i have returned to australia from the US to find it awash in auburn leaves mid Autumn – fall for all you northerners….
its inspiring to have the colour wash of tones of this gorgeous new season. …..i jumped at the opportunity to cook something tonal and delicious….a beautiful micro gnocchi with shrimp, asparagus and a yellow heirloom, saffron coral reduction. a warm salad for a soft opening to a beautiful season of colour and food….it felt real and perfect to jump into everything the season feels like…..warming up the tones and the temperature of the food we eat.. the freshness of this dish is very wildwithgarnish but also very australian.
the reduction is a favourite of mine. boiled shrimp shells with saffron….i use this a lot to start a dish. spaghetti with blue eyed cod and coral sauce and pureed leeks, open lasagne of lobster and dirty shell sauce, rich creamy crab soup with crab fritters and buttered shrimp….shall i go on….warm stack of buttered squid with prawn head butter sauce and walnut crumbs….
recipe: micro gnocchi with shrimp, asparagus and a yellow heirloom saffron coral reduction
20 shrimp, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 2 cups boiling water, 1 teaspoon saffron, 1 small yellow heirloom chopped small, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, celery salt, salt and pepper, 1 cup asparagus tips and shoots, 4 x snow peas, 1 tablespoon cold butter (unsalted)
in a pan place the peeled shrimp shells and fry them in olive oil, the yellow heirlooms and garlic. caramelise and cover the shells in boiling water and boil for 20 minutes whilst pressing down on the shells and heads with a masher. strain and reduce the liquid with saffron, and vegetable stock. a gentle sprinkle of celery salt and and some pepper works a treat. boil down to about 1 cup splashing and dashing with seasoning until you find your perfect taste. quickly whisk butter into the liquid to smooth it out…wow!
4 potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces, 1 cup of ricotta, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoons plain organic flour, pinch parmesan, 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
boil the potatoes drain and bind in a magi mix with ricotta, flour, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper. roll into strings and cut and roll into tiny balls….boil in gentle salted water until they pop up to the top. strain
flash cook the shrimp and a cup of baby asparagus shoots and tips in the liquid. add the gnocchi a few snap peas and parsley….serve hot to warm with a splash of lime and maybe some chilli.
Baccamotto Osteria is my favourite dining of choice in sydney. i don’t normally do reviews but i am going to have to with this one.i have been here many times now, lunch and dinner and it is still amazing. i am travelling and working at the moment and i miss my children and i miss this restaurant. well mainly the children…but anyway…..
owned by mauro marcucci and michael stevens, chef valerio boncompagni and designed by chris connell it has everything i need in an italian restaurant. made in house is the key here. gorgeous cannelloni, pickled onions, flat bread, liver puree, homemade foccaccia. plus the food is remarkably simple but cooked incredibly well. octopus tentacle has been tickled and teased so that is this single taste sensation nestled into a warm nest of potato. try giving any one anything of this dish. i have stolen most of everyone’s tart but gorgeously sweet baby onions with garlic rubbed toasts, and hoarded the proscuitto with flat bread. significantly though, i am obsessed with the pork chop with white beans. every time, and failsafe. a modest but cranking pork chop rubbed in coriander seeds, crisped up and served on warm simple beans. oh…my…god. a smart raddichhio, orange and olive salad sprayed with good olive oil and sprinkled with salt and I’m done. others have had the salmon, the lamb etc but the main stealing goes to the cannelloni with fresh ricotta and nettles. if i wasn’t so obsessed with the pork chop i would have the cannelloni but I’m too loyal and my breath quickens as it comes to the table. there was a remarkable custard tart to finish which we gave the baker a standing ovation for and my favourite, a simple washed rind goats cheese which we fought over viciously.
it is a small menu, which i love, the pasta is always perfect (the risotto with gamberi, ricotta and orange was a mind blast), they don’t serve too much bread, which i love, and it is not overcrowded and noisy, which i love. oh and the wine list is perfect, and it wasn’t expensive, ($60 per head for main, wine and cheese), which i love. Perfect dining
HOT TIP: have an aperol with prosceco and green olive to start. you will be the life of the party. i promise.
212 riley street Darlinghurst. ring to book. +612 92155140. great with big tables, drinks with the girls, or an intimate dinner. streamlined, busy, gorgeous. feels a bit new york but gorgeous dining in Sydney…..and i love that……