I have been spending a great amount of time with children lately; either at schools or on the playground or within my own home.  The more I spend time with children, the more I realise how much I, and we as adults in general, can actually learn from children. The latest nugget of wisdom, which I gleaned from a child, occurred yesterday while I was doing a project at a school. Continue reading “Red Beet Risotto and Lessons from Children 1” »

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For dinner, I had planned to make Veal Entrecote with italian seasonings, mushroom Risotto (yes, again) and sauerkraut-yes, I know-I have been living in Germany for a while!!!

As I started the risotto, standing over the stove and stirring, stirring and stirring-I looked over to my right where I had placed the remaining black beans from the brownies. I had about a cup left over. Before I could even really acknowledge what was going on, my hand reached for them and dumped them along with the water into the risotto. Continue reading “Creamy coconut black bean risotto” »

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Risotto is definitely one my most favourite comfort foods. I enjoy it most during the winter months and its creamy texture is always satisfying. I love fancying it up with whatever may be in season at the moment. And now that I have loads of bärlauch to use up, so here it is!


You will need

  • 5-6 cups of vegetable broth
1 medium sized onion
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • 2 cups of Arborio rice
  • 1/8 cup of nut milk
  • ¼ cup of bärlauch pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat up the vegetable broth in a saucepan just until it is about to simmer.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Place into a saucepan and set to medium heat.
  4. Add the olive oil and sauté until the onions turns soft and translucent.
  5. Add the rice and stir for a couple of minutes or until the rice begins to turn slightly golden in colour. Make sure to keep the heat low enough so that the rice does not turn brown! Once golden in colour, pour in the white wine stirring until it basically evaporates.
  6. Then take out ½ a cup at a time of the warm broth and pour it over the rice, constantly stirring and ensuring that none of the rice sticks to the pot. If the mixture bubbles too much, then turn down the heat.
  7. Continue to stir until the liquid is absorbed into the rice. This means that it is time to add more liquid. Repeat this process until almost all of the broth is used up.
  8. Then I do the risotto test: take a couple of grains out and take a bite! If it is too crunchy, then add more liquid and continue the process until the tested grain is tender but firm to the bite.
  9. You will know when the risotto is done when it starts to look creamy
  10. When the risotto has reached its desired consistency, stir in the nut milk and the pesto. Depending on how much salt you used in the pesto, you may not need to add any more. Add pepper to taste and serve! The whole process should take about 20 minutes.
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