Did you know I love love love risotto? Well I do. And that is probably the only reason I would agree to walk into an Italian restaurant. Because pizza… not my thing. Not at all. Maybe once a year. Pasta ok, but than I can do this at home any day. For years I thought – and was told – risotto is so hard to cook and it takes forever. Well, guess what: not true.
I only make risotto when I am cooking for my own. The lastest risotto I made was this awesome Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi and coconut milk. To die for. Really.
You know what’s surprising to me: it’s the first risotto recipe on craftaliciousme. How did that happen? I’ve so many yummy recipes and improvise even more. So it’s time to post this one.
Shrimp Risotto with Pak Choi
You need the following ingredients when you cook for one really hungry person (me!) or it would work for two when there is a dessert later on.
♥ 1 shallot
♥ 1 cm of ginger
♥ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥ 100 g risotto rice
♥ 250 ml strong vegetable broth
♥ 100 ml coconut milk
♥ 4 shrimps
♥ 1 pak choi
♥ chilli powder
♥ 1/2 lime
1. Peel and finely dice shallot and ginger.
2. Heat oil in a pot. Add shallot and ginger. When shallot glazes over add shrimp and fry a bit more. Now add risotto rice and let glaze over.
3. Add broth and coconut milk one bit after another. ( I am way too impatient to do this and usually dump it all in at once. Don’t know what the difference would be.) Reduce heat and let simmer until liquids re absorbed (approx. 20 min).
4. Wash pak choi and cut into strips. 5 minutes before rice is done add the stem pieces to the risotto. Let cook for remaining time.
5. Add salt and chill powder to taste as well as leaves of the pak choi and grated parmesan.
6. Set table and risotto is done.
Enjoy your risotto. I could eat it for breakfast. Really it’s so yummy. Do you have a favorite risotto recipe? Please leave a link in the comments I would love to venture and try new ones.
Have a day trip with hubby, maybe even a weekend trip. Mhm not really like I wished for but have been in Munster for one weekend.
Make a big batch of rhubarb lemonade too last till fall. I really missed the opportunity as I couldn’t find any rhubarb when I was looking.
Visit grandpa and enjoy the garden. Did that twice. Check out the pic on instagram.
BBQ with friends. Yeah to that!
Go to a drive-in cinema with hubby. Unfortunately not.
Making ice cream. I am thinking almond caramel or lemon buttermilk or one of the million recipes. Made a couple batches and came up with an awesome chocolate almond variation.
Eating fresh caught fish while sitting at the sea, river or lake. Nope.
Riding my bike to work every day. Yes as long as I had a job…
Meeting friends in a beer garden. One from far away… Yeah…
I am liking summer. I love seasons. I couldn’t really live in an area were every day is kinda the same and a blurr. How about you? Do you have a summer list? What fun things are you planning? Let me know maybe I need to update mine a bit.
Of course it would have been easy to brew up some fancy jam (and I do have a few recipes) but I felt like everyone would be doing that. Then the next idea crossing my mind was chutneys. Weeeelll, while I love the possible combinations I have never understood for what I would use them. So no.
Then I remembered some hot days in Israel. During the 90’s I had the chance to visit that country three times. But all the wonderful sights, country and history is nothing worth if the food wasn’t lovable too.
We did a lot of picnics when being out with my family and the easiest thing was to go the open air markets or the super markets and grab some hummus, this jar of white cheese and a stack of pieta bread. We all loved loved loved the white cheese called Labané! It had a sour fresh taste to it and was something we’ve never had. We fell in love.
And our mission began – to figure out what that was and how to get/make it at home. One day on my last trips I walked down a spice market and came by a big sack of spice called Labané. So that was this secret ingredient? A blend of spices! I bought a lot. Hauled it back to Germany and my mom started experimenting. Here is the recipe for you.
♥ 1 kg Joghurt, 10% fat
♥ juice and grated skin of a lemon
♥ 2 tsp olive oil + lots to cover
♥ 2 tsp salt
♥ 2 tsp Labané spice (alternativly mint, thyme) I have seen this spice at the market at Maybachufer in Berlin but you might find it in oriantal delis and stores.
Mix the yoghurt together with the rest of the ingredients (except the oil to cover).
Line a large bowl with a double layer of sterilized muslin, leaving plenty of material overlapping the sides. Pour in the yoghurt mixture.
Tie the ends of the muslin together. You could hang it up over the bowl. I usually put the muslin in a sieve and have that sit in a bowl. Much easier to handle. Leave to drain, in a cool place such as a larder or an unheated room (6-8°C) for 2-3 days in winter or 2 days in summer. I usually stick it in the fridge.
Shape the resulting cheese into small, 2 1/2cm balls and arrange in a wide mouthed, sterile glass jar. Cover with oil, making sure that there are no air pockets and the cheese is completely covered with oil. The cheese is ready for immediate use and will keep for up to 6 months in a dark cool place. Refrigerate after opening.
And as I have mentioned we also had hummus I figured why not make some homemade Hummus for missgliss my PAMK partner.
♥ 50g chickpeas
♥ 3 tbsp Tahin (sesame paste)
♥ 1 clove of garlic
♥ 50 ml olive oil
♥ juice of half a lemon
♥ 1 bunch of parsley
♥ salt & pepper
Soak the chickpeas over night.
Cook chickpeas in lots of water for 2 hours.
Combine all ingredients (save half the parsley) and put in a food processor.
If mixture is too dense you could add a bit of water. Mix until you have a creamy mixture.
And then you need some pita bread to eat all the yumminess, right?
Homemade Pita Bread
♥ 1 cup warm water
♥ 1 packet dry yeast
♥ 1 tbsp olive oil
♥ 2 tsp salt
♥ 3 cups flour (I used 1 cup of wholemeal flour and 2 cups of all purpose flour)
Put the warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Mix in the oil and salt, and then blend in the flour. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic.
Let rise in a warm spot for an hour, it will double in bulk.
Put the dough out onto a floured surface. Form your pita breads. I formed a round ball, that way it is easier to roll out evenly.
Roll out one of the pieces of the dough into similar sizes and put on a baking tray. Cover the breads with the kitchen towel loosely and let them rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250°C.
Bake the breads for approx. 7-9 minutes.
And of course I was lucky enough to get a little something too. Claudia aka miss glass sent me this lovely smelling breakfast kit with coffee and pineapple-mango-coconut jam.
So here you have it. My canned summer in a glass jar. Let me know if you try one of my recipes.
It’s been a while since we had some lemonade up on the blog. And by now you know that I love love love lemonade and that I hardly drink anything else during summer besides homemade lemonade and some iced tea.
So today I have some red currant lemonade for you.
What you need:
♥ 400 g red currant
♥ 10 tbs sugar
♥ 750 ml water
Clean and wash the berries and put them in a big pot. Add sugar and let sit for a bit so that the berries can get juicy.
Add water and start boiling. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Berries will loose their color and look very dead.
Put berries in a strainer and catch all liquid. Then put liquid back on stove and let simmer until it’s syrupy.
Wash your bottle with hot hot water. Fill in syrup, close bottle and turn upside down to seal.
wow this salad blew me away. Seriously! And I came up with it in a whim. On a hot hot summer day. One of those days where you just don’t feel like eating but than late afternoon you realized you are getting really hungry. Well this is for you.
A wonderful yummy cold cucumber potato salad!
What you need:
♥ 1 kg potatos
♥ 1 cucumber
♥ 200 g sour cream
♥ salt & pepper
1. Wash, clean, cube your potatoes and then boil them in salted water. When they started to boil I added a bit of instant vegetable stock for seasoning. Let potatoes cool down.
2. Peel cucumber and cube it. Thinly slice the scallion.
3. Mix potatoes and cucumber. Add sour cream and mix well. Add scallion, salt and pepper to taste.
4. Let sit in the refrigerator for a while so the flavors can develop.
5. Enjoy this yummy salad.
I bet this would be a wonderful alternative zo the regular BBQ salads and I imagine it would go great with grilled fish or chicken.