Saffron millet risotto with garlicky wild mushrooms

 

Maybe because I am Italian but there is something so comforting, almost soothing about a big bowl of creamy risotto at the end of a long day. I have decided to use millet in this recipe not just because is an interesting alternative to rice, but also because is packed with so much goodness! Millet is a great source of copper, magnesium, manganese and fibre. It.s completely gluten free and I find slightly easier to digest than brown rice.

Ingredients

for the risotto

1 cup of millet

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock

1 onion

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of saffron powder

2 tablespoons of coconut milk (optional)

for the garlicky mushrooms

about 300 g of mixed wild or exotic mushrooms ( I bought an already mixed mushrooms pack in my local supermarket)

3 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

A bunch of fresh thyme

a squeeze of lemon

Start by making the risotto.  Heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium heat.Finely chopped the Onion and the garlic cloves and transfer them to the pan. Fry the onion and garlic gently until the become translucent.Rinse the millet under fresh water and add it to the pan together with vegetable stock, coconut milk and the saffron powder. Cook the millet for about 20 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the millet is thick and creamy. Adjust with salt and pepper.

while the millet is cooking start to prepare the mushrooms. Place the garlic cloves into a garlic crusher and fry them gently in a separate pan together with the chilly flakes. Wash and chop the mushroom, add them to the pan with the garlic and chilli flakes. Cook the mushroom on a medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. Chopped the fresh thyme, add it to the mushroom once they have finished cooking.

to assemble the risotto simply plate the millet and pour the mushroom on top, add a generous squeeze of lemons  and add extra thyme for decoration.

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Coconut and orange truffles


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These are the easiest and the quickest sweet treat ever! They literally take 10 minutes to whip up and they totally hit the spot when you crave something sweet and morish at the same time. The coconut shreds and the coconut oils create a fudgy and creamy consistency, while the orange zest add a hint of tanginess making these truffles taste absolutely irresistible! Completely gluten free and refined sugar free,these little guys are also packed with incredible fatty acids from the coconut which are so important for healthy, glowing skin.

Make about 10 balls

Ingredients:

1 cup of dried coconut + about 1/2 cup for rolling the truffles

1/4 of a cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoon of rice malt syrup or honey ( you want to use quite a sticky sweetener that will help the truffles to stick together)

2 teaspoon of orange extract

the zest of 1 orange plus extra for decorating

Simply put 1 cup of coconut shreds, the coconut oil, the maple syrup and the orange extract into a a food processor and pulse for about 2 minutes until a sticky dough ball starts to form. Remove it form the food processor and put into a bowl and fold in the orange zest. Shape the dough into small balls gently rolling them between your hands. Coat the balls in coconut shreds and place in the fridge to set for at least half an hour. Before serving sprinkle them with some orange zest.

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