My mind has been in the toilet lately.
Well, not so much in as on… The subject that is….
What makes a good toilet?
That was last nights pre-dinner-glass-of-wine discussion.
Don’t you wish you could have dinner with us?
We have bathrooms on the brain.
So, I thought I would show you photos of our loo in Vlad’s House.
Notice the clean lines; uninterrupted by such mundane items as mirrors, towel bars, soap dishes, toilet paper holders and the like; no shelves or storage units marring its simplicity.
One merely keeps things like soap, shampoo, etc. on the floor in the shower. Such much more user-friendly.
And, of course, the solar-dried towels stand on their own.
The table is ours, as is the small bag propping up the mirror we bought for 10 euros. All of my stuff is on top of the table because, hmmmmm, there’s no place else to put it.
I’m afraid my lifestyle is not simple enough to accommodate this bathroom.
It is, however, the only room with actual heat. There is an electric bathroom heater on the wall that one can hang the towels on to warm whilst in the shower.
We like that.
There are actually 3 bathrooms in Vlad’s House, none with mirrors and only this one with heat. That’s why we chose to be in the 1st floor bedroom – to be near the heated bathroom.
Of course, we didn’t know at the time that the roof leaked.
Well, it’s not really the roof. As you can see, the roof is too steep to leak. But there’s no glass in that little window so the rain blows in.
It’s really the bedroom ceiling that leaks.
Go down to the kitchen and get the pasta pot (no buckets).
I used to love going to sleep to the sound of rain.
Risotto with Pork and Avocado
3/4 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
1/2 cup dry, white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 onion other half for the condimenti
2 tsp butter
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat. Finely chop onion. In medium saucepan heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until transparent then add rice and sauté stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center. Add white wine and stir. Start condimenti. When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/2 cup of stock, stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.) When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/2 cup and continue adding 1/2 cup at a time and stirring. Before the last 1/2 cup taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it 1/4 cup at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed. At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold its shape on a plate.
Add the Parmesan and the warm condimenti, stir well. Add the avocado chunks and stir gently. Pour into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately. It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be quite stiff.
6oz (180gr) pork, tenderloin or chops
1/2 red bell pepper
2 tsp olive oil
Cut the pork into bite-size pieces. Chop the onion and peppers. Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet. Add onion, red pepper and sauté 5 minutes. Add pork and sauté until done, 7 – 8 minutes. Reduce heat to keep warm until needed for risotto. Cut the avocado into chunks.
As a final note: Here is mon mari making our (former) 2 little bathroom rooms ‘one with the universe’. More on that next Monday.