Perpetual Consumption | summer

Baked Cannelloni with Spinach, Ricotta, Feta and Bocconcini

We recently had a little holiday at the beach and had a night off to go out for dinner, just Pete and me.  We went to a local Italian, very simple but lovely homemade fare.  I had cannelloni, which was absolutely delish.  Interestingly, instead of  pasta, they used crepes, which I’d never seen before.  Anyhoo, it gave me the cannelloni bug and I whipped this up for dinner the other day.READ MORE


Another Bean Salad (Lemony White Beans with Pecorino)

I was short on time today and decided to bust out the tins of cannellini beans once again.  Instead of making my usual Easy Bean Salad with Goats Cheese, I tried this version from my new Date Night In book by Ashley Rodriguez.  She serves it as part of an antipasto platter, but it was great with lamb cutlets (the rosemary really matched up well) and some Fennel and Radish Salad on the side.  READ MORE


Ray’s Spanish-Irish Christmas Pud

I’m a bit late putting this recipe up now that we’re in Jan already, but perhaps it would make a good Xmas in July dessert and there’s no doubt that Christmas puddings always get better with time, so make it ahead.  It was Raymondo’s turn this year to make the pud and I have to say that this was hands down the best I’ve had.  For once, this Christmas, I didn’t feel like I was eating a heavy pudding with no room left to spare, it was absolutely delicious and I was contemplating seconds…READ MORE


Raw Carrot and Beetroot Salad

This is a lovely fresh salad, which goes with just about anything really.  The earthy beetroot is great raw with the lemon and it’s really healthy.  A good one for all ages (if you leave out chilli or add it at the table for the grown ups) it’s another Karen Martini fave.  She pairs it with spicy fried lamb mince and a chickpea puree.  I reckon it would be good with roast chicken or schnitzel, lamb cutlets or pan fried fish.  READ MORE