Recipes

Below is a listing of our recipes. Use the category shortcuts to help you navigate. Stev is busy adding recipes and videos of him making the recipes. Check back soon, he will have more posted.

Andalusian Tomato and Bread Soup

Asparagus Salad

Here is a fantastic way to serve asparagus raw. No cooking required, just a sharp vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus into paper thin slices. So good for you.

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Asparagus with Lemon Oil and Parmigiano Reggiano

This is a fantastic way to dress up asparagus as a side dish. Serve at room temperature for the best flavour. Buy the lemon oil at a specialty food store, or make your own by infusing extra virgin olive oil with lemon zest.

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Beef and Farro Soup

One of our most popular soups at Olivea. It's an Italian version of Beef and Barley Soup using farro (spelt) in place of barley.

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Big Italian

This sandwich satisfies the biggest hunger cravings. Packed with deli meats and cheese and two signature condiments, then grilled in a panini press to melting goodness - who can resist?

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Braised Red Cabbage

Add some white wine and apple to slowly simmered red cabbage for a delicious accompaniment to roast pork.

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Bruschetta

Here are some tips for making the best bruschetta.

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Burrata with Cherry Tomatoes and Chives

Burrata is a fresh mozzarella ball that is filled with cream and the remaining bits of mozzarella from the day's cheesemaking - a way to use up the leftovers - which is undoubtedly one of the world's most luscious cheeses! Serve it simply, with tomatoes, olive oil and salt. Add some fresh herbs, chilies or a little aged balsamic for zing.

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Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is a classic Italian dish made with eggs, bacon or pancetta, parmesan cheese and black pepper.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Marsala

Marsala is an Italian dessert wine produced in Sicily, similar to Madiera. It makes an incredible sauce for pan roasted chicken mixed with a little cream, shallots and fresh thyme.

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Chicken Thighs Braised with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes

Kale is so healthy and this recipe makes it taste delicious, colourful, and its so easy to make!

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Chicken Thighs with Yoghurt and Indian Spices

I love the Indian flavours in this dish and the way yoghurt seems to have a magical effect, producing wonderfully moist and tender chicken!

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Dirty Steak

Try this method of cooking steak directly on the coals. You'll never go back!

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Eggplant Jam

Wonderful condiment for steaks or burgers.

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Eggplant Parmesan

This is a great vegetarian dish that is easy to make and soooo delicious!

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Fried Stuffed Olives

Garlic Chili Oil

An amazing condiment to use in all your cooking. This is perfect on a simple pasta, or for adding to vegetables to give them a little extra flavour.

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Green Bean Salad with Eggs, Anchovies and Radishes

Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Squid

The grilled squid we serve at Olivea is one of the most popular antipasti on the menu. Simply grilled and served with aïoli and spicy red sauce, this dish is easy and delicious.

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Grilled Whole Lobster

How to grill a whole lobster on the barbecue.

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Honey and Balsamic Grilled Quail with Chicory

Boneless quail is marinated and grilled and served with bitter chicory for an amazing appetizer!

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Lamb shoulder chops marinated in yoghurt

Lobster Pasta with Cherry tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

Olives al Forno

We serve a mixture of Italian, Spanish and French olives at the restaurant. Roasted with garlic, lemon zest and rosemary and served warm. The amazing aroma wafts through the dining room making everyone hungry!

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Omelette of Asparagus, Wild Leeks and Glengarry Fen

Here is my version of a fantastic Spring omelette. Plan this for May when the wild leeks are available and asparagus season is just starting.

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Osso Buco

Meltingly tender braised veal shank. One of the great northern Italian dishes!

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Panzanella

This Tuscan bread salad is so full of flavour and speaks of Tuscany! Serve is on it's own as a salad or with roasted chicken for a fantastic meal.

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Pavlova

This is a fantastic summer dessert with fresh local berries, peaches, and tropical fruit too. It's easy to make if you follow the recipe carefully.

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Peach, Prosciutto and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

Reuben Sandwich

Rhubarb-Cinzano Sauce

Try this as a condiment for pork, chicken or on a cheese platter.

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Ricotta Cheese

You can make your own ricotta cheese at home. It is so simple! Use this ricotta, after draining, to make my Spinach Gnudi. Yum!

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Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto)

This luscious, earthy risotto is traditionally served with ossobuco.

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Scallops with Pea Sauce and Mint

Spinach Gnudi

Gnudi are Italian dumplings. These ones are made with spinach and ricotta cheese. Check out my recipe for home made ricotta which makes these gnudi super special.

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Squash and Apple Soup

One of my all time favourite soups!

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Stuffed Artichokes

Ever wondered what to do with an artichoke? This recipe is a great way to serve artichokes. Watch my video to see how to prepare them.

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Tapenade

I love making olive tapenade and serving it with a meaty fish like tuna or swordfish as well as beef. It makes a great spread to serve on crostini too!

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Tiramisù

This classic Italian dessert is so easy to make! Here is my recipe.

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Zucchini with Garlic, Mint and Lemon