Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Burnt Butter and Sage – Homemade Takeaway – Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin's Homemade Takeaway 

Homemade Takeaway by Julie Goodwin ($39.99), published by Hachette Australia.

Photography – Steve Brown

RICOTTA AND SPINACH RAVIOLI WITH BURNT BUTTER AND SAGE

Full of flavour and so easy to make – you’ll think you’re in a real Italian trattoria when you eat this.

 

SERVES 4

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES + RESTING TIME

COOKING TIME: 5–6 MINUTES

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 brown onion, finely diced

400 g ricotta

100 g baby spinach, finely chopped

cup pine nuts, toasted

¼ cup grated parmesan

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

1 quantity fresh pasta

125 g butter

½ bunch sage, leaves picked

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

½ teaspoon sea salt flakes

Block of parmesan, to serve

 

1 Heat the olive oil in a small frypan over a medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic and onion until translucent, about 3–4 minutes, and then remove from the heat.

 

2 Place the garlic and onion in a large bowl, then add the ricotta, spinach, pine nuts, parmesan, salt and pepper and mix well.

 

3 Lay a long sheet of pasta on the bench and place tablespoons of the mixture at even intervals along the strip. Using a pastry brush, brush a little water around each mound of filling. Lay a second sheet on top and press closely around the filling, making sure not to leave any air trapped inside. Use a 6 cm cookie cutter to cut around the filling.

 

4 Melt the butter in the frypan over a medium-high heat and add the sage leaves. Cook until the milk solids in the butter turn brown and the sage leaves start to crisp up.

 

5 Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Cook the ravioli for around 2 minutes or until the pasta is cooked but still al dente. Using a slotted spoon, divide the ravioli among 4 bowls.

 

6 Add the lemon zest, juice and salt to the fried sage in the pan and stir, then spoon the burnt butter sauce over the ravioli and serve immediately. Put a block of parmesan and a fine grater on the table for everyone to help themselves.

Ricotta and spinach ravioli

Ricotta and spinach ravioli

 

 

BASIC PASTA DOUGH

This quantity of pasta is for four people, but a good rule of thumb is to use 100 g of flour and 1 egg for each person to be served.

 

SERVES 4

PREP TIME: ABOUT 20 MINUTES + RESTING TIME

 

400 g 00 flour (strong flour). Plain flour can be used if strong flour is not available.

4 eggs

 

1 Place the flour into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Start the mixer on the lowest speed. In a bowl, briefly whisk the eggs with a fork and add to the mixer. Knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is very firm. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to rest for about 15 minutes.

 

2 Cut the dough into cricket ball–sized pieces and work with one piece at a time. Using a pasta machine, start at the thickest setting and put the pieces of dough through each setting twice until it is the desired thickness. Take the long strip of pasta and fold it in on itself until it is the right width to put back through the machine. Feed it through from the thickest setting again. Repeat this whole process one more time, so that you’ve run from the thickest setting to the desired thickness 3 times in total. Now you can cut the pasta into the desired shape and allow to air-dry, if you are not using it the same day. It can be frozen if you wish.

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin's Homemade Takeaway

 Welcome Julie Goodwin to my blog. As the first winner of Australian Masterchef Julie needs no introduction – her name is synonymous with fresh food and fun family friendly recipes which she shares in her five acclaimed cook books.  Thank you Julie for spending some time with us today.

Ten things You Didn’t Know About Julie Goodwin

 

I was born in Sydney

 

I have written 5 cookbooks . Our Family Table, The Heart of the Home, Gather, 20/20 Meals and Home-made Takeaway.

 

When I was young I played clarinet in Hornsby Concert Band.

 

My favourite ingredients to cook with are garlic, lemons, eggs.

 

My biggest cooking disaster was when I opened the door to my dinner guests and the dog got up on the table and ran away with a whole roast chicken in his mouth.

 

When I am not cooking I am hanging out with my boys and my dogs.

 

My charity work involves doing various things for Oxfam, ChildFund, McGrath Foundation, Cure for MND Foundation, Coast Shelter.

 

My favourite book is Beach Music by Pat Conroy

 

My Masterchef highlights are when I won the cupcake challenge with my Lemon Diva, and cooking at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

 

The most treasured items in my kitchen are my teacups and saucers. Some belonged to my nan, some to Mick’s grandma and mother, and others I have collected from various places over the years.

If you would  like to leant more about Julie – her recipes, cooking school (Julie’s Place),blog, charity work and more please click on the link below.

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Post Script: Nowhere Girl – Ruth Dugdall

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Nowhere Girl

Ruth Dugdall

Legend Press

ISBN: 9781910394632

 

Description:

A psychological crime novel from an author with 10 years’ experience as a probation officer in high security prisons.

 

When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important events, its annual city fair. Probation officer Cate Austin has moved for a fresh start, along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realizes just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie, Cate decides to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the center of a child trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie’s whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much closer to home.

 

My View:

An intriguing novel that has a more reflective tone than past works I have read by this author. Ruth Dugdall continues with her Cate Austin’s series but in this episode Cate and her daughter have followed Cate’s new partner detective Oliver Massard to Luxembourg where he lives and works. As Dugdall’s characters embark on a journey of change – a new lifestyle and culture, the emphasis of Dugdall’s writing is likewise extended to include a more global outlook; the crimes of child trafficking and prostitution, the effect of extremist religious beliefs and the subsequent displacement of people trying to escape persecution, PTSD…global issues are juxtaposed against the domestic crime of a local kidnapping. Another layer is added to the narrative when more of Cate’s personal life is revealed as she battles with issues of the past – some things you cannot whitewash over…the past and the present are irrevocably connected and until acknowledged Cate seems “stuck” in an existence that is not true to herself. So many levels of tension in this narrative.

 

This narrative has a familiar introduction – as you read you experience that feeling of dread, you know something abhorrent is about to happen and so you keep reading; Ellie is kidnapped at the fair. The other main characters are added to the mix and I was intrigued by Amina and Jodie’s voices – again that feeling of dread, the anticipation of all that could go wrong…and it does! What choices do these poor girls have? Continue reading and the web of intrigue and Cate’s internal conflicts grow- and then the biggest most surprising reveal of all! I could not believe this! Totally unexpected and…sad.

 

Ruth Dugdall can always be relied upon to give your social conscience a pinch! Wake up world – look around you.

 

 

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Post Script: Our Dog Knows Words- Peter Gouldthorpe, Lucy Gouldthorpe

Our Dog Knows Words

Our Dog Knows Words

Peter & Lucy Gouldthorpe

Hachette Children’s Books

Lothian Children’s’ Books

ISVB: 9780734416346

 

Description:

Meet our very clever dog. He always knows just what we’re saying to him. He knows, but does he always obey?

 

A funny story about a clever (but not always obedient) dog, from a father-daughter team of dog lovers.

From playing in the park to dinnertime, bath time and bedtime – this very smart dog knows what’s going on!

If you loved THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO A DOG’S BEST FRIEND, HENRY THE DIRTY DOG or HAIRY MACLARY then you will adore OUR DOG KNOWS WORDS.

 

 

My View:

Fun, charming and a delight to read. This is a perfect book to read to your toddler or for your pre-schooler to read along with you. Anyone who has a dog or loves dogs will smile and nod their head in agreement as they agree with the sentiments and observations expressed here.

 

Put this one of your Christmas shopping list – (it comes in hardback and paperback), and watch the smiles on Christmas morning.

 

 

Post Script: Homemade Takeaway – Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin's Homemade Takeaway

Homemade Takeaway

Julie Goodwin

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733632136

 

Description:

Let Julie Goodwin, Australia’s favourite family cook, show you how to make your favourite takeaway dishes – at home, from scratch!

 

Cheaper, healthier, and even faster than waiting for your order! Feel good about enjoying take away and save money at the same time. Julie Goodwin is back with Homemade Takeaway. In this beautiful new fully illustrated cookbook, Julie will teach you how to make all your best-loved take away meals.

 

Whether it’s the local bakery or the corner store, chicken shop or your favourite Thai or Indian takeaway, Julie has it covered. There’s no need to go out for comfort food or family favourites like Chilli Chicken with Cashews or Lamb Shank Pie. They’re all here – over 150 recipes that use fresh, seasonal produce to bring you the takeaway food you love.

 

Feel good about enjoying take away with the family, and save money at the same time with Homemade Takeaway.

 

 

 

My View:

The perfect cook book for the home cook. Be in control of the food you eat; know exactly what ingredients are in the meals you eat and enjoy, quality meals do not need to be exorbitantly priced – simply make the meal at home with fresh season produce, it is easy to do with Julie Goodwin Homemade Takeaway –with step by step guides and great images to guide you along your cooking journey.

 

There are over one hundred and fifty recipes here, Julie Goodwin divides the book into types of popular cuisine – she starts with Lebanese (includes such favourites as kofta, baklava, yoghurt flat bread to name but a few), then there are Thai, Chinese, Tex Mex, Indian, Italian, a chapter on the Aussie Corner Store (which includes a huge variety of burgers, beer battered fish, chips…) then we have the Chicken Shop

(all things chicken including southern fried chicken, schnitzel…and sides – potato bake, rice salad, pasta salad and much much more) and then my personal favourite chapter – The Bakery. The Bakery covers all the family favourites – sausage rolls, lamb shank pie (so delicious), finger buns, cherry ripe brownies, flourless chocolate and orange cake, pastries, carrot cake….YUM.

 

As you can see there is something here for all to enjoy .In this book Julie’s love and passion for cooking is evident on every page -as Julie explains “ Anyone who knows me or has eaten at my table will know: enjoyment of the food is paramount. It must be generous, flavourful, hot out of the pans or from the oven; eaten in good health and good cheer; shared with people whose company you love. It should bring happiness to all who eat it.”(Introduction p.X) It is no wonder Julie Goodwin is one of Australia’s best loved food creatives.