Spiced Lamb Chops, Saffron Pilaf & Baked Aubergine with Mint Yoghurt

I hadn’t planned to cook. Well, not cook from scratch. I had to work over the weekend; a job I’d taken on just before Christmas turned out to be much longer than expected so I had no choice. Taking a portion of the turkey curry I had in the freezer seemed like an easy option […]

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Leek Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto

Leeks are in season – they’re available and best eaten November until April – but the ones I’ve seen in the supermarket have been so ridiculously expensive, I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy any. What on earth is this all about? Once £4.99 for 3 large leeks. But then I saw a nice […]

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Courgette, Lemon & Mint Risotto with Toasted Pine Nuts

It’s been a long time since I’ve had to think about cooking regular family meals but with Jonathan and Lyndsey staying with me at the moment, I’ve had to take my turn and come up with something reasonably easy and inexpensive for midweek supper. And something that also contains or is served with meat. While Lyndsey […]

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Beetroot, Buffalo Cheese & Walnut Orzotto

I love beetroot and it’s such a gorgeous earthy warming vegetable for this time of the year. Though it does also make a wonderful salad, used fresh and raw, such as my Sensational Antioxidant Salad; or as a dip, like my Roasted Beetroot, Tahini & Orange Dip and of course soup. There’s barely a soup as […]

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Mushroom & Rocket Orzotto

OK. I might be overdoing the pearl barley cooking and soon I shall turn into a light-brown grain. But after the lovely Josephine at My Home Food That’s Amore asked if my Barley Risotto yesterday was an orzotto, I thought I’d better do some research. Pearl barley to me is my mother putting some in a […]

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Barley Risotto with Tomato & Feta

No, dear Italian friends, this is not an Italian risotto and please forgive the use of the word ‘risotto’, but Ottolenghi uses it in his wonderful book Jerusalem from which I took this recipe. (Though it has to be said, it’s not quite his recipe, as you shall see.) I’ve learned that Italians are very correct when […]

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Asparagus Risotto

I bet you thought, She hasn’t made risotto for a while, but here we go because I can’t keep away from that arborio rice for long! Actually, what I couldn’t resist was the organic asparagus in Waitrose yesterday. It’s a bit early for home-grown English asparagus after the awful winter and late arrival of spring, […]

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Artichoke & Gorgonzola Risotto

I’m going to have to introduce a separate ‘risotto’ category soon – but I really do make risotto a lot. I’ve had a really busy day but to stand by my cooker, slowly pouring hot stock into the rice in a pan and gently stirring with, it must be admitted, a glass of wine to […]

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Mushroom & Taleggio Risotto

I cook risotto a lot. It’s an ideal meal for one but will easily multiply to feed more – I used to make them a lot for a family meal – 3 to 4 of us. However, I wouldn’t cook one for lots of people. There’s nothing difficult about making a risotto, but timing is […]

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Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese is perhaps the most famous risotto in Italy. In the recent BBC TV series Italy Unpacked Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon watched an acclaimed chef and master of the dish make it and then top it with a sheet of gold leaf. Though it would be wonderful to try that, for a midweek […]

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