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Mushroom Risotto

Published September 20, 2014 by itsachunglife

Comfort food made from scratch, to be enjoyed with a glass of wine. Tips below. x

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Serves 4.


1L salt-reduced vegetable stock
2T olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1.5C arborio rice
1/2C dry white wine
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
40g butter
500g Portabella mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2T chopped flat-leaf parsley
1C finely grated parmesan

1. Heat the stock and 1 C water in a medium saucepan over high heat until almost boiling.  Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

2. Heat 1 T oil in a large saucepan over med-high heat.  Cook the onion, stirring for 5 mins or until tender.  Stir in the rice until well coated.  Stir in the wine and cook for 1 min or until wine has evaporated.  Add 1 ladleful of stock mixture and gently stir until stock is absorbed.  Repeat with the remaining stock mixture until the rice is tender with just a slight bite.

3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over med-high heat. Cook the garlic, stirring for 3-4 mins or until golden and crisp.  Transfer to a plate.  Increase heat to high.  Cook the mushrooms in butter, in batches stirring for 5 mins or until golden and tender.  Transfer to another plate.  Return 1/4 of the mushrooms to the pan.  Add the garlic and parsley, season and toss to combine.  Reserve to garnish the risotto.

4. Stir the plain mushrooms and parmesan into the risotto.  Set aside, covered for 2 mins to melt.  Divide among plates and top with reserved garlic mushrooms.  Season with pepper.

The recipe is not joking when it states ‘salt reduced stock’.  I have now learnt that this is a must!
Go hard on the parsley!  Mushroom risotto’s can be a bit bland, and I think parsley throughout is required to bring it to life and also add vibrancy.

Enjoy 🙂

My hero

Published September 7, 2014 by itsachunglife

2014 one of the most challenging years to date.  It’s not over yet, but it’s only now I can reflect on it on a daily basis.  It was hard to see such a strong man broken it really changed me, knocked me down. He’d never let the family see this side of him before, and seeing him laying there on the bed helpless and heading in for a 12+ hour surgery with a heart condition too.  That scared and worried me beyond belief but I had to put on that brave face as I kept reminding myself the worst is yet to come.  I felt like  I had to keep it together for the whole family.

But visiting my home town this week and seeing how well dad is doing, I can’t help but soak up his bright and lively attitude towards life.  This has given me the reality check I needed to put everything into perspective.  Any other  issues I have are a mere blip compared to what he’s had to experience.  To witness his drive and motivation to rebuild his strength, and live a healthier life has really enriched my positivity bank.  Then there’s the softer side of you which you have let us into, this is hands down the best thing that has happened this year!  It has really brought our family closer.

Life doesn’t seem fair at times, and bottom line is it’s really the attitude you choose to take to pull through it that counts.  There is always something positive to take out of any experience.  Embrace and find the light in the situation, or ignore and it will eventually fester over and consume you.


Happy Fathers Day Dad i’m so happy that you are moving forward, you have lit the way for me to get back to being the joyful girl full of laughter once again.

Shine on!

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