Sunday, July 26, 2009

Spot the Difference

You may have noticed that our blog has had a face lift. Our friend, Rachael, from the Boutique Markets has had a little play with our photos and layout and look what she has made. Rachael paints and sews AND she is good with computers. Quite a clever chicken and what a lovely surprise to click on the blog and see the changes.

What do you think of the new look? We'd love your feedback and are grateful for the comments we've already received. I was already toying with the idea of changing to a white background but, I really like the polka dots on the side.

Tonight I cooked a family favourite and thought I would share it with you. I apologise in advance to the Master Chef devotees who read our blog. I have not obeyed any of George's advice on the correct way to cook a risotto. Never the less, this recipe always seems to work, is really easy and only involves washing up one saucepan and it tastes great. I would acknowledge the source but it has been lost over time and the best I can do is tell you that it came from a book of Toddler recipes.

Mr Button would like to be acknowledged as the food stylist and photographer for this shot. It is a latent talent which has emerged in the void left by Master Chef. I think his style is a little reminiscent of Trevor's but I applaud the moulding and stacking techniques he has employed!


1 tblspn olive oil

1 clove garlic

1 small onion

1 stick of celery

1 large tomato

2 mushrooms

1 tblspn chopped mint

1 tblspn parsley

1 cup of Arborio rice

3 cups of stock

EXTRA VEGIES TO ADD: carrot, pumpkin, zucchini, squash,corn, peas


GRATE/FINELY DICE vegetables and any extra vegetables you want to add

HEAT pan and oil

COOK diced onion and garlic

ADD vegetables and COOK for 1 minute

ADD rice and STIR to coat with pan juices

ADD stock

Bring to BOIL and SIMMER for 30 minutes

ADD more stock if risotto is too dry or rice needs to cook for longer

I like to add extra vegies and make a double serve. It is great as a side dish/warm salad but we usually sprinkle some diced chicken on top and all members of the Button family devour it with glee.


  1. I loved before and I love it more now !

  2. Love the new blog look - very spiffy indeed!

  3. Oh yes Rachael is a clever Chicken to do all that beautiful look!Yumm Risotto thanks for sharing:)

  4. I agree... I do love the new look and polka dots are so in... and the risotto looks delicious! You would make master chef proud!


  5. a face lift is as good as a holiday!! Rachael is a wizz hey, looks fabulous as only Deb from FABRICated would say!!

  6. I really love the new look - I am a sucker for spots.
    Don't you love the impact MasterChef has had, my husband Googled chicken and leek pie the other day!

  7. I am loving your new blog look girls. I was super suprised when I opened it.
    Also, that risotto will be on our dinner table TONIGHT. Thanks for sharing.