Mango Dessert Risotto

Mango RisottoThis rice dessert is great served warm or cooled, and can be made with flavours other than mango. Just swap out the diced mango and juice and substitute with peaches, or cherries or raspberries. The possibilities are endless and will most definitely impress! If you find that your fruit is not sweet enough, you can always add a bit a sugar. If it’s too sweet, you can cut it with a dash of lemon juice. This recipe will serve 6 for dessert.

Ingredients:

1 cup Arborio rice
3 cups water
3 cups mango nectar or juice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups of fresh mango, diced
optional garnishes: toasted coconut, dried fruit, nuts or mint

Directions:

Heat water, mango nectar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a sauce pan to simmer. In another large saucepan, set on medium/high heat, measure out 1 cup Arborio rice and add one cup of the hot water/mango mixture, stirring constantly until all the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the water/mango mixture one cup at a time until all the liquid is used and rice is tender. (If texture is too firm, add ½ cup additional water.) The rice should take about 25 minutes to cook, and still have some sauce left. Fold in the diced mango. Garnish with toasted coconut, nuts, dried fruit or mint.

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The Sweetest Thing

Sweet RaspberriesSo today’s post is a short one sorry, long day at the office! I think I’m making up for it though by having today’s recipe be a 2-4-1. Today’s recipe for Raspberry Dressing calls for the use of raspberry vinegar. For those of you not familiar with this, it’s a vinegar (duh!) that is pink/red in colour and has been steeped (commercially) with raspberries. This is a great vinegar to use in salads or on fish. I don’t think I’d necessarily use it with anything else off the top of my head, though I’m sure there is a website out there dedicated to its million and one uses.

It can sometimes be hard to find specialty vinegars that are kosher however. So I’ve included a short recipe on how to make your own. If you don’t want to (or can’t be bothered) you can substitute by using one of the milder vinegars out there, like apple cider or red or white wine vinegar. This dressing though would be great one one with lots of dark leafy greens, like spinach, so go ahead, and mix some up!