Oven Baked Chicken Parmigiana Sliders

I think you could put anything in the middle of a bread roll and it would taste great and one of my favourite sliders, apart from the usual burger of course, is chicken parmigiana. Parmigiana is delicious as is but put it in the middle of a bun and it tastes even better. This is a … Continue reading

Arroz Caldoso – Spanish Seafood & Rice Soup

I have been on the hunt for a good arroz caldoso recipe ever since I saw Anthony Bourdain eating a bowl of it in one of his No Reservations episodes, probably one based in Spain as that is where the recipe originated. I couldn’t find too many recipes online for arroz caldoso but I got … Continue reading

Venetian Duck Ragu

I was recently watching Rick Stein’s television series, From Venice to Istanbul, and it really struck me how different the cooking of this section of the Veneto region is to the rest of Italy. The use of spices such as cinnamon and curry powder bring to the cuisine a real hint of its Byzantine past. This duck … Continue reading

Braciole with Pasta – Sunday Gravy

             Anyone who is a fan of American mob movies such as Goodfellas or Sopranos will be familiar with the term Sunday Gravy. It’s an American Italian institution which involves a long simmered tomato sauce made with copious cuts of meat – everything from meatballs, pork ribs, sausages and most importantly, … Continue reading

Persian Baked Chicken with Saffron & Barberries

I must confess that this baked chicken is not a traditional Persian dish but rather my own invention.  When I’m cooking a Persian meal for a large crowd I like to serve a variety of Khoresht (meat based stews) along with Persian steamed basmati rice and I often feel that a poultry dish of some description would … Continue reading

Roasted Green Beans & Tomatoes

I’m always on the look out for new side dishes, especially ones that don’t require any last minute preparation and can feed a large number of people without dirtying all the pots and pans in the cupboards or using up all the stove burners. This roasted green bean and tomato dish delivers all of the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Osso Buco Ragu with Pappardelle

  Sometimes you just feel like pasta and nothing else will do. My plan was to cook osso buco one night last week, which I love with a passion, and I had all the ingredients ready to go but when the time came I just felt like pasta. I didn’t want to team up the osso buco … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading