Monday 31st January 2011
Over the last few months I have been helping a very lovely lady who is launching her very first book in May/June of this year ! The most recent recipe has been a Lemon Pork Risotto !!! YUMMY SCRUMMY (In fact have just had another bowlful …… hee hee )
Now when Vanessa placed her plea for recipe testers QUICK I have to admit I scanned her list and was mentally working out which would be easiest and cheapest to make .. a ) because I was feeling cowardly and b ) because Im a bit skint ! But in the end I gave myself a big hoof up the rear and decided to go out on a limb and make something I would normally shy away from ! I mean who better to test the validity of a recipe than someone who quite frankly didnt really have much of a clue about risotto ( I know I know .. Its easy peasy blah blah blah ….. but its something I’ve never cooked …….Until Now …….) ! So I sent an email declaring I shall take on the lemon pork risotto … oh and happy days .. how glad am I that I did ???
The recipe came through and I had a minor heart attack when I saw a recipe for Terrine …Oh my word !! terrine !! aaaargh ! But as I scanned .. in true Prepped fashion .. the 2nd recipe appeared and all was well with the world ! So again not one to shy away I decided to do them both ! I was having a dinner party and the terrine would be the perfect starter !
I started off on Thursday morning on The Great Ham Hock Hunt ….. I managed to buy them for £1.59 each (Bargainous !) from a well known supermarket (beginning with M !) and then I set about collecting together the rest of the ingredients ! Most of which I am pleased to announce could be found in my well stocked and often duplicated cupboards ! And so to work …. I placed 2 hocks in a pan on the hob .. lobbed in the honey , star anise , cardamon pods , juniper berries and cloves poured over water and set off on a low heat for 8 hours ! the other hock I dressed the same but placed in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours ! The smells were mesmerising such a heady aroma drifting about the house ! Wonderful !
The next day when the hocks were well and truly cooked and the stock was well and truly rich and beautiful … I stripped the hocks of the meat and was gratified to have such a wonderful stash of dark pink meat all smelling (and tasting ) deliciously decadent .. I then set about making the immensely easy terrines … 6 small ramekins (tho the recipe said 4 .. I had 6 ample portions for a starter) .. half of the meat and then tarragon and lemon zest with a drizzle of stock ! EASY PEASY !!!! I was truly amazed … they got wrapped in clingfilm and put in the fridge ready for my guests the following day !
And now to my triumph …. a dish of which I am truly proud ! The Lemon Pork Risotto ….. !! Oh my oh my oh my ..
I prepped all that needed prepping , shallots , garlic , tarragon ….. I followed each and every easy step to the letter ….. I coated my rice with the butter and the onions and the garlic … I poured in the beautifully rich scented pork stock I stirred to my heats content and amazingly I produced a huge pan ful of the most amazing risotto I have ever seen ! OK maybe I’m a bit biased but truly … the ease of this recipe is fantastic ! Anybody could make these dishes and feel like a michelin starred chef …. ! I proudly presented th’usband with a huge bowl of the aromatic triumph and he ate the whole lot with a huge grin on his face ! He thought it was fantastic ( and he’s not adverse to telling me when something is a bit rubbish ……. ) I dived into my bowl and was delighted by the heavenly meal ….It was gorgeous !
This recipe is so easy and a little bit of legwork definitely produces amazing results !!! I shall defiitely be making both dishes again in the future … quite often I shouldnt wonder ! An inexpensive , easy to follow absolute blast ! Vanessa .. you rock !
You can follw vanessa’s journey over on her blog www.prepped.co.uk and if you hop on over to amazon you can pre-order her book .. so when the time comes you too can be prepped and ready to go … perfect for the short time foodie (of which I am one) !!!
(Oh and as for the Terrine …. watch this space for my Birthday Dinner Party blog … coming soon ….. )