Monday, September 28, 2009

NIGEL SLATERS' LEEK RISOTTO WITH PARMESAN CRISPS


I could have told you I grew the leeks myself, I could have said I bought them from the Farmers Market, I could even have said, they were in my box scheme delivery. Alas, none of the above would have been true.

I know you are all going to be disappointed with me now, but they were out of a plastic see-through bag bought from the local supermarket. These leeks were left over from the Leek and Gruyere Quiche in my previous posting. I've let you down, I've let myself down and most of all I have let Nigel down - lets hope he will forgive a fellow West Midlander.

I preplanned the quiche and then forgot to buy the leeks and so had to settle for non-squeaky leeks. I could have made something else, but I had promised my husband I would make quiche, ran out of time and had to settle for the see-through bag!!!

If you can get crisp, bright, fresh leeks, then this simple recipe will taste even better, because it totally relies on the quality of the ingredients, that said, my risotto didn't disappoint but would have been even better, if only I had bought wonderful leeks....................'nough said about those leeks now.

The Parmesan crisps were tablespoons of grated Parmesan placed in a non stick pan and cooked until crisp. They were very moreish and one each just isn't enough - I would definitely make more.

The recipe is from Nigel Slaters new BBC programme Simple Suppers. It's great to have someone on TV who is giving the home cook simple, realistic, achievable and furthermore, delicious recipes. Nigel Slater never disappoints the home cook and he makes cooking stress free and enjoyable.

If you take a peek at his new cookery book you will find he grills some pancetta and adds this to the risotto at the end of the cooking time, but the above recipe is part of his DigIn series of programmes, which is obviously based on growing and eating your own veg!


Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be given some homegrown leeks! I know that I have missed the moment with the above recipe but I think I have now redeemed myself to you all.............

11 comments :

Janice said...

ha ha, glad to see you were honest about the origin of your leeks. Most of us have to rely on the supermarket. Love the parmesan crisps.

Gloria said...

Margaret I love risotto and this look really tasty1 gloria

Jan said...

I saw Simple suppers and Nigel making this and thought it looked delish. You've done a great job there Maggie - yours looks lovely!

Sophie said...

I also love Nigel Slater's recipes!!

This risotto looks yummie!

The Caked Crusader said...

Hurray - at last a risotto that doesn't contain mushrooms. I've always loved the idea of risotto but they all seem to contain mushrooms (my biggest veg hate) - I love leeks. And don't even get me started on how divine those parmesan crisps look!

C said...

It looks really lovely Margaret - I've enjoyed Nigel's series, he seems to make the food so accessible and approachable. I can always imagine eating what he makes!!! Must try the parmesan crisps - risotto does sometimes lack that crunch!

Sam said...

I'm a big Nigel Slater fan, you can't go wrong with his recipes.

Your risotto looks delicious even with non-squeaky leeks! I like the parmesan crisps too they're a really nice finishing touch.

Lucie said...

Hello Margaret,

Thank you for your message on my Blog. Your blog is fab -very inspiring. Love the look of this risotto, I have been meaning to try one for ages. Best wishes, Lucie

Joby said...

I always end up ravenous watching Nigel cook his suppers despite havin had dinner, you have also managed to do this with you recipes again today. We all forgive the supermarket trip, thanks for being honest and not allowing a tabloid type "leek"

SarahKate said...

That looks amazing... and I happen to have a few leeks from my delivery box this week that I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with. I always do the same stuff with leeks. This will be a great change. Thanks!!

Margaret said...

Thank you for your comments - It seems we all think Nigel Slater is the best!

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