Pizzoccheri

Pizzoccheri

Pizzoccheri is technically the name of the buckwheat pasta in this dish, the dish itself comes from the Lombardy region of Italy and is known as Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese. It's one of those not much to look at but so good to eat dishes, a hearty vegetarian option for a cold evening. I made the [...]

Amaretti

Amaretti

If you're an Italophile like me you don't need a lot of prompting to try these delicious chewy cookies. But when a friend just KEPT ON sharing pics of Italian sweets online and then my hairdresser offered me a freshly baked amaretti, who was I to resist? They are super quick and easy to whip [...]

Fritule

Fritule

According to Wikipedia, fritule are "a festive Croatian pastry made particularly for Christmas. They resemble little doughnuts... Venetian frìtole... they are usually flavored with rum and citrus zest, containing raisins, and are topped with powdered sugar." For me they're also a whole lot more. They were one of my favourite sweet treats growing up, and [...]

Salmon en croute

Salmon en croute

Impressive but not really difficult, who can say no to moist flaky salmon when it comes in a buttery pastry parcel? I had been planning to make individual portions with fillets but when I saw whole sides of salmon at Easter time I couldn't resist one large showstopper instead. Serves 8 what you need: 2 [...]

Slow cooker beef stew

Slow cooker beef stew

The humble $40 slow cooker I bought many years ago is still one of the best things in my kitchen. And it's not even for the days I'm at work, because there's no way I'm ever going to be organised enough to get everything into it before seven am. I actually love using it on [...]