But more about the recipe later......
Where has the time gone?? I have been busy and tired. Busy with a birthday, busy with a boatload of cupcakes, busy with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (again) and busy watching new DVDs,though without our memory aids it's a wonder MrsDrWho and I ever get anything done!!
Harki is still well and thoroughly vaccinated, though Gilly jumped on her yesterday and hurt her leg. Peri is starving because she is on a diet too. The weather has been stormy and wild again, but we still go for a walk and they both still hop into the creek. They love the water!!!
Lorelai Gilmore is mortally and totally afraid of the new broom and the bag of pine bark. She is not afraid of anything else, and regularly performs death defying feats, which is why I am keeping the front windows closed. Poor long suffering Peri.
The Labradors have been helping me do this:
The coin purses are almost on their way. I am a slow assembler!!!
Now, to Curtis Stone and Coles' first Feed Your Family for under $10 recipe:
Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto
Ingredients: The recipe wasn't clear about which packet of rice to buy, so I bought the larger one to be safe. There was no fresh parsley to be found in the store at all.
Method: This is not a meal you would whip up quickly after a long day at work. I stood at the stove stirring and chopping and stirring some more for about 45 minutes all up. You can't leave the pan with this risotto. Personally, I like the mushrooms to be sautéed a little before they are added at the end, I think they taste different. There are some much quicker risotto recipes for the oven or microwave.
Taste & Presentation: This was not my favourite risotto, I made it strictly to the recipe, but I like a richer stock, more cheese and cooked mushrooms. The picture on the recipe card shows the risotto topped with shaved parmesan. This is not included in the cost, neither is the side salad and dressing.
Cost Effectiveness: The herbs are very expensive, $2-95 a bunch, and you only use a small amount so you really have to freeze them to make sure you can use them again, but the recipe came in under budget. The risotto made 1 3/4 cups for each of the four serves, and I am not sure that it is enough by itself to feed a growing teenager?? The addition of the salad and extra shaved parmesan would enhance the whole 'meal' experience.
I give this 6/10.
The postman brought us a bag of Luxury from Bendigo, four balls of 8ply Leaf. The blanket underneath is new Op Shopped for The Labradors. It was nice and clean this morning until someone or other put their grubby paws all over it!!!
Next time, my exciting Lino printing adventures and Recipe #2!!!!