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Zuppa Di Pesce Alla Ligure

The first time I tried this dish, I was with my parents travelling through Italy and we stopped in Cinque Terra for a few nights.  I tried to recreate it when we returned and it turned out pretty well for a first attempt.  Earlier this year when we were in Cinque Terra, I dragged Adam {and Jack} back to the same restaurant to try it again {I wrote about it here}.  It didn’t disappoint, and when I returned I vowed to try it again.  Zuppa Di Pesce Alla Ligure or Ligurian Fish Stew is a dish that years ago in Italy, would be made using with whatever seafood was fresh from the market that morning.  I used this recipe from the River Cafe cookbook – substituting what seafood was available to me.  I feel like this is going to be a recipe that evolves over time, adding and subtracting until it is exactly how I remember.  To call this dish a fish stew I believe, is an absolute understatement, giving nothing away of its magnificence.  The intensity and richness of the tomato broth is something to experience.  Silky and salty and filled with parcels of seafood with every spoonful.  This recipe is not for the every day.  But it is perfect to reserve for a special meal – Sunday lunch with friends and family, a birthday dinner.  It’s well worth the effort.

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Salted Caramel Baked Cheesecake

I was trying to think of a clever title for this post but realised nothing could quite beat the description of the recipe itself.  Salted. Caramel. Baked. Cheesecake.  Need I say more?

I’ve been holding off on my baking a little lately, due to the fact that I was lucky enough to receive my very own Kitchenaid mixer as a combined Christmas and Birthday present from Adam and Jack.  It may sound a little crazy but I’ve been waiting for the perfect ‘first’ recipe.  No regular sponge would do for this beauty.  So when my parents returned from a dinner party on Australia day gushing about ‘the most amazing dessert ever’, I knew it was worthy and I made a point to hunt down the recipe.  And I can confirm that my parents weren’t over exaggerating.  Please do yourself a favour and try this recipe.  You’ll thank me, I’m sure of it.

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You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious

Whenever we are visiting the UK, Adam’s sister in law makes us the most delicious silky tomato chilli pasta.  A version of pasta  all’arrabbiata with a salty sauce that clings to the fettuccine and with only a handful of common ingredients.  Bella will whip this meal up for us at a moment’s notice, when we’re tired and hungry after a big day of sightseeing and family activities.  I have found myself craving it of late, so asked Bella if she would share her recipe with me.  I’ve already made it four times.  That’s how good it is.  A great recipe to have in the back of your mind, as it’s easy to keep these ingredients on hand in the pantry and freezer.  And the finished product is far greater than a thrown together meal at the end of a big day – it is something special.

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Good Morning Sunshine

There are many things I love about visiting my parents at the Sunshine Coast for the weekend.  One of them, is Mum’s famous homemade muesli which she always has in ample supply and we enjoy with natural yoghurt and a pot of green tea for breakfast on the veranda, the sun waking our sleepy bones as we read the weekend papers.  Over the weekend we made a new batch, and I jotted down the recipe to share.  The recipe is very versatile, with ingredients substituted depending on preference and what you have in the pantry at the time.  It would look lovely wrapped up in a brown paper bag as part of a food hamper.  The muesli lasts up to two months in an airtight container – so making a double batch is always a good idea.

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Veggie Heaven

Roasted vegetable lasagne has been a dish I have made since forever.  In the past, I would use every vegetable that was practically possible which meant the preparation and roasting of the vegetables, and the construction of the final product, turned into such a mammoth production that in the end, I resented the lasagne, and couldn’t bring myself to enjoy it.  Silly.  These days, I’ve limited myself to 5 vegetables of varying colours, which is still enough variety to make an impressive stack.  Every time I have a slice I think, this is GOOD.  You can substitute whatever vegetables are in season at the time.  I like to use eggplant wherever possible, and other good for roasting vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, red capsicum, zucchini.  Mixed with spinach, beetroot, ricotta & feta, it really is a deliciously healthy meal any time of year.

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Individual Bircher Muesli

We are nearing the busiest part of the year.  That time when you need to glance at the calendar whenever you have the discussion that you must ‘catch up before Christmas’ to negotiate a time both parties can commit to.  Which is why a breakfast get together is such a good idea.  And I’ve got just the recipe for such an event.  You may remember that I’ve made these before for a bridal-breakfast-on-the-morning-of-the-wedding.  But it is a great recipe to keep in mind whenever you have people for breakfast, or even a breakfast picnic.  They would work a treat on Christmas day too as they can be prepared ahead of time which leaves more time on Christmas morning for making coffee and seeing what Santa has brought.  They are great for a few reasons: they are substantial without being heavy, they taste delicious, they can be prepared ahead of time, they are transportable and finally – they look so sweet when they’re all lined up ready to be eaten.

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Summer Sunday Lunch Menu

As promised, the menu from Sunday’s lunch:

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Tuna Sashimi with Sesame Asian Slaw
{Using the same recipe that I used here with salmon}
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Crispy Pork Belly with Soy & Cinnamon Glaze and Apple Ginger Salad 
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Flash Fried Salt & Pepper Calamari with Spring Onion Crunch
{As I’ve made before here}
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Crispy Whole Baked Red Emperor with Steamed Greens & Water Chestnuts 
{Using this recipe}
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Coconut Crème Brulée with Red Papaya Granita and Vanilla Lime Syrup 
{Using a combination of this ‘Not Quite Nigella’ Recipe and this Gourmet Traveller Recipe}
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