Maureen: Everybody’s favourite: Risotto! What do you think?
Andrew (14): I think the tomato is overpowering, and it takes away from the risotto taste.
Nicholas: I agree. It’s like there’s two tastes that both want attention, and neither is winning.
Tim: I think it’s like a party in my mouth where I don’t know too many people.
Andrew: So it’s sort of awkward.
Nicholas: It sounds like a bad party to me.
Tim: Also, the creamy goodness of a typical risotto doesn’t come through.
Maureen: That’s because there’s no parmesan and butter to finish it off, like I usually do. Mary uses creme fraiche instead, which I think is a bit of a cheat.
Tim: Also, I think the tomatoes are too acidic and the peas don’t add anything.
Maureen: Yes. I am befuddled by the peas. Why add them at all if it’s called a triple tomato risotto? Also, it’s not just tomatoes that are in here, she also uses red peppers, not to mention the peas. I think calling it a garden vegetable risotto would be more accurate.
Tim: I think the peas were there to just add some contrast.
Maureen: So, not a winner then.
Andrew: No. Just make our usual risotto next time.