Located quite a distance from the 23rd parallel, my island is right there, through the living room, just beyond the French doors, and situated about two-thirds of the way from the wall in my humble kitchen.
This is the place where my fan club, my girls and the occasional guest, get to see the real me.
The idea of playing with lesser common ingredients has always intrigued me. Not that I'd consider going totally bizarre on you, but certainly working with products and flavors that are harder to find I am seeing as culinary fun.
Today I decided on experimenting a bit with Falasco Black Venus (Venere) Rice and using it as a base for saffron scallop dish.
Cooking the rice was something different due to its low starch content. The process was a cross of risotto making, and paella. Cooking time, extended well into an hour for the rice alone , and the entire dish did take an additional 30 minutes.
End result - a great new dish . The Queen was super happy , and so was I