QUINOA AND CELERIAC RISOTTO WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS AND TRUFFLE OIL

QUINOA AND CELERIAC RISOTTO WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS AND TRUFFLE OIL

This recipe is reunion of a super grain and a super vegetable, yet is elegant enough to make a supper feel special.
It’s an ideal dish for those evenings when you want to eat well yet also have better things to do,
like booking the ticket to that wonderful gig that is on next Thursday.

Serves 4

Heat up the vegetable stock in a pan and bring to boil. Add the quinoa and the bay leaves and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaves when done.

Heat the coconut oil in a skillet and sauté the onion until transparent, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and sweat for 3 minutes. Pour the wine and the stock. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the grated celeriac and the chilli flakes. Mix well and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the quinoa as well as the Pecorino Romano. Mix well and season to taste.

To serve, place the quinoa risotto into bowls. Drizzle with truffle oil and sprinkle with Pecorino Romano, parsley and hazelnuts.


1l  + 200 ml vegetable stock
250 g red and white quinoa
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
200 ml white wine
1 medium celeriac, peeled and grated
1 tsp chilli flakes
Drizzle of truffle oil
1 handful of Pecorino Romano + some for topping
1 handful of flat parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 handful of hazelnuts, toasted, de-skinned and coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

FENNEL RISOTTO WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND THYME

FENNEL RISOTTO WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND THYME

Risottos have become our weeknight dinner favourite whose leftover batches we turn into next day’s lunches that nurture us and ours.
This one is a beautiful marriage between fennel and roasted cherry tomatoes, and is crowned by the delicious thyme oil it is roasted in.

Heat the oven to 200 C°. Add the cherry tomatoes with vine in an oven proof dish. Cover with thyme, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Use a generous amount of olive oil, as it will be used to top the dish. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes are browned and the juices have mixed with the oil. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down.

Meanwhile crush the fennel seeds in a mortar or blender.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the fennel seeds and the fennel. Cover with a lid and sauté for 20 minutes. Stir regularly and season to taste.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion and celery sticks and sauté until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sweat for another minute.
Add the rice, turn the heat up and toast for 2 minutes whilst stirring. Add the sherry and mix well. Once the liquid has evaporated slightly, turn the heat back to medium and begin to add the vegetable stock, ladle by ladle, until it has been completely absorbed (15-20 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in the ghee, the creamy goat cheese, the majority of the Pecorino cheese and the fennel mixture.

To serve, place the risotto in bowls and top with the cherry tomatoes, the thyme oil and a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano.

Serves 4

Olive oil
500g cherry tomatoes on the vine
8 sprigs thyme, stems removed

1 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed
2 bulbs fennel, trimmed, cubed and green leaves reserved to serve

1 onion, finely chopped
2 green celery sticks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
250 g risotto rice
1/2 cup medium sweet sherry
1l vegetable stock

1 tbsp mild soft goat cheese (of the Chavroux type)
1 tbsp ghee
Handful of Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

Salt and pepper, to taste