws some of the roof a mile down the road. Everyone is frantically looking for a Mrs. Holt, who the hell is Mrs. Holt where is she SOMEONE FIND HER IMMEDIATELY! But they are too late. The sword rips through the guard shack in it’s search to find Mrs. Holt. Suddenly, a middle age woman, wearing ripped prison clothes, stands up on the rubble and says “Katie? Katie is that you?” The paladins are ripped apart by the storms of emotions that come from the green lion. Everyone is crying and they can hear the Holts just saying mom over and over again. One second they’re voltron the next, the green lion is on the ground near her and three people are tumbling out of the mouth, running to meet Mama Holt. “Oh my god, my baby, my beautiful baby, you’re alive, you’re alive I knew they were lying, I’m so sorry, I thought I’d never see you again–oh my god Sam?! Matt! OH MYGOD YOU’RE ALIVE, YOU’RE ALIVE. Don’t you ever leave me again, I love you so much, where have you been, you’re alive, you’re alive, am I dreaming, oh my god” The other lions start to fly to other sides of the world, the yellow one goes to Hawaii, the black one heads to japan, the blue one starts to head to cuba when he realizes that the red one, is just staying there. Red and Blue head to Cuba together.

Each reunion is filled with screams and tears and hugs. Almost everyone doesn’t believe the paladins story, until they show the lions and the bayards. For the first time in what feels like years, they get to eat real food: manapua, saimin, nachos, yuca fingers, sushi, PIZZA, spam, rice. A shock comes to them a few hours later when Allura calls to them and says, Okay, get ready to say goodbye. Almost immediately she has 4 very angry mothers yelling at her over the coms “I JUST GOT THEM BACK -what? You want them back? I HAVENT SEEN MY SON IN OVER A YEAR - auwe, no. you one lolo if you think I’m gonna let him leave, half of the family is still stuck in traffic trying to get here! No, a’ole pilikia no no - bsolutely not! Showing up here with a lion and a boyfriend (he’s not my boyfriend) be quiet lance, I am talking . I swear you go to space and now you have no manners, no he is staying here for at least a few days - Have you even been feeding them? They are so skinny. (we have to eat this weird green goo) YOU’VE BEEN FEEDING MY FAMILY GOO? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU-why don’t you come down here and try rip my child from my cold dead hands, I don’t care if she can throw shiro who’s shiro- SHE THREW MY BABY? NOPE I DON’T CARE IF YOU ARE A GROWN MAN, YOU ARE NOT LEAVING, YOU ARE GROUNDED MISTER, DO YOU UNDERSTAND!-” this goes on for almost 20 minutes of different moms and dads and uncles and aunties yelling over one another about how they need at least a few days with their family. Finally allura and coran agree to 4 days on earth as long as the paladins are always ready to leave immediately if there is a distress call and Allura and Coran get to spend a day with each family.

Lance and Hunk almost immediately volunteer to bring the alteans down from the castle… it is very suspicious. However when they show up a few hours later with their lions full of nonperishable earth food it makes sense. No seriously, Hunk brought almost 70 pounds of rice with him and like 100 cans of spam and Lance brought almost every spice you could think of, their families were horrified when they realized they had had the same exact thing for almost every meal for months. All the paladins make frequent trips up to the castle, to bring family members to see it and to bring more food and clothes. They don’t know how long they’ll be paladins, but there is no way in hell they are leaving without some very essential items this time. Like their super soft blanket, another pair of shoes, a bucket filled with face cream, pictures of their family. In fact, by the second day, almost everyone has moved their entire room up into the castle. It’s like moving in for college, with the parents helping to decorate their child’s room and making sure they have everything. All this time pidge is working almost non stop to try create at least 4 long range communicators so the paladins can keep in touch with their family because she refuses to let them believe they are dead again. Shiro is enjoying tea with his mother and for the first time in a long time actually feels relaxed. Keith on the other hand is kinda overwhelmed by how many people there are in Lance’s house, but now he understands why Lance is loud and uncomfortable with the silence of space. Also Keith might fall in love with Mama Lance’s hugs, he’s never felt this warm and loved. Lance is so happy that he cries, multiple times, and is almost always in the middle of group hugs, and he easily falls back into the role of brother, uncle, and mama’s boy, he never wants to leave. Hunk spends almost all the time at the beach with his family. The sand beneath his feet, the tradewinds playing with his hair, the salty breeze, the sun warm on his skin, and the soothing sounds of a improv jam sesh with his uncles is everything he’s wanted.

The alteans are very surprised at how different each paladins’ family is. Hunk’s is large but relaxed. Shiro’s is small and peaceful. Lance’s is loud and chaotic. Pidge’s is quiet and silly. But the one thing that each family has is it exudes love and caring and accepting of the alteans.

Nothing is harder than the last day when everyone has to say goodbye. Allura and Coran go up to the castle first, giving the paladins their privacy. It hurts because everyone over age 13 knows that this might be the last time they see their family member. The parents hold onto their children softly crying because they are just kids, why do they have to fight in a war. Keith goes back next, visiting his desert home to pack everything up with him… and also possibly breaking into the garrison to steal back the stuff from Lance, pidge, and Hunk’s old room. His lion is actually filled by the time he’s flying up to the castle. Lance’s family insisted on giving him tons of food. Shiro heads back next. He and his mom go to a temple to pray and there is a tearful goodbye, especially when she says she is proud of him. His lion is filled with rice, seaweed, tea, noodles, fresh vegetables, plus small sprouts so he can grow them on the ship, and some family heirlooms his mom insisted on him taking to keep him safe. Pidge goes next, they managed to make a device that will allow the paladins to keep in touch with their family as long as they are in a nearby galaxy, it isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing. The last hug is long and warm and when pidge goes into their lion she let’s out a half sob because it’s filled to the brim with peanut butter and spare electrical parts. They have to stop themselves from running back out to her family. They make quick pit stops to each of the paladins families giving them the communicators and instructions on how to use them. The sleepless nights were totally worth it when all the parents give her thankful hugs with tears in their eyes. Hunk and Lance leave at the same time, they both know that if they don’t go together, neither of them will leave. Hunk’s last day is a huge luau with his entire extended family, most of his old classmates, and the whole neighborhood. His lion is filled with all the leftovers, more rice and spam, tons of fresh and dried fruits, and an 8 string ukulele so he can have the sound of home with him. His whole family sings Aloha ‘Oe to him as he walks into his lion and he cries freely. Lance’s spends his last day hugging every family member as much as possible. He takes tons of selfies with everyone, including all the pets. He has a long talk with his war vet grandpa about how he’s scared of not being good enough, but is reassured when his badass of grandpa says he was the same way. It’s a tearful goodbye and everyone hugs Blue together as he walks in. His lion is filled with tons of family pictures, a disk with a video from each family member and of course hella food and spices. He’s able to fly off with a smile on his face because he knows his family won’t forget him and he won’t forget his family.

Bonus: When they all get back to the castle they realize that the food storage room can’t fit all the food they have and have to clear out one of the extra bedrooms to store the food there. They literally have enough food for years. And everyone realizes how much they needed this. The things that were holding them back from fully devoting themselves to Voltron had been solved and the alteans now understand the paladins so much more.


Bonus Bonus: It was at this time that the alteans realize how freaking young the paladins are because now pidge has set up a clock/calendar that is synced up to earth time. Each of them say when their birthdays are so they can celebrate and Allura almost faints when pidge says their 16th birthday is coming up. Like what is this infant doing here what. This leads to a very interesting conversation where they realize that Shiro is still considered a baby by altean standards. Coran has to sit down when they explain that the oldest human to ever live only lived to 128 years, which is still child years for alteans.

Syria and The Blood on Steve Bannon’s Hands

We learned this morning that DJT asked Steve Bannon to step down from his position at the National Security Council (NSC). 

Administration officials insisted this was always the plan and that Bannon was merely there to “deoperationalize” procedures after Susan Rice’s tenure.

First off, what the fuck does that even mean?

Secondly, Bannon still has security clearance and can still attend meetings should he choose, so the day was rife with speculation as to what is actually transpiring. One widely touted theory, that he committed the ultimate transgression and crossed DJT’s venerated son-in-law and incest proxy, Jared Kushner. 

What we do know: Bannon gets to keep his West Wing job as Chief Political Strategist. As such, he still wields enormous influence. 

Bannon’s view of Syrian refugees is akin to Hitler’s view of Jews, and I say this without hyperbole. 

When discussing Syria in recent years, on multiple occasions Bannon has invoked the hideous, dehumanizing 1973 novel, “The Camp of the Saints”, by French author Jean Rauspail. Rauspail considered dark-skinned persons not of European lineage to be dangerous, sexually voracious barbarians out to destroy Western Civilization by arriving on its shores. 

Repeatedly, Bannon compares the Syrian refugees to the grotesqueries etched by Rauspail, ignoring, or more likely reveling in the fact that “The Camp of Saints” was widely condemned as a modern day “Mein Kampf” upon its release and has only found newfound popularity among virulent white supremacists. 

This is the man advising DJT on Syria. 

This is the man who sat on the National Security Council yesterday when Assad gassed to death at least 82 Syrians, dozens of them confirmed to be children. 

My best guess?

Removing Bannon from the National Security Council was a cosmetic move to save face on the international stage. 

But we won’t save lives until Bannon is removed from the administration. 

And that won’t happen until DJT is removed from office. 

Tonight they sleep with the blood of Syrian children on their hands.

House Hlaalu pumpkin risotto

Happy Friday! Here’s a new recipe sooner than you expected!

House Hlaalu are one of the greatest influential houses in Morrowind and Vvardenfell. It’s no surprise then, that their personal chefs have much experience and knowledge in the art of fine cuisine. This recipe is rich and warm, perfect for Raven Rock nights when you’re tired of ash yams!

You will need:
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
1 cup pumpkin, mashed
3 cups vegetable stock
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 brown onion, chopped
Olive oil
Dry Italian herb mix
1 tsp paprika powder
20g butter
½ cup white wine
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:
Cook the onions and garlic in olive oil until glazed and brown. Transfer to a large saucepan and add the stock and butter.

Add rice and boil while stirring continuously. When rice is al dente, add the wine, herbs, paprika powder, and pumpkin. Be sure to keep stirring to prevent the risotto from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Continue to cook until the risotto has reached a soft, glutinous consistency (about 20 minutes). Stir in the cheeses until they are evenly spread and melted.

Serve in a deep plate and garnish with more herbs and cheese if you like.

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• Oregon Brewers Festival •

Decided not to be my usual lame self and went to our local Brewers fest with my sister and her friend. Lots of fun times and laughs were had.

[My friend also had one of his beers featured there. Which is all I had #supportyourlocalbrewerandfriend]

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soypelusa: Is there any option of curry covered heichou?
me: omfg can you imagine he would hate that mess
(she said i should draw it so i did but i don’t think she was expecting a 160cm even more tiny heichou) x

Che poi io l’ho sempre saputoin tutti i momenti difficili
e volevo dirti che se ci credi in fondoandrà tutto benequesto è l’inizio e non è la fineun solo amore senza confinea te il mondo, a me il sognoa me la notte, a te il giornoa noi il tempo non risparmierà maigiornate che sembrano non passare maie i pensieri che ti fanno diversoil silenzio per tutti lo stesso universoamo questa vita all’infinitoamo l’infinito in questa vitae tu smetti di piangere bambinanon è finita finché non è finitase ti dico che andrà tutto benese ti dico non ti preoccupareche alla fine ne usciremo insiemeanche al costo di dover lottarese ti dico guarda là il tramontodopo tutto passerà un momentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentose guardi il cielo non sei più solose questo è vero, è ciò che sonosenza paura di fronte a Diodirai la verità solo dicendo addioa noi il tempo non ci lascerà maiciò che è stato dimenticate se non ti chiedi come andrai dove andraiche poi è solamente un’altra estateamo questa vita all’infinitoamo l’infinito in questa vitae tu smetti di piangere bambinanon è finita finché non è finita  se ti dico che andrà tutto benese ti dico non ti preoccupareche alla fine ne usciremo insiemeanche al costo di dover lottarese ti dico là il tramontodopo tutto passerà un momentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentose ti dico che andrà tutto benese ti dico non ti preoccupareche alla fine ne usciremo insiemeanche al costo di dover lottarese ti dico là il tramontodopo tutto passerà un momentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentose ti dico che andrà tutto benese ti dico non ti preoccupareche alla fine ne usciremo insiemeanche al costo di dover lottarese ti dico là il tramontodopo tutto passerà un momentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sentoè perché lo sento

oh my where do i begin. these were so good. i wish i had more right now. BEER BATTERED BUFFALO CAULIBITEZ 1 large head of cauliflower 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup light ale ¾ brown rice flour 1tsp garlic powder 1tsp baking powder 2tbsp vegan margarine pinch of salt 1 cup hot sauce split into 2 ½ cups coconut oilz preheat oven 450° , mix almond milk, flour, ale, garlic powder, salt, margarine(i use smart balance) in medium bowl. grease cooking sheet. dip in cauli bites & drip off excess. bake 17 mins. while caulibitez r cookin melt 1 tbsp butter in small saucepan, low heat, add ½ cup hot sauce,mix. when cauli is ready put in bowl & pour hot sauce mix, coat & bake 5 more mins. melt rest of hot sauce & pour over finished caulibitez ! chop up some celery sticks & pair w – VEGAN RANCH / DIP 1 cup veganaise / soycream ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 1/2tsp garlic powder,onion powder 1/4tsp black pepper ¼ cup chopped broccoli salad *optional

Smokey Andouille Red Beans and Rice

This sausage and two bean stew is delicious. I used small dried red beans that are sold in bulk or in a bag, and 1 can of organic red kidney beans. The small red beans are creamy and amazing when they cook down, and the kidney beans have a nice meaty bite. This is delicious and cheap and tastes even better the next day. This recipe makes a lot of stew so you can share it with your friends. We used smokey andouille sausage to build the flavor. If you don’t eat meat, use veggie sausage or just omit it. It’s easy to build flavor with paprika, chili powder, celery salt and fresh veggie stock. From the garden we used parsley, fennel, celery, and our first poblano pepper in this dish. Fresh garden vegetables have the best flavor. 

Wash and sort dried red beans, cover with water and soak overnight. Soaking overnight helps them cook faster. Make veggie stock by simmering onions, celery, carrots, fresh fennel and garlic for 40 minutes or so. Strain stock and set aside. Or use a carton of purchased veggie or chicken stock. Or use both. 

Sear sausage in a heavy bottomed stew pot and set aside. In the same pot sauté chopped veggies: 1 small sweet onion, 1 bell or poblano pepper, 2 celery stalks and 5 cloves of garlic in 2 tblsp olive oil. Rinse the soaked beans and add them to the pot with about 3 or 4 cups stock, 1 can of rinsed, drained kidney beans and the sausage. Season with 1 tsp smoked paprika, a little chipotle chili powder, 1 tsp ground coriander, ¼ tsp cumin, and fresh ground black pepper. Turn heat to low and cover to simmer.

I don’t salt at the beginning of the bean cooking process because I’ve read that it makes the beans take longer to cook. Once the beans soften a bit, after about ½ hour or 45 minutes, add celery salt to taste. Continue to cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are creamy and the gravy is thickened. Serve with parsley rice. 

I cook rice in an unconventional way and it comes out almost perfect almost every time. I cook it sort of the way you cook pasta, in lots of water, then quickly strain and cover to steam. Rinse 1 cup Basmati rice in a sauce pan a few times until the water runs clear. Add 4 or more cups cold water and ½ tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium low and keep an eye on it. After simmering for 6-8 minutes or so, taste a few grains for texture. Once the rice is al dente, drain in a mesh strainer, add it quickly back to the pot with 2 tblsp chopped parsley and a little butter or olive oil and cover to steam. To make the fancy rice & beans presentation, ladle the bean stew into a soup dish, press the rice into a small bowl sprayed with olive oil spray, then turn it over on top of the bean and sausage stew. Yum! 

Stuffed Pepper Risotto

So, I love stuffed peppers which were introduced to me in college. However, my first job after graduating sent me to live in Korea where I rented an apartment in a dorm-like building that had a shared kitchen. I had very little cookware, and the kitchen only had an electric stove top big enough for 2 pots, 2 rice cookers, and a microwave. The only other thing in the kitchen was the sink and fridge. I was really craving the stuffed peppers my friend would serve at her house, so I decided I would make a modified and simpler recipe. This ended up being one of my favorite recipes and is super simple. It’s basically a deconstructed stuffed pepper slash risotto (or porridge if you are snooty about your risotto). This recipe can be done in one pot and is great for when you have a lot of leftover plain cooked rice. As for the protein in this recipe, I’ve always used beef, but you can use whatever protein you prefer. You can even leave it out altogether. Your choice of protein will slightly change the flavor, but not significantly. And when I made it in Korea, ground beef was hard to find so I would normally use the beef that was chopped up to be used in stews (small cubes the size of a game dice). This dish was basically comfort food to me in Korea. While there was all those great dishes to be had there in Korea, sometimes I wanted to curl up in bed with a bowl of this and binge-watch Netflix.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Medium Green Bell Peppers
1 Medium Onion
1/2 lb Beef (Any protein works, even tofu or you could just leave it out altogether.)
1 Jar of Your Favorite Pasta Sauce
2 Bowls of Cooked Rice
1 Tbsp Oil (or 2 Tbsp If you need to use a pan and a pot)

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, add the oil and heat to medium high. If you do not have a large pot, you can saute everything in a pan and then transfer it over to a pot (this is what I had to do in Korea because the pots in the kitchen were very small). If you use the pan to pot version, just remember to oil both the pan and the pot.

2. Wash peppers and peel outer skin off of the onion. Chop both into a chunky dice. If your beef is in a large piece, also take the time to cut it into a small dice. Ground beef should work perfectly fine, as well.

3. Cook the beef first. Meat is cooked first because when cooking, water is released. If you’re cooking the meat with veggies at the same time, you’ll likely end up boiling the veggies in the released water depending on how crowded the pot or pan is. After most of the moisture has evaporated add the onions and pepper. You’ll want them to be slightly translucent and a little browned (Too much more and they get mushy later on). The peppers should have a bit of browning on them as well.

4. Once the meat and veggies are done sauteing, add the pasta sauce and rice. Constantly stir as the rice can burn and stick to the bottom. The rice should expand even more and absorb some of the sauce. If it becomes too thick, add a little water to dilute. You basically want to cook it until the onions are translucent and the rice has expanded some. Taste of course from time to time to check if it needs extra salt or pepper. I find that since you’re using a pasta sauce, it doesn’t really need to add all that much seasoning.

5. Ladle and serve! Add some shredded cheese on top if you want or eat as is. Leftovers should be cooled completely before being stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Honestly, I don’t know how long this keeps because I usually end up eating it all within 2 nights. But I’m sure it should last 4-6 days that way in the fridge.

And you’re done! You can also add garlic to this recipe, either 1 minced garlic clove at the very beginning before you cook the meat or a dash or two of garlic powder in with the sauce and rice. It’s really to your taste preference, so you can always add more seasoning. Just remember that the pasta sauce will already have seasoning. If you live in a dorm, this will be a tricky recipe unless your dorm has a shared kitchen or lets you use hot plates.

Again, this meal can easily be vegetarian or vegan by simply removing the protein or replacing it with tofu. I believe you can also do this recipe with uncooked rice grains as well, but it will take longer. In that case, you will probably have to use the pan and pot method with the sauce + 1 cup of water and ½ cup uncooked rice on medium heat with the pot covered. You should probably let it cook for about 10 minutes. This method will work if you want the rice to be more al dente (aka not too soft).

I know this ended up being a wall of text, and I’m sorry about that as it can get daunting (I get kind of wordy sometimes). I wanted to make sure I threw in enough tips for everyone that may need it. And don’t be afraid to play around with recipes! That is where cooking gets fun, being able to change a recipe to your own and through that, you also learn through trial and error, which, honestly, is the best way to learn in a kitchen. Anywho, happy cooking, all!

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Round 2! Thanks Jamie Lynn Spears and Brian Hartline

So in another episode of Anime-Scarves cooks food from Shokugeki no Soma, I decided to make the apple risotto from it. Risotto is actually a surprisingly simple dish to make. It takes pretty much constant attention, but it is quite easy. 

Here we have the ingredients I used, plus my tablet for a quick reference for a recipe. The rice you want to use is Arborio. There are other kinds of rice you can make risotto with, but it is definitely the main one. The way risotto works is Arborio rice has a very high starch content, and when you let the rice simmer in a broth or liquid the starch is absorbed into the liquid and it becomes creamy and smooth. Because of that you don’t want to rinse your rice before you start cooking with it. Typically you do want to wash rice before you use it, but not with risotto since you want all that starch in the dish. 

To start you want to saute the onions in a little bit of oil until they are about translucent. Then you throw the rice in and add just a bit of oil if it looks like most of it is gone. You want to make sure that the rice gets coated pretty well with some sort of fat in this process. After a few minutes you want to pour in whatever wine you are using and let it burn off. The rice will absorb some of the wine too which will give it a nice taste. Typically for risotto you would chicken stock or something for the rest of the dish, but since this is the apple risotto and I’m just winging this I just used apple juice for the rest of it. 

Once the wine has cooked off, you add in a ladle or so of hot liquid into the pan you are cooking it in, and let it simmer. I suggest looking up a recipe to see about how much liquid you can expect to use. After you’ve made it a few times you can just eyeball how much more you need and that’s what I do, but references are useful. So you let the liquid get fully absorbed by the rice and then add more, and do this until you the rice stops absorbing liquid or until you run out of liquid. You want to be stirring constantly here. The stirring part is important because it mixes the starches from the rice into the liquids and forms that creamy texture. Risotto is super easy to make, but if you don’t give it proper attention it won’t turn out as well as it could. The risotto will be done when it stops absorbing liquid and the rice is about al dente. You don’t want it to turn to mush. Once this is done you cut in slabs of butter and stir it in to make a really creamy texture. 

Now to make the apple Risotto, I followed Soma’s method of peeling the apples and then throwing then in right as I took it off the heat so that they would maintain their texture, but would be warm when you served it. The texture difference is one of the coolest things about this dish. A general rule in cooking is that you want to have opposites in the same dish. Something creamy, something crunchy, something sweet, something salty, etc. etc. The keen reader will have noticed by now that the meat in there is not bacon. I’m not really sure what happened to the bacon, but it turned grey when I cooked it, and bacon is not supposed to do that so I fried up some summer sausage and threw it in. I don’t think it was the best replacement, but it was what I had on hand and it worked out alright. 

This was a really interesting dish. I’m not sure that I’m sold on the taste of onion and apple, but it was something new for sure. I think with the bacon it would have been a lot better, but who knows. I did make a few mistakes cooking this too. I auto pilot washed the rice, so it wasn’t as creamy as it could have been, and I was adding cold apple juice/wine into the rice while it was cooking instead of heating it up. The end result was still risotto, but had I done the things better it would have had a creamier and fluffier texture. 

Anyways, I hope you like it. I would encourage everyone to go out and try to make some risotto. The base ingredients are very cheap, and anything else you want to put in it is really whatever is in your budget. Risotto is a good base, so it goes well with most things. It’s also really easy to make. It might look intimidating, but it’s really quite simple!