Is your refrigerator running? Well, you better go get it! ha!
Okay, I have a point with starting with corny joke. I swear.
Our vacuum was acting up so I kept joking around that “Our vacuum sucks since it doesn’t suck” So Price dove into research mode, making me continually joke “But does that vacuum suck?” every time he would tell me about his findings. In the end we bought the Shark Rotator Pro Complete Lift-Away Vacuum (NV552), because we wanted a vacuum that had a hepafilter, had the ability to turn off the roller when on hardwoods, had a lot of attachments, and was relatively affordable (about 1/2 as much as a Dyson).
Since getting it we have been cleaning every inch of our house. It is amazing and horrifying at the same time as we are living in one of those corny infomercials when the people vacuum with their old one and then go over it with a new one to discover everything that was left behind. It’s amazing and horrifying. At the very least I am enjoying Price cleaning every surface in sight with every attachment the vacuum has. Win!!
Highly recommend this Shark vacuum #notsponsored!
Anyway, it’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!!!!! YAY!!!! It’s my 4th year now!!
This month I had Sue’s blog Couscous and Consciousness. She is from New Zealand! So far away, but that is why I love blogging and Secret Recipe Club since it connects everyone from everywhere.
I had a lot of fun going through Sue’s Recipe Index since she had such a wide variety of recipes. We picked out several for considering, including her Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons, Homemade Ricotta, and Pearl Barley Salad with Pistachios, Fava & Pomegranate (which I still have on my to-do list!). Ultimately, I selected her Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto.
I hadn’t made risotto in sooooo long so I was drawn to it. Plus, the combination of the flavors was so enticing. I couldn’t resist.
I’m glad I made this as it was a very satisfying lunch on a cool fall day. It made it really glad that I made a double batch since it made for great leftovers.
Sue’s tips about preparing this dish were spot on, like how you shouldn’t toast the coconut shavings. Sure, it will look pretty, but the contrasting texture from the crisp coconut to the soft risotto just wouldn’t work. I heeded her advice since it made a lot of sense.
So my 2 cents, if you like the flavor of curry then add a bit more. But, of course, this all depends on your curry blend, so just try it out as you go.
Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday! xox
Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto
Makes 2 servings
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon medium curry powder
- 3/4 Cups arborio rice
- 4 Cups chicken stock, hot
- 1/2 pound fresh shrimp, peeled & uncooked
- 1/3 cup cream de coconut
- generous handful chopped cilantro
- toasted shaved coconut and wedges of lime to serve
- In a large stock pot, heat the oil and 1 Tablespoon butter in a large frying pan, set over medium heat until te butter is melted and the oil is simmering.
- Add the shallot and cook until softened, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and grated lemon zest, cook for another minute
- Then add the curry powder, again cooking for another minute before adding the rice.
- Add approximately 1/2 Cup of the hot stock, continue stirring until all the liquid is absorbed. Then continue in the same way, adding the stock in ladle full batches, and each time stirring until the liquid is absorbed before adding the next ladle. Continue doing this until the rice has begun to release its starches and becomes “creamy”, but still has a little bite left to it.
- Add the shrimp when you have 1 last batch of stock to add. By the time the rice has absorbed the stock the shrimp will be almost done, and will finish off cooking in the final resting time.
- Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the rest of the butter and the coconut cream, cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Stir the cilantro just prior to serving.
- Garnish with the coconut shavings and wedges of lime when serving.
Adapted from Couscous & Consciousness
Check out all the other great Secret Recipe Club posts this month!
And be sure to check out my 4 years of Secret Recipe Club posts!!!!
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