Monday, 24 November 2008

Sage Advice

I am feeling very low today. I had a terrible night, all caused by me being totally heartless and down right mean. It is so easy after the fact to think of all the things you should not have said and done. So I thought I would spend some time getting some sage advice and here is what I read.
  1. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
  2. ... For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (This didn't make me feel very good)
  3. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
So with these three verses, I have realised that I have lots to work on and especially number 2 & 3!

So with all this sage advice...

I have a huge about of sage growing in my garden and I think the next time I start feeling like my mouth is going to explode, I will take the time and make this dish. It requires full attention and is very good for settling the nerves!

Roasted Butternut and Sage Risotto.

500g Butternut roasted with fresh sage until just done (do not let it get mushy)
1 Onion Thinly sliced
2 Cups Risotto
2 Minced Garlic cloves
2 - 3 Cups cups Hot Chicken Stock (or vegetable) with 1 Pinch Saffron added
10 leaves fresh sage
Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional for serving)

Fry the onion in the warm pot until soft, but not brown.
Add the risotto and fry until coated in the oil.
Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
Start adding the stock a spoon at a time and keep stirring.
Do not leave the stove, you have to keep stirring and adding the stock as it dries out.
After about 20 minutes the risotto will be nearly done.
Add the butternut, together with the sage you roasted it with.
Add some extra fresh chopped sage.
Allow this to warm through.
You then have to decide if you want it soft and runny or firmer,
depending on how much more liquid you add.
You can add butter if you wish - this is a personal preference.
Leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


swirlingnotions said...

Great advice. Reliable Sage. Fabulous looking recipe.

jacoba said...

You are human, you do err - don't be so hard on yourself.

Rose&Thorn said...

Swirl - Thanks, this is good comfort

Jacoba - Thanks for encouragement.

Nina Timm said...

Rose - Ah, she is human afterall!!! Jokes Rosemary, but you are so amazing and wonderful( and I have not even met you yet)that a mistake here and there is just part of life! I was down yesterday, but today I am tip-top again!!!Ready to make dessert, keep watching!

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - So human it's scary! Like you, yesterday was not a good day, but today I have woken up and am very grateful for all the good things in my life.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Ah, yes, sage wisdom indeed. Nothing like the Bible to get us back on track. That happens to be an area of my life that needs a shocking amount of work, too. Thanks for the timely post.

Rose&Thorn said...

Lynn - My Bible keeps me grounded - glad I could give you encouragement too.

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful recipe - it's a classic combination, isn't it? Sage wisdom in so many senses of the word :)

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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