My Wild Mushroom, Chicken and Truffle Risotto

20 Dec

Risotto a brief history

Arborio rice

Risotto comes from northern Italy; it is common in Piedmont and other northern Italian regions .This traditional Italian creamy rice dish is a versatile food that can be used as a main course or as a side dish to jazz up any meal. It can be made with so many different ingredients that the flavors are never the same twice.

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The story of risotto began in the 14th century B.C., when the Arabs brought rice to Sicily and Spain during their rule. Italy was the ideal place to grow short-grain rice due to the humid weather and abundant flat land. As a result, rice became a main part of Italian food culture.

There is a lovely little story, urban legend perhaps, of a young apprentice called Valerius, who is supposed to have invented the yellow risotto recipe that Milan is so famous for.

The story goes that while he was working on the stain-glass window for the Cathedral Duomo in Milan in 1574 the towns’ people made fun of him, accrediting saffron to his work, instead of himself. He was incensed, and decided to take revenge. It came when his master got married. Valerius decided to overdose the rice with saffron which was going to be served as the main dish at the wedding feast. However, his retribution plans backfired as the guests were enthralled, and so the yellow risotto recipe of Milan became famous.

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For more info mail or call: simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com 0642297107

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