Stella of Revealing (dreamsherd) wrote in rumahouli,
Stella of Revealing

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vanilla bean risotto

for those dreary winter days best spent in front of the fire cocooning:

1 cup short grain rice (i used sushi rice; risotto traditionally is made form arborio)
2 cups half & half
2 cups milk
1/2 cup honey
pinch salt
1 vanilla pod
2 fresh eggs, beaten (optional)

Cut the vanilla pod into several sections and add to the rest of the ingredients (except eggs) in a saute pan.  Heat over low-to-medium heat (it shouldn't boil) and stir every couple of minutes til the liquids are absorbed and the rice is soft.  It may have a bit of "tooth" or chewiness in the center, but not be hard any longer.  Add more milk if necessary.  When it's the consistency of thick cream, you can add a couple of beaten eggs for extra yumminess.  Stir in well and keep stirring for a couple of minutes to thoroughly cook the eggs.  Retrieve the vanilla pod (you can wash and dry it, and add it to sugar for a lovely scent)  and serve warm or cold.  Makes enough for four. 
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