Tim: What’s your verdict for this risotto?
Andrew (11): It’s very good.
Maureen: What do you like about it?
Andrew: I liked the fact that it was a proper risotto with no extra stuff. There was no fancy chilli imported from Mexico, say. It’s just risotto with peas. Delicious.
Maureen: But you didn’t even have the yummy stuff on top.
Nicholas (8): What is that, anyway?
Maureen: Pancetta! But it’s your loss, which leaves more for us. It’s great.
Maureen: Interestingly, you put in more peas– 400 grams– than risotto rice– 350 grams.
Andrew: I liked that there were more peas.
Tim: I should have eaten around them and given them to you.
Nicholas: This is very rare for me to say. But this is very, very good.
Maureen: You, too, opted out of the yummy stuff on top.
Tim: That’s OK. Just say you wanted to be healthy.
Andrew: How much did you put in?
Maureen: 200 grams. That’s what made it so good. Would you like me to make it again?
Andrew and Nicholas: Yes
Tim: Yes, but with less butter.
Maureen: I should tell you that I started out by adding only 100 grams, but it wasn’t creamy enough. So I didn’t add it all in one go. But it did end up equalling 200 grams anyway.
Tim: I’ll just have to pedal extra hard on my bike tomorrow.
Maureen: Good idea.