Beach Cottage Leek Spinach Risotto

Tue 9th, Jun, 2015

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Hello Beach Cottage friends!  The last few months have been rather, how shall we say, full of interesting episodes that most people, hopefully, will not experience when buying a new (or in our case 100 year old house) – we don’t need to go over any of them to refresh your memory do we?  No.

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However, ladies, there is always a silver lining and there has been one very, very positive practical thing to this house, apart from the lovely old wide floorboards, the high ceilings, the French windows, the vintage fittings, the gorgeous old front door from the 20s…and that would be that this house has natural gas.   And I am here to tell you that I am one woman who is partial to a bit of white décor and who loves natural gas.

I haven’t had the pleasure of using gas since we moved to Australia, and I must say I have missed it lots…I love when cooking with a gas stove how easy it is and the control you get (complete control to adjust temperatures instantly, love that) – turn it on and whoosh it’s fast and hot right when you need it.

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Water too, lovely hot hot hot water, yes loving that too – we have gas heated water here – instant and continuous (love a long hot shower, not talking about the absent bath yet haha)…and it’s been so easy outside to hook up the BBQ (great because the more gas appliances you have the more cost efficient) and when we get a pool we’ll be able to simply and easily pop gas pool heating in too.

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The main thing I am loving gas for though is cooking one pot meals, anyone who has been reading here for long will know I am a huge lover of throwing things into a pot all in one – easy, convenient and if you have a busy family it’s great for coming home to at different times…also love that you can prepare a really nice, healthy meal in the middle of the day when all is calm and then leave it there, happily, doing it’s thing…

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So this risotto is just one of those one pot meals – a dish like a risotto is always better, I think, when you can control the temperature quickly and easily and I’m loving gas for this – nice and quick and hot for the some of it and then turn it right down really really low (so accurate) and let it simmer away for the rest of it (love how with gas you can have it on the tiniest flame on the smallest ring)…. serve it with a nice big salad, a hunk of Parmesan and you are all done and dusted.

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Leek, Spinach and Garlic Risotto

1 leek sliced and washed well

1 large onion chopped finely

2 cups spinach

large handful garden herbs (I used thyme, oregano, parsley)

1 tsp turmeric

1 cup parmesan

3 to 4 knobs butter

3 cloves garlic finely chopped

3 tbsp cream

1 cup Arborio rice

glass of dry white wine

4 to 5 cups chicken stock

salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

  1. heat oil and add onion, spinach and leek, sweat for 5 mins or so on low
  2. add rice,  stir to coat and cook until rice goes translucent
  3. turn heat up to high and add cup of wine
  4. slowly add stock a cup at a time over 20 mins
  5. turn off heat, add parmesan, cream & butter,  salt and pepper and stir well, put lid on & allow to sit for a few mins
  6. serve with shaved Parmesan and lots of salt & pepper


I hope you like it if you try it.


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7 Responses to “Beach Cottage Leek Spinach Risotto”

  1. Jenny McAteer says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I was delighted to discover this morning while having my breakfast and reading your latest post, that we have the same plate. Mine is a combination of large breakfast cup plate / saucer that my son gave me for Christmas. I wanted a slightly bigger saucer so that there was always room to put a little something on the side to nibble on. The risotto looks very yummy and is something that I will be adding to the recipe folder.

  2. Ruth4663 says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I was looking over your recipe and can’t figure out how much a “knob” is. Maybe a Tablespoon size? Or maybe an ounce? I’d love to try the recipe, but don’t want to start at a disadvantage by adding the wrong amount!

  3. merilyn says:

    this looks great thanks sarah!
    gas Is best! love m:)X

  4. Thanks for the recipe, looks like something fun to try this weekend! jonni