A simple meal (in memory of my mother)

Last night’s dinner was a quick one before I had to go out. It was what we like to call the ‘Louise memorial’ meal. Louise Pergolini Tucker was my mother and she passed away 11 years ago. A few days before her birthday my husband Andrew and I went out to the Booths Corner Farmers…

Cheese Masterclass with The Smelly Cheese Shop

A few weeks ago my friend Kat sent me a spreadsheet listing the dates of a number of cheese masterclasses run by the iconic  Smelly Cheese Shop at the Adelaide Central Market . With Kat’s birthday imminent and she being a fellow cheese-lover, we had a quick email exchange whereby she nominated a few dates she could be available. We…

Pearilicious

Autumn is my favourite time of year. Finally, out come the cozy corduroy trousers, knitted vests and scarves, and bike commutes that don’t make you all sweaty and give you helmet hair. But best of all are the autumn fruits and veggies. Apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, cauliflower, garlic, butternut squash and the rest. To…

Remembering Louise Pergolini Tucker

Tomorrow, the 10th of April will be seven years since we lost our mother Louise and I know we all think of her daily. More often than not I think of her in the kitchen. The place where she prepared so many meals for her six children and anyone we brought home with us. The room with…

Early autumn second harvest

Here in South Australia we are having sublime autumn weather. The summer fruits are gone and the cucumbers just about finished. But the tomatoes have a long season if you do a second planting just around Christmas. These beauties were found at the Adelaide Central Market last night. Our bush at home is getting there…

The Market Shed on Holland Street

Another Sunday market in Adelaide city — The Market Shed on Holland Street. I discovered it today but only had time for a quick look and a small purchase or two. But I’ll be back, I promise. Published via Pressgram

A glimpse of my Adelaide in Festival mode

It’s not officially March, but March Madness has officially begun. Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Womadelaide and a motor race all happening at once. Today I strolled through the Central Market on my way to an exhibition and spotted yummy foods and Fringe performers giving a taste of their upcoming show. I love…

Rotoli rules

Handmade pasta sheets of Pangkarra wholegrain durum, lovingly wrapped around roasted butternut pumpkin, cooked spinach and crumbled feta, then nestled in a pan of tomato sugo. Baked 30 minutes. Eaten with gusto! Published via Pressgram

Perfect Pasta

The finished product of our first batch of homemade pasta has been a great success. We used Pangkarra wholegrain durum flour from the Clare Valley in South Australia. The Silver Spoon Cookbook is a wonderful source of everything Italian and the recipe worked a treat. I’ll be keeping my new pasta machine! Published via Pressgram

La nostra nuova macchina per la pasta

First batch of pasta in the new pasta maker. Our big decision is what shape to make? The standard parts that came with my lovely new Atlas Mercato machine are for fettuccine and spaghetti. Our recipe is from the English version of Il Cucchiaio D’Argento, The Silver Spoon cookbook. Our test batch for cleaning out…