Sylvia’s Easy Smoked Salmon Pate-Dip

Sylvia's Easy Smoked Salmon Pate-Dip
This is a lovely quick and easy pâté or dip you can prepare in advance or whip up in an instant as part of your festive feasting with family and friends or anytime for that matter.  It has a lovely delicate flavour and smooth texture and presents beautifully simply in a bowl garnished with baby [...]

Sylvia’s Spring Asparagus Frittata

Sylvia's Asparagus Frittata
Asparagus heralds the arrival of Spring with spears standing upright on the green grocer’s shelves and farmer’s markets, or if you’re lucky, in your own garden! My aunt and uncle who live part of the year in Friuli (north-east Italy) and the other part at the family villa and farm in Campania (south-west Italy) have [...]

Crespelle alla Fiorentina – Italian Pancakes with Baby Silverbeet

Sylvia's Crespelle alla fiorentina with baby silverbeet
This is a very special dish I am quite fond of. Crespelle are light thin Italian pancakes and I used to serve them at our boutique country hotel and restaurant The Peacock Inn. My Crespelle alla Fiorentina are filled with spinach, Prosciutto and ricotta (or béchamel), doused in our tomato sauce (Passata di Pomodoro), sometimes [...]

Carrots with Rocket Hazelnut Crumbs & Puffed Quinoa

Sylvia's Baby Carrots Goat's Curd Hazelnut crumbs & Puffed Quinoa
A fresh, quick and simple way to prepare and serve an accompanying vegetable dish with your weekday meals. We love this carrot dish in particular for its freshness and simplicity. I dreamt it up one day when thinking of a new creative way to serve sweet baby carrots from York Town Organics. The idea is to keep it [...]

Easy Tomato Cucumber Olive and Feta Salad

Tomato Cucumber Olive & Parsley Salad
Easy healthy salad for summer or autumn. I’ve scored the cucumber for an artistic look but also for a practical reason, to expose the cucumber flesh to the marinade. Greek flavours mingle with tomatoes, olives, parsley and feta. Feta is optional. Enjoy this simple salad with grilled fish, barbeque chicken or with my Lamb with Crushed Potatoes Corn [...]

Baked Pumpkin with Sage Garlic & Chilli

Pumpkin with Sage Garlic & Chilli
Fabulous flavours evolve here with the sage, garlic and chilli complementing the sweet pumpkin. You could also use sweet potato. Either slice or dice the pumpkin and create a savoury tart or pizza topping. INGREDIENTS  Serves 4-6 Pumpkin Sage leaves, chopped and small ones left whole Finely sliced garlic (as much as you like) Chopped [...]

Avocado Salad with Lemon and Almonds to accompany grilled chicken, meat or fish

Avocado Lemon and Almond Salad
Quick and easy! A simple and delicious avocado salad to accompany grilled chicken, meat or fish. Avocados are highly nutritious and provide an excellent source of vitamins and monounsaturated fats. The spices I’ve added to the dressing give this salad an exotic tone, but you can omit them if you wish. The crunch of the whole [...]

Roast Beetroot Salad with Chévre, Walnuts and Edible Flowers

Roast Beetroot Salad with Chevre & Walnuts
A delicious way of preparing beetroot is to slow-roast it with garlic and herbs thereby enhancing and concentrating its earthy sweetness. Once you taste it cooked this way you may realise that this root vegetable is certainly underrated. Inspired by my Italian roots (excuse the pun) in this Insalata Barbe Rosse con Formaggio di Capra e [...]