Discombobulated about Cadbury's, Beetroot Salad and Rik Mayall

Firstly as I had some motivating leftovers I just ate an interesting Sudden Lunch!

~  Menu  ~

Riso al Salto
Tender Leaves (and beetroot) with Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
Glass of Red
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate with Ritz
Black Coffee

You may remember the Roasted Shallot & Blue Cheese Risotto I made the other day – it was delicious but too much for me (I wish, wish, wish I had a larger appetite!) so today I fried myself a flat risotto cake, called Riso al Salto in Italy.

risotto caka aka riso al salto

I grated over some Gran Padano and topped it with some Tesco Sweet Beetroot Salad which was a bit surprising. This is our favourite prepared salad and we buy it quite frequently. Only the other day my real man commented that there wasn’t much beetroot – I don’t know if anyone was listening but this pack took beetrootiness beyond our expectations.

beetroot salad

I am going to take some out and make pretty pink coleslaw!  Anyhoo I dressed it with the remainder of my Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette and I wondered if it might be too much of a roasted shallot good thing but no way!  It worked very well.

Other ideas for leftover risotto include ...

~   Arancini ~ shape leftover risotto into a ball, make a hollow in the middle and insert a piece of appropriate cheese (blue in this case).  Reform the risotto around the cheese and roll in seasoned flour, then beaten egg and finally coat with breadcrumbs (or panko for a bit of yummy fusion). Fry till hot, crisp and golden with a melty middle.
~   Use to stuff vegetables eg. tomatoes or peppers before baking.
~   Leftover risotto can, with care, be reheated to be almost as good as the first time. Heat a little stock and then stir in the leftover risotto, continue stirring till hot through and then add a knob of butter and some Parmesan cheese and stir till melted.

Lunch pudding was strange.  I bought on a whim the other day a triple pack of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Ritz and I just cannot see the point!  

Cadbury's dairy milk chocolate with Ritz crackers!! Why?

Each large flat square of gorgeous Cadbury’s milk chocky is topped with a tiny Ritz cracker!  Sometimes the cracker falls off but this was fine with me because after a thorough test of the product I picked off the remaining Ritz, they just interfered with the chocolate.  I really like salt and sweet combinations, love Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt and didn't dislike the Marmite Very Peculiar chocolate I tried a while ago but this just didn't work for me! Cadbury make such wonderful chocolate and I hate to feel like this about one of their products.

In Other News ...

~   I have received a package of goodies from Olives et Al which I shall be experimenting with over the next few days – such interesting things to play with!

~   I am so very sad, are you?, at the death of Rik Mayall who contributed a lot to my laughy youth and I like Ade Edmonson’s comment ...

And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.

R.I.P. Rik Mayall

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Sue said...

Love the idea of 'Risotto Balls', can't say I fancy the Cadburys thingies .... to tell the truth I'm sick of manufacturers 'doing' more and more to basic foodstuffs and then charging us through the nose for them. If I wanted to eat Ritz and chocolate I would put the two together myself.

I'm really sad to hear the news of Rik's sudden death. Although I never liked the Young Ones or even that genre of comedy I liked the people that the whole group of them were. They brought something fresh to the world of comedy and shook things up in an altogether different way.

Suzy Bowler said...

I think if you or I put Ritz and chocolate together we might make a better job. These were pretty poor!

For some reason I keep thinking "Rik Mayall's dead" and being sad.