Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

There are two items I always have in my fridge and they are prosciutto and parmesan cheese.  These classic Italian items are so versatile they can be used to bring a meal together in minutes or lift an ordinary dish into another dimension.  And while I merrily use both prosciutto and parmesan in salads, pastas, […]

Manfredi at Bells, Killcare

A romantic getaway isn’t a perfect romantic getaway without a fine dining experience and when you stay at Bells at Killcare, you will have that fine dining experience at Manfredi at Bells. Stefano Manfredi has now enjoyed three decades of service to the Australian hospitality industry and as part of that celebration, Manfredi at Bells is offering a […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta with Truffle Butter Sauce

A few weeks ago I attended a cooking course on how to make gluten-free pasta and gnocchi.  Gabriele Taddeucci who is Italian and a coeliac and the head-chef of Balla, ran the course and has allowed me to share his recipes. Gabriele has two different recipes for making pasta by either hand or machine.  I […]

Gluten-Free Pasta and Gnocchi

I’m absolutely not stalking Gabriele Taddeucci but I’m sure you’re all suspecting that I am.  It’s just that when I was at his restaurant, Balla, he let me know that he was running a hands-on course in how to make GF pasta and GF gnocchi. As I have previously mentioned, about 10 years ago Gabriele […]

Balla at The Star

After our dastardly dining experience at an Italian Restaurant in Mittagong I was desperately yearning for some authentic Italian food that would give me that feeling of being transported to the very heart of Italy for a moment of time I would forever remember. By an unbelievable stroke of good fortune, I was invited to […]

Casa Barilla and a Giveaway

A few nights ago I attended a cooking demonstration at Casa Barilla. Although Barilla is a fourth-generation company turning over $7B per year, it’s products have only been available in Australia for the last decade or so.  When Barilla did start selling its pastas and pasta sauces here I was an instant convert.  In those […]