Recipe – ‘Nduja Strozzapreti

‘Nduja Strozzapreti This very versatile recipe is built around Calabria’s fiery, spreadable salami called ‘nduja (see FAQ below); it’s available from most delis and my favourite is from Salumi Australia. I’ve made this dish without the chicory (just eggs) and without the eggs (just chicory), but like it best with both. The name chicory is […]

Recipe – Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini Carbonara Carbonara sauce traditionally contains guanciale (cured pork cheek), but I had a delicious vegetarian version with zucchini at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point, and couldn’t resist trying to recreate it at home. You need female zucchini flowers for this recipe, they’re the ones with the baby zucchini attached. It’s important to use authentic […]

Recipe – Truffled Macaroni Cheese

Truffled Macaroni Cheese For many food lovers, fresh black truffles are the highlight of winter. I developed this recipe using white Italian truffles from Alba (during their short mid-October to mid-December season), but it works just as well with black truffles. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and is also a great side […]

Recipe – Pasta alla Puttanesca

Pasta alla Puttanesca “Puttana” is the Italian word for prostitute and I love the apocryphal story of how Neapolitan pasta alla puttanesca was named. Most respectable Italian women used to (and some indeed still do) shop for fresh ingredients every day, but not the busy working girls of Naples who worked a 6-and-a-half day week […]

Recipe – Orecchiette Broccoli Anchovies & Chilli

Orecchiette, Broccoli, Anchovies & Chilli This classic dish from Puglia is also popular in neighbouring Basilicata. It highlights one of the many reasons to love pasta – it’s literally on the table in less time than it takes for a pizza delivery to arrive! It may look simple, even a little odd, but it’s so […]

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