Friday, 3 August 2012


“Rice is born in water and must die in wine.” - Italian Proverb

It has a been a tiring few days of travel, meetings, presentations and talks in Brisbane. It was wonderful to come home on Friday night and even though it was cold and rainy in Melbourne, it is home and it felt lovely. Especially so walking in form the cold outside into a warm house where the delicious cooking smells pervaded the kitchen. Nothing like a hearty risotto on cold winter’s night to warm you up!

Risotto Milanese

1 litre chicken stock
Pinch saffron threads
1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 and 1/2 cups arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas
bunch of asparagus spears, chopped and blanched
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
30g butter, chopped
Shaved parmesan cheese, to serve

Place the stock and saffron in a saucepan. Cover. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until needed.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add rice. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add the wine and bring to the boil. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes or until wine is reduced by half.
Add 1/3 cup stock to rice mixture. Cook, stirring, until stock has absorbed. Repeat with remaining stock, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all liquid has absorbed and rice is tender and creamy, adding peas and asparagus to rice mixture with final 1/3 cup stock.
Cook for 5 minutes or until the peas and asparagus are heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with shaved cheese.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.


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  2. Looks delicious Nick and expertly photographed as well.

  3. ooh, comforting indeed! delicious!

    thanks so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Nick