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 ...

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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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 ...

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Rolled and stuffed turkey leg with caramelised fennel recipe

The Baldini family's Christmas favourite - I hope your family loves it too! I use turkey leg rather than breast meat; it stays moist and has greater flavour due to its higher fat content. And Christmas is for indulging in a little extra flavour! It's late in the season but you should hopefully still be able to find some fennel in your garden or at the local green grocer. We wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. Ciao, Sioban   Rolled and Stuffed Turkey Leg Serves 4 Ingredients 2 turkey legs, deboned 6 thin ...

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Diplomatica Recipe – Ricetta Diplomatica

Diplomatica dessert
This cake-dessert is delicious with a capital D. I first tried it years ago over coffee in Cortona and this year Carlo's mum taught me her family recipe. We had a great morning in the kitchen with Shanna helping make the sponge, and me slowly translating the Italian recipe into English and converting "splashes" and "dollops" into tablespoons and grams.

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Beautiful Ireland!

Kinsale, Ireland
Our intrepid travellers (and bosses!), Sioban and Carlo, have taken some precious time out from their busy schedules of conducting tours of Tuscany and hosting cooking classes to travel to the home of Sioban’s ancestors, Ireland! They, along with their children Giacomo and Shanna, have enjoyed visiting gorgeous villages, experienced breathtaking scenery and sampled some great food - especially seafood – in Galway. The only downer? The weather! Oh well, you can’t have everything! Now it’s back to work for them as they recommence the weekly tours, then it ...

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Congratulations Vasse Virgin

After two years of legal dispute with Sir Richard Branson, Vasse Virgin have been successful in their bid to keep their name. A win for the little man!! If you haven't visited Vasse Virgin, it is well worth it - delicious olive products to eat, and pamper the body. One of my favourite places.