Beet the rest.
Many studies are being conducted into how beetroot could be the new athletic superfood. It is high in nitrates, which have been shown to reduce the oxygen cost of exercise, in return improving aerobic athletic performance. Their effect may be less proven and dramatic than the use of banned substances, but consider it a cheap, easy and potentially tasty way to get an edge over your opponents. Why didn’t you like beetroot……Lance?
Classic mushroom Risotto
Despite its simplicity, when cooked well risotto can really impress!
Dried Porcini or wild mushrooms (don’t replace with fresh!)
Fresh button or chesnut mushrooms
Pour boiling water over dried mushrooms in a bowl for 10 mins. Meanwhile start to fry fresh mushrooms and onions with salt and pepper on a low heat. When dried mushrooms are done, add them to the pan and keep the brown liquid that remains. Make plenty of stock with boiling water and crushed stock cube and add to brown mushroom stock bowl. Add risotto rice to pan with onions and mushrooms with more olive oil and keep stirring for a few minutes whilst adding a generous glug of white wine. After, gradually and small amounts of stock at a time and stir until absorbed. keep adding stock gradually for about 20 minutes until risotto is creamy. add salt and pepper.
Serve in large bowls, sprinkle with parsley and grate parmesan cheese on top.