CAPSICUM Culinary Studio chef lecturers have taken on the task of coming up with some delicious dishes for the whole family to enjoy during the lockdown.This week, Eoin Shiell from Pretoria East, who is currently Capsicum Culinary Studio’s chef lecturer of the year, shares his recipe for a creamy and luscious risotto Milanese. And he’s given tips to change it to use ingredients you may have at hand, as well as making a vegan option.Risotto MilaneseServes 4Prep time – 10 minutesCooking time – 25 minutesIngredients¼ onion finely diced1 cup Arborio/Risotto rice1 cup dry white wine (if you’ve run out of wine just up the stock intake)1,2F fresh liquid stock of choice (beef, chicken, seafood, mushroom depending on type of risotto being made)1 tablespoon olive oil1-2 cloves garlic crushed or finely choppedSalt to tasteCrushed black pepper to taste4-5 sprigs fresh thymePinch saffron (optional)Fresh chopped parsley (optional)2 tablespoons Mascarpone/cream cheese (can use vegan cheese)½ cup grated or shaved Parmesan (can use a vegan alternative or leave out all together)1 tablespoon butter (can use vegan butter/margarine)Method In a medium-sized pot or large non-stick pan sweat off your onions in the olive oil over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Once the onions have started to go translucent add the rice, garlic and thyme and sweat off for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine and stir through. Add your stock 1-2 ladles at a time, just enough liquid that it covers the surface area of the rice. Simmer over a low heat, stirring constantly. Season lightly and repeat the above process until the rice is al dente (cooked but has a slight firmness to it) and the risotto has a naturally creamy, rich consistency very similar to oats. If you shake the pot the risotto should create a wave like effect in the pan. Remember if you can mould risotto it is either over- or undercooked. The risotto will take about 20 minutes to cook. You can add the saffron at about the halfway point. Make sure to constantly stir and add stock when required. Check the seasoning. Remove from the heat and fold in the butter, mascarpone and half the amount of Parmesan off the heat, making sure to stir in well. Remove the sticks of thyme and fold in the soft herbs. Use the rest of the Parmesan to garnish. The risotto can be served as a dish on its own with other flavours or elements or part of a dish. . This is a basic recipe; you can add other flavours, purees and ingredients to the risotto to get different flavours, colours and textures. Instead of using risotto rice you can substitute with pearl barley; cooking it the exact same way as a traditional risotto. . You could use butternut, beetroot, black garlic or pea puree, a variety of mushrooms and truffles, beef ragu, chicken, seafood, a varietyof vegetables or cheeses.