Based on the recipe from Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe by Mollie Katzen
Pour 1-3/4 cups water into a medium-sized saucepan, add the salt, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, place the polenta in a bowl with the cold water, and stir until it is completely moistened.
Turn heat under the boiling water down to a simmer, and spoon in the wet polenta. Stir with a wooden spoon, and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until very thick.
Turn the polenta out onto two dinner plates, spreading it into a thin circle all the way to the rims of the plates. Let it cool for at least 1 hour. It will become very firm.
Cut the polenta into cubes or dice.
I had to add another 1/4 cup or so of water near the end of the cooking time to prevent sticking.
"You have heard me speak of Professor Moriarty?"
"The famous scientific criminal, as famous among crooks as --"
"My blushes, Watson," Holmes murmured, in a deprecating voice.
"I was about to say 'as he is unknown to the public.'"
-- A. Conan Doyle, "The Valley of Fear"
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