Sylvia’s Simple Vinaigrette

Sylvia's Simple Vinaigrette
Many people request to know my secrets to a simple salad dressing. Finally, I have been able to write and publish it for you here and I hope you enjoy this velvety vinaigrette. It's a light and flavoursome salad dressing that is simple to prepare and keep on hand in the fridge. The secret is [...]

A Bit About Asparagus

Asparagus spears
Asparagus officianalis is the young shoot of the plant related to the lily family and comes in a variety of colours from white, light green, dark green and violet or purple. The Persian word Asparag means ‘a sprout’ and asparagus sprouts forth from the ground as if out of nowhere. In about the 1st century [...]

Best Way To Truly Appreciate a Truffle

Truffle Butter Baguette
It is Winter. This also means it is Truffle time! This is the season to relish and savour a special winter indulgence. One of my most enjoyable culinary delights is creating new dishes with Black Périgord Truffles from Tamar Valley Truffles. And tasting a freshly dug truffle is a sublimely unique experience. Below I have described the [...]

A Piece on Pizza

A Piece on Pizza
Pizza is the famous Italian flatbread which has become almost ubiquitous after it was brought to America by Italian emigrants. It has developed an international food following with pizzerias all over the world baking this simple flat disc of bread with multi-cultural fervour. It has become a global food phenomenon and its simplicity and diversity [...]

Sylvia’s Special Spiced Anzac Biscuits

Sylvia's Special Anzac Biscuits on Steve's Glass Platter
I first made these Anzac Biscuits in 1988 based on a recipe in a clipping from The Adelaide Advertiser on 20 April 1988 when Margaret Kirkwood was writing the Cuisine pages and have been baking them ever since adding my own special touch over the years. The result is quite a different recipe that includes my [...]

Steve’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tasmanian Blue Eye Trevalla with Steve's Garlic Mash
This is a mash. But not just any old mash. It's Steve's Garlic Mash! Fabulous with grilled steak with sauce, casseroles, lamb, chicken and even fish (as pictured above). Mashed potatoes are comfort food and wonderful for soaking up the delicious flavours from your plate, and for Steve, making them is nearly an art form. It is important [...]

Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Rosemary, Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes and Garlic ready to be oven roasted
Roasted mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes are so versatile! They can happily accompany fish, chicken or even lamb. Use it to flavour freshly prepared Ligurian Handmade Pasta or add as a topping to Bruschetta (pron. brus-ket-a). I first prepared them this way in about January 2008 to accompany a Pink Ling dish. Here I have given you the [...]

Sylvia’s Kitchen Preserved Lemon Recipe Ideas

Preserved Lemon Potatoes Flathead Roasted Tomatoes Pesto
My Moroccan-style Preserved Lemons are handmade in Launceston, Tasmania using my own home grown lemons to my own special recipe that has evolved over 30 years. I make these Preserved Lemons about three times a year in small batches and in small jars. They are an artisan product, matured and ready for use. They have [...]

Passata di Pomodoro Easy Tomato Sauce

Home-grown Tomatoes ready for Passata di Pomodoro
People ask me “How do I make my own successful tomato sauce from scratch?” I say, simply by cooking red ripe tomatoes simply! So, here we go. This is not a recipe more an instruction on how to easily prepare authentic Passata di Pomodoro. Pomodoro in Italian means “tomato”. Passata in Italian means “to pass”. Therefore when [...]

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 [...]