Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

By nature, I’m not a person that enjoys confrontation. Like any other person I enjoy having my own way if possible, but if it’s not or if someone else is being particularly stubborn, I consider myself as fairly easy-going and flexible. This all changes when it’s Boxing Day sales time. These sales are a yearly…

Salmon Orecchiette, Beurre Blanc Sauce

I’ve recently started buying more cookbooks. Previously I tended to just work with the recipes from the existing books I had already, or I reasoned with myself that I could look them up online; why on earth would I need to clutter up my bookshelf with more books that I barely opened? Well, because cookbooks…

Prawn & Dill Ravioli

I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to recipes ideas recently. While I sprout ideas for desserts and baked treats as if there’s no tomorrow, thinking of savoury meals is a challenge for me and I’m consistently expand my repertoire. Winter called for luxuriously hour-long cooked meals, full of warm and hearty flavours…

Pizza Pesce Birra

It was a couple of days before mum was due to return from overseas, and The Sister, her fiance and I decided to eat dinner out on our side of the bridge as the fridge was desolate. For once I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, and when I met up with the two in Chatswood, we…

The Best Carbonara

Would I really call this The Best Carbonara? Well apparently this is, according to taste.com.au, where this Valli Little recipe originally appeared in the Delicious magazine. I like this recipe as it’s easy on the cream. Original, traditional carbonara recipes actually use no cream at all, however with the risk of your hot pasta turning the sauce…

Roast Pumpkin Ravioli

So the long title for this recipe is ‘Roast Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli with Burnt Butter Sage Sauce’ but to keep things looking pretty and formatted nicely on the home page I’ve dubbed it simply ‘Roast Pumpkin Ravioli.’ However calling it merely ‘Roast Pumpkin Ravioli’ doesn’t seem to do this dish full justice. This is…

Reel on Redleaf

I still remember a couple of years back when Reel Cafe used to be in Roseville, next to the ancient Roseville Cinemas, and I was absolutely devastated when they decided to move further north into Wahroonga. Reel introduced some of the finer points of Modern Australian dining to me, but the most reminiscent was my…

Jamie’s Italian

‘Where are they?’ I said, which was probably the eighth time in the last ten minutes. I have previously tried making reservations for Jamie’s Italian twice, once with a group of 10 people, the second time with eight. The first time I was told that the earliest they could seat us for dinner was 9.00…

Twelve

‘Sure, I can do that night. Where do you want to go, by the way?’ ….. ‘Why don’t YOU choose? I’m in the mood for pizza and/or tapas. You find a place.’ This conversation probably requires some background. This was a brief Facebook post that occurred between myself and girlfriend Blondie on the weekend, where we had…

Chorizo & Tomato Farfalle

As those who have been following my blog will notice, I don’t really write posts about normal cooking. Why? Well, one, because I don’t actually do a whole lot of it (the joys of still living at home), and two, because normal cooking is really so instinctive. I don’t take heed of a tablespoon of…