Here are some personal favourites and some new discoveries from our recent trip to Paris! We had a long list of recommendations however only 4 days. Some places we wanted to try were closed for their Summer break or weren’t suitable for kids aged 6 & 8. The kids discovered a love for duck and pigeon which was a delightful surprise! In planning our stay we used a few sources, mainly friends in the industry who had been in the past 12 months, David Lebovitz blog and wine suppliers in France. As with any recommendations though, they are just that, and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so a bit of reading beforehand is a great idea to make your list if you are planning a trip, or just wing it! We left our hire car in Valence and took the TGV to Paris which was super convenient and stress free. We walked a lot, used the metro on the weekend and a few taxis at night when everyone was too tired to walk anymore! The restaurants we visited are not Michelin starred however not inexpensive. If you don’t want to over do it, I suggest do some research beforehand and perhaps choose one to experience the menu, the tasting menu is always our pick. Small traditional bistrot’s are a great choice if you prefer to eat light and stay on a budget and have a typical Parisian experience - when I visit Paris on my own that is usually what I am looking for – however as this was Matteo’s first experience he was quite keen to fit in all he could! READ OUR RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW ..... STAY HOTEL COSMOS 35 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris Tel +33 [...]
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Minds of Chefs: Casa Carboni's Matteo Carboni In this four-part series, Minds of Chefs, we explore what inspires some of South Australia's most exciting cooking identities. This time, it's Matteo Carboni from Casa Carboni. Read the full article. January 2018
Country Style Christmas Issue 2017 Family and food are always the focus of Matteo Carboni’s Christmas celebrations, both in his native Italy and at his new home in the Barossa. Read the full article.
Casa Carboni featured in Qantas Travel Insider Magazine. July 2017. A slice of Italy, Casa Carboni is run mostly as a cooking school and wine bar but don’t forsake it in the morning. Delicious macchiato and cappuccino emerge from the espresso machine Thursday through Sunday, while the breakfast selection, although abbreviated, is scrumptious. There’s an assortment of housemade cakes and a breakfast bruschetta featuring seasonally tweaked toppings. Come lunchtime, chef and co-owner Matteo Carboni’s homemade pastas are a must. Read the full article online here.
One of the things I love baking with Sofia and Filippo the most is Madeleines. Partly because they are easy and quick to make but also because we all have such fond food memories of our family travels around France in the camper en route to see wine suppliers each year. I have tried many other recipes and to be honest I wish I could remember where I found this anonymous print out from the world wide web about 2 years ago, but it is the best. I have found that putting the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes before filling the moulds makes them even better. I always make double the quantity which would result in just under 2 trays of regular sized ones. I also bought a beautiful mini Madeleine tin in France in April and it makes the cutest little bite sized cakes with a pot of tea!! Ingredients plain flour, to dust 1 egg 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 cup plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 90 g butter, melted and cooled zest of a lemon or orange is optional but so delicious! icing sugar to dust Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (if using fan forced 160). Lightly grease a 12 hole Madeleine tin (I use a non stick pan) and lightly dust with flour, then shake out the excess. Using electric beaters (I personally whisk by hand as the kids love this part), beat the egg, caster sugar and vanilla together for 2 minutes, until pale, frothy and increased in volume. Sift the flour and baking powder together and gently fold into the egg mixture. Add the melted butter and zest (if using) fold to combine. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared tin. Bake for 8 minutes of until [...]
Casa Carboni featured in Qantas Travel Insider Magazine. July 2016. Download PDF of article. (860kb)