2007 challenge accomplished in week 2 with this dish! And it was nice, too! Donna Hay really does know best. I have many of her books and they're my favourites for browsing - there's a picture for every dish, I love that and they look so yummy as well. In my copy of off the shelf where this recipe* is from, I even have all these post-its marking the pages with dishes I want to make. But I haven't. Not a single one. What's wrong with me? I don't know. But my 2007 challenge makes me actually use my cookbooks so maybe I can overcome my weird condition this year. We'll see.
Creamy polenta with caramelised fennel (serves 2)
- 2 bulbs of fennel, trimmed and quartered
- a knob of butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 125ml chicken or vegetable stock
- 50 fine brown sugar
- 1 dl balsamic vinegar
- freshly ground black pepper
- some fresh crumbly goat cheese, cut into slices
- quick-cook polenta for two persons
*adapted ever so slightly to the contents of my fridge/cupboard: more fennel, balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar and thus less sugar. The original recipe uses blue cheese but I had goat's and that worked really well - shame I had to give the thyme a miss, that would have been very good, I'm sure. Last but not least: a lot less butter - I just couldn't face using the amount I usually eat in a week in one dish.