Valentine’s Day meal for one
Valentine’s Day that’s not of chocolate, heart and bright sparkling date or flowers. It can be creative experiment and exploring food for your soul.
Pampering myself eating this comfort delicious meal with great love effort and knowing that I am loved by God, my family and friends who have had encouraged me to be confidence in my cooking.
My desire to live my life to the fullest; happily, mastered my home cooking; to plate up and sharing with love, joy peace, hope and my effort to publish it will be an indulgent not only for Valentine’s Day but on any day and for everyone. I am falling in love with my tomato risotto for myself, and anyone who is out there alone with no Valentine’s date.
Remember God is with us, we are not alone. We have intimacy with God. It’s not an easy road, but it is a delightful and privileged way: a treasure hunt. God is the Treasure, our first lover, constant companion, our ever-present help and miracle healer with Devine strength to fix us. Least but not the least He is Faithfully loving us patiently.
My tomato risotto is made with loving myself as God had loved me. It’s a comforting delicious meal for my soul and love is in the air. Let’s cook!!!!
8 cherry tomatoes
1 plum tomato
450 ml water
200g arborio rice
5 Tbs cherry tomatoes whole with sauce, canned
1 Tbs margarine, extra
1 Tbs oil
2 Tsp minced garlic
1 Tsp dried oregano
Dashes of Italian Seasoning
a pinch of nutmeg
3 coloured cherry tomatoes, cut into bite size
chili flakes (OPT)
Blend tomato, cherry tomatoes with 4 Tbs water. Set aside. Heat oil and margarine in a pot on medium heat. Add garlic cook for about 2 minutes until slightly brown. Add cherry tomatoes mixture, oregano, Italian seasoning, nutmeg, salt and pepper cook for 1 minute.
Add arborio rice, stir mixed to get flavoured about 1 minute. Ladle a ladle of water in. Stir to prevent sticking at the bottom. When water is absorbed, add another ladle, let’s simmer and give a stir or two. Repeat adding water till rice cooked for about 15-20 minutes until rice is al dente; the right consistency. Got to be patience. Only Love can make risotto delicious, comforting and enjoyable for your soul.
Now switch off hob. Add cheese and stir to mix well. Add 1 Tbs margarine, stir to incorporate. Check seasoning. Spoon onto warm plate. Garnish with cut cherry tomatoes and chili flakes.
Note: You can use just tomatoes only. I add tomato to cherry tomatoes as I don’t want to waste the 1 leftover tomato. You can use butter instead of margarine. You can use only oil. Instead of garlic you can use onion. Also, if you have fresh oregano use them. Any herbs of your choice: parsley or basil.
If you like my latest creation: sweet savoury risotto look at my Blueberry risotto with bacon, spinach and arugula. Recipe is attached at the bottom. For Mediterranean risotto and many more in my website attached at the bottom too.
Blueberry risotto with bacon, spinach and arugula recipe: https://helenscchin.com/2021/02/01/blueberry-risotto-with-bacon-spinach-and-arugula/
For Mediterranean risotto recipe: https://helenscchin.com/2019/07/09/mediterranean-vegetarian-risotto/