Saturday, March 21, 2020

Shortages, Saturday Recipe

I ordered a few things at the grocery store in the hope that I could get some Becel margarine (Canada only as far as I know, but good stuff) yesterday they had some, by the time I got my order they were out again. Don't know why this is as two other stores in our general area have it. Bit far though. Also, I couldn't get leeks and tomato purée. Odd that these should be out of stock. Talking of shortages, did you hear the story of an Australian woman who claims she ordered a lot of toiled rolls by mistake, she ended up with 48 boxes of 48 toilet rolls which, apparently, cost her $3,000 Australian together with $400 delivery. If she really did make such a mistake, she must be a bit dimwitted I think. The news bulletin put forward the idea she was hoping to make a profit. Could be.

I just happen to have some scallops. However, I have defrosted shrimp for tonight. Actually, I found a packet of Pad Thai noodles which I had wanted to try so decided to do so. We both enjoyed it although I must admit I have never had real Pad Thai. I also now have the Tilapia for  yesterday's recipe.

Instant Pot Risotto with Seared Scallops

Elegant date night worthy dinner out of your Instant Pot? Oh yes you can. This Instant Pot risotto is ready in half the time as the classic stovetop method. Just be sure the grains are well coated in oil
before adding your liquid in order to prevent clumping. Using this easy technique, the richly creamy rice dish makes a perfect blank canvas for experimenting with all of your favorite add-ins, such as green peas or butternut squash. If you’re not feeling scallops, shrimp would be equally delicious in this elegant yet effortless seafood dinner.

3 Tbs olive oil, divided
3 Tbs unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 cups diced leeks (from 2 leeks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
3 thyme sprigs
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 quart lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
12 large sea scallops
3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
1 tsp lemon zest plus
1 tsp fresh juice (from 1 lemon)
2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon

1. Heat Instant Pot on Sauté setting. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter until melted. Add leeks, and cook, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Stir in rice and thyme; cook, stirring often until coated, about 1 minute. Pour in wine, and cook until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in broth, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper until combined. Press “Cancel”, and secure lid on pot. Set to High Pressure setting for 7 minutes.

2. While risotto cooks, prepare scallops. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel, and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over high. Add scallops to hot oil, and cook undisturbed until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through, 1 to 2 more minutes.

3. When pressure cooking is complete, carefully release the pressure. Carefully remove lid, and stir well until creamy. Stir in cheese, zest, juice, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter until combined. Divide risotto among 4 shallow bowls. Top each with 3 seared scallops, and sprinkle with tarragon.

Servings: 4

Author: Nicole McLaughlin
Source: My Recipes

Have a great weekend.


  1. If she wasn't trying to make a profit she is careless with her money at best (and quite possibly dimwitted as well).
    We stopped in at a supermarket this afternoon. The panic buying is patchy, but more and more items are being hit. So much for our Prime Minister telling us it is unOrstrayan and to stop it.
    I am a big fan of risotto, and it is an incredibly versatile dish.

    1. I think dimwitted Sue.

      I would have thought it would have died down a bit by now, but it doesn't seem to be that way. Still stuff I can't get.

      Yes, I like risotto too.

  2. I'm with you. I don't know how you order that much of anything by mistake. Although, I once tried to make a 3,000 payment on a beach cottage and put in an extra zero. Fortunately, my card was declined. LOL

    1. I see, dimwitted too eh? That is easy enough to do I think. Glad the card was declined, horrors, $30,000. You would have been poor for a while.

  3. I think the people who shipped her all those toilet rolls without questioning the order are equally dimwitted. So far I have not had any trouble shopping and have come back with all the items I went for. We'll see if that changes when it comes time to replenish. Stay well, Jo.

    1. True, I hadn't thought of that David. Where do you shop? I shop at Stanley Park Zehrs and they seem to be having trouble. Several items I can't get. You stay well too David.

    2. I shop primarily at Costco, with some items purchased at Sobey's Beechwood, and Sobey's Northfield Plaza. I also favour T & T for Asian items, and Vincenzos too, especially for cheese. Tonight we are doing a dish called Indian Chicken. Simple, one pot, and delicious!

    3. Well, I can't cope with all that running around any more I'm afraid. Haven't been to Vincenzo's since they started the LRT. I do find VSM is good for cheese, not as good as Vincenzo's maybe, but good. Don't know T & T.

  4. We used to have a wonderful Thai restaurant here years ago. Their Pad Thai was fantastic. Other restaurants around here try and fail to make a good one.

    As for the TP, she likely was looking to make a profit, just like the guy here in the states who had 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. He was selling on Amazon and eBay charging 50-100 dollars a bottle until he got kicked off both sites. He ended up donating the items.

    Also, I meant to tell you that thing about not eating ice started on the internet by someone saying that UNICEF said not to eat ice cream or cold foods because it activated the virus. Total garbage. Also, there was a story out of Japan about how drinking water every fifteen minutes would flush the virus out of your system, which may explain the run on bottles water. More garbage on the WWW.

    1. Never tried to make it myself but did enjoy the packet stuff Denise.

      I think you are probably right. Who on earth would be sanitizer for that much.

      Thanks for the ice info, thought it was nonsense but.....

  5. I think it is terrible that people are trying to turn a profit. Paper products around here are very difficult to find.

    That looks like a delicious meal...yum...

    1. So do I Truedessa, but people have done that in a crisis forever. I have enough paper products for now, I hope.

      Does look good doesn't it?

  6. Hey Jo! Becel marge we have here but sold under a different name. It's called Promise. That's just the way it goes with some stuff. Same company but they do it slightly different but same basic stuff.

    1. I think you mentioned that once before. It's better than most margarines, ad healthier. ladydog has some for me.