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dry sherry added
4 or 5 handfulls of arborio rice
About half a cup of olive oil
A big knob of butter
You will also need a large non-stick pan with a heavy thick base and
a wooden risotto paddle.
Finely chop the onion and very gently sauté in the pan with the oil
for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Take half the mushrooms and chop them fnely. Add these to the
onions, then add the fnely chopped garlic and bring up the heat.
Stir in the rice until it is coated in the oil and just beginning to change
Pour in a large mug of hot stock and the tarragon and stir through.
Simmer the mixture for a few minutes until
all the juice has been absorbed by the rice
then repeat the process until the rice is tender,
adding the stock a ladleful at a time and stirring
regularly. This should take about 15 minutes.
During the cooking coarsely chop the remain-
ing mushrooms and sweat them very gently
in a mix of butter and olive oil in a saucepan.
Keep them and the juice they create warm.
When the rice is just tender, add a last large
mug of stock and the knob of butter and stir
Add the mushrooms and juice, quickly folding
them through the risotto.
Sprinkle on some tarragon and serve imme-
diately from the pot while the risotto is still
runny and creamy.
Earliest cooking memory: Cooking scrambled eggs for my parents
when I was seven.
Favourite food memory: Too many to single out so here are some
of my favourites: Christmas dinner at home as a child. A midwinter
Christmas dinner I shared with
other 14 expats in Sydney. Blue
cod on pea puree at Bluewater
Grill. Barbecue smoked fresh
trout on the shores of Lake
Tarawera. Roast grouse followed
by an Eccles cake with lard pastry
and a slice of Lancashire cheese
and Mum’s sherry trife – closely
followed by my sherry trife.
I wouldn't be without: Sharp
knives and a good frying pan.
Favourite ingredient: Meat.
Best local ingredient: New
Most infuenced by: Robert
Carrier and cookbook writer
I love to eat at: Almost anywhere but especially at friends' homes
and 'good' restaurants.
Favourite fast food: Bovril and peanut butter on toast.
Best ever foodie tip: Always go for favour, favour, favour!
Bob's secret ingredient: Raz cherries.
Well worth a punt
Bob Scott has been working at the Mudbrick
Vineyard for nigh on a decade, hawking
their wines from the cellar door with much
alacrity. His intimate knowledge of the
wines and their statistics can be likened to
that of a bookie trackside. It is only ftting
to saddle him with the task of picking the
Mudbrick wine to cut a fast track through
this week's mushroom risotto.
The Mudbrick merlot cabernet sauvi-
gnon 2009, he describes as a bit of a sleeper.
I prefer the term quiet achiever. This wine
has delicate, approachable, small berry fruit
characteristics of red currant and boysen-
berries not bridled by the tannic structure.
A soft track of herbaceousness runs through
the wine and will rein in the slightly Spanish
infuence of sherry and tarragon in the dish.
Risotto is a comfort dish for this time
of year and this wine, with two years in the
bottle, is starting to hit its stride. Think of it
as a gentle trot down the bridle path rather
than a gallop to the fnish, and well worth
Wine match with Linda Jones
Coupon must be redeemed before
Sunday 24th June 2012.
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