So, it’s been two years since I updated my blog.
First: thank you for reading my blog in the meantime. I hope it has been helpful for those searching for info about the University of the People. 2muchfood was born to describe my experience as a student, my passion for cooking, and numbers. After living in 3 different cities in 3 different countries, after working for 2 IT companies, after meeting 64 new colleagues and making 7 + 1 new friends, after 52 flights between 18 cities, after staying in 35 hotels, B&Bs, and apartments, after taking 13 online MOOC courses in data analysis and programming, after trying 93 new recipes, I confirm I still love food and numbers.
In short, I lived in Belfast, then in London, and now I am back in Italy.
The next posts will touch on our favorite topics – food trends, recipes, reviews, and analytics – and the words we use daily to describe them.
Here we go.
2 cups black rice
4 cups cold water
1 red, 1 orange and 1 yellow pepper
200 grams ripe cherry tomatoes
10 black and 10 green olives, halved
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
5 leaves fresh basil, washed and chopped coarsely
salt and pepper to taste
1 nonstick frying pan
1 large pot
1 large mixing bowl
1 large baking tray
Place rice in strainer and rinse with cold water. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in nonstick pan. Add rice and toast for 1 minute stirring to avoid sticking. Transfer rice to large pot, cover with all of the cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook at a simmer for 35-40 minutes (add water if necessary).
While the rice is cooking…
Heat oven to 180 degrees. Wash and clean the vegetables. Cut the peppers and zucchini into thin strips, but leave the cherry tomatoes whole. Put vegetables in large bowl and mix gently with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and all of the sugar. Important: do NOT add olives or salt yet. Cut baking paper to fit inside baking tray covering the bottom and sides, spread the vegetables evenly in the tray. The tray should be large enough that the vegetables fit inside in one layer. Put tray in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove tray from oven, add olives, oregano and salt (very little salt since the olives are already salty), mix gently in tray, and spread evenly again in one layer. Set oven to broil (high), put tray back in oven, and grill vegetables and olives for 10 minutes.
Check rice (black rice sometimes cooks unevenly), and when fully cooked strain and place in center of serving dish. Remove vegetables from oven and arrange in circle around the rice. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with chopped basil. Serve immediately.
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