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For me, roquefort = indulgence. I bought some recently after making Teresa Blackburn’s Crispy Almond Sea Salt Crackers, for which you can find the recipe on her blog Food on Fifth. The sweet and salty almond biscuits turned out really well and only needed the sharp and distinctive flavour that is roquefort cheese to really set them off. Also known as blue cheese, roquefort is defined by the region in which it is produced and aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, in the south of France. Blue cheeses from other regions are prevented from bearing the origin protected name of roquefort and simply designated ‘blue cheese’ (or, if it hails from one of several Northern Italian production regions, it is known as gorgonzola). At $131.95 per kilo at my local grocer, roquefort is definitely a special occasion cheese and one to be savoured. Not having a whole lot left in my kitchen cupboards tonight, my leftover roquefort cheese more than made up for a lack of ingredients in this simple pasta dish.

Fusilli with Walnut, Sage + Roquefort

400g dried fusilli pasta

120g walnuts

120g roquefort cheese

20 fresh sage leaves, or thereabouts

60 ml olive oil

Cook your pasta according to the instructions on the packet, or until cooked as you desire it. When you drain the pasta, reserve a little of the cooking water so you can add some to the pasta if it needs a little loosening up.

While the pasta cooks, toast the walnuts and sage leaves by placing them in a dry pan over a medium heat for a minute or so. When lightly toasted, you can either use a food processor or a mortar and pestle to grind the nuts and sage. I like to grind the walnuts into crumb sized pieces rather than to a paste. I use a mortar and pestle because it gives me more control over the consistency of the sauce (and also because I don’t have a food processor!). Add in the olive oil and mix to combine.

Once you have drained the pasta, let it sit to cool for about a minute before returning to the empty pan. Add in the walnut sauce and a little of the reserved cooking water if needed, and stir to combine. Crumble the roquefort over the pasta and gently mix through the pasta.

Season with cracked black pepper.

*Serves 4

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Here’s another super easy recipe, perfect for a weeknight meal and delicious! At least I think so..

Prosciutto Pasta with Red Wine and Tomatoes

250g dried fettucine

100g prosciutto

400g tin whole tomatoes

1 clove garlic, crushed

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 small glass red wine

1 tbsp white vinegar

1 handful fresh basil leaves

Sea salt + cracked pepper

Parmesan cheese, grated

Serves 2

To make sauce, fry the garlic and chilli flakes in some olive oil to start with. Add the prosciutto to the pan and fry for a minute or so to firm it up. Use a knife to chop the tomatoes in the tin. I find it’s sometimes nice to have a few bigger pieces, but if you don’t like chunky sauces then you could use crushed tomatoes or passata instead for a smooth consistency. Add the vinegar and red wine, then season to taste. Once the sauce has reached the boil (this wont take long), turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 mins or so, adding in the basil leaves during the last few mins. You could cook the pasta during this stage, then all you need to do is serve it up, and enjoy! With a little parmesan and cracked black pepper of course 😉

As a side note, I thought I’d share some pics with you that I took at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival at the Town Hall in Sydney on Friday night. This was my first fashion show and I have to say I really enjoyed it..here’s a few of my top pics from the Instyle red carpet runway show. I couldn’t really say which designers were most impressive as I loved them all, but I think I will definitely be taking a few cues from the Camilla collection this spring and summer. I particularly loved the Steven Khalil and Rachel Gilbert collections as well.

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1. Steven Khalil

2. Steven Khalil

3. Camilla

4. MJ Bale…cute!!

Until next time 🙂

Trini xo

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Hiya! Only two more sleeps until the weekend is here, and as I’m running in the city to surf this weekend I figured I finally have a good excuse to carb load..Here’s another recipe that makes for a simple and satisfying mid-week meal..if you like zucchini that is (which I definitely do)! This one is also inexpensive which is great if you’re on budget, which I am..at least in theory anyway 😉

Zucchini Ribbon Spaghetti w Lemon + Chilli

1 clove garlic

1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped

2 tsp lemon rind (or more)

Big squeeze lemon juice

1 zucchini, sliced finely into ribbons

1 handful of basil leaves

250g spaghetti

Parmesan, grated, to serve

Serves 2

First up, cook your spaghetti. When it’s about 3-4 minutes away from being cooked, put your zucchini ribbons in the water with the pasta and then cook until the pasta is ready..I err on the side of not quite ready because you’re going to cook it a little more in the pan later (and I don’t like soggy pasta!!!).

Once you have drained your pasta and spaghetti, add a little olive oil to the empty saucepan and fry the garlic, chilli and lemon rind for about a minute or so, then return your pasta, zucchini and the basil to the pan and fry for about a minute or so. I like to add in a little cracked pepper at this point and a big squeeze of lemon juice. Then all you need to do is serve it up and add some grated parmesan and cracked pepper..and a little extra lemon juice if you like! It would also be nice to crumble a little feta over the top, but alas, I am all out! Anyway, still tasted great!

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By the way, tonight I’m listening to Haim’s EP Forever and doing some research for new recipes ahead of my first dinner guest next week (eek!)…and I love love love them! I’ve been a big fan of Falling and The Wire on JJJ, and I can’t wait for their debut album Days Are Gone to be released this September..Haim have a great sound, rock and pop mixed up in the best possible way with an edgy feel that is pretty different to a lot of stuff I’ve heard recently..although they do remind me of one of my old favourite bands Tiddas…now sadly disbanded 😦 Would have loved to have seen them live at Splendour..why, why, why did I not go??

Anyway..It’s Wednesday..stay strong! The weekend is nearly here 🙂

Trini xo

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It doesn’t take much to make a cheap, tasty and delicious supper 🙂

Trini xo