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I love seeng the fusion of two distinct cultures in food. One of my favourites, for taste and originality is Chinese and Mexican. Now, thanks to the Community Table Project, I can add Italian and Indian to my list of tasty “who knew?” recipes.
Nicole is a graphic designer and communications professional who grew up in a small town in central Alberta. She credits an evolving social circle, once she moved to Edmonton for University, for expanding her palate.
Butter Chicken Risotto.
Nicole isn’t a conventional person, and that is evident in the recipes she experiments with in the kitchen. She also credits her laziness to being the impetus for this particular dish.
Nicole loved the idea of being able to make the classic Indian buffet staple at home but after a couple of of attempts, she was not excited about the number of dishes she was left to clean. Around the same time, she was experimenting with a classic Italian risotto and an idea started to brew: the Indian taste she enjoys, made with the simple one-pot Italian method.
Since that “Eureka” moment, she has continued to experiment with the dish, and has discovered its easily adaptable for different dietary restrictions. Nicole has made it gluten-free, she makes it vegetarian by swapping out the chicken for paneer, she even figured out how to make it vegan-friendly (use olive oil instead of butter, vegetable stock for the chicken, and coconut milk for creaminess instead of yogurt)! Since this is a favourite dish to serve to all of her friends, its important to Nicole that everyone can be able to enjoy it regardless of their diets.
Big thanks to Kunitz Shoes and The Italian Centre Shop for coming on board and sponsoring The Community Table Project. The support of strong community-minded companies like these help make content like this possible, so go see Kunitz Shoes next time you’re in need of quality shoes and cool socks, and The Italian Centre Shop for everything you need to make these recipes at home.
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