Autumn recipes

Teresa's Quaglie Ripiene (stuffed qualis) Posted on 10 Apr 10:59 , 0 comments

Mangia! Mangia!'s own highly respected cook and owner of All'antico  shares her Easter dish currently being served at her trattoria leading up to Easter. The filling adds an interesting texture and taste to the distinctive quail experience.

Quaglie Ripiene

Serves 6

6 whole quail

1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
100g pancetta, cut into fine batons
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
2 tabs fresh sage, finely chopped
!/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tabs currants

Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white wine

Clean and wash quail removing insides and neck if still attached. Pat dry and place in an oiled baking tray.

For the filling:
In a frypan add 1 tabs olive oil and on gentle heat, cook onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent.
Add pancetta, parsley and sage and cook for a further 1 minute until pancetta lightly browned.
Then add seeds and currants salt and pepper to taste and set aside to cool.

Fill each prepared quail with a tablespoon of the filling and replace in baking tray.
Drizzle with olive oil and pour over white wine, season with salt and pepper and cover with foil. Place in a preheated 180 degree oven and cook for 40-45 minutes or until cooked.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

This is delicious accompanied by some rosemary roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage.



Zia Antonietta's Fragune di Ricotta (savoury ricotta tarts/slice) Posted on 8 Apr 07:40 , 0 comments

Photography by Simon Griffths

Nonna Villella would make these savoury tarts as a treat during Easter. Since her passing Zia Antonietta has carried on the tradition. In Italy they were baked in wood-fired oven on Pasquetta (Easter Monday) Fragune are very old -world and the pastry used reflects this; it is similar to pasta dough but you could easily use a shortcrust pastry instead. 

We use homemade salami in the filling however bacon or salmon would work equally well. You can make individual tarts or a larger baking tray sized tart and serve as slices. Either way they are truly tasty and light. Enjoy.

 Makes 6 tarts

1 kg firm resh ricotta

150 g homemade salami  cut into 2cm cubes or substitute 

1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese

2 eggs1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped


freshly ground black pepper


1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 cup self-raising flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon olive oil


To prepare the filling combine the ricotta, salami, pecorino cheese, eggs and parsley in a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well. Set aside.

To prepare the pastry, mix together the flours, eggs, oil and 60 ml of water on a clean bench top. Read well for 10.15 minutes to form a ball. The pastry should be firm, resembling pasta dough. Leave to rest for 20 minutes covered with an upturned bowl. 

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C  (fan-forced)

Using a rolling pin, roll the pastry out until approx 5mm thick. Cut into 6 cm discs from the pastry sheets.

Place one-sixth of the filling in the middle of each pastry disc, leaving a 5 cm border. Brush the rim with a little water and bring the pastry up around the edges of the filling, pinching the pastry. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 30 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature. They also freeze well.  






Rosa's Pane di Olivo Posted on 3 May 17:21 , 0 comments

We love mum's olive bread - eaten on its own or dipped in olive oil - it really is the complete meal. 

Recipe makes 2 loaves           

30g fresh yeast, 4.5 cups of plain flour (plus extra for dusting), 2 cups of warm water, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (plus extra for brushing), 1 teaspoon of salt, 40 pitted olives of choice.

Place warm water in a bowl, add yeast and stir to dissolve. Place the flour in a large bowl and  make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, olive oil and salt and mix together with your hand to form a stretchy dough. Cover with tea towel  and thick blanket, then set aside in a warm spot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until double in size. 

Dust a clean work surface with flour and generously oil two baking trays.

Divide the dough in half. take each portion of dough and flatten it out, then divide the olives between the two pieces of dough and press into each piece. Knead the dough a little to mix in the olives, then form each piece into a log shape.

Place the dough on the prepared trays. Cover with a clean tea towel, then set aside in a warm spot for 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius fan-forced.

Bake the loaves for 40 minutes, then remove them from the oven and brush with olive oil. Reduce the oven temperature to 150 degrees celsius and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Enjoy!



Romolo's Olive Verde (preserved green olives in brine) Posted on 3 May 12:51 , 0 comments

Romolo,  Teresa's father was taught this recipe from his mother back in their village in Calabria, Italy. Olives were a staple in their diet - an important food supply. So when he came to Australia, the first tree he planted in his backyard was an olive tree - a symbol of food security and peace of mind. 








This recipe is easy to follow. Aromatics such as garlic and dried oregano are added to the olives just before serving, rather than being preserved with the olives. This  enhances the flavour of the olive without it being overpowered. 

In our first Mangia! Manga! book, there are many olive recipes offering different olive experiences together with a rich selection of traditional preserves for you to try.                                                                             

 Makes about 8 litres

Ingredients:  5 kg large green kalamata olives, 8 lemons, 500g salt,  3 cups boiling water, 1 cup regular white vinegar,  light extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, 3.75 litres cold water

 Special equipment: 1 large plastic bucket,   15-16 x 500ml jars (sterilised)

Dressing:  extra virgin olive oil, sliced  fresh red or green chillies, sliced garlic cloves, strips of lemon zest, dried oregano, freshly ground black pepper

 On a firm surface such as wooden table or  chopping board, smash the olives one by one with the bottom of an empty glass jar or bottle to split the olive flesh  to expose the stone, taking care not to completely crush the olive.      

As you are splitting olives place in  bucket with water. Prepare water in bucket by slicing 2 lemons in quarters and squeezing juice into water and adding squeezed lemon quarters.   Once all olives have been split, cover with inverted plate, wide  enough to ensure olives are covered and submerged in water. Water should be at leat 10cm above plate. No olives should be floating on water.  

Leave the olives to soak for 4 days. Changing water and lemons every day around the same time. Store the bucket in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight. After 4 days drain the olives and discard lemon pieces.

To make the curing  solution, place the salt and boiling water in a bucket and stir until dissolved then add the cold water. Once the water has cooled to room temperature  add the white vinegar.

Pack the olives tightly into the jars and carefully pour over to cover all olives. Drizzle a little olive oil to seal the olives and then seal the jars. Leave them to cure in a cool, dark place for at leat 4 months. The olives are ready when all trace of bitterness has gone.

Olives will last in unopened jars stored in cool place for up to 2 years. Once jar opened  the olives will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

To dress the olives, drain well and rinse under cold water for 30 seconds, transfer to a serving bowl and coat with olive oil. For each 500ml jar of olives, add one to two sliced chillies, two or three slices of garlic cloves, two strips of lemon zest and one teaspoon of dried oregano. Mix through and leave to marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving. Dressed olives do not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but should be consumed within 2 days.

Buon Appetito !    






Mezzaluna di Marmellata e Nutella (jam & nutella crescents) Posted on 24 Mar 10:45 , 0 comments

These  biscuits are made at both Christmas and Easter. They have a soft and crumbly pastry shell with a delicious hidden centre of either jam or Nutella

Makes about 40

1/2 cup (165 g) Nutella

1/2 cup (160 g ) jam

Icing sugar mixture for dusting

Sweet Pastry:

300 ml pure cream

3 1/3 cups (500 g) self -raising flour, plus extra for dusting 

125 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 egg yolk (from a 70g egg)

1/2 cup  (100g ) caster sugar



Preheat oven to 170 degree celcius fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper. 

For the pastry, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon, then knead lightly to form a smooth dough. Shape into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic film, then place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out to about 5 mm thick. Put a plate, roughly 18 cm in diameter, onto the dough and use a zigzag pastry wheel or sharp knife to cut out circles. (You will get about seven circles of pastry once you've gathered up the trimmings and re -rolled).

Cut each circle into six triangles. Place a scant teaspoon of Nutella or jam on the widest part of the triangle. Fold over to encase the filling, then continue to fold until you get to the tip and curl the ends to form a crescent shape. Place on the prepared  tray and repeat with the remaining dough and filling

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks then dust with icing sugar to serve.

These biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Biscotti di Mandorla (almond biscuits) Posted on 7 May 16:55 , 1 comment

We would never contemplate having a celebration without these traditional biscuits. Not having  these on your guantiera (biscuit tray) would be like forgetting to invite Nonna - just not done. Decorated with a red or green glace cherry or a  blanched almond, these biscuits look like sparkling jewels.As kids, we would always pick off the cherry and hand it to our mums, but now we wouldn't dream of desecrating them in this way. You'll need to start these the day before, as they are  to set in fridge overnight before baking.     
















Makes about 30

200 grames almond meal    250 castor sugar    

1 tablespoon honey  1 tablespoon almond essence    

2 egg white    mixed glace cherries or balanced almonds 


Line two large baking trays with baking paper.

Place the almond meal, sugar, honey and almond essence in a large bowl and mix for 2 minutes with hand-held electric beaters until well combined (the mixture should resemble breadcrumbs). Add one egg at a time mixing well after each addition, then continue to mix until a paste forms.

Transfer the paste to a piping bag, fitted with a medium-sized star-shaped nozzle, and pipe walnut-sized drops onto the prepared baking trays at a 3 cm intervals. Place a glace cherry or an almond on top, pressing down a little to secure it in the centre of the biscuit, then place the trays in the fridge overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 170C fan-forced and bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes or until light or until light golden.

Leave the biscuits to cool on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. these biscuits will keep in a airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

This recipe and more available in our second award winning book Mangia! Mangia! Gatherings


Rosa's Piccoli Arancini (mini fried rice balls) Posted on 7 May 16:16 , 0 comments

These mini arancini do not have the concentration of filling in the centre of the larger variety. Instead, the ingredients are mixed in with the rice  making them quicker to make and easier to eat one after the other . Mum makes them often as her grandchildren love them, and there is always a batch in the freezer on hand for unexpected pop-ins.


Makes about 40


2 1/2 cups (500g) medium-grain rice, cooked and cooled

200 g mozzarella, sliced and chopped

2 eggs, beaten



1/3 cup (40 g ) finely grated parmigiano

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped

1/2 quantity Bolognese Sauce

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 cups (150 g)  died breadcrumbs

light olive oil, for deep-frying


Place the rice in a large bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, except the breadcrumbs and oil. Mix thoroughly, ensuring all ingredients are well combined. The rice mixture should be moist and easy to mould - if it does not bind together well, and a little extra pecorino.

Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place the breadcrumbing on a plate. To assemble the aracini, shape a teaspoon of rice mixture into a ball., then roll in the breadcrumbs and place on the prepared tray.  Repeat until all the rice mixture is used, then place the tray in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the arancini to firm up.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep heavy-based frying pan until hot. Working in batches, fry the arancini, turning, for 2 - 3 minutes until golden brown all over, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

Serve warm or at room temperature.





light olive oil, for deep-frying



Insalata Rossa (red cabbage salad with pomegranate seeds) Posted on 20 Apr 09:35 , 0 comments

At long last, pomegranate is readily available at markets and fruit stalls! We were lucky enough to have grown  up with a pomegranate tree in the backyard - and now all can enjoy this versatile, delicious  exotic fruit with significant health benefits! This recipe creatively combines simple flavours to make a salad of distinction. Insalata Rossa, beautifully compliments a meat dish or fabulous as a stand alone meal. Buon Appeitto



1/4 head red cabbage, finely cut

1/2 head radicchio, finely cut

4-5 radishes, finely sliced

1/2 cup raisins soaked in Marsala for 20-30 minutes

1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 pomegranate seeds

Dressing : extra virgin olive oil and  balsamic vinegar,

salt and pepper

The method is straight forward. The key is to cut/shred the red cabbage as finely as possible. Mix all the ingredients together. Add dressing, salt and pepper to your preferred taste.



Fragune Dolce (sweet ricotta tarts) Posted on 2 Apr 11:29 , 0 comments

Makes 2 x 24cm Tarts

This sweet ricotta tart is made by our mums during Easter. The use of ricotta makes it a light and moist Italian-style cheesecake. It is so very easy to make. Family and friends will love it.


Pine Mushroom Pitte (fritters) Posted on 20 Mar 17:43 , 0 comments

Serves 3 - 4
(Pine Mushroom Fritters). Pine mushrooms have a very brief availability in the heart of Autumn.