It took me a while to find words after September 11, 2001 and I still haven't got words for July 7, 2005. But I did find comfort from those who did find the words on that day. MetaFilter, as always, was a great source of information as well as first-hand accounts and reactions by Londoners. This comment touched me greatly and I was also very moved by this Londoner's ruminations.
Last night I had no plans for dinner but lots of leftover risotto. I'd frozen some of it and refrigerated about 3 cups with the idea of trying out risotto cakes. There are a couple of methods for doing this. Some recipes advise adding egg yolks and beaten egg whites to room temperature risotto and then pouring the resulting batter onto griddle and cooking it just like you would pancakes. I decided to try another method:
3 cups chilled risotto 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups coarse bread crumbs (I used store-bought, but you could make your own) 6 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 350°F. Form chilled risotto into 8 (3/4-inch-thick) patties using wet hands. Put flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate shallow bowls. Coat 1 cake with flour, tapping off excess, then egg (letting excess drip off), and then bread crumbs. You'll have to handle them gently. Transfer to wax paper. Repeat with remaining cakes.
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté 4 cakes, turning over once, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spatula to a baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil and sauté remaining 4 cakes in same manner.
Depending on what sort of leftover risotto you're using, garnish appropriately. I used Acorn Squash, Rosemary and Blue Cheese risotto, so I sprinkled the cakes with crumbled blue cheese and fresh chopped rosemary.
Makes 4 side-dish servings or more than enough for 2 main meal servings. Serve with a salad and a big-bodied red wine.
Say this out loud and you hear the inevitable "flying rodents!" response. I dunno, I like 'em. I like all the colors in their feathers and their silly red feet. I like the way a pigeon couple will neck affectionately.
I spent a lot of time last month watching a pigeon pair build a nest in an alcove on the apartment building next door. I never got to see the babies while they were still small enough to be fed, of course. But I did watch them venture to the edge of the alcove once their parents started leaving them for periods of time. Eventually I watched them fly uncertainly from their ledge to a lower rooftop and back again. A few days later they were gone. Pigeon young are off and on their own within about a month of hatching.
My neighborhood has a lot of roof-top pigeon coops. At sunset it's nice to watch the pigeons circle with the light illuminating the iridescent undersides of their wings. I don't know any of the owners of the nearby coops though I've watched some of them waving brooms or mops in wide circles for their birds to follow. Check out what some rooftop pigeon guys have to say for themselves.