Dec 19, 2014
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Sausage Meatball Lasagna

Cooking a classic lasagna can be a real labour of love – making a ragu, making béchamel, boiling lasagna sheets and then layering everything together can take a lot of time and effort. Sure it’s delicious but due to the amount of time it takes it’s not something I cook very often. When I crave lasagna but […]

Nov 21, 2014
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Veal Cutlet Parmigiana

Parmigiana here in Australia is a bit of an iconic dish. There isn’t a pub bistro worth it’s salt that doesn’t have this retro classic on its menu. I can totally understand the allure – what’s not to like about a breaded piece of meat covered in an Italian style tomato sauce and lots of […]

Nov 3, 2014
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Crab Carbonara

The Roman dish of spaghetti carbonara is one of the most adored pasta dishes in the world and rightly so. It has all the elements that make for perfect comfort food – a silky cheese laced sauce, salty pancetta and of course pasta. This version whilst not really traditional in that it incorporates crab meat, is still authentic […]

Oct 23, 2014
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Lidia Bastianich’s Veal Scaloppine Bolognese

For me one of the most exciting things about cooking is finding a recipe or a technique that I haven’t encountered before. Who would have thought there’s an Italian veal recipe out there that is executed so differently from the usual scaloppine style dishes. The title would have you believe that the veal is accompanied by […]

Oct 17, 2014
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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

When I first purchased my muffin tins I naively thought that I would use them to, well make muffins but as it turns out I’ve used them for everything but. I’ve whipped up mini quiches using won ton wrappers and cinnamon rolls using puff pastry and I’ve even used them for roasted potato stacks. So […]

Aug 21, 2014
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Delicious Spinach Gratin the Easy Way

As much as I love eating spinach I don’t like all the tedious washing involved to ensure it’s grit and sand free. My normal method for washing spinach is to fill the sink with plenty of cold water, take all the spinach leaves off the stem, place them in the water and give them a […]

Aug 7, 2014
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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These little sausage stuffed mushrooms make a great canapé to serve with drinks. The best thing about them, apart from being delicious, is that they can be prepared well in advance and baked just before serving. There are so many variations you can make with these. Sometimes I leave out the sausage and just make […]

Jul 24, 2014
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Veal Chops Stuffed with Taleggio & Broccoli

This recipe comes from Lidia Bastianich an Italian American chef who owns several restaurants in the States, has written countless cook books and made a number of television shows – she’s sort of the Barefoot Contessa of Italian food. I find her recipes to be very approachable and totally authentic, despite her many years living in the […]

May 21, 2014
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Veal & Eggplant Parmigiana

I’m a huge fan of Parmigiana. Unfortunately it tends to be viewed as a bit of an old fashioned retro dish, something you would find on pub menus and in mom and pop style Italian restaurants, but done well it can be a spectacular meal. The term “parmigiana” basically refers to a dish where the ingredients […]

Mar 26, 2014
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Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic, Gorgonzola & Herbs

It’s been a hot summer in Sydney and even though we’re a few weeks into autumn there are still a lot of lovely tomatoes available at the markets so I’ve been making the most of them while they last. This super tasty recipe is from Giada de Laurentis and it makes a wonderful side dish […]