Zzz seldom makes some kinds of food. Like fried stuff (simply because I will not allow ANY frying in the kitchen) or bread because we can get pretty good quality ones reasonably priced, or risotto, because risotto rice like arborio is hard to get and expensive and of cos making good risotto is a pretty laborious job, having to stir and watch over it.
I must say the replacement to calrose rice was a good option. The risotto came out so nicely I never would have guessed.
Recipe (for 4)
1 small carrot
1 postcard size kombu
1/3 leek (greener portion)
6 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked till soft
Put all ingredients into a medium pot. Add 1.5 L water and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it brew for 30-45 min.
1/3 leek, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500 g assorted fresh mushrooms (I used portobello, white and brown buttons, oyster and chanterelle)
While the stock is brewing, slice/tear the mushrooms into larger bite size pieces (account for the fact that the mushrooms will shrink to half upon cooking).
In a hot pan, add olive oil and leeks. After 1 min, add garlic. Add mushrooms in batches. Take care not to let too much water accumulate in the pan. Sautéed the mushrooms till almost dry. Remove into a plate and set aside.
No need to wash the pan:)
2 knobs of butter
1/3 leek, finely diced
1/3 cup wine (I used mirin)
1 and 1/3 cups of rice (I used calrose)
About 1L mushroom stock from above
Sautéed mushrooms from above
When the mushroom and stock are ready, add a knob of butter and olive oil into the pan. Add leeks and sautéed for 2 min. Add rice and mix to have each grain glistening. Add wine and allow to evaporate. Add a ladle of hot stock, stir into the rice. When the rice is almost dry, add another ladle of stock and stir into the rice. Keep doing this for about 20 min, or until the rice is almost al dente. If not enough stock, use hot water.
If diners are not ready to eat, remove risotto onto a tray and set aside. 10 minute before serving, heat the pan. Add rice, mushrooms and half a cup if hot water into the pan. Mix to let the water be absorbed into the rice one last time and for the mushrooms to mingle with the rice. If desired, add truffle oil and/or grated Parmesan. Turn off the heat, add a knob if butter and a final stir to combine.
Serve and eat immediately.