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A super crostini spread
Those with good memories will say 'Hey, I've seen
this before', and so you have, a couple of times in
the last ten years. I make no apologies for the
a. there are people who may have despaired at having
lost the recipe and whose lives will now be immeasurably
b. there are new readers who will discover one of the
great taste sensations of the world and whose lives will
now be immeasurably happier, and
c. I had a desperate craving for said great taste sensation
and figured that by combining food column preparation
and cravings it would make my life immeasurably happier.
This irresistible spread comes from Carol Field's equally
irresistible Italy in Small Bites. Is it possible to imagine
anything more pleasurable than sampling the tastes of
Italy, morsel by divine morsel?
Cooking my way through Field's collection of merende
or between-meals-snacks and appetizers has been a very
slow process as I can't get past the Irresistible Spicy
Crostini. For a moment the spicy Roman crostini looked
tempting -- olive oil and red wine vinegar with parsley,
basil, anchovies, garlic and chilli flakes with breadcrumbs
to thicken -- but the old favourite continues to tantalise.
There's a long list of ingredients so suggest you double
check each time you make it. It is all too easy to forget, say,
the capers as I did when making the shopping list. Each
ingredient contributes something special to the whole,
but it is nigh on impossible to de-pack the individual
components, especially after the spread has sat and
mellowed for an hour or two.The hard-boiled egg yolk for
instance is virtually indefinable but it does add richness
and mellows the piquant flavours.
Small children view this spread with a great deal of
suspicion but most over the age of 10 will find it
Irresistible and spicy spread for crostini
2 slices sourdough or large ciabatta cut 2cm thick,
3 tbsp (scant) red wine vinegar
6 large anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
3 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 cup pine nuts
1 tbsp, generous salted capers, rinsed well and drained
4 very large or 5 small hard-boiled egg yolks
12 large green olives stuffed with pesto (available at
delicatessens), roughly chopped
freshly ground pepper
half cup extra virgin olive oil
Lay the bread on a flat plate and sprinkle with the vinegar.
Leave for 10 minutes then squeeze the bread to remove any
excess vinegar. Break up the bread roughly and place in a
food processor. Add the anchovy, parsley, garlic, pine nuts,
capers, egg yolks, olives,pepper and olive oil.Process until it
comes together as a spreadable paste but still with some
texture. Serve with freshly made crostini.
For the crostini: slice ciabatta or sourdough baguette,
brush with olive oil and toast till golden.
appetite with Michele Round
DEF 1467863 20/4/10
Tastes of the world are here at
Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre
Cafe Shalimar Ph: 3824 4222
Centrally located in our centre mall. All day menu with a great selection of hot and
Gold Leaf Thai Ph: 3824 2102
Alfresco dining with authentic Thai recipes. Come treat your taste buds.
Little Mermaid Ph: 3824 1803
Known as the best fish and chips in Alex Hills. Ken and Lisa offer the freshest fish and
their burgers are to die for.
Loong Wah Chinese Ph: 3824 0640
Established at Alex Hills for 30 years, Michel and his staff continue to offer fine quality
Michel's Patisserie Ph: 3824 0992
Tea, coffee, cakes, muffins and pastries. Your one stop shop is Michel's.
Sitar Indian Takeaway Ph: 3824 4023
Authentic Indian takeaway. Conveniently located across from Blockbusters.
Subway Ph: 3824 2334
Specialists in submarine sandwiches and salads. Subway offer a great tasting
alternative to other options with their delicious range of sandwiches, salads, wraps
and freshly baked cookies.
Hiromi and Takamasa are bringing their home recipes and freshest sushi to our centre.
Come and try something today.
Vanelli's Pizzeria and Ice Creamery Ph: 3820 2054
Located next to the Post Office, you'll find pizza, pasta, salads, gourmet ice cream -
Vanelli's has something for the whole family. Take the night off and visit Leanne and
Cnr Finucane Road & Cambridge Drive, Alexandra Hills
INDULGE l DELICIOUS l TASTE l REFRESH l RELAX l CUISINE
Expect to be impressed at The Spice Avenue Balti Restaurant
where the best of British Indian food is now established in
The Spice Avenue is a family owned and managed restaurant-
providing consistency; quality and friendly service to deliver you
the true English curry experience.
The Spice Avenue specialises in a variety of Balti dishes cooked
in the traditional way using only the finest and freshest of
ingredients to ensure your complete satisfaction.
Although many Balti names resemble curries that are served in
the Australian-Indian restaurants, there is no similarity to the taste
or cooking methods that are used at The Spice Avenue.
This formula of cooking and presentation has been practiced in
the UK branches (Birmingham, Wolverhampton & London) since
With a comfortable, relaxed
atmosphere, decorated with British icons,
you'll feel right at home with both indoor
and outdoor dining areas.
12-14 Aquatic Paradise
190 Birkdale Road, Birkdale
Phone: 3822 9822
Tues-Sun 5pm to late
Licensed BYO bottle wine
The Spice Avenue Balti
DF1467863 - 20/4/10
Located on magnificent Moreton Bay, overlooking the islands, the
Courthouse Restaurant is truly a beautiful venue for your next
dining occasion. The sandstone and extensive leadlight and a very
rare collection of antiques and just some of the features of this
The Courthouse Restaurant of today offers a truly complete
dining experience. Glorious Bay views with alfresco dining by day,
the romantic ambience with live piano by night. Private rooms for
intimate dining or the elegant main dining room, the choice is yours.
Feel the history surround you whilst you dine in one of Brisbane's
longest established and multi-awarded restaurants.
Superb ambience and
Open Tuesday to Sunday Lunch and Dinner
Open fires for winter dining, a-la-Carte, Functions,
Weddings, Corporate Events
Air-Conditioned, Fully Licensed
1 Paxton Street, Cleveland
p. 3286 1386
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