Lemon Risotto with Spring Greens Butter

Serves 5


5 cups spring seasoning essence water * water  seasoned with the following: 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper corns, 2-3 lemon ends or slices, 1 garlic clove, smashed, fennel fronds or a few greens ends and tips fine, 1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon dandelion greens, chopped fine
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Freshly ground pepper


In a medium sized saucepan bring seasoned water to a boil and then reduce to warm and let simmer for ten minutes before starting, allowing time for the water to capture the essence of the seasoning and keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot, heat olive oil  and lemon zest to a medium heat and add shallot. Cook shallot until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the rice, , stir the rice until all of it is covered in the oil and let cook for a few seconds.  Next add the white wine, herbs and the lemon juice and stir well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid, almost completely and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 20 minutes. Tasting as you near the end for desired consistency. Remove from heat, and finish with the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.  Serve with a little spring greens butter on top.

Spring Herbs & Greens Butter

Makes 1 – 1 ½ cups butter


1 stick butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh dandelion greens, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh spinach, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt


In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.