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black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

balsamic reduction

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Meet balsamic reduction, the drizzle juice from heaven, and by any other name – reduction, sauce, glaze, syrup – tastes as other-worldly. And just like many of my recipes, this too is a method – simmer the vinegar until the desired consistency is reached – the more it simmers the thicker it gets – which is pretty much the case with most things that hang over heat.

sweet potato gratin with toasted nuts & parmesan

sweet potato gratin with garlic & rosemary

A gratin is a method – so feel free to switch up the root vegetable and the flavours to create a dish to compliment any main you got going!

tomato soup roasted italian-style

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Roasting tomatoes before they turn into soup is the only way to make tomato soup – along with a few cloves of garlic, an onion and a little olive oil – you will be enjoying an intense tomato flavour you never thought possible.

focaccia with whole wheat, onions, garlic & rosemary

whole-wheat foccacia

Foccacia is one of the easiest breads to make at home, you can flavour as you wish, stuff it for sandwiches, toasted alongside soup or just enjoy as is – with a dish of olive oil and balsamic vinegar alongside – it’ll be gone before you’ve said pass the foccacia!

whole-grain sub rolls with rosemary

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Fresh rolls are the beginning of meal – you can pile anything into a roll – from lighter fare like dressed salad greens to a heartier chili, saucy meatballs or grilled chicken, meat or fish. and it’s the additions (coleslaw, pickles, cheeses, capers, sauces) that make the difference between ho-hum to holy-moly!

white bean soup with garlic & oregano

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This Italian staple of white bean soup needs to make it on your top 10 “base soup recipes” list. Master this classic Tuscan soup and then switch up with all kinds of variations.