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melon, mozzarella & parma ham salad with a honey & mustard vinaigrette + an italian feast

Melon, mozzarella & parma ham salad with a honey & mustard vinaigrette

This Melon, mozzarella & parma ham salad with a honey & mustard vinaigrette forms part of an Italian feast menu I created for Galbani. It’s a fresh and light salad with their creamy Mozzarella creating a lovely texture and flavour contrast to the sweet melon and salty Parma ham. Served on a bed of crunchy watercress and rocket leaves with a honey and Dijon mustard vinaigrette it makes the perfect opening to an indulgent feast. Continue Reading →

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meatball and spinach ravioli bake

meatball and spinach ravioli bake

This recipe excited me because I’ve wanted to make it for a while. It also involves pasta, so nothing is better than that. Initially I conceptualized it being with tortellini, but good fresh filled tortellini is difficult to come by in South Africa, so ravioli – a much more common variant it is. I’ve combined fabulous things to make this dish. Spinach and ricotta ravioli, a homemade Italian tomato sauce, meatballs and buffalo mozzarella. These are all cooked separately and then brought together in a large skillet like a marriage made in heaven and baked. I also added some Parmesan because obvs. Continue Reading →

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orzo salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto

orzo salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto

I know summer is here when all I want to eat is salad. I love it, I need it and I start replacing cooked vegetables with crunchy fresh vegetables. I have also recently fallen in love with orzo or Rosmarino – the rice like pasta grains. I mean I have obviously eaten them before but have never loved them hot as a side to other dishes. I find the texture somewhat ‘slimy,’ and as pastas go, I find it ineffective in soaking up the sauce. Its kind of ok in a soup – to bulk up and make more hearty, but when its cold and added to loads of crunchy textures and flavour packed vinaigrettes, it really starts to shine.

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This is a salad I am making a lot of lately. Well, permutations of it. I love the addition of pesto to coat the orzo as the base of the salad and then I add all the other things. The red onions should be sliced so finely that you don’t detect any harsh flavours, and I always use a mandolin on the thinnest possible setting. Sliced sugar snap peas give the salad the big crunch factor which is essential. Sliced cherry tomatoes go beautifully with the pesto and need to be very rip and sweet. They also need to be seasoned well, so don’t be afraid to keep adding good sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper as you go. I love using Bocconcini mozzarella which I slice into wedges. Once again the perfect partnership to the basil and tomatoes. I have also crumbled feta in which adds saltiness. Continue Reading →

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tagliatelle with pea pesto and mozzarella

tagliatelle with pea pesto and mozzarella

I’m mildly obsessed with green pasta sauces. Ones that are packed with flavour and not loaded with cream. This is just that. Super quick and easy to knock together and made with frozen peas, rocket leaves, mint, garlic, chilli and lemon. Basically just packed with flavour. A ball of fresh mozzarella torn into the pasta at the end gives it a delicious creamy and fresh finish.

I went to the launch lunch of Galbani – Italy’s number one cheese brand, into the South African market recently and was super impressed with the quality. Manufactured locally by Parmalat, the Mozzarella and Mascarpone cheese are made to the exact Italian recipe. I’m looking forward to seeing both these products more widely available in mainstream retail outlets as I use them regularly in my cooking and baking.

tagliatelle with pea pesto and mozzarella

tagliatelle with pea pesto and mozzarella

I have adapted a recipe supplied by Galbani to make a pasta dish that serves 2 people. Continue Reading →

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prawn and mozzarella spring rolls with coriander

prawn and mozzarella spring rolls with coriander

It’s the season to be jolly and these delectable and extremely easy spring rolls are perfect for all the parties happening now.

prawn and mozzarella spring rolls with coriander

I know cheese and seafood are a big no no together, but I love the melty mozzarella cheese with the prawns and coriander. It’s a delicious combination. Fried to crunchy perfection and dipped into something sweet and spicy, I cant recommend them highly enough.

I used my Breville Fryer which makes the whole process even easier. Just heat the oil to 180C and cook them off in batches. They can be made in advance and stored in a container in the fridge until you are ready to fry them up just before serving.

prawn and mozzarella spring rolls with coriander

Adjust the quantity depending on how many you want to make. A store bought spring roll dipping sauce or sweet chilli sauce works well to serve with these. Continue Reading →

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