The pantry is stocked

IMG_6836My Italian man and I visited his sister in-law at work, she works for a fine foods company called Sandhurts. They distribute and sell products like succulent olives,  sweet artichokes, tinned ‘Sole Mare’ tuna you can eat straight from the tin, nothing needs to be added to this simple pleasure. Plump & juicy sun dried tomatoes and this time I came across semi sun dried cherry tomatoes, which I have never seen before, I cant wait to pop the jar open to taste them. They also import tantalizing  ‘Mutti’ tomato products straight from Parma in Italy, you can taste the richness from the earth and the warmth of the sun have combined to provide you with this unique fruit. Almost anything Italian that you would need for your pantry they will have it and because we are family she took us to the store attached to the business (which is also open to the public). We were like kids in a candy store, the car was loaded up as though we were setting up our own store. But it was all for us, to be created into beautiful meals.

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A little too quite Family Dinner

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This week was a simple family dinner as much as it can be. Although it was unusually quiet because one of the sisters has gone to Cambodia for study and a holiday. Until now, I never realised that she was the loudest one at dinner, it just isn’t the same without her and her man. Whenever you see them they are bursting energy and so much to tell you no matter how mundane it may be. I am looking forward the family dinner when she returns will be a fun one.

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For tonight’s feast Mamma made some family favourites.

Succulent steak cooked to perfection. It was never a particular type of steak. But if it was on special at the grocery store that would be the one, she does need 12 of them plus extra for left overs. Cooking them on the bbq was Pappa’s job, he always does a perfect job. Unless he gets distracted by something the family are doing, then you see him rush to the bbq bellowing with smoke to take them off as quickly as possible. Most of the time they are saved.

Wholesome veggies, corn on the cob, green beans from the garden and roast potatoes with Mamma’s blend of seasonings. (I need to find out what they are)

A mixed salad (that is different ever time) it doesn’t sound much but, her combination of Nonno’s home grown tomatoes, juicy ripe and succulent,. Salty kalamata olives, herbs from the garden, red onion, cucumber, feta, every kind of lettuce leaf with the perfect balance of olive oil and Vinegar.

My number one favourite, CATALONGA! Its cooked chicory, but it’s so much more than just fried greens. I will put up the recipe soon.

Last Australia Day’s Bundy bbq sauce

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Last Australia Day we had more people than you could fit in our 2 bedroom apartment over for a bbq. I made a big hamburger feast with home made patties, 2 types of cheeses, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, flipped eggs, crispy bacon, pineapple slices, pickles, beetroot, a few relishes, coleslaw and my own Bundaberg rum bbq sauce. I thought I would share the recipe for the sauce.

The recipe is simple, but you do need to season well and  constantly taste the sauce while it is cooking to make it to your liking. I added more chilli because I like it spicier.

Let me know how it turns out and if you added anything to make it your own. If you need any advice leave a comment.

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