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Baby Octopus & Fennel Risotto Recipe

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With the temperatures dropping a wee bit at the beginning of this week it has encouraged me cook more ‘substantial’ meals, by this I mean risottos, pasta or roasted food which I have steered clear of for the past few months in preference for something lighter and refreshing. I’m not saying it has gone cold but after several months of hot humid weather even a drop to temperatures in their low 20s (centigrade) makes me excited about winter food and baking again. I think P has been craving winter food, he loves stodgy carb loaded food whereas I avoid them. As part of our European trip back home to Europe this year I am taking him to visit where I lived in Frankfurt in June and I just know he is going to be in heaven eating in the Keipern (Bistros) on plates of dumplings and pieces of meat that hardly fit on the plate.

This risotto is hardly stodgy, far from it, it is creamy and light with the fresh lemon and fennel coming through and it didn’t have me toiling for long over the stove top either. The sun is out again this morning though so I imagine we will be back to salads again tonight!

Ingredients – makes 2

  • 8 baby octopus
  • 4 cups stock, approx (chicken, fish or vegetable)
  • 2 cups Aborio rice
  • 2 fennel bulbs, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • salt and black pepper to season
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  • To cook the octopus I use my BBQ with an open flame which prevents the octopus from ‘stewing” and gets nice char grill but you can fry it on a very high heat.
  • Season the octopus with salt & pepper and a little olive oil and slice in half if not very small pieces (for faster cooking). For BBQ cooking place on a skewer and grill on high for 2 minutes, just until cooked. For pan cooking, place a cast iron pan on a high heat and quickly fry the octopus for 2 minutes in batches. Do not put all the octopus in the pan at once as the heat will drop and the octopus will stew in it’s juice and be rubbery.
  • Heat the stock in a pan.
  • Remove the core and fronds from the fennel before slicing thinly.
  • Add the olive oil to a large frying pan over a low heat then the garlic and fennel. Fry gently until the fennel is opaque and soft.
  • Add the rice and turn the heat up to medium and stir the rice so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Add the wine and let the alcohol evaporate before starting to add the hot stock.
  • Turn the heat down again and start adding the stock one ladle at a time, stirring the rice to release the creamy starch. Allowing each ladle of stock to be absorbed before adding the next ladle of stock.
  • It will take about 15-18 minutes for this process, taste the rice to see if it is cooked and soft but still with a slight bite. If you run out of stock before the rice is cooked add boiling water in place of the stock.
  • Remove risotto pan from the heat and stir in the butter, lemon zest, Parmesan & char grilled octopus then place the lid on the pan and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with cracked pepper.

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Source: http://peasepudding.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/fennel-and-baby-octopus-risotto/

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Rice, Seafood, Vegetables

 

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Mussels Provencal (Steamed Mussels in a White Wine Sauce)

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A traditional favorite in the South of France, Mussels Provencal are easy to prepare, and cook in no time. The secret to the tasty broth is a fine white wine. Be sure not to over cook them!

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in French Cuisine, Seafood

 

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Snapper Grenobloise Recipe

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare fish. Once you’ve tried it, I am sure it will also become your’s. Red snapper lightly battered, sautéed to a light golden brown, and smothered with a lemon butter sauce with capers. Umm! Umm! Umm!

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Fish, Seafood

 

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Horseradish Encrusted Salmon Recipe

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Fresh salmon fillets slathered with Dijon mustard, then covered with a fresh horseradish and bread crumb mixture turns this ordinary fish into an elegant entrée. It may easily be one of the best salmon dishes you’ll ever taste!

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Fish, Salmon, Seafood

 

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Bengali Mustard Fish Curry

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On a trip to Bangalore, India a few years back, we met a wonderful Bengali chef named Manik Malik. He shared his very popular Bengali Fish Curry recipe with us. Fish lovers will rejoice at this delicious curry recipe made with simple ingredients and a simple process.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Fish (firm variety) – 1/2 lb (approx 500 g) – cleaned
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp

Mustard Oil – 3 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 large
Tomato – 1/2 large
Garlic – 7 to 8 large cloves
Green Chilies – to taste
Mustard Seeds – 1 Tbsp
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Hot Water – 1 1/2 cups
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – for garnishing

Method:

1. Marinate Fish for 10 minutes with 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder and 1/4 tsp Salt.
2. In a grinder or blender, form a paste of Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Green Chilies and Mustard Seeds.
3. Heat Mustard Oil in a pan and fry the fish for 1 minute on each side. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate and keep aside.
4. In the same oil, add ground paste, Cumin Powder, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Once mixture stops splattering, uncover and continue to cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
6. Add Fish back in and coat it with the mixture.
7. Add hot Water and gently stir.
8. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
9. Garnish with Cilantro and serve hot with Rice or Chapati.

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Indian Cuisine, Seafood

 

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Betty’s Tuna Noodle Casserole Deluxe Recipe

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Tuna Noodle Casserole Deluxe. This is a nice change of pace after the holidays, and it is also a response to those of you who are looking for a dish that is quick, easy, and economical—plus really tasty!

Ingredients:

3 cups uncooked noodles
1 teaspoon salt
(2) 5-oz. cans tuna packed in water, drained
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green pepper
2-oz. jar diced pimiento, undrained
½ teaspoon salt
10 ¾-oz. can condensed cream of celery soup
½ cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
cooking oil spray

In a large pot, cook 3 cups noodles according to package instructions. (I used 1 teaspoon salt in preparing the noodles.) Drain noodles and return them the pot where they were cooked. Combine cooked noodles, (2) 5-oz. cans tuna, ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 cup chopped celery, 1/3 cup chopped onion, ¼ cup chopped green pepper, ¼ cup diced canned pimiento, ½ teaspoon salt, a 10 ¾-oz. can of cream of celery soup, ½ cup milk, and 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Stir well, until all ingredients are combined. (Note: If you like your vegetables very soft, you may sauté the celery, onion, and green pepper in 1 tablespoon of butter before adding them to the mixture.) Turn mixture into a 2-quart casserole that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. Bake, uncovered, in a 425 degree (F) oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas day, and I hope you can use this recipe after your big holiday meal! Love, Bets ♥

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Pasta, Seafood

 

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Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon Recipe by Nigella Lawson

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These are little potato pancakes made with “Smash” instant potato, remember “for mash get smash”

 

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