Goats, Peas & Cheese

27 Jun

I was really looking forward to Friday night last week. Not for the reasons you’d probably think. No clubbing, no partying, actually, no, well, nothing. Yeah, the boy was going to play poker and my big plans were to cook something delicious, open a fabulous bottle of wine and sit on my butt and watch crap TV.

Doesn’t it just suck when life feels the need to mess with your plans? I was exhausted when I was finally able to leave work, it was 98% humidity, getting dark and ominously stormy. Rather than further abusing my already bruised brain, wasting time waiting in a line and lugging around heavy bags on the 2 mile walk home in the rain I decided it was time to have a little faith in my pantry.

This is what the pantry coughed up: Peas, orzo, garlic, vegeta, lemon juice, olive oil, and yes, leftover cheese (this time of the herbed goat and Parmesan varieties). Yeah, I could work with that!

I remembered being intrigued by a method of cooking pasta “risotto” style that was everywhere, but, rather than staring at a computer screen for the umpteenth hour of the day, I figured I could wing it, I mean, I can make some pretty serious risotto, how hard could it be?

The answer? Not hard at all, and insanely delicious!

I started with a glug of olive oil, some garlic (and yes, I was so tired, I used a garlic press), cooked off the rawness, added a few handfuls of orzo, cooked until they gave off a slightly nutty aroma, tossed in about a 1/4 cup lemon juice, stirred everything around just to be sure the orzos were absorbing properly and then just barely covered them with warm water, added a healthy pinch of vegeta, cranked the heat down to barely there, covered, and then headed to the wine rack to ponder my choices.

About 7 (or so) minutes later, I peeked under the lid, decided the little guys needed a stir and some more liquid and some peas. In they all went, on went the lid and I went back to contemplating my toes (there was noooothing on TV). Two more minutes, one final stir.

Goat cheese goes in bowl, orzo goes on top of cheese, more cheese goes on top of orzo, stir, sit down, relax, forget the day ever happened, watch Pride & Prejudice.

Yes, what started off an ominous evening was saved by leftover cheese and Mr. Darcy. Thank you Jane Austen!

8 Responses to “Goats, Peas & Cheese”

  1. Pamela June 27, 2006 at 9:23 am #

    Sounds like my kind of evening!!

    I’m not a Jane Austin fan but Colin Firth as Mr Darcy..yummy!!
    ;-)

  2. ann June 27, 2006 at 10:20 am #

    lol, i hear ya Pamela! Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is delicious, but this was the newer one with some hot young thing named Matthew Macfadyen appearing in the roll, and quite suitably i might add!

  3. lobstersquad June 27, 2006 at 10:50 am #

    That´s some impressive pantry!
    I haven´t seen that P&P yet, but I´m sure it´s awsome. Darcy is every woman´s dream, somehow, always.

  4. s'kat June 27, 2006 at 11:57 am #

    Cheese is truly every girl’s best friend.

  5. sher June 28, 2006 at 9:59 am #

    Oh, that looks wonderful. I’ve been meaning to try the risotto method, so now I will. The younger cast in that version of P&P is more accurate for the time it takes place. But, I loves me some Colin Firth!!!!! Sigh.

  6. jenjen June 28, 2006 at 4:43 pm #

    yummm, i love goats cheese, i have just discovered it recently, I don’t know why i never tried it before, but it’s the best. your dish looks wonderful- simple and comforting!

  7. lindy June 29, 2006 at 8:02 am #

    I am a great fan of the bowl of pasta, sofa, and dvd cure for exhaustion.

    Since I am very, very old -especially for a food blogger-so many of you being under 30, even-I remember a day before the rental video. It is still a matter of astonishment and delight for me that I can watch a movie of my own choice, or a tv show that is not on at the moment, right in my own house, wearing whatever comfortable garment I want…and no shoes.

    The pasta-excuse the worse than mixed metaphor, is the icing on the cake. It’s even better than the sin of my childhood-reading at the table!

  8. Julie June 29, 2006 at 8:15 am #

    I agree with Lindy — a bowl of pasta, a sofa, and a good movie are therapeutic.

    Your pasta dish sounds delicious.

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