Saturday, 21 December 2013

Easy Risotto with a Robust Italian Mafia protection

Okay, boys, Vinnie here. I've been asked by, well lets just say by a "friend of mine", to give you a example of some fine Italian cooking.

Now I know that many of your folks don't live at home with Mama, and have to cook dinner yourself, so I'm gonna make it real simple for you with this Easy Risotto Dish.

I learnt this recipe when I was in the joint with Jonny "Two Sandwiches" Millano, so called because he was "two sandwiches" short of a picnic, as you Brits say. Sheesh, that guy thought that "The Sopranos" was a distance learning course.

But Jonny's father was the big boss Tommy "Look at me wrong and I'll kill you" Millano so we had no choice but to give the kid some respect. What can I say, even in the family, sometimes it's all politics...

Anyways, this dish was something we could knock up in the short time we weren't in solitary confinement, so it should be just right for you busy people.

Easy Risotto with Fish and Peas

Ingredients
300g Risotto Rice
1 litre hot vegetable stock
Tinned oily fish (anchovies/sardines etc)
Peas (optional) One onion
Salt, pepper, oil

NB: For some reason, the family always gets a bad rap in the press. And when we try "explain" things to the journalists concerned, they just split town and are replaced by newbies who have all these misunderstandings about us. Y'know, we're people with feelings too, and we get this whole "sustainable fish" thing. Old Sal "When I were a lad" Jalfrezi has stopped using dynamite when he goes fishing and boss Millano even had a fundraiser for Greenpeace. Okay so he had it on his yacht during a marlin fishing expedition, buy hey, stop breaking his balls, the guy was trying to do the right thing!.

So, anyway, you just need to know that while Sardines are not an overfished species, many other species are and you should look for the MSC logo when buying Tuna, Cod, Mackeral etc.

Procedure
a) Fry the onions in a little oil until brown.
b) While onions are frying, boil the peas (in a separate pan, you muppet).
c) Add the fish to the oinons and fry for a couple more minutes
d) Add the stock and rice to the onions.
e) Simmer for 20-30mins, stirring occasionally.
f) Add the peas and stir in

And there you go, badda bing, badda boom! A meal for 4-5 people in just 30minutes.

What's not to like?

My friend tells me that this dish rates as "EASY" on the BFTF Washing Up Index, which has gotta be a good thing right?

There's some other recipes here but I don't see anything Italian so may be best to stay clear.

And remember, you have any problems with stores being out of ingredients, you just give me a call. I gotta good friend called "Louisville Slugger" and a whole freezer full of horses heads. . .

Easy Risotto


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