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Sunday, November 8, 2009


You all know Nigella Lawson, the beautiful British cook, who we (or I should say men) love to watch as she so sensuously cooks and enjoys her food - especially when she is raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night in her robe or pj's!

I decided to make risotto the other night along with grilled salmon and asparagus...and came across this recipe of hers:


2 shallots
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 T. olive oil
1-1/2 c. risotto rice
1 quart of vegetable stock (I used chicken)
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
a few small sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
4 T. grated Parmesan, plus more, for garnish
4 T. heavy cream
White grating pepper
Sea Salt to taste

Put the shallots in a mini food processor and blitz until they are finely chopped. Heat half the butter, the oil and the shallot mixture in a wide saucepan, and cook to soften the mixture for about 5 minutes, making sure it doesn't stick. Mix in the rice, stirring to give it a good coating of oil and butter. Meanwhile, heat the stock in another saucepan and keep it at the simmering point.

Put a ladleful of the stock into the rice and keep stirring until the stock is absorbed. Then add another ladleful and stir again. Continue doing this until the rice is al dente. You may not need all of the stock, equally, you may need to add hot water from the kettle.

Mix in the lemon zest and the rosemary into the risotto, and in a small bowl, beat the egg yolk, lemon juice, Parmesan, cream and pepper.

When the risotto is ready, take it off the heat and add the bowl of eggy, lemony mixture, and the remaining butter and salt to taste. Serve with more Parmesan.

All I can say is this is the best risotto I have EVER tasted, except for the Saffron Shrimp Risotto I ate in Rome! At first my husband, said, too much lemon, then he couldn't stop eating it!

Or maybe he was just fantasizing he was having dinner with Nigella!!!


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Wow..what a beautiful blog....I will be following you...Looks like we like alot of the same things....

I bet you might have pretty good luck with the Johnson Brothers on ebay..what is the pattern?

I'll check back later..and btw...that Lemon Rissoto looks wonderful...I'll have to try it...


Joyce said...

Lemon Rissoto is one my husband would like but also if Nigella was cooking it too. She seems to cast a spell with all the men I know. Hey I love your theory about the brain cells going dead from drinking too much red wine:) Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Lemon risotto sounds so delicious, Linda. I usually add some drops of truffle oil to my risotto, but I'm going to try the lemon zest next time I make it. Nigella is a beauty, isn't she?

I liked you new table! Great deal! (post below)

XO Pat

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh YUM. I happen to have lemons...lots of lemons.

Loved your comment. You so sweet!!!

janie said...

Sounds great but I want limoncello cheesecake!

Sue said...

berHi Linda Lou....well this looks very tasty and the Boss loves lemon...I never have luck with risotto but I am going to try this...

SeaWorthy said...

Ill tell you right now, awesome recipe..but the one thing that stands to perfection?
NIGELLAS EYEBROWS! If only I could do that..if only.
Coastal Nest:)

Anonymous said...

looks great. i'll have to try it. have a great thanksgiving! let's "do" lunch when you get back.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm just popping over to wish you a happy, albeit slightly belated, Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day with your family. It was a quiet day with six of us...but that's OK by me! :-)


Yum. This sounds delish. I love, love, love the look of your blog.