Recipe – Bottarga & Lemon Pappardelle

Bottarga & Lemon Pappardelle I love pasta! I also love lemon and bottarga, so I created this simple recipe combining all three. It’s inspired by my friend and co-author, Giovanni Pilu who introduced me to the joys of bottarga along with many other Sardinian ingredients (you can order his Aussie-made bottarga online and scroll to […]

Recipe – Portuguese Sardine Pate

Sardine Pâté (Paté de Sardinha)

Portuguese Sardine Pate Chef Jose Silva says: “Paté de sardinha, olives and bread are almost always on the table when you walk into a restaurant in Portugal, before you even order.” Sardines abound in Portuguese waters and are one of the country’s most popular fish, with each person consuming an average of over 5kg per […]

Recipe – Open Fillo Sandwich with Garlic, Tomato & Anchovy

Open Fillo Sandwich with Anchovy Sauce This simple dish is inspired by one of my favourite MG Garage starters. I love the idea of sandwiching chopped olives between 2 sheets of fillo and wonder what else might work in this way. Janni used to make a triple stack of the olive-studded fillo sheets with the […]

Recipe – Vitello Tonnato

Vitello Tonnato This elegant Italian version of surf and turf hails from the north-western region of Piedmont. It is delicious, though when prepared correctly not particularly attractive, and its English description of ‘poached veal in tuna mayonnaise’ doesn’t do it justice at all! You have to wonder why anyone would want their veal to taste […]

Recipe – Pissaladiere

Pissaladière This classic dish hails from the city of Nice and is often referred to as Niçoise pizza. Its thin bread base is similar to focaccia and the sweetness of the caramelised onions contrasts beautifully with the salty anchovies and olives. The name comes from pissalat, meaning ‘salted fish’ in the Niçoise dialect, a reference […]

Recipe – Orecchiette Broccoli Anchovies & Chilli

Orecchiette, Broccoli Anchovies & Chilli This classic dish from the region of Puglia highlights one of the many reasons I love pasta – it is literally on the table in less time than it would take for the pizza delivery to arrive! It may look simple, but everyone will be asking for seconds and any […]

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