Fettucini…

This dish was inspired from a boscaiola dish my mum used to make when I was a kid. Tonight’s version is a simple combination of garlic, spring onions, mushrooms and pancetta and of a little bit of cream. Top with parsley, fresh parmesan and serve with red wine of course. An easy pasta dish to enjoy with close friends. Buon Appetito!

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Lentil bolognese

Yes this doesn’t sound right but it tastes delicious! You could use pre-soaked lentils to reduce the cooking time or just slow cook them for an hour or so. Either way, a nice variation of one of Italy’s most famous dish… and you can keep the vegetarians happy too.

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Deep sea bream and watercress salad

I’ve been experimenting with different types of fish this year. Tonight I baked deep sea bream. It’s sitting on fried cannellini beans with red capsicum. The salad is a mixture of watercress, feta, beetroot, avacado and other goodies. A healthy and light meal with a great combo of flavours. And it’s super easy to make.

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Pumpkin & asparagus risotto

This is my favourite risotto dish. The key to risotto is not olive oil but butter. I use a mix of both as too much butter will over power the pumpkin and asparagus. Be patient with risotto. Let it cook slowly, simmering away, as you enjoy a glass of wine. Another secret ingredient is adding a splash of balsamic vinegar. This dish has everything.. risotto, fresh vegetables, parmesan cheese, olive oil, butter and wine… Italian cooking doesn’t get better!

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Salt-crusted snapper

I’ve been looking at this recipe in a few Italian cookbooks for years. On the weekend, out of Sydney, near the beach in perfect weather I had my first attempt. The end result was delicious but I ran out of rock salt and had to use some table salt which wasn’t ideal so the crust was thin. However, it’s well worth the effort. Despite being baked in salt, the fish does not come out extra salty. Well worth the effort and will look impressive on the table – you should need to hammer the crust off to get to this fish!

 

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Start with your favourite whole fish filling with lemon, garlic, parsley and other herbs.Image 
Cover with a good layer of salt (mixed with water & a little flour) to create a cement-like mixture. You can see how I have different salt-consistency because I ran out of salt. Something to improve on for next time!

Simple Italian cooking

Sometimes the best meals are simple ones shared with a bottle (or many bottles) of red and family. Image 

Here we have spaghetti with homemade passata, cooked with extra garlic and onion for more flavour.Image 

A celebration of life, happiness and great Italian food!

Kale, beetroot & halloumi salad

Kale is a great substitute for lettuce leaves in salads. Steam them for about a minute and then add warm beetroot, grilled halloumi and other goodies such as avocado, roasted pine nuts, red onion and cherry tomatoes. Just don’t add too many extras as they may spoil the three main ingredients.

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There is plenty of kale under everything else!

 

Easter Chocolate Cake

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Cooking is always better when done with a friend. This is a chocolate and orange flourless cake topped with chocolate ganache and Easter decorations from my flatmate. I added extra cocoa to make more of a dark chocolate cake. You can never have too much chocolate over Easter!

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Easter

In 2013 my new years resolution was to cook a new Italian dish every week. The only requirement was that it had to be something I had not cooked before and had to be from an Italian cookbook or Italian cooking blog. This Easter I prepared some of my favourite Italian dishes for my close friends. Pleasure to share great food with great wine and great people!

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Home cooked Italian from my Nonna’s recipes to Italian-Australian and Italian cooks. Can’t go wrong.

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Ramen noodles

A variation on my first Japanese dish. I swapped chicken for white fish and prawns and used ramen noodles instead of vermicelli. The soup base is miso-soup. After bringing the miso to a boil I basically added all the ingredients on the plate into the pot and simmered for 10-15 minutes until the fish was cooked. Add a boiled egg at the end and serve straight away.Image 
Mix up your choice of vegetables and add tofu for extra flavour. Image 
Topped with bean sprouts. Simple and delicious.