Hi guys, it’s been a long day for me. I had an interview earlier today and have not long finished a chat on Twitter. If you’re interested in chatting to some vegans every week I suggest you head on over at 7pm GMT next Tuesday #veganhour, they are a friendly bunch.
Here’s a recipe for a couple of risottos which I made recently from a recipe I saw on A Girl Called Jack’s blog. I used frozen chopped onions in place of fresh ones, vegan butter, vegetable stock instead of chicken stock (with a little Marmite in it because I like the taste), dried herbs instead of fresh and I had no wine (as usual) so I used a splash of wine vinegar. For the veg I used peas and a handful of rocket, and added spring onions for the second dish. I forgot to mention, I also added a sprinkle of vegan powdered cheese sauce mix while the mixture was cooking because I thought it could replace the cheese which is usually added to risottos. If I had to make this again I would leave the spring onions out, I found they had a weird texture when cooked and much prefer them when they are fresh. However, I would say that the Marmite and cheese sauce were pretty nice additions. Of all the recipes I have cooked recently this takes the longest as you have to sit with it and massage the stock, ladle by ladle, into the rice. But it is so worth it because winter is coming (Game of Thrones, anyone?) and what’s better to warm you up than a thick and lovely plate of risotto?
Here’s my adjusted recipe for your convenience.
1 large handful of chopped frozen onions
25g of vegan butter (I use pure olive)
2 fat cloves of garlic (to be honest I used a tad more than this because garlic is life)
400g long grain rice (this is my favourite part of this recipe, you don’t need fancy Arborio rice to make a good risotto!)
1l vegetable stock
2 tbsp. bottled lemon juice
Salt and pepper
A tablespoon of Marmite (added to stock)
A sprinkle of vegan powdered cheese sauce (added during cooking)
A couple of sprinkles of Italian dried herbs (added during cooking)
A handful of fresh rocket (added 2 minutes before the end of cooking, or it wilts too much)
A handful and a bit of frozen peas (added 5 minutes before the end of cooking)
5 spring onions, sliced (added 5 minutes before the end of cooking)
A sprinkle of dried mint (added at the end of cooking)
Hope you have had a brilliant day