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Tomato ‘Nduja Sauce with Prawns, Clams and Fregula

Tomato ‘Nduja Sauce with Prawns, Clams and Fregula

I was introduced to ‘Nduja a couple of years ago while I was working on a project for a boutique butcher. He had just started stocking the brand Salumi Australia; they were making it as part of their range of delicious salumi. He asked me to come up with a recipe using ‘nduja, and so I did.

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Fried Coconut Rice with Duck, Prawns and Cucumber Pickle

Fried Coconut Rice with Duck, Prawns and Cucumber Pickle

This recipe came about following frequent visits to the Castagna Vineyard in Beechworth, Victoria, where my habit is to arrive with two or three Peking ducks, pancakes, green prawns, and other ingredients that you simply can’t get in rural Australia. On our first night we usually have a bit of a Chinese feast, and sometimes (only sometimes) there are a few things left over.

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Grazing Tables and a Romantic Wedding

Grazing Tables and a Romantic Wedding

Recently, I was asked by Sydney boutique caterer Delectable Dishes to be part of a team to put together a wedding at the National Art School in Sydney. This venue has quite a history, having been a prison from 1841 –1914. It’s one of Sydney’s oldest, and best-preserved examples of colonial architecture; the buildings are a gorgeous yellow sandstone, and I’m sure if they could speak would have so many amazing stories to tell. And after this evening there will be another story to add: one of a beautiful bride, loving families and friends, long banquet tables in the old cell block covered with flowers of sunset hues and glowing candles, and in the courtyard, two grazing tables groaning with fresh seafood and antipasti to be devoured by guests before the main course.

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Orecchiette con Gamberi

I won’t bore you with how lovely this pasta is, and how easy it is to prepare; all I can say is, if you have a supply of my tomato sauce; which doesn’t take long to prepare, in your freezer: from start to finish this recipe will only take about 30 minutes.

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