Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
The weather was lovely over the weekend and again today. I’ve taken advantage of that to start pruning the wisteria. Nightmare job. Terribly frightening to be that high up a ladder. The little WC under the stairs is done, except for the plumbing which isn’t quite working yet. It looks exactly as we’d hoped.
In other news we’re having a leek and lobster risotto this evening. A recipe a friend who’s a food writer wants me to test. I’ve done the first part already which involved cooking the lobster, then reducing that water, which then becomes the base for a vegetable stock. Straightforward stock, but with the addition of fennel. It’s come out very nicely.
Then… remove the meat from the lobster (1 for 2 people). Strain the stock. Mix it with dry white wine (2/3 stock, 1/3 wine). Then slice a leek very finely. You can do all that then leave it ready for later. Finally saute the leeks lightly, add rice to pan and begin making the risotto using the stock/wine. In the last 3 minutes add the lobster meat- and that’s it. I’ll give my verdict tomorrow, but I have high hopes. For an interesting vegetarian alternative use palm hearts instead of lobster. The other day I had a classic prawn cocktail with palm hearts instead of prawns and it worked beautifully.
And here’s South Pacific, for no particular reason other than I feel like it.