Rigatoni with Broccoli, Almonds and Currants


As I have mentioned previously, the Cookbook Guru has allocated this month for members to pitch for a book or books to be featured.  I have already pitched for The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert, and now a pitch for someone closer to home.

If you were to ask me who my favourite cookbook writer is, I would probably say Maggie Beer.  Maggie Beer has been a significant contributor to the creation of an uniquely Australian style of cuisine. Continue reading


Almond and Cumquat Tart


I have been a fan of Maggie Beer for a long, long time.  She started out rather modestly in the Barossa Valley creating recipes to use produce she had at hand.  I have always loved that concept.  Why go to the supermarket and buy something that has come halfway around the world when there is perfectly good food growing close by? Continue reading

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Cumquat Sauce

Panna cotta is one of life’s great delights. I love all panna cotta but this one is my favourite.

I remember the time I first tasted buttermilk panna cotta with cumquat sauce. I was at a function to publicise the release of Maggie Beer’s Maggie’s Harvest.  It was a 5 course dinner with the menu sourced from the book.  The price of the dinner included wine.  The wine waiters were a little too generous with refilling our glasses so by the time we got to dessert I was, along with my friends, more than a little intoxicated.  It was a great night.

I tasted the dessert and suddenly I felt sober.  I could not believe how good it was.  I remember turning to my friend and saying, ‘taste the dessert’.  She gave me a ‘I’m too full to have another bite’ look.  I said, ‘ no, I mean it, taste the dessert’.  It was divine. Continue reading