Life just got fuller…
Life just got fuller…
Risotto Bianco with Rocket and Parma Ham
2 tblspn olive oil
2 tblspn butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
5 sticks of celery, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
250ml dry white wine
350g arborio rice
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock (homemade)
2 handfuls grated Parmesan
Spring will come…
Had an hour to kill before catching my train home last week so visited the Edinburgh Christmas Market. It was rather lovely.
One of my summer projects was to make sourdough bread. I made my own starter and tried out a few different recipes/techniques. What initially seemed like a massive faff to make bread, quickly developed into a bit of an obsession and I’m now making sourdough whenever I’m home at the weekends. It’s time consuming in that the dough needs to be mixed and stretched and risen over 24 hours, and you do need to plan ahead. But once you know the routine, there’s something quite relaxing about tending to the dough periodically throughout a day.
I follow the instructions from The Kitchn almost to the letter. I use slightly less water and my rising period in these cool climes can be longer. Instructions here.
Got these beautiful carrots from our local Food Assembly a few weeks ago. They were so very pretty, I wanted to show them off. So I sent photos of them to everyone (receiving a variety of responses in return) and then planned dinner around them: cumin roasted carrots with grilled lamb leg steaks, hummus, tzatziki, salad and pita chips.
Cumin Roasted Carrots
Allow 2 medium carrots per person (they reduce considerably in size as they cook)
¼ tspn cumin seeds per portion
½ tspn olive oil per portion
Pinch of salt and pepper
Handa Island is a nature reserve off the west coast of Scotland. I’d never heard of it until this summer when I decided I wanted to see a puffin. These beautiful wee birds tend to leave Scotland late July so at the beginning of August I knew there was a chance I’d be disappointed. Half way round the island I’d accepted that puffin spotting would have to wait until next year – and then there he was.
We’ve been out and about in the Highlands this last month and it’s been rather spectacular. First up was a walk up Meall a Bhuachaille (pronounced meal-a-bookle), a popular Corbett near Aviemore.
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