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Fennel and Lemon Risotto with Herb Butter

Risotto: Take 2. The sequel. The return. Whatever you want to call it. And straight from Waitrose’s summer recipe magazine, even though London is setting into the depths of winter. If you can pick up some of the ingredients from a local farmer’s market or similar – it makes for a very tasty meal, that gives you a hint of summer even when there’s a chill in the air.

Perfect for a party!

Risotto is a big winner in my books. Creamy, fluffy rice – what could be better? This dish is perfect for a dinner party because it is incredibly simple to make and looks particularly impressive when served with the butter in a small dish. It’s great because it doesn’t take a lot of effort and incorporates fresh summer flavours – fennel and lemon, which make for a nice combination, even if it isn’t very well-known. Continue reading


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Mushroom Risotto

It’s officially my favourite Italian dish since Pizza Hut started making stuffed crusts.

Garnish and go!

Risotto, risotto, risotto… where to start? After hearing how nice it was from a friend, I journeyed through the web to find a recipe for it. After settling on BBC Good Food, as I usually do – I’m happy to entrust myself with a site that blatantly refers to their brilliance in the name – I bought the ingredients, rolled my sleeves up and started cooking.

Last week, I finally got round to that job I’ve been avoiding for months now. Sorting out all my kitchen clutter. Admit it, it’s part of human nature – especially mine – to hate tidying up. But when I discovered a circular pastry cutter in the back of my cupboard, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that there was a light bulb above my head as I studied it.  Continue reading