Shrimp, Pea and Saffron Risotto

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Risotto ai gamberetti, Piselli e Zafferano is a fantastic way to use fresh peas. The saffron richly colors the rice!
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Esse Buranei (Venetian Cookies)

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Esse Buranei (Venetian Butter Cookies) come from the small island of Burano lying in the lagoon around Venice. Fabulous dipped in wine or coffee!
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Strawberry Tart with Crema

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Strawberry tart with “crema” is a fabulous way to showcase the best of the season’s fresh strawberries.
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Marianted Roast Leg of Lamb

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If you didn’t have a leg of lamb yet, now’s the time to do it! The marinade on this lamb sends it to a whole new level of deliciousness!
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Elsie’s Fingers

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A long lost recipe for crunchy sugar cookies from New Zealand that seems to have disappeared over the years, along with my ability to do cartwheels.
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Maltagliati alle Lenticchie

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Have you had maltagliati before? “Badly-cut” fresh pasta in lentil sauce is perfect for a pasta-making beginner!
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Make Fresh Pasta at Home!

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Making fresh pasta at home is easier than you think, and completely worth it. Gives you strong arms too!
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Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls)

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Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) are balls of risotto dipped in egg and breadcrumbs then fried.
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Pavlova the Giant Meringue!

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day dessert that will knock the socks (and other items of clothing) off your loved one?! Look no further!
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Torta al Cioccolato di Sant’Elia

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This chocolate cake from Sicily has a very special secret ingredient which adds a “WOW!” factor!
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Pasta al Forno (Oven-Baked Pasta)

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A REAL ITALIAN RECIPE!! This pasta baked in the oven is to die for! Gooey mozzarella, and salty salami complement each other perfectly!
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Focaccia di Leonarda

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Focaccia is a delicious pizza-like bread from Italy that’s amazing easy to make at home!
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Risotto con Salsicce e Birra

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A new take on an old theme! Risotto with beer instead of wine. Adds an extra depth of flavor!
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Crumiri (Cornmeal Cookies)

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Have you tried crumiri? Crunchy cornmeal cookies made to celebrate the luxurious moustaches of the first King of United Italy (and also the fact that
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Peanut Square

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Peanut square is an easy to make fabulous slice recipe from New Zealand full of peanuts, coconut and cornflakes.
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Spezzatino (beef stew)

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Here’s the perfect Italian beef stew to make as the cold weather sweeps in!
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Tiramisu

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Tiramisu means “pick/pull me up” in Italian, and this dessert certainly does that!
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Tiramisu

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Need a last minute, easy to make, but delicious dessert? Tiramisu! Needs no cooking, just a bit of time in the fridge.
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Insalata Russa di Nonna Pierina

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The secret recipe for Insalata Russa from my husband’s Italian grandmother. Makes a great appetiser!
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Fusilli with Radicchio and Speck

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Here’s a delicious recipe from the North-East of Italy for pasta with Radicchio, Speck and Gorgonzola.
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Penne all’Arrabbiata

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Penne all’Arrabbiata is fantastically easy to make, but full of flavour. Arrabbiata means “angry” in Italian as it is full of chilis.
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Flan di Carciofi with cheese sauce

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Artichoke flan with Fontina cream makes a very elegant-looking first course, but is MUCH easier to make than you think it is.
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Anzac Biscuits

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Something easy and fun to make to satisfy that craving for something sweet: Anzac biscuits from New Zealand!
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Zucca di Arianna

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Zucca di Arianna is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish straight from Italy using pumpkin, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
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Banana Cake

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Time for a classic cake from New Zealand: Banana cake! A great way to use up the bananas sulkily browning in your fruit-bowl!
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Polpette con Piselli

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Polpette con piselli (meatballs with peas) is a hearty Italian meal, perfect for the incoming Fall chill!
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Penne al Salmone

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Penne rigate al Salmone is super-fast to make, and everyone, from those who like fish to those who think they don’t like fish, will be happy to eat it
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Fusilli con Zucchini e Gorgonzola

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This Italian pasta dish is a great way to use the last of the season’s zucchini.
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Apricot Cake

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Torta di Albicocca (apricot cake) is very easy to make, and tastes wonderful, even though it contains no butter!
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Pasta alla Norma

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Pasta alla Norma is a speciality of Sicily, Italy. Simply made with eggplant and tomato, but full of taste!
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Prosciutto e Melone

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Prosciutto e Melone is the most delicious way to beat the Summer heat now that rock melons are in season!
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Pad Thai

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Pad Thai is a wonderful street-food from Thailand that is very easy to make at home.
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Pasta with mozzarella and tomatoes

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Here’s a perfect Summer pasta dish that can be eaten hot or cold. It makes the most of the fresh tomatoes that are all over the place right now.
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Cantuccini Biscuits

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Cantuccini are wonderful crunchy, almond-filled biscuits from Tuscany that are dipped in dessert wine before eating.
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