I’ve noticed it’s been too long since I posted about what I’ve been cooking. How did that happen?
Well don’t panic! Just in case you were missing my slightly steam-obscured photos and slap-together dishes, here’s a little treat for you! 😉
I hack some butternut squash into manageable sized pieces and slipped them into the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper and mixed herbs. They took 20 minutes to get to a lovely sweet, soft, brown stage – ready just when I needed them.
I used red onion just because it’s what I had, but it does look pretty! 🙂
I fried in olive oil, added 2 or 3 chopped garlic cloves and some cubed bacon – mmm, smelt yum!
After adding a reasonable-looking portion of risotto/arborio rice and frying until starting to turn translucent, I add a good splash of white wine (about a glass maybe?!?) and let that be absorbed before adding chicken stock.
By chicken stock I mean hot water from the kettle and a chicken stock cube crumbled into the pan … 😛
Oh, and yes, the picture is out of focus, but try taking a close-up photo with one hand, while trying to pour a limited amount of a bottle of wine into a hot pan, and you’ll see why … 😉
I added chopped leek, asparagus and broccoli to the pan just after the first lot of stock, along with some frozen peas, salt and pepper and my choice of dried herbs.
My most often used herb combo is about 1/2 tsp each of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and sometimes a bit of sage.
I add my stock in small, but regular quantities, as I fins this produces the consistency L and I like best – not too sloppy, but not at all dry – just to be very clear about it! 😉
When the rice was just soft all the way through, I added grated cheddar, some powdered parmesan and the roasted squash from the oven. The cheese really does make a big difference (even without being biased, honest!), as it holds it altogether and adds a slightly richer, creamier quality to the risotto.
The finished risotto!
i reckeon it take about 30-40 minutes all preperation included.
Scrummy, though I say so myself! 😉
And big – it ended up providing three meals in total! 😛