Eating locally caught prawns, delicious.
- 200g prawns, cooked and peeled
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 40g butter
- 200g risotto rice
- 200 ml dry white wine
- 500 ml stock, simmering
- 50g parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fry the onion very slowly in half of the butter, until it is soft and translucent.
- Stir in the rice and continue to cook until the rice is glossy and hot.
- Pour in the wine and heat until the alcohol has evaporated.
- Add the stock slowly, allowing the rice to absorb each ladleful before adding the next one.
- When the rice is almost cooked, about 15 minutes in, add the prawns, and continue to cook, adding the stock as before.
- When the rice is cooked, but still a little firm to the bite, remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the remaining butter, parsley, parmesan and adjust the seasoning.
- Serve after a couple of minutes, in warmed bowls.
Our local food producers have just lost access to their markets for this year. Covid-19 means they can’t sell seafood to Spain, local ingredients to tourists, stock restaurants. This is a hard time for us all, worried about our health, our relatives and our futures.
Please support your local food producers. Find out who is the nearest, and see if there is a way of working cooperatively.
In Benbecula, a small group of volunteers is working on getting a new website launched. The plan is that it will use the Eat Drink Hebrides branding. Local food producers will register with basic information on stock, when and where. Each producer will need to manage their own payments, preferably using paypal or contactless payment. The group is taking advice from Environmental Health to ensure that it is all done safely.
I’ll update you all when it is all up and running. In the meantime, buy very local produce, eat all those spring eggs, fill the freezer with fish, and be glad that we live here.