A friend has entered into the spirit of things and invited me to eat risotto, which he managed to price up for around a fiver for two. Things came from his cupboard, so pricing is approximate, but the stock came from a 15€ organic chicken which he cooked earlier in the week and has had “many” meals from.

The rice comes from Lidl and is not organic, but everything else is. As I was being cooked for, the pot provided a 3,49€ bottle of Île de Beauté rosé.

You will need:

  • 225g Carnaroli rice (0,80€)
  • One litre organic chicken stock (from carcass; 0,50€)
  • One small onion, finely chopped (0,10€)
  • Finely chopped fresh green chilli (from a friend)
  • 60g organic chorizo, diced (0,75€)
  • One organic chicken breast, roasted and diced (2,00€)
  • One teaspoon bottled peas
  • 50 grams grated parmesan (1,15€)
  • Three tablespoons olive oil
  • Three teaspoons coconut oil
  • Butter
  • A small pinch of turmeric (because you don’t have saffron)

In a big pan, heat the olive oil and coconut oil, then soften the onions over a medium heat. Add the chilli to give it a sizzle and stir. Add the rice and stir it to coat it and heat it through over a high heat. Add a dash of rosé (or Vermouth if you have it) to “condition the rice”, which apparently sounds impressive. Allow the alcohol to evaporate then add a pinch of turmeric and stir. Introduce six ladles of simmering stock and keep at a gentle boil, stirring frequently.

Add more stock as necessary and check for salt about half-way through the cooking process.

In a small pan, fry the chorizo gently in a dash of olive oil, until the chorizo releases its oil. Then add the chicken and peas and heat them through. Keep this warm until the risotto is ready.

When the risotto is ready and has absorbed all the liquid and cooked, stir in the other ingredients and half the parmesan, plus a large nib of softened butter. Stir it through and allow it to rest while you try out the rosé.

Because you are showing off, serve blackberries from your hedgerow beaten into a tub of plain yoghurt as dessert.

This is just showing off really.
This is just showing off really.

Once again it was far too hot to eat during the day, so I contented myself with a cheese sandwich and some fruit. I did a little shopping run in the afternoon, and bought:

  • a bottle of milk (0,73€)
  • some kiwis (0,73€)
  • a bottle of wine (3,49€)

I also restocked the coffee because a friend is coming, but that didn’t come out of the pot as he can drink more than a fiver’s worth in a day, I reckon, and it’s not really part of the bargain.

The pot now stands at 90,81€.