Sylvia’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

Sylvia's Fried Zucchini Flowers
One of my favourite summer and autumn cooking past-times is... you guessed it, picking baby zucchini and their flowers fresh from the garden. Taking them straight to the kitchen, making the simplest batter of them all, in Italian we call it la pastella, then dipping and frying these delectable morsels in hot oil to then [...]

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)
This is another very easy recipe but with a French influence this time! If you still have an abundance of zucchinis in the garden, this might be the perfect way to cook them. This zucchini or courgette gratin makes for a simple yet satisfying main course, vegetarian dish or side dish to roast lamb, beef [...]

Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas

Japanese Simmered Beef Potatoes Peas
This is a very easy recipe! Do not be intimidated by the fact that it is Japanese. Contrary to popular belief Japanese Home Cooking is simple to prepare with inexpensive seasonal ingredients, is natural and wholesome, delicious and nutritious. This dish in particular is quite comforting, which is something we all need in these challenging [...]

Sylvia’s Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Sylvia's Green Beans with Sesame Dressing
Another very easy recipe inspired by Japanese Home Cooking to accompany my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas. Seasonal vegetables served simply are appetising additions to any meal. This dish dressed with ground sesame seeds has its roots in classic Buddhist vegan cooking also known as Shojin Ryori Japanese monastic cuisine. Green beans, spinach [...]

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu
This Miso Soup with Silken Tofu is a wholesome, natural addition to my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas and accompanying vegetable dish Green Beans with Sesame Dressing. A hearty and nutritious meal full of natural flavours and umami. I encourage you to try these simple dishes as a combined meal and enjoy their [...]

Baked Medley of Summer Vegetables

Medley of Roasted Summer Vegetables
It might not look much in this baking tray but this dish is simply delicious and easy to prepare. I created it one lovely evening when we spontaneously invited friends to dinner. I used a colourful medley of summer vegetables, tray baked them with herbs from my garden and a touch of freshly ground spice [...]

Roast Mushrooms Poached Egg Garlic Crouton

Roast Mushrooms Poached Egg Garlic Crouton
A gourmet treat that looks mouthwateringly (I just made that word up) delicious and impressive. So quick and easy it can be prepared in minutes. Not really a recipe but rather the clever culinary use of fresh local seasonal ingredients prepared simply to create a light brunch, lunch or dinner. Accompany with a freshly dressed [...]

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 using honey from Honey Tasmania and any Tasmanian extra virgin olive oil. It's a light and flavoursome salad dressing that is simple [...]

Sylvia’s Asparagus Carbonara with Thyme & Crisp Prosciutto

Sylvia's 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 [...]

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 are 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) [...]