I am not sure why...but recently I have abandoned my old stand-by favourite, risotto, in favour of thai curries and stir frys. I don't know why, I don't know how...but somehow it happened. Well...yesterday I was craving the chopping and slow stirring relaxation I get out of making a gorgeous (and simple) risotto. Originally I was picturing creamy rice with some frutti di mare...a dream which was crushed to a pulp when there was none at the local supermarket...nothing....fresh, frozen, cooked, raw...nothing!!! Wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles, putting cookies and crackers and cereals and things I didn't need into my basket I began to dispair.
But then...what is that I spy?? up on the top top shelf?? oyster mushrooms? crimini mushrooms? shitaki mushrooms? SAVED!
I've avoided mushroom risotto for a while now. I was getting bored of it...it was same old same old...but not now!! The simple addition of different varieties of mushrooms makes this simple old stand-by new and special! I tend to avoid "gourmet" mushrooms being on a budget, but, actually...these locally grown varieties weren't any more expensive than what I would have spent on the seafood.
Buying them prepackaged wasn't anything like buying them fresh from the grower at my local market in London...but boy did it make my night!!
And, I must have been onto something...Jamie made a mushroom risotto on his 30 minute meals last night!! Cept he managed to make the risotto, a salad, dessert and some crispy mushrooms as well...