A Let­ter From Amanda

The Australian Women’s Weekly Food Magazine - - Contents -

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

I love hear­ing your feed­back, so I en­cour­age you to put pen to pa­per (or fin­gers to key­board) and drop me a line at alen­non@bauer-me­dia.com.au

’Til next month, may food bring you and your fam­ily and friends to­gether. Ciao,

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