Fred MacAulay is a Scottish comedian and long-time radio presenter for BBC Radio Scotland, but also a very familiar face on TV, having presented and appeared in many TV shows. He has performed at 29 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and is much in demand as an after-dinner speaker and awards presenter. Fred has also been a fantastic supporter of 500 miles since we started in 2007.
Fred MacAulay’s Butternut Squash Risotto
Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 medium sized Butternut Squash
1teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 large onion
1 clove garlic
Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 pint vegetable stock
1 large cup of risotto (Arborio) rice
- Chop the butternut squash into cubes (between half an inch and an inch) and then toss the cubes in the olive oil, coriander cumin, salt and pepper and place on a roasting tray and roast in oven for 10-12 minutes or till soft.
- Soften the garlic and onion in olive oil in frying pan.
- Stir the rice into the onions and garlic and olive oil – ensuring the rice is coated in the oil.
- Add the stock to the rice etc. mixing in one ladleful at a time and cook the rice till soft.
- Once the rice is cooked, add the butternut squash and feta cheese, stir for a few minutes till the feta is warm.
Serve on a bed of rocket and sprinkle with parmesan to taste.
Rose Murray Brown’s wine recommendations
Butternut squash has a sweet buttery flavour which needs a moderately rich white wine to match. I would suggest a lightly oaked Chardonnay – or even better a white Rhone blend. Two well priced examples I have tasted recently from the Rhone are the fresh zesty Lirac Blanc La Fermade 2020 Maby (£11.95 The Wine Society) and richer more exotically perfumed Nos Terroirs Bios Vacqueyras Blanc 2019 (£12.99/£17.99 Majestic Wine) made from a five grape Rhone blend.
Another fascinating and unusual match would be a dry Furmint from the Tokay region of north east Hungary: Dry Furmint 2019 Pajzos (£8.95 The Wine Society) is rich creamy with vibrant acidity – and punches well above its price point – an incredible bargain!