Riso alle erbacce



This is an adaptation of a recipe found on Piante Selvatiche by C Gamacchio.
On it there was a risotto style dish with main ingredients being dandelions (taraxacum) and hawkbit (leontodon). I found a bunch on hawkbit but had to replace the dandelion with a combination of young nettle shoots (urtica), blackberris sprouts (rubus), a couple of plantains (plantago), a little chickweed (stellaria) and a couple of baby farmer’s friends (bidens pilosa).

I used the same procedure and similar measuring:

300g of fresh weeds, washed thoroughly
300g of arborio rice
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1l stock

Clean the greens taking care when handling nettle, briefly boil them, drain and chop finely.
Prepare the stock while in a big saucepan brown the onion and garlic. Add the rice for a quick scolding and then slowly introduce the stock as for making risotto.
When the risotto is ready introduce the greens and mix thoroughly.
serve with parmesan and a glass of red wine.

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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