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Risotto al melograno – Pomegranate risotto(-3 weeks)

Recipe 9: For the first dish of the year I wanted something great, a bit unusual, weird… In few word, something special and I remembered this recipe my mum prepared in one of the latest Christmas: Risotto with pomegranate!

Ingredients for 6 people:  500 gr. of rice, 2 pomegranates, 1 onion, pepper, salt, a bit of butter and Parmesan, 250gr speck.

Put some oil in a pan with the onion and let it cook until goldish. Take of the fruits from the pomegranate and leave them in a side. Then add the speak chopped in little cubes and let it cook.

Add the rice, let it toast and add a glass of white wine. When evaporated add some vegetable sauce from the stock. When the rice is almost ready add the pomegranate’s fruits.
When ready take the pan off the fire, add some black pepper, butter and grated Parmesan. Enjoy!

PS. Piatto super lusso per l’inizio dell’anno. Ok il sapore e’ un po’ originale ma per i primi giorni dell’anno nuovo ci sta proprio bene!!!!

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Risotto alla Pescatora – Easy Seafood Risotto

Recipe 78: This week it’s another tough one and i didn’t really have time to cook too much… but at least in the weekend i tried to treat myself.

So last weekend I prepared this nice Seafood Risotto, of course in a simplified version respect to the one that wants you to clean, cut all the fresh fish and to take the shells off from the seafood. I just bought a selection of seafood already clean and I add some king prawns, to make it more tasty! Anyway here in the supermarkets it’s very hard to find nice fresh fish. I need to go to Borough Market for a real food shopping!

The ingredients for 3/4 people are: 240gr of seafood selection, 140gr of king prawns, 300/400gr of rice, 1 glass of white wine, onion, garlic, 1 chilli, parsley and some spoons of tomato sauce.

Cut finely the onion, some garlic cloves and half of a red chili. Put all this in a pan with some oil and let it cook while you wash the seafood.

When the onion get goldish, add the fish, 2 or 3 spoons of tomato sauce, some salt and pepper and i also use to add some butter just to give more taste.

After a bit on the fire, pour 2 ladles of hot water (better if you had put some fish stock to boil in it or if you bought some fresh fish and you cooked it in there before) and let it cook for 15-20 minute. In the meantime you can put the rice to cook in a sauce pan with some boiling water.

When the water will be evaporated, you will have a nice sauce, but to make it even better add the last touch, a glass of white wine, mix it and wait until the sauce get a bit thick again.

Cut some parsley and when the rice is ready, add the sauce to the rice and serve it with the fresh parsley.

I wouldn’t put Parmesan on it… we normally don’t use it for pasta with fish, but if the rice it’s a bit dry and if you just used a little quantity of tomato sauce, i think could be nice to add a bit of lemon. Depend by your taste!

Enjoy!

PS. Mamy, lo so tu questa ricetta non la facevi praticamente mai, ma io avevo una voglia di frutti di mare che ho tentato di trovare una ricettina facile facile per poter avere un bel risotto alla pescatora in poco tempo. Che te ne pare?

From the Halloween menu’: Risotto alla zucca

Pumpkin risotto 1

Recipe 126: This is a risotto my mum uses to cook often in autumn and not just for Halloween. I really like the taste, because delicate and unique thanks to the rosemary and sage together. And for this Halloween i decided to cook it again but the big deal wasn’t the recipe, but the pumpkin to use!!!!

Here in London you have at least 3 qualities available in Halloween time: the classic for craving, a little little one and the butternut. Last year i tried the little one and it was a big delusion: absolutely not tasty! This year i wanted to try the butternut because it seems to be very tasty instead, but i also wanted my craved pumpkin….so at the end i decided to cook the rice with the big classic pumpkin, hoping in a bit of luck! And at the end i was quite lucky!!

So here are the ingredients for 8 people: 1kg pumpkin (already clean without skin, seeds and all the filaments) – 750/800gr rice – 100gr butter – 2 onions – 2 glass of white wine – 2 vegetable stock cubes – 8 slices of cheese for burgers (the one that melt easily) salt – pepper – 5/6 sage leaves – 2 banches of rosemary – 2 cloves of garlic and big bunch of parsley (I suggest flat leaves ).

Pumpkin risotto 2

I started from the pumpkin. With my friend help we cut it in 2 and we start to clean the first half. After taking of all the good part, i realized it wasn’t enough, so i used also the other part and Nat get busy carving this amazing spooky face. This means that a medium pumpkin is about 1 kg after all the cleaning.

After this, wash, cut in little pieces and mix all together the sage, rosemary, the garlic, the 2 onions and put the “trito” (the mix of cut ingredients) to cook in a big saucepan with the butter. In the meantime add vegetable stock in another little saucepan with boiling water to create the ‘brodo’. Wait for the “trito” to became mild and colored and then start to add the pumpkin in little pieces (otherwise will be quite long to cook). Let it toast a bit and then add some “brodo”.

pampkin risotto 3

The pumpkin will take a bit too cook and it will reduce quite a lot, taking out lots of water. However continue to mix always and to cook it until the pumpkin becomes very soft and add other brodo as soon as the water start to miss in the pan. At this point you can add the rice, make it toast a bit and then add the 2 glasses of wine. As soon as this will be absorbed, you will add, little by little, new “brodo” prepared with another stock as before.

Pumpkin risotto 4

At this point you have just to wait the rice to cook and this will take around 20 minutes, depending by the quantity of the rice used. Have try after a bit and add the salt and pepper you think are missing. Just before to be ready, cut the cheese in little pieces and add them to the rice to give extra taste to the plate, but also without it will be very good.

Pumpkin risotto 5

When everything is ready, serve the rice in a plate with the parsley cut in little pieces and with lots of Parmesan as usual!

Buon appetito!

Ps. Mamy questo e’ il primo piatto in cui tutti hanno fatto il bis! ero contentissima e alcuni di loro non avevano mai provato il riso alla zucca! La Streghetta ha colpito nel segno! Pero’ devo ammettere che la zucca italiana ha piu’ sapore, ma d’altronde questo e’ il problema di tutta la frutta e la verdura qui.

Risotto zafferano e funghi porcini + quick starter

zafferano e funghi 1

Recipe 128: Another italian typical dish in autumn is this risotto made with Porcini mushroom and Saffron. I discovered here in London they don’t sell fresh Porcini mushroom so i will need to use again dried mushrooms but you can use the fresh ones too.

Here are the ingredients for 4 people: 350gr Arborio rice (you can find it in Waitrose) – 60gr dried mushroom – a little bag of Saffron – 1 onion – oil – 2 little spoons of balsamic vinegar – 50gr butter – 2 glasses of white dry wine – 1 vegetable stock – 40gr Parmesan – salt.

And because we were having some special guests for dinner, i have also prepared a quick starter with: 250gr of Houmous – oil – carrots in slices – cucumber – cherry tomatoes.

zafferano e porcini 2

First thing you will need to put the dried mushrooms in warm water for half an hour. Waiting for them to get ready, you can prepare the starter cutting the carrots and the cucumber and serving them in a plate with cherry tomatoes and houmous. If you can add some olive oil to the houmous, the taste will be better.

When the mushrooms are soft, drain them, but use a kitchen cloth to strain the water and conserve it to cook the sauce. Put the mushroom in a pan with some olive oil and let them cook a bit on a middle fire. To give more flavor to the dish, put 2 little spoons of balsamic vinegar on them and keep on cooking them for another bit.

zafferano e porcini 3Cut the onion in little pieces and cook them in another sauce pan with the 50gr butter. In the meantime, in a little sauce pan with boiling water put the vegetable stock to create the “brodo”. When the onion become goldish, you can add the rice and let it toast in the sauce pan for two minutes. Then add 1 glass and half of white wine and mix the rice. When the wine is totally evaporate, add some of the brodo prepared.

In a little bowl instead put the saffron with a bit of brodo and stir it. The water need to became a nice yellow color.

zafferano e porcini 4

Add to the rice the rest of the brodo and the water from the mushrooms always mixing, otherwise the rice will stick to the pan. Then add the mushroom and after a bit the saffron and let it cook. Try the rice to see if it’s done and add other water or brodo until is ready.

At this point just serve it with Parmesan and enjoy!

PS. Mamy cucinando questo piatto mi sono ricordata di quanto piaccia il risotto a papa’. Poi quando ho fatto la spesa e ho visto che avevano il riso arborio non ho resistito… dice che e’ il tipo che ci vuole per i risotti alla milanese ed infatti e’ venuto buonissimo e bello cremoso. Avevamo per ospite un mio amico inglese che ha parenti italiani e mi ha detto che gli ricordava un sacco il risotto di sua nonna. Che soddisfazione!

Risotto dell’ortolano (- 9Kg and 68 weeks)

Trito per risotto

Recipe 135: This week for my vegetarian guest i decided to cook a nice risotto my mum used to do often. I will translate it in English as “farmer’s risotto” or “countryside risotto” for the simple recipe and the basic ingredients.

Here are the ingredients for 4 people: 1 carrot- 1 celery – 1 onion – 50gr of butter – 300/350gr of rice (not basmati but long grains if you can) – half glass of white wine – 1 vegetable stock – 100gr of peas (also frozen) – 1 big courgette – 150ml single cream – salt – pepper – Parmesan.

Cut the carrot, the celery and the onion in very little pieces and cook them in a sauce pan with 50gr of butter. In the mean time put a vegetable stock in another little sauce pan with boiling water and leave it there until the stock is totally dissolved. This is called “brodo” in Italian.

When the ingredients in the first pan are cooked, put the rice and mix a bit, then add the white wine until it evaporates all. Keep on mixing all the ingredients without let the rice stick on the pan and add the 100gr of peas. If they were frozen, put them a bit under the water before. Add some brodo and mix again.

At this point, cut the courgette in little slices (also said julienne) and add it to the rice with some other brodo. You will keep on adding brodo as soon as won’t be any liquid in the pan: in fact it helps the rice and the other ingredients to cook without stick on the pan. Have a bit of rice to see if it’s missing salt and add some pepper too to give more taste.

Risotto dell'ortolano

When you think the rice and the vegetable are almost ready, put the single cream and mix it all again for a last time. When the rice and the cream will be thicker the risotto is ready!

Serve it with a good quantity of Parmesan and enjoy!

PS. Mamy, questo risotto semplice semplice non delude mai. Anche a Benedetta e’ piaciuto tanto. A dire il vero penso che fosse un pochino sciapo, ma con un po’ piu di sale aggiunto alla fine, non era male per niente… e oggi Nat se l’e’ pure portato al lavoro! Successone!

PS 2. Quasi dimenticavo… Buon Onomastico!