Philip Johnson’s Panforte recipe

Panforte di Siena (Christmas cake from Italy)
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 ...

Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Last Saturday, the Wildwood Valley girls had a day out with Mark from Margaret River Bubbles Tour. Not all about the bubbles - plenty of opportunity to try lots of wines. We visited a variety of cellar doors - Mongrel Creek, Clairault, Brookwood, Credaro  and House Of Cards  - all very different. Included was a delicious lunch at Rustico. Finished off with chocolate from Gabriels. Recommended!

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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

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Busselton Fringe Festival

If you are down south over the long weekend, the Busselton Fringe Festival, from 5th - 12th March, has something for everyone. Family friendly entertainment includes the Hairball Theatre, street performers, belly dancing, choirs and singing, plus of course the usual face painting and bouncy castle. Taste food from many nations including wood-fired pizzas, Mexican fare, Dutch pancakes and Italian gelato. See a wide variety of art and arty activities, and a virtual cavalcade of theatre, comedy and cabaret at a diverse group of venues in the region.      ...

Gorgonzola Pannacotta with Fresh Figs

We are very spoilt to have 3 beautiful fig trees on the farm that are producing an abundance of fruit. I wanted to share an easy but yummy recipe using figs. More recipes using figs will be shared next week. Makes enough to fill 12 Pannacotta moulds ½ full Ingredients 500 ml milk 300 ml cream 280 grams Gorgonzola cheese, no rind, finely chopped 3 gelatin leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 Fresh figs Rocket leaves Good quality red wine vinegar Extra Virgin Olive Oil Crostini Method In a saucepan, stir milk and ...

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Leon Pericles 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 ...

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 Se...

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’ ...

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