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Seafood Risotto or “Let’s see what’s in the freezer!”

Ok, time to move upmarket again. [pause for cursing]

Remember the salmon I did with cous cous? Well I made a stock with the bones and head. I researched a bit and many sites said salmon stock was a bit oily and strong for a stock.

“Sod ’em” I thought, “let’s just Doo,oo,oo it!” I said, in Captain Flashheart fashion!

One thing I always keep in the freezer, is smoked haddock. It’s the basis of many a fish dish from Fish Pie, to this lovely risotto.

How hard is risotto to make?

Well if you are prepared to stand upright for a while and stir, then not very!

There are two schools of thought on how to make risotto, pour all the stock in at once or add stock slowly in small batches.

I do the little and often method.

Ingredients you need for tasty Risotto:

Risotto Rice, half a bag, usually I buy Arborio Rice for this
Fish Stock, use 1 stock cube in boiling water or make your own stock.
Smoked Haddock, about 100g
Peas, a handful – try sweetcorn too, if you fancy.
Onion, finely chopped
Garlic, 2 cloves, finely chopped
Chilli, Optional, but one would give a nice heat.
Pinch of turmeric just for colour
Parmesan, a gooood handful.
Seafood of your choice – Mussels, Salmon, Prawns etc.

For the seafood I used a 150g chunk of Salmon, I had 20 Clams and some Scallops left in the freezer.

In a large saucepan, add some olive oil and gently fry garlic and onion and chilli till softened, then add the rice.
Fry the rice till it goes slightly transluscent, scatter half a teaspoon of turmeric then add some of your fish stock.
I havn’t given any measure on the stock amount as it will be up to the amount of rice you use. If you run out of stock – which you will – just carry on adding water instead.

Now on a gentle heat just keep stirring and while you are stirring cook some smoked haddock by placing in a bowl with some water, cover and cook in a microwave for a few minutes. When the haddock is done , take the skin off, flake it and add the haddock and it’s cooking water to the rice. When the rice goes a bit dry, add some more stock. Repeat this process a few more times – it may take 6 or 7 or 8 times.

Along the way you can add your bits.

I did the same to the salmon as I did to the haddock but left putting it in till last, to keep nice flakes of salmon to chew on.
I cooked the clams in a small pan till they opened, in a little water and then added the salty sweet sea water from them into the risotto too and I took the clams out of their shells and added them at thew last minute.

Seafood is ruined by overcooking because it becomes rubbery, so always add your bits at the last possible moment.

Maximum flavour is the mission!

Add the peas and, near the end, add the parmesan.

I fried a few scallops and added to the top of my risotto along with some chopped parsley and chives, (must get some more herbs growing!) and some clams left in their shells for decoration. (You Ponce!).

Your risotto should have a nice creamy texture with the rice still having a slight bite to it.

Great served with some crusty Bread. Oh and don’t forget a twist of black pepper at the end.


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Tagliatelle with Creamy Bacon and Mushrooms

I wasn’t planning to make this dish tonight but my daughter wanted to make something for tea for a school project, she’s only 8 so it’s gotta be easy!
It’s a basic store cupboard dish as a lot of you will have most of the ingredients to hand.
I had a tub of cream that needed using, so that was my starting point, which if I think on, I always have a tub of cream that needs using.

So here’s what you’ll need to feed two people

Tagliatelle, enough for two people. (easy innit?)
Bacon, 4 rashers
Mushrooms, half a tub, I use Chestnut ones, they seem to be more mushroomy.
Cream, some.
Cream Cheese, 2 spoons
Parmesan, a good handful
Garlic, 2 cloves.
1 Banana Shallot.
Herbs of your choice

Dice the garlic and shallot and add to some oil in a frying pan and gently fry for a minute or two.
Add the bacon which you’ve sliced into ribbons and the mushrooms, sliced again, and fry for 2 minutes.
Add 2 spoons of cream cheese and a good glug of cream and the parmesan.
Add your Tagliatelle to the pan of boiling water and boil till it’s ready.
At the same time keep the cream simmering till it reduces and gets to a nice thick sauce, add your herbs, I had some Parsley and Chives in a tub outside.
Drain the Tagliatelle and stir in the sauce and Bob’s yer uncle and Emily’s done all the stirring.

“It’s very easy.”