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A recipe for an Uni Risotto topped with a quail egg yolk. Fresh uni to be made into a Uni Risotto. Uni Risotto topped with black pepper, a quail egg yolk, and fresh Pecorino. Hey Guys! Today we have uni risotto…plus I originally had a great story about my trip to Mexico last week and about how I ate really fresh uni, then became super inspired to make a simple uni risotto dish….but then Instagram threw me for a loop and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind, so here it goes: Kids on Instagram should be a major no no. Or if they’re going to be on instagram, maybe put some sort of regulation on their accounts? (I’m saying like 12-13 yrs old and under) Am I the only one with a strong opinion about this? Do I sound like an old lady??

Here’s why I had this sudden freak out about Kids on Instagram: I was doing my daily “procrastination by insty” the other day, scrolling from photo to photo and stumbled upon a very rude and crude comment made by someone, about a cake that someone else had posted. I was annoyed right then thinking to myself, “Who does that, seriously? So rude, so stupid.” Anyway, that took me to clicking on the rude commentator’s profile to see why he thought he was so great as to be able to leave nasty comments on another person’s photo. What I saw shocked me…. It was a little, pre-pubecent boy! On top of this, his profile was public, he had posted his phone number on his profile and there were a bunch of “selfies” of him standing in front of the mirror, shirtless….with really “grown up” captions!! Whaa???

Okay, so I’m not a mom (except to my precious dog, Dexter) yet, but please, current moms out there (or anyone else out there for that matter), is this normal? okay?? is it safe?? Am I just being crazy about this?? I just feel like there’s something so unsafe and slightly creepy about what looks to be a 9 yr old on instragram posting crude things, topless photos and publicly announcing his home/cell number?

I don’t know, there’s something that makes me so uncomfy about the whole thing! Maybe I’ve watched too many episode of Law and Order, but man was I creeped out. Thoughts? Anyway, I guess I’ll just go back to noshing on this giant bowl of uni risotto because when I’m feeling weird or creeped out (like right this very second!) a bowl of this rich, creamy and briny risotto or any risotto for that matter (like here and here) is one of the few things that make me feel safe and a little bit sane. :) xx, Jenny

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Uni Risotto
Serves 3 to 4

4 oz. uni (sea urchin roe), cleaned
2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
2 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Arborio rice
2/3 cup dry white wine
4 to 6 cups vegetable stock or a mild fish stock, warmed
2 oz. Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 oz. Pecorino cheese, finely grated
salt and pepper to taste
optional garnishes:
quail eggs, separated and whites reserved for another use
toasted and shredded nori

1. Place uni, cream and 1 tablespoon butter into a food processor and blend until smooth. Strain and reserve liquid until ready to use.
2. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat and sauté shallots for 2 minutes. Add garlic and rice and continue to sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until a small white dot remains in the center of each grain of rice. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Deglaze pan with wine and stir. Allow almost all the liquid to evaporate then reduce the heat to medium and add 2/3 cup warm stock, stirring frequently.
4. Each time the liquid evaporates add another ladle of stock and continue to stir. Repeat until the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Stir in uni puree, followed by the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter (for a glossy finish), until fully incorporated. Stir in grated cheese and adjust seasonings.
6. Divide risotto into portions and top each with more grated cheese, a quail yolk (if using) and shredded nori (if using). Serve.

  1. Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat Not Specified Not Specified

    I think I know just the cake photo you’re talking about. And I agree… maybe there should be like a kids only profile, like Netflix “just for kids”… I had to hide my tween cousins on FB bc of the crude posts! In other news…where does one find that much fresh uni!?

  2. Garry Not Specified Not Specified

    Ok, I LOVE sushi, am adventurous when it comes to noshing.. But.. Um.. Uni virgin here..

    Sell me on on what I should be expecting ‘taste and texture’ wise with this masterpiece.. I really want to try it.. But ..that orange slimy stuff…. UGH!! Help!!

  3. tara Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never seen an account like that on Instagram, but I totally agree with you! I think it’s totally inappropriate-they should not be having an account, or should at least be followed closely by parents so they can monitor stuff like that!

  4. jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    I completely agree with you on Kids on Instagram. I recently found out my 12 year old cousin is on it (luckily her brother found out so he made her change her feed to private) and asked her to add me. She was pretty peeved, but added me and her stream is full of photos of her dog, fish that she catches with her dad on their fishing trips, silly outfit photos and random pictures of her family. What a relief! I can’t say the same about her friends though…

    After seeing the title of this post, I became very bummed that I don’t have a plateful of uni risotto in front of me.

  5. Rachel Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks so sinful and delicious. I’m on a health-kick this month, but I am going to undo it all in May with this risotto. Love the close-up shots of cheese and egg.

    I’m also not a mom either, but my half brother is a young teen. My dad makes sure he’s extremely restricted with his phone/internet use. Even though I grew up in the internet age and had the fear of online stranger danger engrained into me, it seems like the growing amount of social media resources available at the drop of a hat (or smart phone) make it much easier for kids to post personal details, “selfies”, and interact with some creeps out there.

  6. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons Not Specified Not Specified

    I totally agree about preteens and under on instagram…where are the parents??

    Delicious looking risotto!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life’s Lemons

  7. Bryony Not Specified Not Specified

    While my kid is only 18 months old, as a mom, I agree with you about the kids on Instagram thing. At that age, you definitely don’t need to have it because you obviously don’t have the self-control or social awareness not to do stupid things like give out your phone number and pretend you’re far older than you are! I don’t know how normal it is, but it’s definitely NOT a good idea.

    The risotto looks fun! I’ve been meaning to make one for a while and this may just spur me on to actually do it!

  8. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh man. I totally agree. I noticed the other day that I have a few twelve-year-old followers on Instagram. Instantly, I started thinking how weird that was and was my profile/blog appropriate for them to follow. So strange. However, uni…. droooly! Looks delicious, and that egg!

  9. Katie Not Specified Not Specified

    Seriously the amount of pre-pubescent boys doing the whole ab-flex selfie on instagram is disturbing. Every time I venture to the popular page I swear I see one of these and I can’t help it my brain has been corrupt by Law and Order as well. My sweet little 6 month old baby girl will not be having an unregulated online life when she’s older that’s for sure!

    On another note, this looks soooo good!

  10. Amy | Minimally Invasive Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, wow. I don’t have kids and it seems everyday I find a new reason to be thankful for that. But yeah — uni risotto! This is brilliant, and must happen here soon.

  11. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I am victim to abuse from 10 year olds on instagram daily. They tell me Amelia is ugly, my food looks gross and they said the fromage blanc in my soup looks like c-shots. Yes, that 10 year old kid–who also had selfies up–knew that word. They’re the future of our nation!

    P.S. This uni risotto looks major. Good gracious.

  12. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    I ‘m not on Instagram and neither are my teenage daughters. We have impressed upon them that managing an on-line presence is a responsibility and THEY decided they don’t want to be responsible for that at this time. However, there was recently a problem on-line with some kids at our middle school, and the principal got involved. Turns out, lots of kids are doing Instagram instead of Facebook because their parents don’t know about it, and several kids admitted having public accounts monitored by their parents, and PRIVATE accounts the parents DIDN’T know about. I have a hard time keeping up with READING a few blogs. These kids need chores, responsibilities, and outdoor activities to keep them out of this kind of trouble.

  13. cherie Not Specified Not Specified

    That Mom isn’t the mom who would listen to you – she thinks her child is perfect because she doesn’t spend much time with him

    The risotto looks fabulous :) Yum!

  14. Mimi Not Specified Not Specified

    God. I’m just happy my kids are grown now.

    This risotto looks incredible. Is it really fishy tasting?

  15. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    That’s crazy disturbing about the little kid. Gross city.

    However, this uni (which I’ve never had but things are about to change, I can feel it) risotto is making me a little giddy right now. Mercy.

  16. Valentina (Many Kitchens) Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m a recent convert to Uni and this looks amazing. I can’t keep up with every recipe of yours that I want to try!

  17. Courtney @ Not Specified Not Specified

    I completely agree about the Instagram thing. I am fed up with rude people on social media anyway, like there is a safety veil so they can say things much worse than they would tell someone standing in front of them. I really hope his mother finds the account and deletes it. Also, I am bummed that uni risotto is not on my lunch menu because it sounds amazing!

  18. Oriana Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m with you on the age restriction for children. I have three kids (14, 11, and 9) and we heavily restrict their behavior on the Internet. Unfortunately, the lack of adequate parenting leads to children misbehaving online regularly. Social media is here to stay. It is up to parents to teach their children how to safely navigate it.

    P.s. You do not sound like an old lady!

  19. Angela Not Specified Not Specified

    Not a big fan of uni, but it looks great. May try it and see if it converts me. As for the Instagram part, my 12 year old recently joined and she has rules. And as her loving parent, I reserve the right to view her account whenever I want and she knows that. I’m also lucky that she’s a good girl and doesn’t do things like that. All responsible parents should be involved in their kids lives and should know what they are up to with social media.

  20. Georgina Not Specified Not Specified

    First of all: Fresh Uni risotto with a quail egg on top?? You guys just made me drool all over my desk!! This looks so delicious, I’m so sad I can’t get uni where I live!

    Second: I agree 100% about kids on Instagram, Facebook and any social media…it needs to either be monitored by parents or not allowed. Anytime I see a young person with little clothing on and handing out their number I feel so sad for them and the parents. And creeped out as well. It is one of my main fears about having kids!

  21. meatballs & milkshakes Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum, that sounds amazing! Uni with spaghetti is one of my favorite things, will have to try this!

  22. Rachel Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks divine.

  23. Clotilde Not Specified Not Specified

    Just discovered your blog! This looks fantastic!

  24. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    Love uni (especially Mediterranean — sweet, briny, and melts in your mouth). This looks fantastic!

  25. Rebecca Hendricks Not Specified Not Specified

    How on earth do you manage to get the uni past your mouth and into the risotto? Impossible, I tell you.

  26. federico Not Specified Not Specified

    uni and cheese, that s gross! eat it your self!

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