The Comforter has come – sweet potato risotto

It’s distinctly wintry in south eastern Australia this week.  Snow fell in Orange (about 3 and a half hours away over the Blue Mountains) on Monday – rather early as it was still April.  Time for warming comfort food!  I made this  healthy but satisfying risotto last night.  Risotto is almost nursery food.  It’s sophisticated but there is something very satisfying about bowl and spoon food (which is the kind I mostly cook!)  Kerri asked me on Twitter for my risotto recipe.  So here it is –  it’s not really a recipe – more a method.


Saute 1 small chopped onion and 1 sliced leek in 1 TBS olive oil and 1 TBS butter.  Add 1 small sweet potato, quite finely diced (sweet potato needs a fair bit of cooking so it needs to be finely diced,  or you can precook it in the microwave) or butternut pumpkin.  Stir in 200g arborio rice and stir for a minute or so until all the grains are glistening.  


Have about 750ml of hot stock ready.  I used home made vege stock but I usually use Plantaforce (an organic vege concentrate).  Add about 2 cups and stir cook it on a medium heat, stirring frequently.  When the stock is almost absorbed, add more, about a cup at a time.  Keep taste-testing the rice to see when it’s done.  There should be a bit of a bite left in the grain – you don’t want mushy risotto.  You probably won’t need all the stock.  Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt.  You may not need salt if your stock is salty (and most bought stocks have salt as a main ingredient – read the label!)

Stir in about 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve with extra Parmesan at the table.

Serves 4.

We can’t eat risotto morning, noon and night.  Or chocolate.  But we are promised a continual Comforter who will never leave us. 

“And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”

John 14:16

What is your favourite comfort food?



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5 Responses to “The Comforter has come – sweet potato risotto”

  1. Katrina Says:

    Gee thanks Wendy! Now I want risotto at 8am in the morning.
    Hmm, now my comfort food, mashed spud done with cream, garlic, butter, milk and lots of black pepper, whipped till a lovely creamy consistency. Chocolate of course and maybe lasagna. Okay enough drooling at this time of the morning I am off to do something useful

  2. thismechanican Says:

    I really should try this. I consider myself a cook, but I have NEVER made risotto – bad gnome!
    My favourite comfort food (besides chocolate self saucing pudding) would have to be a good old fashioned roast, particularly hogget or mutton …. with home made gravy …. and crispy roast potatoes …. then follow it up with chocolate self saucing pudding!!!

  3. magneto bold too Says:

    OMG! This sounds absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely putting it on the menu plan for this week.


    If only I had some sweet potato in the pantry I would have it tonight!

  4. GoaldeeBug Says:

    Tried this on the weekend, and it was simply wonderful! Thanks for posting, Wendy! 🙂

  5. jane Says:

    I wonder how different our lives would be if we intentionally made an appointment weekly with the comforter/counselor in the way that professionals would often encourage us to make appoinntments with earthly counselors.
    Bible and notebook and it could be revolutionary……… the appointment book.

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