There is so much pleasure in discovering the offerings of each season. Our local Saturday organic market was piled high with beautiful bright orange and creamy soft tan colored pumpkins, deep purple beetroot fresh from the ground with a dusting of earth, frilly green lettuces and glossy brown chestnuts.
And then we came to the cheese. Oh the cheese. What a discovery!! The range of sheep and goats cheeses from The Leaning Oak was substantial and each individual cheese was absolutely stunning. I was happily dragged away from the stall, clutching a tub of fresh white honey goat. Along with those beautiful plump, juicy figs this was to be the dessert for our 'earth hour' feast for two.
And what of those Swiss brown mushrooms? With thoughts of our upcoming trip to Italy, only a few months away, the Swiss brown lovelies had to be Tuscany in a bowl. The classic risotto al fungi, with just a judicious dash of truffle oil completed our delicious Autumn feast for two.
1 litre of vegetable stock
3 tablespoons olive oil
500g Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
Small handful of dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped
250g risotto rice
White Truffle oil to serve
1. Pour stock into a pan and bring to the boil. In a separate pan, add one third of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil and allow to melt. Add the Swiss brown mushrooms and porcini and cook until softened. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. In the pan add one third of butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil and melt. Add chopped onion and gently fry until translucent. Add the rice ans stir until all grains are covered in the oil. Then add stock one ladel at a time until rice has absorbed all the stock and rice is al dente.
3. Carefully stir in about one half of the mushrooms and remaining butter to the risotto.
4. Place the risotto in serving bowls and top with remaining mushrooms and a dash of white truffle oil.