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 Truffle Salad with Walnuts

Sylvia's Truffle Salad with Walnuts
If you've treated yourself to a truffle or two, here's a simple recipe idea to accompany a roast chicken or grilled steak. Prepare a salad with York Town Organics Baby Cos and Micro Salad Leaves. I've also used Radicchio from my kitchen garden, a beautiful deep ruby-red Italian chicory I grow for the winter. Season [...]

Sylvia’s Ribollita Tuscan Kale Soup

Sylvia's Ribollita Tuscan Kale Soup
Ribollita is a Tuscan peasant style (vegetarian) soup made with bread, vegetables, cannellini beans and the essential ingredient is the robust green Cavolo Nero or Tuscan Kale. Ribollita in Italian translated literally means “re-boiled”. This soup has medieval origins as it is believed that servants collected the left-overs from wealthy banquets and re-boiled the bread, [...]

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 [...]

Thai Stir-fried Asian Greens

Stir Fry Asian Greens
This is a versatile way to cook all your Asian Greens. As you know Thai food is another favourite of mine and we regularly cook our Asian greens in this way. Whilst working as a chef, and home cook, in Adelaide I used to go to the Adelaide Central Market early in the morning and marvel at the [...]

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Ginger and Garlic

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts is the correct name for this brassica and there are classical references to it in 13th century Belgium. They only became known in France and England at the end of the 18th century and later in North America. It comes in green and purple varieties and being a cold climate vegetable we are [...]

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 [...]

Parsnips with Linguine Macadamias Bacon and Sage

Parsnips with Linguine Macadamias Bacon and Sage
Parsnips can be mashed with potatoes, roasted with other root vegetables in olive oil, butter and herbs or as a sauce for pasta! Yep that’s right! Here I’ve created a special seasonal sauce with lovely soft autumnal colours on show. We love to eat this dish when parsnips are plump. The parsnip, bacon and sage have [...]

Mushrooms Roasted with Garlic Thyme and Chilli

Mushrooms with Garlic Thyme & Chilli ready for roasting
This recipe I share with you as an addition to the dishes I specifically developed for our Cooking Demonstrations at the 2016 Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival. This is one of our favourite mushroom dishes. It is so simple! An ideal starter dish served on bruschetta or can be transformed into a side dish to accompany barbequed steak or [...]

Broccoli with Penne, Garlic, Chilli and Pine Nuts

Broccoli with Penne Rigate Garlic Chilli and Pine Nuts
If you want a meal for the family that is healthy and nutritious you can’t go past this Broccoli dish. It’s fresh, quick to cook and serve, simply delicious and refreshing. Accompany with a freshly dressed salad, it might even get your children eating those little green trees! The crisp crumbled Prosciutto, Pangrattato, pine nuts and cheese [...]