Months ago, when I was actually on top of things like the editorial schedule for this blog, I made a commitment to myself that I would cook more recipes from my Nigella Express cookbook. It was - and still is - a lovely wedding present from our very sweet family friend, Kari, and with all the scrummy recipes in there, I was determined to put it to better use. I mean, sure I've made the macaroni cheese so often that I don't even have to get the book off the shelf anymore, but there were other soups salads and bacon-laden dishes that were just calling my name. So, when I took the book off the shelf the other day, just to have a browse, it struck me again how many tasty and simple recipes we were missing out on by not using this book!
Finally, I determined to get back on the ball and suggested to the Husband that we try Nigella's Cheddar Cheese Risotto for dinner this week. To really keep things simple, I decided to just cook some sausages in the oven and chop them up to go on top of our cheesy rice.
The whole affair was just as simple as I remember. When I think of risotto, I think of living in D.C. back in my sophomore year of uni. I had a flat that I shared with my new friend, Severine, I had a 9 to 5 job at the Naval History Museum, and I had a solid routine of walking home from work, having a shower, and watching Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals while I decided whether or not I would cook that night. One night, I did, and her risotto (with peas and Parmesan cheese) was the first recipe I tried while living on my own like a big girl.
Nigella's recipe calls for some white wine, vegetable stock (I used chicken instead), spring onions, cheddar cheese, and chives to go on top. Random side note: I love any excuse to buy things like chives. It makes me feel even more like a proper cook...whatever that actually means.
All in all, the whole thing turned out a treat. The Husband loved it and is perfectly on board with me making more risotto in the future. And it's certainly another win for the glorious Nigella and her Express recipes.