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Porchetta – I Heart Rome

Porchetta – I Heart Rome

This post celebrates a book recently published by my dear friend Maria Pasquale, best known for her Internationally popular blog,  Heart Rome.  Maria is also from Melbourne and has lived in Trastevere, Rome for the last 7 years. We met here in Rome and I’d […]

Ribollita

Ribollita

Although Rome certainly isn’t seeing arctic temperatures this Winter the fact that it is Winter, a comforting bowl of soup is always welcome and I could happily have soup every day.  This is a good thing because I never seem to be able to make […]

Vellutata di Broccolo Romanesco

Vellutata di Broccolo Romanesco

After indulging for the whole month of December, it’s time to return to some healthier habits.  The best way for me to do this during winter is by preparing soup, and this recipe is one that I love because it is so quick, easy and […]

Cotechino with Lentils – Happy New Year!

Cotechino with Lentils – Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve in Italy is marked by a large, festive meal which might have seafood as the protagonist.  The dinner on December 31st is called the cenone di San Silvestro or cenone di Capodanno, the word ‘cenone‘ being Italian for ‘big dinner’.  Some traditions […]

Spaghetti con le Sarde

Spaghetti con le Sarde

A traditional Sicilian pasta recipe which I absolutely adore, ‘spaghetti con le sarde’ is spaghetti with sardines, although for this recipe and these photos, I used fresh anchovies instead of sardines.  I used fresh anchovies because they were available at the fish market the day […]

Aussie Meat Pies

Aussie Meat Pies

I think it’s safe to say that the Meat Pie is an Australian icon.  I’ve lived away from Australia for more than twenty years, yet if you asked me to write a list of traditional ‘Aussie’ icons, a meat pie with tomato sauce would be right […]

Sticky Chinese Pork Spare Ribs

Sticky Chinese Pork Spare Ribs

This recipe is another favourite from my mother’s repertoire of Chinese recipes.  Eating these sticky ribs and licking my fingers with my eyes closed I can picture her in the kitchen of our Frankston house.  My two brother’s, my twin sister and my father sitting […]

Chinese Fried Rice

Chinese Fried Rice

  My mother used to cook wonderful Chinese dishes when we were growing up.  She had attended lessons with Elizabeth Chong,  a prominent Chinese-born Melbourne based celebrity chef, author and television presenter, at her Chinese Cooking School.  If there is one memory I have of […]

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich

The delicious combination of seasoned grilled chicken with bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato is hard to resist. You can get creative with your mayonnaise to give your Club Sandwich a signature flavour and take your sandwich to the next level.  I’ve added Balsamic vinegar and […]

Rabbit Roulade with Lardo di Colonnata

Rabbit Roulade with Lardo di Colonnata

Per la ricetta in Italiano, clicca qui per il sito e video ricetta del Antica Larderia Malfada.   This month This Tuscan Life featured a story about a special ‘lard’ known as Lardo di Colonnata.  It’s a wonderful and informative article which features a traditional Tuscan […]