This is going to be a great week at I ♥ Cooking Club. Nigel Slater is headlining this week and there will be all sorts of wonderful Slater creations to drool over. I had to narrow down my many choices for something from The Kitchen Diaries - it was finally decided to prepare Asparagus Risotto.
If my attention is on a risotto then the rest of the meal needs to be fuss free. We had a honey-soy glazed salmon with green onions and smashed fresh avocado.
Stirring the short grained Arborio rice is very calming. You can't rush the risotto process. I can stand and drift, slowly stirring with no other obligations pressing me except to turn the mixture slowly, stirring the rice as it swells and engorges with hot broth. That's my only "job" for a good 25 minutes. Totally relaxing.
Nigel's cookbooks are both diary and recipe combined. Recently I bought Tender just to read it, the recipes are a bonus in this book. But I think The Kitchen Diaries will always be my favorite.
The recipe may be found HERE as it was printed in The Guardian. Nigel calls for lemon and that may have made it's appearance but, the lemon I had on hand was kinda...squelchy. If that's a word. But that's what this lemon felt like in hand, not fresh at all.
Check out I ♥ Cooking Club and see what others served up. Also linking up to Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.