Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sweet Corn and Gruyere Cheese Risotto

This recipe was too easy and oh so delicious! Will definitely be making this one again.

We used shiitake mushrooms, but you could use any type of mushroom for this dish. It was also suggested that duck would go really well with this if you were to add a meat source.

5 cups chicken stock, warmed
300g can whole corn kernels
300g can creamed corn
2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 brown onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups Arborio or other medium grain rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/2 cup chives, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add corn kernels and mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove mushroom mixture from pan; set aside.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add rice; sauté 3 minutes or until rice is lightly browned. Stir in 1 3/4 cup wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly.
  3. Add stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of stock is absorbed before adding the next. Add creamed corn and mushroom mixture to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons wine, cheese (leave some for garnish), chives, and black pepper.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baked Seafood Casserole

Serves 6

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
700g marinara mix
1 onion, chopped
1 small red capsicum, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
150g mushrooms, sliced
3 spring onions, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Steam rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the marinara mix, onion, red capsicum, peas, mushrooms and spring onions.

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, milk, pepper and Worcestershire sauce; stir into the seafood mixture. Stir in rice.

Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 190°C for 40-50 minutes or until bubbly.

Gouda and Spinach Risotto with Mushrooms *Instagram*


  • 1.5 litres chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
  • 150g baby spinach leaves

  • Mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • rosemary sprigs (optional)
    1. To prepare risotto, heat oil in a large nonstick pot over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup shallots; cover and cook 2 minutes. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, uncovered, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 cup wine; cook 30 seconds or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in Gouda; cook just until melted. Stir in spinach; cook just until spinach is wilted.
    2. To prepare mushrooms, heat olive oil in a large nonstick frypan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté 5 minutes or until beginning to brown. Add 1/3 cup shallots, 1/4 cup wine, thyme, rosemary, and minced garlic, and sauté for 1 minute or until wine is absorbed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    3. Divide risotto evenly among bowls; top with mushroom mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.


    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    Yanghzou Fried Rice (Vegetarian)

    Just add chopped chicken and prawns instead of peas for a meat alternative.

    4 cloves of garlic, crushed
    1 1/2 cups frozen peas
    150g dried sliced shiitake mushrooms, soaked and drained
    6 shallots, chopped
    2 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
    2 tablespoon XO sauce
    3 - 4 cups cooked long grain rice, chilled
    2-3 tablespoon peanut oil
    salt and pepper, to season

    Heat wok. Add oil and garlic and stir fry for 1 minute. Add mushrooms, green onions and Shaoxing wine. Season with salt and pepper, and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add peas, and cook for another 30 seconds, add more oil if necessary.

    Add the rice. Keep stirring until everything is well incorporated, then add the XO sauce. Season and serve.

    Dan Dan Mien (Noodles)

    I've cooked Dan Dan Noodles before, however I've used a slightly different recipe this time, as well as a very different and traditional method.

    Serves 4

    500g minced beef
    1 tablespoon oil
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 teaspoon minced ginger
    5 spring onions, white and green parts chopped
    1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
    salt to taste
    noodles, 4 servings
    1 handful dry-roasted peanuts, finely chopped

    1/4 cup chicken stock
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1/2 tablespoon tahini
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    3 tablespoons chili oil (adjust according to your tolerance of spiciness)
    2 teaspoons sesame oil
    1/2 Tbs sugar
    1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper

    Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain the noodles, rinse under cold water, and drain again. Transfer the noodles to a serving dish.

    Prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce, sesame paste, vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, sugar, and Sichuan pepper. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss so the sauce is evenly distributed. Set aside.

    Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the base and sides. Add the garlic, ginger, white parts of the scallions and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the meat and stir-fry until the meat is a little crispy on the outside and no longer pink. Add rice wine to deglaze the pan. Season with salt to taste.

    Spoon the cooked meat mixture over the noodles, sprinkle the chopped scallions greens and chopped peanuts on top, and serve.