After a long (slightly too long perhaps) blogging break, I am finally back with some brand new recipes! I think it’s important sometimes to give yourself a bit of “you” time. Time to relax, time to catch up with friends and family, time to begin some new hobbies and make some exciting changes to your life. Although I absolutely love talking and writing about food, a couple of months off was exactly what I needed. Not only has it given me time to unwind and come back with a fresh, new outlook, but it has also given me tons of time to create and research lots of brand new and pretty tasty recipes for you guys to try. I thought I’d begin with one of my favourites from the past couple of months.
A few weeks ago after a long day at work I found myself roaming around Tesco for literally ages wondering what on earth I should cook for my dinner. To be honest I do this quite a lot. I walk around supermarkets aimlessly, hoping inspiration will just jump off the shelf at me and I have to say a lot of the time, it just doesn’t. See, the thing is, I like to plan. I like some form of organisation. I do my research, create a recipe, write a list, and off to the shops I go to get the ingredients I need and it all works out just beautifully. These are the dishes that make it on to my blog. Unfortunately, most of the ones that don’t are usually the result of these stressful, listless, unplanned shopping trips where I usually end up returning home with a bag of Tesco’s most bizarre products, none of which normally ever work together.
Despite knowing all this information, I still chose to wander into Tesco the other week completely unorganised and without list. However, after walking up and down each isle around about five times I decided to admit defeat and just look on Instagram for recipe help. The first photo that came up on my feed was a creamy risotto with salmon which reminded me a lot of a dish I used to make a lot during my uni days. Within five minutes I was in my car with a bag full of ingredients that went very well together, wondering why on earth I’d never asked Instagram for help before.
When I got home I decided to mix things up a bit and use orzo instead of risotto rice as I’d been dying to try an ‘orzotto’ for ages. As always I threw in a few random, unplanned ingredients whilst still keeping it true to the old uni risotto recipe that I loved so much. The outcome, well like I said, it’s my favourite dish from the last two months, and let me tell you, if you haven’t tried an orzotto yet… well now’s the time!
200g smoked salmon, ripped into pieces
1 onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
4 tablespoons of cream cheese (I always use Philadelphia)
2 teaspoons of freshly grated lemon zest
Juice from 1 lemon
4 handfuls of fresh rocket
50g unsalted butter
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill
A large pan of good quality veg stock (simmering)
Salt and fresh black pepper
- Heat the butter and a tablespoon of extra virgin oil in a large pan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions and garlic until soft.
- Pour in the uncooked orzo and mix well. Fry for a couple of minutes and then pour in a ladle of veg stock. Turn the heat down a little and allow the orzo to absorb the stock. Once all the stock has gone, add another ladle. Continue this process until the orzo is almost cooked.
- Next, mix in the smoked salmon, rocket, cream cheese, lemon juice and zest and cook for a further two minutes or until the orzo is cooked through.
- Remove from the heat and season with salt and fresh black pepper. Garnish with the freshly chopped dill and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.