But the real big Thank You goes to Johanna, because to my greatest surprise she is the sender of the parcel which I received today early morningl!! Wow, how great is that!! Johanna is Austrian and she lives in London and writes one of my favorite foodblogs, the Passionate Cook. ( By the way just at the end of my last entry yesterday I recommended her recent fantastic sounding choco-mocca liquer and even translated the recipe into Hungarian). She has amazing recipes on her site and makes the most mouthwatering party bites I’ve ever seen.
A couple of days ago Johanna in her capacity as the organizer of the event, sent me an e-mail saying that my parcel would arrive later this week due to some late applications:) I told her, no problem, I’m waiting patiently for mine (but secretly, to be honest, I just couldn’ wait to discover who would be my Santa Claus.). So today very early in the morning (thank you Belgian Post!) at 7.30 am the doorbell rings, I open the door (still kind of underdressed so to say) and there it is: my parcel arriving directly from London and the sender is….Johanna!! Hurraah!! The package is amazing, I LOVE every single item of it. Here is what it includes:
> A bag of a very good quality sardinian risotto rice + a recipe for a gorgonzola-ruccola-pear-risotto as an ultimate comfort food –I couldn’ agree more and already made it (see the picture above)! Johanna has some other great risotto recipes on her site, I think I’m going to try those too.
And I just finished the bowl of this risotto, which is – and believe me, I’m not exaggerating – one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten in my life, I can only urge you to try it!! This classic combination of pear, gorgonzola and rocket is fantastic in the risotto –it’s such a sophisticated dish! Creamy, full of exploding flavors, the ultimate comfort food for a winter evening. I followed the instruction of Johanna word for word, the end result is perfect. Johanna, I hope you don’t mind if I post the recipe – I also translated it into Hungarian for that language version of this post!
Johanna’s Gorgonzola, rocket &pear risotto (for 2)
2 shallots, finely chopped
200 risotto rice
125ml Noilly Prat (or Martini dry)
375ml chicken stock
150g gorgonzola (cut into chunks)
1 medium pear (cut into bite-size pieces)
50g rocket salad
parmesan to serve (optional)
*I sprinkled the top with a handful of chopped walnuts
Fry shallots in 3 tsp olive oil until just starting to brown. Add rice and fry for another 2 min. Deglaze with Noilly Prat. When evaporated /absorbed, top with ¼ of the stock. Turn heat to low setting. Cook until absorbed. Add another ¼ of stock, let absorb. Add the cheese, let it melt, then add another ¼ of stock. Leave to absorb and infuse, stirring constantly. Add the pear and the remaining stock, cook until liquid is almost completely gone and rice is cooked al dente. Fold in the rocket until wilts.
Hi zsofi, i am so glad you liked your parcel! my favourite zotter is indeed the one with pork scratchings… it’s delicious! It’s interlaced with nuts, not pure crackling covered in chocolate, don’t worry. And those wasabi peanuts are becoming a real worry – i pass the stall every day at the station and am worried this will have a devastating effect on my waistline 😉
Mmmm – pork scratchings in chocolate?!? >I got a parcel from Johanna in the first round of European EuroBlogging and it was very delicious as well! So I know how lucky you are:)
szia, elmesélnéd, mi volt a te meglepetés csomagodban? Annyira kíváncsi vagyok…>Éva
persze, mindenképpen le fogom írni, csak még bevárom, amíg megkapja a címzett, már nagyon aggódom (bár magyarul garantáltan nem ért..)
Hi Zsofi, lucky girl you, must be a true treat to receive a parcel from Johanna. And I can imagine how much you feel enthusiastic about the contents ! Not only the wasabi coated peanuts….By the way, thank you so much for posting the risotto recipe, I have noticed it before on Johanna`s “soon to come” sidebar, but now I do not have to wait any more….;-) I will try this for sure within the next days. Risotto also is one of my most beloved comfort foods and it`s funny that my parcel also contains ingredients for a risotto… Take care, angelika
igen, aztán később gondoltam, hogy ezért nem írod le. hát akkor várok türelemmel, akarom mondani, türelmetlenül:)
Régebben rengeteg ilyen postai csereberélős dologban vettem részt, csoda örömet tud okozni egyrészt megkapni a jobbnál jobb csomagokat, másrészt megkapni az emailt attól akinek én küldtem és olvasni mennyire örül. Vissza kellene szállnom nekem is ebbe a mókába.>>Ami a wasabis mogyorót illeti, itthon is lehet már kapni, egyelőre a Tescoban találkoztam vele, máshol nem. Viszont nem drága, ha jól emlékszem 150-200 forint körül van egy doboz? Nagyon addiktív!
ááá, kitört belőlem a lappangó tanár néni: *better then -> better than, irgum-burgum! Meg persze a mostanában lappangó háziasszony is: amúgy is rizottó volt tervbe véve a közeljövőben, és ez az ízesítés elég tutinak tűnik, ráadásul a hozzávalók is rendelkezésre állnak itt és most.
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