Long weekends are such a blessing. No need to rush around. Time to share with friends and time to bake :).
I was planning to bake a cake to bring to a gathering with the old high school crew but by the time I had it in the oven, it was already time to go :(. No huge issues though when you have some Honey Joys ready to go haha ;).
Anyhow, I left some instructions for my dear mother and when I returned home, the cake had come out beautifully :). Great team effort!
Donna Hay is a lady after my own heart. I knew she was a cook and people loved her, but I was not wooed until I watched an episode of her television series, “Fast, Fresh, Simple”.
Those three words pretty much sums up my cooking philosophy. Something that’s quick, made with fresh ingredients and is as easy as can be! As much as I loved watching MasterChef this season, there were things there that I knew I would not have the patience or time to ever try – I’d rather pay for someone else to do it! :P However, Donna Hay’s approach to food in her television series really resonated with me, so when Book Depository had one of their sales a while back, I just had to purchase her book of the same title:
Sadly, I haven’t had as much time to cook from it yet but as I was home a lot more this week due to the sprained ankle (thanks for all the well-wishes btw ^^), I made an executive decision that we’d be making a dish that we’ve had on a number of occasions, even prior to purchasing the book! It is seriously simple and sooo delicious that I had it again for lunch AND dinner the day after :D.
This will be the first of what I hope to be a series of posts as I cook through my favourites from this cook book (hence the FFS label lol).
800g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1.25 litres (5 cups) of chicken stock
sea salt and cracked black pepper
40g finely grated parmesan
extra finely grated parmesan and fried sage leaves, to serve
Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
Heat a large ovenproof saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and onion and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute.
Add the rice, pumpkin and stock and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bake for 30 minutes. The risotto will be quite liquid.
Stir through the salt, pepper, butter and parmesan and stir for 2 minutes until the risotto thickens slightly.
Sprinkle with extra parmesan and fried sage leaves to serve.
My mum being my mum insisted that we wash the arborio rice before using it which resulted in there being too much liquid… I think that may have been why the pumpkin pieces didn’t keep their shape and the risotto turned out more orange-y than expected. ANYHOW, in future, if I was to wash the arborio rice, I’d use one less cup of chicken stock.
We fried the sage leaves used for garnish after the risotto went into the oven :).
The first few times I made it, we couldn’t find sage in the grocery store so I used thyme instead – different flavour of course but still pretty good!
So there you have it! Simple, right? Perfect for the last of these wintery cold Melbourne nights :).
Have a great weekend everyone ^^
Random Question: If you had to describe your cooking/food philosophy in three words, what would they be?