I’m making an early appearance this week due to a hectic weekend ahead. I’ve a free evening, home alone with too loud Bon Jovi to keep me company (sorry neighbours). Rather than stare at the walls I thought I’d talk to you lovely people instead.
I feel like I should almost apologise for posting yet another of my rice bowls but I can’t seem to stop making them. Once I discovered the magic that some toasted nuts, dried fruits and a bit of goat cheese can bring to a bowl of brown rice and vegetables it seems to be an unstoppable express train headed for my mouth. You can totally make it your own and just throw in whatever combination of roasted vegetables, nuts and dried fruit you want. I’m having a thing for butternut squash at the moment so here I used it to add a vibrant touch of orange to my bowl of rice. There is no end in sight to my love affair with pistachios and for a little festive seasonal colour I used cranberries as my dried fruit of choice. Kale or some sort of green always makes an appearance. I made a quick dressing out of olive oil and maple syrup. Honey would be a good sub. I think roasting the butternut with a little maple syrup would also be a good plan. I don’t think I need to write this one up. Here’s the bones of the recipe, mix it up to suit your own style and tastes. I roasted the butternut for 35 minutes at Gas Mark 6, 200°C, 400°F on a parchment lined baking sheet.