(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!)
items of note:
- 327 market
- a paper elephant::heidi
- an organic experience::the other
- aunty suzanne brewer
- bbc 4:: gardener's question time
- bricks in the cave::children's adventure story
- dani the poet
- esther in the garden
- esther's boring garden blog
- etsy::all things handmade
- garden rant: garden blog for the courageous and dirty
- i like it::scotland as few have seen it
- let them parachute in
- lizzy cantu
- loose and leafy::lucy
- mayor of dannyland
- neal breakey
- nori::seaweed girl
- o.t. girl::my favourite anonymous o.t.
- pictures just pictures
- polar goldie cats: (secret: i am tam's little sister)
- sarah::appearing as herself
- sir gibby::b'liciousbennet
- the molly
- vintage faith church
- YWAM Seamill, Scotland: dearly missed
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
- 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.