Spiced sausage with tomato risotto

This is not my recipe. This recipe came with our Hello Fresh box. www.hellofresh.co.uk

Follow the link to the recipe on their website The Recipe

Forgive my photography and plating style. But believe me when I say this is probably the best risotto I have ever had. Adding the Passata to the stock that makes the risotto rice is a genius idea. I can’t believe I never cooked risotto before, this is my second in as many weeks and like the cod dish I posted I was so surprised by the flavours it gives. The sausage used was definitely a factor here as well. The more I cook the more it is evident that the quality of your ingredients really does matter. I’m definitely not saying you shouldn’t cook unless you only use organic, grass fed, free range, ethically sourced produce but, always get the best you can afford. Or better still grow your own fruit and veg and have more money to spend on your meat and fish.

Whenever I watched my wife cook rissoto in the past I aleays thought it was more complicated than it looked. When really the reality is you just need to watch it and be with it the whole time. There are probably those who are reading this saying “well yeah its only a risotto” but when you never cooked it before you don’t know, and it tastes more complicated than it actually is.



Cod with lemon and tomato risotto 

This is not my recipe. This recipe came with our Hello Fresh box. www.hellofresh.co.uk

Follow the link to the recipe on their website The recipe

I have to admit I’m not a big fish eater. Not through a dislike of it but more down to the fact I like meat more so given the choice I will always go with the turf over the surf. My second admission, I had never cooked a risotto before this. My wife always cooked the risotto if we had it and she is the Arborio queen. She never failed to deliver, always, it turned out perfect. Accompanied with sun dried tomato, basil and mozzarella stuffed chicken it would never fail to impress. So I had my reservations about cooking it. Would the Rissoto turn out the right consistency. Would I be able to cook the fish right I had never cooked a piece of fresh fish in a pan. The only fish I tried were the fish you get in a bag and put in the microwave.
Like all good recipes as long as you follow them properly you will end up with a great dish. This was no different, the risotto was near perfect (this is my opinion I’m sure there are differing views on the perfect consistency of a risotto) the fish was soft and flaked apart in delicate waves. The flavours were subtle and fresh while still being as satisfying as a meal twice its size. 

For want of a happy marriage I won’t comment on the comparison with my wife’s risotto but let’s just say I would have been happy if I had been served this meal in a restaurant. Please don’t think I am blowing my own culinary trumpet I am not. All credit to this meal goes to whoever in the Hello Fresh team came up with the dish and wrote the instructions. All I did was follow them exactly.