A Letter From Amanda
Being a day dreamer and a romantic at heart, I used to fantasise about living in Pompeii pre the volcanic eruption. The sunny, airy atriums, the long, flowing white gowns, the lace-up sandals and the fresh produce… To me, it was a paradise. I could easily envisage myself
(with dark hair, of course), floating around the city in my prime. Regardless of history and natural disasters, some things remain unchanged – like my fascination with far-away Italy and its cuisine, which is now so popular here in Australia. From a drizzle of olive oil to some crumbled ricotta, Italian ingredients are so versatile. You have to admit that life would be pretty boring without Italian classics like tiramisu, ravioli, pizza, rotolo (like our cover recipe), plus a good vino to wash it all down!
With this in mind, welcome to our Italian issue, an amazing melting pot of all of the above, plus more!
Italy is renowned for its stunning cured meats, so take a look at our special feature on page 34 and taste with your eyes! We’ve even included a simple step-by-step guide to making your own sausages. Once you start, you won’t want to stop, as there are so many flavour varieties.
Because good food and wine go hand in hand, in this extra-special issue we’ve included a few wine-matching suggestions: for our lazy Italian lunch (page 16), midweek meals (page 72) and ricotta bakes (page 124). Our “sip tips”, by wine expert Max Allen, will make your food sing.
With its triple-tested recipes, The Australian Women’s Weekly is a trusted brand. This issue, we’ve given the
AWW FOOD magazine a makeover, with a new look to coincide with the launch of our new website. Please visit us at womensweeklyfood.com.au
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’Til next month, may food bring you and your family and friends together. Ciao,