Italian

Caffe Sicilia’s Heinz Beck ‘Legacy Degustation’: Michelin starred dining in Sydney

January 12, 2013
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Sometimes sifting through the motony of emails, wading through the newsletters, spam and group deals, will yield rewarding little nuggets of pure gold – a golden ticket as it were. Was I interested in a masterclass with 3 Michelin starred chef, Heinz Beck? I replied with lightning speed to the invitation – you betcha I’m [...]

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Jamie Oliver’s Italian bread and cabbage soup

July 16, 2012
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Cold wintery nights cry out for warm crackling fires, steaming cups of mulled wine and hearty, belly warming comfort food. That’s exactly what’s on the itinerary when the Co-pilot and I head up to Wollombi, a sleepy little town south of the Hunter Valley for a few days of sorely needed relaxation. We’re staying at [...]

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The food fair that doubled as our wedding

May 22, 2012
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You would think that by default, everything that appears on one’s blog should be personal. But there are of course, varying degrees of personal. I finally overcame my immense procrastination barrier and curated all the photos for this wedding wrap up post. In my defense, this was a very difficult one to create – not [...]

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How to plan a wedding in 3 months

April 28, 2012
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Simple. It’s all about trade offs. You can have a relatively simple event at a wedding venue, or hand over great wads of cash to a wedding co-ordinator and laugh at the follies of other brides who do otherwise. These are the recommended options to plan a stress free wedding in 3 months. Or you [...]

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My top 10 memorable food holidays

December 25, 2010
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What a whirlwind year! 2010 has zipped past me like the Stig in a speeding Koenigsegg, with only the whispering ghosts of his lingering cologne as a souvenir to remind you that anything ever happened. Whilst we still have days to go till we launch into 2011, it’s not premature of me to call it [...]

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So hungry I could eat horse meat

October 19, 2010
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The location was a closely guarded secret, the small guest list carefully canvassed and the topic discussed in hushed tones whilst surreptitiously checking for eavesdroppers. All the secrecy is for good reason as I was invited to a private 4 course dinner and the star ingredient is a topical and controversial one. On the menu [...]

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The tastiest lasagne recipe ever

August 4, 2010
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Sometimes, on long drives, we play games to amuse ourselves and keep the driver alert. One game we played on a long drive with friends DanW and Katie, was “identify five foods you’d take to a deserted island“. My intention was to simply identify the 5 foods you couldn’t ever live without. The brief sounds [...]

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Nonno’s gnocchi with pork and veal sugo

August 2, 2009

About a month ago, the Co-pilot and I engaged in an extensive gnocchi making session under the guidance of our Nonno. This resulted in a gnocchi dish with sauteed prawns and sage burnt butter – a recreation of Alex Herbert’s recipe shown on Masterchef. Delicious and satisfying though it was, it wasn’t quite what Nonno [...]

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Something different: homemade gnocchi

June 15, 2009

A few weeks ago we saw Chef Alex Herbert of Bird Cow Fish make her famous potato gnocchi with sauteed prawns in a burnt butter sauce on the Masterchef celebrity challenge against Masterchef contestant Chris. It looked delicious and we were reminded that it had been too long since the co-pilot and I had made [...]

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Hearty fare at North Bondi Italian

March 21, 2009

We’ve been meaning to try North Bondi Italian for a while now, but for one reason or another haven’t found the time to make it there. A few weeks ago the perfect opportunity presented itself when the co-pilot had to choose a venue to celebrate his mum’s birthday. We went for a lovely late afternoon [...]

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