Sunday, January 24, 2016

As long as she walks the earth, you will never be happy with anyone else

Champagne and Lemon Risotto for One
I'm inclined to believe that everyone meets that one person who comes in like a storm, turns your life upside down, and leaves you different for all eternity.

If you're lucky, you end up with her.

If not, every person you meet after her will be measured using her yardstick. I think there is something beautiful and heartbreakingly poignant about that.

During my Indian travels, my guide in Agra told us the wonderful story about how he and his wife met. I found it amazing that he managed to marry the girl who came in like storm. May we all have the courage to do the same, and never have any regrets.

With some luck, you will never have to pick your love up off the floor again!

A Profile of Love: IK

IK and I outside of Agra Fort

How did you meet your wife?

IK: I was trying to friend my cousin on Facebook who had the same name as her. Funny enough, my wife's name and my cousin's name is Hina! I accidentally friended her and she accepted the request. I liked her picture, so I messaged her. She thankfully replied! Six months later we got married.

How did you know she was the one?

IK: (laughs) She has been great these past two years, but let's see if she continues to be great!

What was your first date like?

She came down to Agra and I took her to the Taj Mahal. The rest of the day I actually had to work so I had a friend take her around. 

How many times did you meet before deciding to get married?

IK: Once

Me: Just one time was enough??

IK: I just knew she was the right one

You're doing the long distance thing at the moment, do you miss your wife a lot?

IK: It's tough, she's home taking care of her dad who has been quite ill for the past few months. but we keep in contact all the time. We message all the time. I've been messaging her a few times while we've been on our tour, and I call her every morning. 

Don't tell her, but sometimes it's nice to be able to hang out with your friends all the time too!


Champagne and Lemon Risotto for One

2 Cups Chicken Stock
1 1/2 Tsp Butter
1 Shallot Diced
1/4 Cup Arborio Rice
A Generous Splash of Champagne
1 Tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
Salt to Taste

1. Bring chicken stock to a simmer and keep heated over a low flame

2. Heat butter and sauté shallots for 2 to 3 minutes

3. Add Arborio rice and coat in butter

4. Add a generous splash of champagne and cook until completely absorbed by the Arborio

5.  Add a ladleful of chicken stock one at a time and stir rice until completely absorbed. You will continue doing this for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Stirring the rice allows the starches in the Arborio to break down, this provides the traditional creamy risotto texture
6.  Turn off the burner and add lemon zest, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and salt to taste.

7. Enjoy with a side protein or the steamed vegetable of your choice!

Andiamo a Mangiare!

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