Italian

My perfect carbonara

This is not a traditional carbonara. But after years of trial and error, multiple recipes and many arguments I am finally happy with my take. Serves two 2 egg yolks An eschallot 200g high quality bacon or speck Salt, pepper A whole clove of garlic Parsley 250g (half a packet) fettucine Place a pot of […]

Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Our eggplants and tomatoes survived and thrived through the heatwave conditions in February and March and after a bumper crop we’ve now reached the end of the season. I went for a variety of heirloom tomatoes this year and it paid off. The big meaty oxhearts are mild and great for eating raw in a salad […]

Wild Rabbit Ragu

If you find a wild rabbit, preferably one that’s been skinned and butchered rather than hopping and burrowing, then wild rabbit ragu is a nice way to have it feed four people.  While farmed rabbits are bigger I haven’t found one with much taste.  I’ve seen wild rabbit for sale for as much as $30-40 […]

Smoked Trout Spaghetti

Smoked trout spaghetti is a quick mid-week go to dinner.  I buy a vacuum sealed smoked trout and keep it in the fridge. Its great for breakfast on a bagel, lunch in a salad, on crackers as snack, or for dinner in this pasta.  I am always happy when I have some in the fridge. […]

Sirloin Steak with Cannellini Beans

Something amazing happens when a perfectly cooked steak sits on the same plate as this simple cannellini bean mixture.  It may not sound like anything special, but these are exactly the dishes I love, when the ingredients become so much more than what they are on their own.  That’s what cooking is all about.  Serves two 2 medium […]

Roman Gnocchi

This is not quite pasta. In fact the semolina reminds me of childhood breakfasts, but thankfully this is a lot tastier. It is a warming belly-filler with all the qualities of a reassuring comfort food like mashed potato – and a must for anyone who loves parmesan cheese. The kitchen can get a bit messy […]

Lemon Pasta

Serves 2 Zest of 1 lemon Juice of 1 lemon 1 egg yolk 250 gm Barilla number 7 spaghetti A handful grated parmesan cheese Add pasta to a large pot of salted boiling water. Combine egg yolk cheese lemon zest and juice. Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to pot. Mix through the lemon and […]

Pasta with Spinach and Salami

This is another one of my favourite pasta dishes, I loved this dish as a kid and still do. It’s often cooked when I don’t what else to eat. Serves 2 250gm Barilla fusilli pasta (half a pack) Large glug of olive oil A capsicum Red chilli Onion finely chopped 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 2 inches […]