Corona Battered Flathead Tails Recipe


6 portions of filleted and boned Flathead Tails

1 cup self-rising flour

1cup corn flower

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

1 x 355ml Corona

Oil for deep frying


Mix all ingredients (except fish) in a bowl stirring vigorously until a smooth batter is formed

Heat oil in deep based fry fan until very hot.

Coat fish in flour first then in the batter. Add to the hot oil – taking care as this is very dangerous – fry for 2 minutes until the batter is crispy and brown all over, then remove fish to drain.

Cook only 1 or two pieces at a time

Season with sea salt flakes & parsley. Serve with citrus aioli (this recipe can be found in an earlier edition newsletter).


Pacino’s: Feast of the Seven Fishes

feast of the seven fishes November is here, and with less than fifty days between now and Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about all of the traditions and festivities to come.  One of our favourite traditions during the holiday season is the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  Often celebrated by Italians on Christmas Eve, both in the boot and abroad, all of the delicious seafood based dishes prove that it’s no wonder this celebration has been around for generations.  So, hop on our sled and take a ride with us down memory lane to learn about the origins of this family style favourite.
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500gm ground beef

2 egg

1 finely chopped onion

1 clove of garlic finely diced

2 tablespoons of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons of bbq sauce

2 tablespoons of seeded mustard

2 cups breadcrumbs

Generous serve of roughly chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

1 tablespoon sea salt


Fry off the diced onion on medium heat, using minimal oil. Add garlic, salt & pepper. Sweat until soft, then put to the side to cool.

Mix all ingredients together well.

Shape into hamburger patties and cook over medium heat in fry pan or on your bbq.

Drain on paper towel before placing into buns with fillings of your choice.

Linguine Vongole recipe


  • 250gms linguine
  • 4 Tbsps. Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fine diced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped chilli
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 300gms  Local clams cleaned
  • 100gms butter
  • 2 Tbsp.  Roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


COOKING PASTA: Bring water to boil in a medium size pot. Season lightly with salt and olive oil; add linguine and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender.

Meanwhile, heat 3 table spoons of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add diced onions and garlic and cook, swirling pan often, until just golden. Add chilli and continue cooking 15 more seconds. Add clams and wine, increase heat to high and cook until clams open and release their juices. Add butter. Continue cooking until sauce thickens up.

Strain and add pasta to pan. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and has soaked up some of the sauce from the pan. Finally toss parsley through the pasta, season with salt and cracked pepper and serve. 

Citrus Aioli recipe


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste



  • Take a medium size bowl
  • Mix white vinegar, Dijon mustard and egg yolks
  • Beat the mix well using a whisk
  • Stir in garlic
  • Gradually add oil in a thin stream
  • Beat the mixture constantly until it turns light and creamy
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Stir in lemon juice and lemon rind
  • Refrigerate

How to Host an Italian Dinner Party

how to host a dinner party As with most events in the Italian culture, food is at the center of it and is probably the part that everyone looks forward to most, so why not make your next dinner party event one that pays tribute to this delicious culture and the food if offers.
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Tuna Croquettes Recipe


• 850g Desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
• 2 tablespoons warmed milk
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 brown onion, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 425g can tuna in brine, drained
• 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
• extra-light olive oil, for shallow frying
• rocket leaves, to serve


Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to saucepan. Add milk. Mash until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
Heat olive oil in a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add onion mixture, tuna and parsley to potato. Mix well.
Place egg and breadcrumbs in separate mixing bowls. Using 1/4 cup mixture at a time, shape mixture into small sausage shapes. Dip croquettes, 1 at a time, in egg then roll in breadcrumbs to coat
Take a frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Cook croquettes, in batches, turning, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Serve with rocket leaves.

Garlic may be stinky… But, it sure is healthy!

garlic As if we needed another reason to enjoy Italian cuisine… Many people are aware that Italian food is very much a fan of garlic.  On a date, you may want to avoid an item that is pungent in garlic scent, but after knowing how this stinky ingredient can improve your health, you may want to reconsider.  Let’s get to the reconsidering, shall we?  Here are a few ways garlic can improve your health:
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Italian Food: Secrets to a Healthy Life

Italian Food Secrets to a Healthy Life Think about all of the movies you’ve seen with Italian gangsters, huge families, and tons of pasta and meatballs… How do these people stereotypically look?  They’re huge!  However, despite what Hollywood has trained us to think about Italians, fact of the matter is, according to, many Italians are “light boned and [have] small muscles”.  But how is that possible?  With a combination of leisurely eating habits as well as obtaining the freshest ingredients, Italians eat and live the right way.
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