Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Leonie's risotto!!!

Oh my gosh its been weeks... this cookbook will be looking empty at the end of the year if I do NOT get my act together. It has been a crazy busy time over the last month... report cards, end of term commitments, kids, colds, flu's.... the list seriously has been endless. Currently I am sitting on the gold coast, enjoying a wonderful break from the bleak cold winter of where we currently live. Great company, great food and lots and lots of laughs...

Now onto the food.... This school term has been so busy meals have been quick, easy and warming...My goal for the following term is to meal plan, try new things, and save some money our groceries are getting out of hand.... Starting the new term with a weekly meal planning challenge, would love to start a link for people to join me in this..... (I have one week to get it all in order!) I will be blogging about food and money saved....sounds exciting hey!!! My life is a crazy exciting one!

This has been a weekly standby dinner at our house, and never does it taste the same or look the same! This is one of my favourite things to eat and cook... I know I can have this on the table in half hour, our bellies warm and full.

This is a standard for us, I change the ingredients depending what is seasonal and in the fridge...

500g organic chicken thighs
100g diced pancetta
diced red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 cup aborio rice
500ml good chicken stock
bunch of broccolini
dash of white wine
rind of half a lemon ( I use a micro plane)
olive oil

fry off  olive oil, onion, garlic, and pancetta, just until the onion is see through not caramelised. add in the rice and lemon rind give pan a good stir. add the dash of wine... now I do NOT measure this I am normally ready for an after 5 glass so add a dash from the bottle. allow the alcohol to bubble off add the stock, and brocolini. Put on a tight fitting lid and place in an oven for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and add 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan.

seriously its GOOD!!! now I love to stand and stir a risotto but I just do not have the time so this method has become a standard. It works and even Donna Hay uses it...

My favourite bit is ONE PAN!!!! I hate washing up! so I love that for a family of five there are only 5 dishes to do!!! win win in my world! I will add varieties to this over time.

Happy cooking!

Leonie xx

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