Sorry if TERP has been a bit slient lately. I've been running around like that proverbial chicken with her head cut off trying to handle mutltiple projects at work, tie up loose ends, and try to finish all of the packing and planning for my upcoming vacation. I have at least made sure to stop by everyone's blog and say hello before I go away.
I did manage to do as I promised and make the risotto with the Noble Pig wine. I love making risotto. It's just a soul-pleasing dish, and while it takes a bit of atention, it isn't difficult.
My risotto was a basic recipe flavored with lemon juice, lemon zest and wine. I added half a large package of frozen chopped broccoli and some toasted pine nuts. On top I added some browned sweet Italian sausage for some added protein. For Sir Pickypants I simply thawed some frozen shrimp. It was a happy dish all around.
Oh, about that vacation, if you haven't been reading my blogs lately, or haven't been paying attention to my endless, long-winded comments on your blogs (what is it about my tendency toward novel-length comments on blogs?), I'll let you know now that I'm leaving for Paris on Saturday. I've never been to Paris. I have always wanted to go.
A year ago I realized I was turning a certain age and that life was getting shorter and it was time to make things happen. I started putting small amounts of money in an envelope every week, hoping to save enough for a nice Paris trip. With a little help from generous family members at Christmas and birthdays, I was able to make it happen. Now when I have lunch with other food bloggers and they start discussing whether or not Parisians are snooty, I can actually participate in the conversation and stop feeling like such an uncultured bumpkin.
There will be blogs when I return. I will blog about the food. I will blog about the non-food. I plan to eat in as many restaurants as possible and see every tourist attraction I can. (I am a tourist taking her first time in Paris. I'm entitled to visit the big tourist spots!)
I am very excited to be trying the food in Paris. I'm just quite overwhelmed by my choices. Everyone has a recommendation for me and I don't even know where to start. I was told yesterday by someone online that I should make reservations 10 days in advance! Did I mention I'm leaving Saturday night? How am I supposed to make decisions about where I want to eat in a place I've never been? I also have had some sticker shock at the cost of some places in Paris. Eating out isn't cheap. But what's the alternative? Thanks to Emily, I've learned that the food in France isn't always as sublime as expected, (although I can't wait for the ice cream). It's probably best to spend money on quality. All I can say is it's our vacation, and it's also our anniversary (on October 6th). We are just going to have to do some spending.
Don't miss me too much while I'm away. One downside of going to Paris this weekend is that I'm missing the family pig roast. I asked my brother if he would cover it for the blog. He said he would be happy to, so drop by and say hi while I'm gone.