Rosa's Recipes Vol. 2

Rosa's Jambotta:

(for Jessica and Ian in Australia)

This recipe was handed down from the mists of time through Eleven (aka Annie), who got it, believe it or not, from one of the mentally ill clients she used to work with. The etymology is uncertain. But the dish is fabulous! We eat it with salad and crusty rosemary garlic bread.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1 jar/can Marinara sauce, (we use the 28oz. can from Trader Joe's.)
4 or so lean Italian sausages (or chicken breasts)
1 large onion, chopped
2 or more cloves garlic, minced
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 can sliced black olives
1 cup (or more!) grated cheese, many will work with this dish.
Preheat oven to 425.

This is a casserole of the old school which means you assemble everything and then bake it in the oven. So, start with the brown rice. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, bring it back to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes, maybe 23?
While you're doing that, cook sausages in olive oil, add onions and garlic until they are translucent. Add red peppers and olives and saute everything together until they are all happy together in the pan. (At this point, I take out the sausage-or chicken- and slice it up and then return it.) Add your marinara, and adjust seasonings, maybe some more garlic? Some red wine?
When the rice is finished, either add it to the pan you are using, if it is oven-proof, or transfer it to a casserole dish. Mix the rice in with the marinara and other sauteed ingredients.
When it is all assembled in the dish, sprinkle on the cheese, and bake at 425 for 30 minutes.


(glad you liked the chili!)


Camille said...

that looks scrummy! Everyone should post lots and lots of recipes on their blogs all the time!

ps I heard your production went well, from "Joseph" I am sorry I had to miss it. :(

rosa said...

1)yes, 'Joe' told me that you took him around the city the other day, he did very well in the play, and I was very sorry not to see you out there in the audience.
2)The Fourniers were asking after you today.
3)I think I've made this recipe for you and Angel before, remember? We had TJ's infamous No Pudge brownies for afters......
4)where will you go for New Year's? We'll probably end up at the Shanks (with the his/hers jello-molds that Will picked up at the White Elephany party!)

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.