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.

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Augusta Boat Harbour

Cape Leeuwin, the south western point of mainland Australia, has long been famous for its strong westerly winds and huge swells. For cruisers attempting to circumnavigate Australia, the lack of safe overnight anchorage has long been an issue. Now, thanks to the Regions for Royalties programmes, Augusta has a new $36 million harbour. As well as a safe anchorage, the new harbour is also expected to boost whale watching numbers.

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Margaret River Region wins prestigious award

    The Margaret River Region has topped the delicious Produce Award for " Outstanding Region In Australia"     Pip Close accepted the award on behalf of the region in front of a packed house at the prestigious Bennelong       Restaurant at the Opera House on Monday evening.       Well done everyone!!!

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Yallingup in Spring – Walking the Cape to Cape Track

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse - 360 degree views of Geographe Bay and Indian Ocean
When spring finally comes around one of my favourite things to do is walk a section of the Cape to Cape Track. Wildflowers are in bloom, the whales are migrating south after calving north of Broome and finally the weather is warming up.