The below is my own recipe. 99% of the recipes on this blog are my own. I usually don't cook according to actual measurements, but sometimes if I feel like it, I will try to estimate the quantities but it's really a 'feel as you cook' method that I use. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, perhaps a bit more of that...
And when it turns out as delicious as this below dish, then I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and that's the reason I love cooking so much. The experimentation, the flavours, the risk you take when you use a new ingredient or different combinations of spices. It's so fun!
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and sautee the onion until translucent.
- Add the garlic, chilli flakes, coriander, cumin and sweet paprika. Add a splash of the vegetable stock and fry for a few minutes to release the flavours.
- Add the capsicum and mushrooms, fry for a few minutes.
- Add the rice and fry for a minute until it has absorbed the flavours.
- Pour in 1 cup of the stock, stir and bring to the boil.
- Turn heat to low and simmer with a lid on. Stir occasionally.
- Every few minutes, check the liquid level and as the rice absorbs the stock, pour in another cup and stir, replace lid and simmer.
- When rice is almost cooked, stir in the saffron.
- After a few minutes, place the fish and prawns around the dish and do not stir. Add another 1/2 cup of the stock, shake the pan to loosen the rice and simmer with the lid on until the seafood is cooked.
- Serve immediately.
I used basa fillets and green banana prawns. I just love makin risotto! The trick is to add the stock a little at a time, wait until it gets absorbed and then add more. This way you won't end up with too much water and a gluggy mush. It'll be just right!
at Curtin University Guild Tavern
Tonight Lisa invited me to join her and her uni friends at a quiz night being held by the WCC - White Coats Club - at Curtin University. They were all Medical Science students and I had fun shattering their delusions about what to expect out in the real world when they finish the course. I hope I opened their eyes about the things that I was never told while studying. I think I gave them something to think about.
We came FOURTH PLACE!! We were doing so well..tied first or second place all night until the 8th round, when we bombed. Still...not a bad effort - fourth out of twelve teams.