Cobblestone Cooking Music XXVI – Rice Timbale a la Provence

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Confession right off the bat: I am not sure if timbale is the right word here. Things thrown together, in layers, in an oven-proof dish, with an egg/milk mixture poured over,  done for 40 min in the oven. Timbale? Works for me.

Also, this one actually comes from a recipe book – “Oven Dishes” from the Danish publisher “Komma” (credits where credit’s due).

Anyway. Early on (well before dinner), get some rice cooking. And, while you’re doing things in the kitchen on a Friday afternoon why not whisk up a bowl of guacamole, mix two caipirinhas and go and talk to your better half, armed with nibblies and drinks, while the rice cooks? 🙂

  • Rick Astley, Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Veronica Maggio, Jeg kommar

Slice and dice garlic and onion, get ’em to simmer, add cubed carrots. On a separate pan, quickly fry some minced meat (today: beef – could be pork or lamb as well). Add the meat to the vegetables, add tomato paste, some (not too much) stock, a wee bit of capers, some fresh thyme (I don’t take the leaves off the stems -too lazy for that – but do fish them out before the whole thing’s done). Leave to cook for a while.

  • ZZ Top, Sharp Dressed Man
  • Scatman John, Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)

Thinly slice celery and cube some bell pepper –  the list said red and green, I used yellow. Not an exact science, this… Mix ’em with the rice and put the mixture in the bottom of an ovenproof dish of suitable size and shape.

  • Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do
  • Stars on 45, Beatles

Take the meat-tomato-sugo-thingy and put it as a layer on top of the rice. The recipe calls for the 2nd half of the rice to go on top – as I mentioned lately, we’re not that big eaters, so this is where I cut the volumes back some and omitted the extra layer of rice mix.

Slice aubergine and courgette (zucchini/squash – all according to your language preference) and tomatoes if you happen to have them. I lost any idea of buying tomatoes while searching in the store for aubergine. “Life is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans” as John Lennon sings somewhere.

  • Pointer Sisters, Neutron Dance
  • Spice Girls, Wannabe

Mix some eggs with milk or cream (or a mix if your milk, like mine, is 0.5% fat which is fine for daily healthy intake but altogether not really what you need for cooking) and a little salt and pepper. Pour over. Grate some cheese and put on top – I used a mix of a Danish Danbo and some Parmegiano Reggiano. Worked better than each apart, I like to think.

  • KC & The Sunshine Band, That’s The Way
  • Sister Sledge, We Are Family

2016-05-27 22.17.09Into the oven it goes for something like 40-45 min at somewhere in the vicinity of 200°C.

Full meal on its own. Or serve with a green salad. Note: The recipe did specifically mention to drink it along with a “full bodied red”. And, of course, what could we do but that?

This one, even if it’s Spanish and not French worked well. After all, it’s not too far from Provence to Spain.


Happy cooking!

Photos by me.
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