My dad requested for a shrimp risotto for our Father’s Day family lunch. I was more than willing to oblige since this is something that I have done previously and I already have a pretty good idea of how my dad wants his risottos. This time around, I wanted to let the photos do more of the talking for me. I think this is especially useful for risottos and pasta since colour really plays a huge part in the dish and most of the time, I find myself making on the spot adjustments based on how the dish is looking.
(Also, do scroll down to the very bottom for the recipe for the version 3.0 of the Weak Ender.)
It was my older brother’s last day in Manila before he flies back to Hong Kong for his internship. This offered up the perfect opportunity to cook something up for the whole family since I feel that the occasion called for it. I saw one of the contestants in Iron Chef America make a sweet pea risotto and that got me thinking about attempting to make one myself. This would turn out to be a significantly healthier take on what usually turns out to be extra rich and fatty!
Finally got back to the kitchen cooking one of my favourite dishes too! What I love about risottos is that there’s so much you can do with the basic process for the dish. You can come up with very different dishes just by picking a different stock or a different set of ingredients that you mix in at the end to get the taste that you’re looking for. For tonight’s dinner, I decided on a porcini mushroom risotto with a shrimp stock I made from some shrimp heads that we had left over from our lunch.
This isn’t the best photo I can share but this was quite delicious! I made a seafood risotto with fresh shrimps and squid as my base ingredients. The stock I used was from the shrimp heads and some onions boiled for a couple of hours. Added into the mix was some parmesan, lemon juice, freshly chopped basil and italian parsley. The dish was topped with some parmesan crisps to add that little bit of crunch.
The dish was sweet, salty, with just a hint of sourness from the lemons!