Now my opinion, which of course is the right one, is that the rice should be cooked, but each grain still quite separate. The other opinion, which is downright wrong, is that it should be cooked to such a degree that the rice all but breaks down into mush resembling rice cereal.
Forget the usual issues that bring a marriage to its knees - risotto it is. I wonder what Dr Phil would make of that? Perhaps we could take it Jerry Springer. I'm good at swearing and I'm sure I could throw a chair.....
The risotto variety I mentioned was chicken, pumpkin and porcini mushrooms and here it is, by popular request:
1 medium onion
1 stick celery
2 cups arborio rice
1 cup diced pumpkin (no larger than 1cm dice)
handful dried porcini mushrooms
1 chicken breast
2 litres chicken stock
parmesan cheese to taste (lots of it in my case)
Soak the mushrooms in 1 cup warm water until soft. Drain and reserve the liquid
Bring the stock to a simmer in a small pot, add the mushroom liquid. Poach the chicken breast until just barely cooked (it will continue to cook in the risotto).
Remove chicken and shred.
Finely chop the onion and celery and soften in a tbs butter using a big pot. When really soft, add the garlic (as much or as little as you like. You can leave it out, just don't tell me about it).
Add the rice and the pumpkin. Toss for a few minutes so that all the rice is coated in the butter and is a bit toasted.
Add the stock 1 ladel full at a time, making sure all the liquid has been absorbed between additions. Keep stirring all the time.
Keep doing this until the rice and pumpkin is cooked (should take about 18-20 minutes.
Add the chicken and the mushrooms and half the parmesan cheese. Add pepper to taste and a bit more butter if you like.
Turn off heat and cover the pot. Let it stand for a few minutes.
Serve and top with more cheese.
This will serve about four.
And just to finish off - a bit of yarn porn. It arrived today after a bit of fast needle work, some of it will look like this. It's off to a new home in Wisconcin with its matching scarf.