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 [...]

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 Asparagus Carbonara with Thyme & Crisp Prosciutto

Asparagus Carbonara
Here is another one of my favourite Spring recipes this time using asparagus in a thyme infused Carbonara sauce with pasta garnished with crisp Prosciutto. Obviously, if you don’t add the Prosciutto it makes a great vegetarian dish. Use good quality Penne Rigate (dry penne pasta with ridges) to hold the creamy asparagus sauce. My [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tarragon Chicken with Cider Mustard and Cream

Tarragon Chicken with Cider Mustard and Cream
This beautiful chicken dish especially created to match the award winning Brady’s Lookout Tasmanian Premium Cuvée Cider, is inspired by French country cuisine. I have tried to capture the flavours of Normandy where cider is a specialty. Here I combine the delicate aromatic flavour of tarragon with their Premium Cuvée Cider which adds a note [...]

Cider Poached Salmon with Mussels and Aioli

Cider Poached Salmon Mussels Aioli
This delicious Tasmanian seafood dish, especially created to accompany the award winning Brady’s Lookout Tasmanian Wild Cuvée Cider, is inspired by the cooking of northern Spain. I tried to capture the flavours of Asturias where cider is not only enjoyed in the glass but in their cuisine. Here I poach salmon and mussels in their [...]

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 [...]