Pumpkin and porcini risotto

  • 6 cups (vegetable or chicken)
    1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
    1 chopped onion
    1 garlic clove, sliced
    4 table spoons olive oil
    2 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice (risotto rice)
    1 bunch rosemary, finely chopped
    1 cup pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small chunks
    2 cups dry white wine
    1 cup Parmigiano, plus extra, to serve
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Finely grate the Parmigiano and set to one side;
2. Put the dried mushrooms into a cup. Mix with the wine or the stock, let absorb for 30 minutes;
3. When ready to cook, heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan or large saucepan. Add the garlic, onions and cook for two minutes then combine the rice and sauté it gently over a medium heat for about another one minute, until it looks translucent, though not browned. Add the pumpkin or butternut squash and cook gently, stirring often, for another two or three minutes;
4. Pour in the wine and let it bubble up for a few moments, and then add the soaked mushrooms and about two ladles of stock. Cook gently for about 18 minutes, adding more stock as needed, until the rice is tender and creamy;
5. Stir in the Parmigiano Reggiano and season to taste. Add shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano, or freshly grate some more onto each portion, then serve.


Arrosto Misto

Arrosto Misto

Very simple, delicious and healthy meal. The origins of this dish come from the peasants farmers, they would hunt and gather what they could for their meals combining different meats, to make a complete dish.

· 700 grams of Chicken (or Rabbit)
· 300 grams of Italian Sausage
· 2 onions, quartered
· 5 cloves of Garlic, whole and unpeeled
· 1 Red Pepper, quartered
· 3 Carrots, peeled and cut in half
· 1 cup of your favorite Olives
· 1/4 cup Capers
· 2 Bay Leaves
· Fresh herbs of the season (Basil/Rosemary/Oregano/Parsley/Time)
· 1/3 cup Olive oil
· 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
· Salt and freshly ground pepper and crushed red peppers if you like a little spice. (optional)

1. In a bowl combine the chicken, the sausages, the balsamic, olive oil and herbs and let rest for a few hours.
2. Pre-heat oven to 220˚C/420˚F.
3. On a big baking tray combine together all the other ingredients and mix well. (All the ingredients should to be cut in similar sizes pieces).
4. Use your hands and mix in the chicken and sausage, mix well. (All the chicken skins should face up for a better result).

5. Bake for about 40 minutes (moving the meat occasionally if starts to get to brown).