I love September. It’s the beginning of autumn, the air gets crispy but not too cold, and you can start detecting that lovely autumnal decay smell, which I absolutely adore…
It’s also a season for mushrooms. I always loved chanterelle mushrooms, I’m obsessed with them. In Poland, at this time of year, you can get them anywhere. In UK it’s not so easy, but I managed to find them in one of the shops. The lady at the check out was looking at me funny because I bought few packs (I just couldn’t help myself, and they freeze really well).
And when you get hold of your favourite mushrooms, why not make your favourite dish??!
(Warning for any Italians reading it – I know it’s a blasphemy but I didn’t use arborio or carnarolli rice…In my defence – I wanted to make it healthier and it was still nice and creamy).
Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto:
1 1/2 cup chopped chanterelle mushrooms
2 cups short grain brown rice
1 l vegetable stock
1 cup white wine
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
pinch of saffron
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup grated parmesan
- Start by heating olive oil and butter in an iron cast or any heavy pan. Add chopped shallots and fry until translucent. Add garlic and fry for another 2 min.
- Add chopped mushrooms and fry for 5 minutes. Then add rice and let it coat with olive oil and butter.
- Cook on a medium to low heat adding gradually warm vegetable stock and wine. Let it cook for 30-40 minutes until rice is really soft. Add pinch of saffron,lemon zest, salt, pepper and herbs and mix well. At the end add parmesan, mix it well and let it melt until the rice becomes really creamy. Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top and a salad.
You have to serve it with an appropriate film, and what’s not more suitable than a film ‘September’ by Woody Allen.
The film wasn’t received well and it didn’t bring a lot of money box-office wise. I don’t really understand why, maybe because people in 1987 were more into fast paced films.
‘September’ ‘s plot was inspired by Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ play. Woody Allen wanted the film to look like a play, hence the long shots and one location. You can also see how the film was influenced by Ingmar Bergman’s work. It is a beautifully cast and acted drama. Not a typical Woody Allen film but a gem. And I am also a sucker for a melancholic story with a mother who drinks too much and has to be a centre of attention, suicidal attempts and a beautiful summer house.
What’s not to like, heh?