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Gelato al Torrone ~ Nougat Gelato

Gelato al Torrone ~ Nougat Gelato

  ~ a recipe by the Cali family as featured in The Gourmet Traveller.   “…[this recipe is] from the Piedimonte Etneo pasticceria Caffe Cali.  The gelato features characteristically Sicilian ingredients:  almonds from the town of Avola, pistachios from the town of Bronte and hazelnut and citrus from Etna.”   Ingredients   60g almonds, coarsely chopped 60g hazelnuts, coarsely chopped 50g pistachios, coarsely chopped 80g mixed glace fruit finely diced 50g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 1 litre (4 cups) milk 250g caster sugar 200ml pouring cream 150g dextrose 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped       Method   1.  Preheat oven to 180C. Roast nuts separately on oven trays until golden (5-10 minutes), rub skins from hazelnuts, cool, coarsely chop, combine in a bowl with glacé fruit and chocolate and set aside. 2.  Combine milk, caster sugar, cream, dextrose and vanilla seeds in a saucepan over high heat, bring to the boil, place in a bowl over ice and stir occasionally until cool. Freeze in an ice-cream machine, stirring in nut mixture in the last minute of churning. Transfer to a container and freeze until firm (2 hours).  

me, my camera & I

me, my camera & I

  Recently I did a food styling and photography workshop – run by the very talented Dario Milano at Taste Trekkers.  I was both super excited and a little nervous attending this workshop.  It was something that I had been dreaming of doing for years so was over the moon to finally get to a workshop, but at the same time I was a little anxious about being out of my depth amongst expert photographers with professional cameras, tripods and tricky little handheld flashes.  Well it turns out that while there were many talented people there it wasn’t as overwhelming as I had anticipated.  My camera and I became best buddies, I discovered the 3 basic ingredients to using a manual camera (ISO + speed shutter + aperture), I was introduced to another shade of grey (the grey card) and I had fun playing with the props and scrumptious food that were made available to us.   I realised that I also love another element of food.  I’m already in love with discovering new food, visiting markets, cooking, eating, cooking shows and flipping through a good old cook book or magazine (Women’s Weekly, Gourmet Traveller & Donna Hay are my faves).  I must also confess to having a love affair with grocery shopping (the fresh fruit & veg bit, not so much for toiletries).   And now I add a love of food styling and photography to the list.  Food obsessed much?  Perhaps I need counselling.   Well I can’t say that I walked out of my workshop a professional, but I did learn what makes for a good photo shoot work flow, how to use a …

Summer in Italy

Summer in Italy

  We’re back. Actually we’ve been back for just over a month however we have been on the go ever since the plane landed. But I will save that story for another blog post, another day.   We’ve also had a few technical glitches with our website which I think have been debugged now, but if you do come across any issues, please let us know.   To recap what happened since our last blog post, Mario and I spent 5 weeks in Sicily, visiting with family, researching new products and recipes, tasting lots of good food, lazing by the beach and laughing with friends. We were inspired, relaxed, having fun and happy. It truly was a fabulous 5 weeks.   I’ll save all of our exciting news for next time, however thought I would leave you with a picture summary of our summer in Italy.       Food, coffee and wine.  These are a few of my favourite things!  And there was lots of it being consumed in the few weeks away.  All in the name of research of course!       Just a little grappa. Cannoli.  I miss you already.  What would my life be without ricotta cannoli?   Just a couple of interesting characters we met out and about.                                     We weaved through alley ways, looked down at mosaics and up at beautiful balconies.             Markets.  What better way to immerse yourself in a local culture?                         Look …

Things we’re loving right now

Things we're loving right now

  • Cool autumn mornings • A daily drink of warm water and lemon to detox the system • Cous cous for lunch (… and dinner)     • The current issue of Gourmet Traveller (complete with a couple of Mario’s family recipes) • Re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird – what a classic!     • Monday night episodes of Revenge on channel 7     What are you loving right now?    

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

  Isn’t March just a beautiful month?  The air starts to get a crisp feel to it in the evening, a rainbow of Easter eggs line the shelves at the shops to create a feast for the eye and let’s not kid ourselves, it brings us closer to the next much anticipated long weekend.  We think that after a busy February and just as eventful March, our team deserves this long weekend!  But before we start counting down the days, we thought we’d share some of the highlights from the month:    • A successful few days at the Fine Food Queensland Show  • Collaboration with The High Tea Party at their Brisbane event   • Another photo shoot – this time with the talented Brock McFadzean     • The launch of our nuts and baking essentials product range • The arrival of our images from Lost in Wishful Thinking       • The arrival of the latest, Italian issue, of Australian Gourmet Traveller complete with Mario’s family recipes for almond biscuits and zeppole in their The Sicilian Way feature  • And a hot cross bun.  Or two.    Now before we go, we just want to remind everyone that our free shipping offer for the month expires tomorrow.  If you haven’t done your Easter shopping or baking yet, our premixes and baking essentials range may just be what you need.  If you place your order by the 30th, we’ll do our best to get the orders shipped before the long weekend.