Tomato Passata

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Capture the essence of summer ripened tomatoes in this traditional Italian passata recipe. Just three ingredients, tomatoes, basil and salt and three simple steps, pulp, bottle and preserve. Then into the pantry for storage until needed. Its simplicity, intensity and vibrancy stand proud in the pantry.  Waiting for its  central role in many of Italy’s favourite dishes that are so revered.    Read More . . .


Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Dried

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Capture the intense spicy pepper-like flavor of chilli using one of the oldest and simplest preserving methods – drying. Using a home dehydrator or the oven is a quick fool-proof  method that doesn’t rely on weeks of intensive summer temperatures with relatively low humidity that’s required for the traditional open-air method. Dried chilli develops an earthy, woody and nutty flavor complexity that is rare among other herbs and spices. Substitute dried chilli in recipes throughout the year, make your own special chilli powder blend with dried ground cumin, garlic and oregano or grind finely to make a hot chile powder.    Read More . . .


Pickled Zucchini

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The French and Americans may call them courgettes but most Australians have adopted the Italian name zucchini for these prolific summer miniature squash of the cucurbitaceace family (also known as the Gourd family). Native to North America, cucurbita are well traveled and began to appear in the botanical herbals of Europe some 50 years after Christopher Columbus epic voyage and discovery of the Americas in 1492. Ever since they were introduced into Australia by the Italian’s in the 1950’s, the zucchini has been embraced for its delicate flavour and versatility.   Read More . . .