It's a usual day at work; customers, phone calls, paperwork, internet browsing, ordering and lunch.
Lunch is definitely the highlight of the working day, a brief repose between the morning and afternoon.
A time for reflection, meditation and an opportunity to refuel your body.
I try to plan my lunch the evening before, or at least in the morning before leaving for work.
Last night was a late evening due to my monthly amateur beekeeping meeting, which is always a stimulating,
entertaining and educational evening.
Even though I have been beekeeping or 8 years there are always new ideas and methods to learn from other beekeepers.
When I opened the freezer door for ice cubes I saw a bag of cooked prawns with tail on and knew this was going to largely be my lunch today.
Grabbing an onion, a tomato, garlic and long grain rice (I know there is Arborio rice in the pantry - somewhere) I had already decided it would be prawn risotto lunch.
Such simple flavours but so delicious and healthy, this is a lunchtime treat which will keep you full of energy for the rest of the working day.
Prawn and Tomato Risotto for One
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded (optional)
1/2 cup rice, preferably short grain, rinsed
1/3 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups hot vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste, dried chilli for garnish
In a rice cooker, or a non stick saucepan add the olive oil, onion and garlic, fry 1 minute,
Add the chilli and chopped tomato, fry 1 more minute.
Add rinsed rice and the white wine and fry for a further 1 minute.
Add the vegetable stock and black pepper then bring up to a simmer, cooking for approximately 10 minutes or until rice is just cooked. Taste to see if it needs salt as vegetable stock is quite salty.
Add the cooked prawns and cook for another 4 minutes, or until heated through.
Serve, with some extra dried chilli sprinkled over top, or grated fresh parmesan if you have some.
Is lunch a highlight of the day for you or is it just another meal?
Buon appetito, Enjoy, Merryn xx