Let me show you two recipes for polenta:
These are recipes for making homemade polenta. The thing I want you to notice is that the stovetop recipe says stir for 20-30 minutes until a wooden spoon stands up in it on its own. The other recipe says microwave for 8 minutes, stir, microwave for 3 more minutes.
I have made polenta on the stovetop. I have stirred continuously for 20 minutes. It has made me dread making polenta even though I love it and think it is so cool to have made it homemade.
I am going easy on myself. Into the microwave go the cornmeal water and salt. I feel great about this. As we age, each of us dreamers must decide for ourselves how to arrange our lives. For me, learning that a mixer can kneed bread dough, or that homemade polenta can be crafted in the microwave, are saving graces. Especially when the polenta is just a base for an elaborate casserole containing these: