Sylvia’s Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 (refer to my Fig Galette recipe for the idea) or pizza topping. Not really a recipe but a group of fresh seasonal ingredients that [...]

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. And 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 [...]

Steve’s Char Grilled Barbeque Sweet Corn Recipe No. 1

Steve's Char Grilled Corn
This is Recipe No. 1 in our 3 Ways with Sweet Corn. Here’s a delicious way to cook sweet corn. Steve is the expert at this and gets it just right! Accompanies barbeque chicken, lamb or pork or as we do, with a Thai barbeque meal. Finger lickin’ good! INGREDIENTS  Serves 4-6 2 cobs sweet [...]

Avocado Lemon and Almond Salad

Avocado Lemon and Almond Salad
Quick and easy! A simple and delicious avocado salad to accompany grilled chicken, meat or fish. Or serve as an accompanying dish in a vegetarian meal with roast sweet potato. 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 [...]

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 [...]

Curly Leaf Kale and Potato Tart with Hazelnuts and Feta

Curly Leaf Kale and Potato Tart with Hazelnuts and Feta
Curly Leaf Kale recipe that might convert you! This is a delicious tart and vegetarian too. Can be baked as one 24cm tart for an easy family dinner or smaller tarts for lunches. It's packed with lovely local produce. Combines cooked kale with leeks and thyme for flavour, potatoes and hazelnuts for texture. If you would like an [...]