Spinach, Basil and Ricotta Rotolo
Let’s face it, by the time we get to Christmas, we are usually so smashed by the end of the year that the thought of cooking up a big Christmas dinner can be daunting. That’s why I usually do Christmas dishes that include familiar Christmassy ingredients but with a clever twist that makes them easy to prepare and don’t need the long cooking times associated with roasting a whole bird or boiling a pudding. It is Summer in Australia at Christmas-time after all! A beautiful prawn salad begins my menu this year. Serve it on a large platter to share, or you can easily portion it onto individual plates if you are having a formal sit down dinner. The price of prawns goes up so much close to Christmas that it is wise to buy them frozen a few weeks before when they are cheaper (trust me, the ones you
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Spinach, Basil and Ricotta Rotolo

Let’s face it, by the time we get to Christmas, we are usually so smashed by the end of the year that the thought of cooking up a big Christmas dinner can be daunting. That’s why I usually do Christmas dishes that include familiar Christmassy ingredients but with a clever twist that makes them easy […]

Christmas Kilos…

Little Macadamia Glace Fruit Cakes

We all have a Christmas wishlist, but what is not on that wishlist is a few extra kilos… TIPS FROM THE FOODCENTRIC PODCAST – Episode 2 CHRISTMAS KILOS Here is a summary of some of the tips discussed on Episode 2 of the Foodcentric podcast – CHRISTMAS KILOS – with Foodcentric‘s Food Director, Naomi Crisante […]

Smoked Salmon Dill Potato Salad

If there is one ingredient that says ‘luxury’, surely it is smoked salmon. I love everything about it from its beaming rosy pink colour and rippling texture, to the way it drapes so beautifully into elegant folds, its street cred as a lean but high quality protein source and, of course, its delicate but distinctive […]

The Fat Chat

Asparagus and Olive Oil

There is no doubt that fat carries flavour and it has wonderful qualities for use in cooking but we do need to be sensible about it. TIPS FROM ‘THE FAT CHAT’ PODCAST Here is a summary of some of the tips discussed on The Fat Chat – Episode 1 of the Foodcentric podcast with Foodcentric‘s […]

Mrs Potato Head…

Rosemary Roast Potatoes with Olive Oil

It’s no secret I am a Potato Head… I love potatoes any which way – mashed, fried, roasted, sautéed, chipped, rosti, baked in their jackets or even plain boiled in a potato salad. My husband does not share my passion for the humble spud despite the fact that his roots are from Abruzzo in Italy, […]

Pastabilities….

Yes, I know, the idea of making your own pasta like a classic Italian Nonna sounds like a wonderful but time consuming thing to do. All that kneading, rolling and cutting by hand seems almost defunct when there is such a wide variety of pasta shapes to choose from, fresh and dried, in your deli […]