Lakeland Dairies Ulster Crab Risotto

Ulster Crab Risotto

Serves: 10


  • 2 large Portrush Brown Cock Crabs
  • 4 litres pre-prepared crab stock
  • 500g Lakeland Dairies Butter
  • 400ml Millac Dairy Whipping Cream
  • 1kg arborio rice
  • 8 banana shallots
  • 200g wild rocket
  • 300g Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Regianno)
  • micro red amaryth cress and parsley to garnish
  • 4 red peppers
  • 50ml aged balsamic vinegar
  • 100ml olive oil


In a large, flat-bottomed pan melt 250g of Lakeland Dairies Butter. Add the shallots and braise before stirring in the rice.

Pour in the crab stock, a little at a time, until the rice is half cooked. Remove from the heat.

Place 2 red peppers in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. When they have blistered all over, remove them from the oven, cool and deseed. Remove skins with a small prep knife and cut into thin strips (equal lengths).

Deseed the remaining 2 red peppers and blend before passing through a fine chinoix or muslin. Discarding the pulp, transfer the juice into a small pan, adding the balsamic vinegar and reduce to a thick consistency. Allow to cool, before whisking in olive oil to make a pepper dressing.

Purée the brown crab meat and pass through chinoix to remove any shell. Set aside.

Pick out the white crab meat, ensuring there are no pieces of shell remaining. Mix together with the brown meat.

Place the remaining 250g Lakeland Dairies Butter into a large pan and add the half-cooked rice mixture. When it is almost cooked, add the Millac Dairy Whipping Cream, Parmesan and crab meat and simmer gently.

Season to taste. Add the rocket and stir until soft.

Serve the risotto as 2 or 3 quenelles in the centre of a suitable bowl.

Arrange slices of red pepper around the risotto and drizzle the red pepper dressing on top before garnishing with the amaryth and parsley.


Sweet And Moist Greek Honey Cake


A sticky Greek cake that tastes a little like the much more complicated Greek dessert Baklava

Thanks to Angela for this simple cake recipe that kids just love.


  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of Haughton Honey
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 175c/350F. Grease and lightly flour a 9″ square cake tin. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange rind. Set this to one side.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the butter and the sugar with a whisk until light and fluffy. Then blend in the eggs one at a time. Gently blend in the flour mixture prepared earlier with the milk and stir in the walnuts.
  3. Pour the batter in to the prepared tin. Place in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes and then cut the cake into diamond shapes before pouring the honey syrup over. Decorate with lemon zest if you wish.
  4. To make the honey syrup combine the honey, 1 cup of white sugar and 3/4 cup of water. Bring slowly to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and continue cooking for a further 2 minutes. Keep warm before pouring on to the cake.

Notes for the cook: if you have a fan-assisted oven then reduce the specified temperature in the recipe by about 15% ~ 1 teaspoon = 5ml and 1 tablespoon = 15ml ~ some ingredients are measured in cups and some equivalents are; 150g, 6oz (1/2 cup) = 120ml, 4fl oz

Odlums Coffee and Walnut Cake

Beautifully presented Coffee and Walnut cake on a white cake stand
Beautifully presented Coffee and Walnut cake on a white cake stand