14 results for author: lizzy


What’s new in Yallingup? Six fabulous new restaurants

It's usually the first question returning guests ask us, "are there any new restaurants... really amazing ones?" Absolutely. 2017 has been good to us (we've been in a good paddock, so the saying goes) with six excellent new restaurants we'd happily recommend to you. Bon appetit!

How to get to Quinninup Falls

A guide on how to find Wilyabrup's most elusive waterfall Quinninup Falls near Yallingup aren't on the well-beaten tourist trail of the south west, and to be honest, they can be a little tricky to find. Electronic maps have been responsible for luring many tourists and locals alike down off-road tracks and sandy paths in search of the hidden waterfalls. But there's no reason to get lost in your search for the elusive falls. It's actually quite easy to find the walking trail that leads you straight to the bushland cascade. In this post, we'll share our tips on you how to get there, who should go and the best times to visit Quinninup Falls ...

Philip Johnson’s Panforte recipe

We are absolutely spoiled for Panforte in Italy, and this recipe of Philip Johnson’s is one of the best I have ever tasted. You'll find it in his book Bistro. I'll be making a big batch this weekend - some for us, and some to give to friends and family. Panforte makes a lovely gift. Panforte originated in the Tuscan town of Siena, a UNESCO world heritage site, not far from Cortona. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Italy - talk to me about recommendations of places to see, things to do and restaurants to dine at! Philip Johnson's Panforte recipe "Panforte looks exotic, and it is, but it's not that hard to prepare and it makes a wonderful ...

Family Friendly Winter Activities in Yallingup

Winter is a fabulous time to bring your family for a holiday in the south west: there's a wealth of things to see and do without summer's crazy queues. While it's a treat to spend rainy days relaxing and reading the newspaper, with children you might not have that luxury! So we've compiled our tips for the best places to take kids in Yallingup, Dunsborough and Margaret River this winter.

Thai Grilled Pork and Beef Skewers

These skewers are a delicious snack we whipped up at some of the Thai Temptations cooking classes ahead of the 'main event' (our big lunch). They're tasty and fuss-free, and I've had so many people email to say that these are now a staple for their BBQs repertoire. The beauty of these skewers is that you can prepare everything in advance then pop them on the BBQ and they're ready in minutes. Great as a canapé – serves 4

Margaret River Region Open Studios

This is a fabulous event absolutely worth attending - no matter how far you have to travel! Artists open their studios to the public from 9th - 24th April 2016. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet local artists in their own studio or home, such as Leon Pericles (pictured). At the time of writing we still have accommodation available for most of the event duration.

Baccala on Crostini with Leek Puree Recipe

Baccala also known as salt cod is used through out all regions of Italy and is very versatile. This cod has been heavily salted to preserve it and in Italy in the past was known as poor man's food. You have to plan this recipe a few days prior as you need to soak the fish in water that you change regularly for 3 days. The leek puree on the base of the crostini was my idea and works fantastically. This can be sourced from good Italian Delis, but I also know that it is available at the IGA in Hamilton Hill, Perth Makes about 20 crostini’s  Ingredients 250 gm salt cod, soaked, skinned and cleaned of any bones * sea salt and white pepper ...

Pavesini with Mascarpone, Yogurt and Nectarines Recipe

This is a really summer light dessert. You can use any stone fruit - peaches, plums or apricots would also be lovely - whatever you have available. Pavesini biscuits are used in Tiramisu in Italy instead of the Savoiardi finger biscuits. You'll find them in an Italian delicatessen such as The Re Store in Northbridge, Perth. Alternatively use Savoiardi but cut them lengthways so they are thinner. Serves 8-10 Ingredients  ½ box pavesini biscuits 250 g mascarpone 250 g natural yogurt 4 eggs 4 tblsp castor sugar 425 g canned peaches   Method Separate the eggs and whisk together in a bowl, the yolks and sugar until they ...

HotelsCombined Stellar Stays Award

Wildwood Valley Cottages + Cooking School has just won a HotelsCombined Stellar Stays Award for 2015! This award is in recognition for consistently achieving the highest standards of customer satisfaction worldwide. HotesCombined found and processed 218 opinions that our guests have posted on a variety of different websites, forums and social media, resulting in an incredible score of 9.63 out of a possible 10. We are now representing the top 3% of accommodation worldwide for customer satisfaction and therefore have been recognised as a ‘Stellar Stays’ property.    

Scallops wrapped in pancetta with pea and mint puree

Scallops wrapped in pancetta have always been a favourite of my Australian family and these mouth-watering bites look superb and taste divine. The bright green of the pea puree is very Christmassy indeed - the perfect snack to keep everyone happy between opening gifts and waiting for lunch. This was a new recipe I taught at my Cooking Schools in March earlier this year, and it was always a hit with guests. I hope your family loves them too! Sioban Scallops wrapped in pancetta with pea and mint puree Serves 4 as an entrée Ingredients 12 scallops 12 slices pancetta 2 eschallots, finely sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed sea ...