Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta Risotto with Napkin Swans

Last night I decided we needed a nice dinner with some wine, so I made risotto with Brussels sprouts and pancetta. I kind of made the recipe up in my head, but basically it went something like this:

Regular risotto recipe but I used beef broth (instead of my usual chicken broth) along with white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) for the liquid. As the risotto neared completion, I sauteed diced pancetta and shredded Brussels sprouts in some olive oil and then stirred the mixture into the risotto. I have to say, it turned out pretty darn good.pancettarisotto

Brad Pitt got a little creative, too. As we sat down to dinner, he wadded up our napkins and yelled “Napkin Origami!!!” as he threw them down on the table. He insisted his napkin was a dove and mine was a swan.napkindoveswanWe both thought it was pretty cool and admired the napkin birds for awhile. It reminded me of those fancy restaurants who wrap up leftovers in aluminum foil and then shape the foil into a swan. I’ve been to a number of expensive restaurants and never had my leftovers wrapped like that, but I’ve seen it done in movies. So, when Brad Pitt grabbed a third napkin and this piece of art fell from his hands, I felt like I was at my very own five-star-super-fancy restaurant:  napkinswan

Its really astonishing how much it resembles a swan, isn’t it? I’m serious. Look at it. See the head, neck and wing? If you don’t, you’re not paying attention because I’ve clearly pointed them out for you.

Actually, now that I’m really looking at the picture, it looks more like a duck, not a swan. Regardless, it is still quite impressive that anyone can create a bird out of a napkin without any formal training.

So, between my new risotto recipe and Brad Pitt’s origami napkins, we had one hell of a creative dinner.

2 thoughts on “Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta Risotto with Napkin Swans

  1. You know, there are a lot of things that you do that make me wonder how and why Brad Pitt puts up with you. Then he does something like this and I remember all over again why you are perfect for each other.


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