Entries by Dominique Rizzo


Covaccine These are small thin style pizza breads that the Tuscan farmers use to make to test whether their wood fired ovens were hot enough to bake the bread. Unlike most other focaccias or pizze, no oil or salt is added to the bread until after baking. Covaccine is the Tuscan vernacular for Schiacciata a […]

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan & Balsamic

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan & Balsamic Serves 4 This is a delicious simple side dish, suited to accompany any meal. You can use any sort of caramelized balsamic vinegar now available in supermarkets and good delicatessens. 2 bunches of asparagus, sliced in half length ways A good drizzle of olive oil Salt and pepper Lira’h […]

Mixed Melon Salad with Prosciutto, Mint & Verjuice Dressing

Mixed Melon Salad with Prosciutto, Mint & Verjuice Dressing Serves 4 A little twist on the traditional slices of melon wrapped with prosciutto. This is a perfect salad for barbecues, summer nights and when juicy sweet melons are ins season, you can use a selection of different melons for flavour, colour and texture. ½ rockmelon, […]

Cold Roast Chicken with Fennel & Lemon

Cold Roast Chicken with Fennel & Lemon Serves 4 Hot or cold this is a delicious recipe. The marinade works well with fish, chicken, pork and vegetables and can be made up ahead of time. 4 x 200g chicken breasts 2 tsp fennel seeds Zest of 2 lemon and flesh of ½ lemon 2 clove […]

Zucchini Tart

Zucchini Tart Serves 6-8 Rustic in style and bold in flavor, this is one of those great throw together dishes for when you don’t have much in the cupboard. Using good quality bread will make a difference to the flavour, you can also make this with gluten free bread making it suitable for anyone. ¼ […]

Spinach & Parmigianino Pie from Lucca

Spinach & Parmigianino Pie from Lucca Serves 4-6 This is a recipe from my cook book “My Taste of Sicily” and although it is here in the pages of Tuscan cooking you can find variations of this all over Italy and even in Spain for that matter. I love the béchamel through the pie as […]

Cannelloni Piacenza Style

Cannelloni Piacenza Style Serves 4 Crispelle are “crepes” in a word and are delicious in this lighter style cannelloni. The ricotta cooks almost like a soufflé and is light fluffy and delicious. If you want to cut out some of the fat content, you can halve the butter and leave out the mascarpone. Add other […]

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes popular in the summer, although the Panzanella was based on onions, not tomatoes, until the 20th century. Now the modern panzanella is generally made of stale bread soaked in water and squeezed dry, it is traditionally accompanied with tomatoes, sometimes also onions […]

Florentine Apple and Almond Tart

Florentine Apple and Almond Tart Serves 6-8 There is nothing better than this simple delicious tart absolutely bursting with apples. The delicious combination of almonds and the use of lemon zest is iconic of the types of simple desserts you will find over Florence and Tuscany in cake shops and well known pasticceria. 2 large […]

Holiday and Travel Show

Travellers will be lining up and be told where to go at the Holiday and Travel Show, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March from 10 til 4pm in Brisbane. The Show will showcase the best holiday destinations, travel packages and offers available to the Brisbanites. Guests will enjoy travel films and special talk rooms where […]