Three Flavour Risotto

Rather than make a standard mushroom risotto, I decided to liven it up a bit by adding some fresh vegetable flavours and grated halloumi. I am very happy with the result – three dishes in one!


400g risotto rice

1 white onion, chopped 

3 tbs olive oil

1 tbs white wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 bay leaves 

3 sprig of thyme 

3 cups vegetable stock

1 cup white wine 

2 tbs cream cheese (or creme fraiche)

50g  Parmesan cheese, grated

150g halloumi cheese, grated

Salt and pepper to taste

Extra Flavour Ingredients

  1. 100g green peas (fresh or frozen) and 3 tbs fresh mint, chopped
  2. 1 cup oven-roasted pumpkin (seeded and peeled) with 2 tbs chives, snipped
  3. 100g cherry tomatoes (remove the skin) with 3 tbs fresh basil, chopped



Heat the pan, add the oil and then the garlic and onion. Sauté until soft.

Add the rice, stir for 5 minutes on low heat then add the wine and herbs. Mix well, then add the vegetable stock a little at a time.

When the rice is cooked add the cream, halloumi cheese and vinegar. Check the seasoning. 

Separate into three bowls and add one set of flavourings into each bowl (peas, pumpkin and tomatoes). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the top.

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Sri Lankan Noodles

At home, this dish is served on special occasions. It is a 100% vegetarian, traditional dinner. Serve it by itself, or with chicken curry, or with my devilled potatoes. You don’t have to follow the recipe exactly – use whatever vegetables you like.


Sri Lankan Noodles


300g  noodles

75g carrots, cut into strips (or julienne)

75g leeks or spring onion, washed and sliced

½ onion, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 green or red chilli

3 tablespoon olive oil

2 eggs, beaten

Salt and ground black pepper



  • Boil the noodles for about 15 minutes, and drain
  • Heat the wok or pan, then add the oil
  • Fry the garlic and onion and when softened add the carrot and beaten eggs
  • Lastly, add the leeks or spring onion and mix well
  • Fry for about 5 minutes then remove from the heat
  • Add the seasoning and gently stir into the noodles




What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta…

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