Recently I drove over to my parents’ house, stayed with them one night and then brought them back here for an overnight stay, so they could enjoy some fun time with their grandchildren too. Son1 had been eagerly awaiting their visit as he was looking forward to playing “The London Board Game” with them which we received free as part of a campaign to raise awareness about loneliness in old age, sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living.
Recent research from the group Campaign to End Loneliness has shown how detrimental loneliness can be to a person’s health, especially for older people. My parents like to get out and about a lot using their bus passes, although they do worry about falling. But yes I am concerned that they could feel lonely if circumstances force them to be more house-bound.
And of course, their visit was the ideal opportunity to try out another of the Sunrise Senior Living recipes. Regular readers of my blog may remember that earlier this year I blogged about cooking the Sunrise Senior Living Spotted Dick recipe, which I selected in memory of my grandparents.
This time I chose to make a Tomato & Basil Risotto, as 3 generations of the family love risottos. I can remember as a child that my mum used to regularly make a risotto using mince. And although I’ve never made a Tomato & Basil Risotto previously, I do make either a spinach or sausage risotto. I followed the recipe as stated apart from using mozzarella rather than goats cheese, which I don’t like.
Tomato & Basil Risotto
Ingredients (serves 4)
20g salted butter
10ml olive oil
3 tomatoes – cored, seeded and diced
1⁄4 Spanish onion – diced
1⁄2 garlic clove – crushed
220g Arborio rice
400ml vegetable stock
20ml double cream
30g fresh basil – chopped
70g goats cheese – sliced
Pinch of ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Heat the oil over a moderate heat and add the onion as well as garlic to the pan.
Sauté until the onion softens.
Then add the tomatoes and seasoning.
Sauté for a further 3-4 minutes.
Add the rice, mix thoroughly and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Gradually add the vegetable stock, stirring until all the liquid is absorbed.
Continue stirring until the rice is tender and creamy but still firm, then add the butter and cream.
To serve, top with basil and cheese.
And guess who succeeded at racing round the stations and won The London Board Game. Yes it was son1 of course.
Disclosure. This post is in collaboration with Sunrise Senior Living who provide assisted living in care homes. I have received a free game, a pack of playing cards and been reimbursed for the cost of the ingredients.