Fig Jam Biscuits

Fig Jam Biscuits

I recently found a scrumptious biscuit recipe for Spiced Fig Jam Drops in The Gourmet Traveller. The recipe appealed to me for a number of reasons; it looked mouthwatering, I love biscuits (especially ones with jam as the centrepiece), appeared easy to prepare, and required a component of homemade fig jam – something I have…

Fig & Almond Tart

Fig & Almond Tart

You have probably noticed whilst shopping at growers markets and/or fruit shops that figs are currently in season. They are available from December till February, with some varieties obtainable till April.  You will more often see the purplish skin figs (a medium sized pear-shaped fruit with a red flesh), a variety known as the Black…

Semifreddo al torrone e cioccolato

Semifreddo al torrone e cioccolato

Semifreddo translates to semi-frozen in Italian. It is an Italian frozen (ice-cream) dessert which doesn’t involve the use of an ice-cream machine.  The flavours here are nougat (torrone) and chocolate (cioccolato). The first time I ever made semifreddo (as a teenager) I remember thinking – how easy is this to make! I quickly included it…

Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry

Rough Puff Pastry is an easier way to make a true puff pastry and is often called or known as a ‘cheats’ version of puff pastry. Large knobs of butter are mixed through dough and the dough is then rolled and folded to spread the butter through the dough. The result is uneven layers and…

Melanzane Ripieni (Stuffed Eggplants)

  These Melanzane Ripieni (stuffed eggplants or eggplants refilled) are a very popular meal in southern Italy, but of course you will find versions of it all around Italy (and each region would claim theirs the best!). The recipe I have provided for you today is my mum’s recipe and is ‘Calabrese’ style (from Calabria…

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

Lemons would have to be one of my all-time favourite ingredients.  You can use it a little to lift a dish or a lot to give a dominate lemon flavour in both sweet and savoury dishes. Lemon curd is a perfect example of a sweet with a strong lemon flavour.  It is sharp, rich and…

Zucchini Slice with Tomato

Zucchini Slice with Tomato

This zucchini recipe is one I’ve adapted from Stephanie Alexander’s cookbook – The Cook’s Companion.  It’s actually by a friend of Stephanie’s, Anna-Maria Bruno who was one of the first generation of Italian migrants (1950’s) to have contributed to Italian food and cooking in Australia. I love this recipe (as does the hubby and child)…