Love, Laugh, BAKE!
Silvia Colloca’s newest book is dedicated to the home baker. Whether you’re a novice or you consider yourself a seasoned expert, this book has something you’ll love. As a self –taught baker (and cook for that matter), Silvia isn’t shy when it comes to owning up to her fails and encourages us not to be shy about it either; from experimentation, good things can come! And the recipes in this book have come from a place of love, passion, ingenuity and endless experimentation.
Recipes extracted from Love, Laugh, Bake by Silvia Colloca | Published by Plum RRP $39.99 | Photography by Rob Palmer.
Here’s what Silvia had to say when she joined us in our kitchen HQ …
What couldn’t you live without in the kitchen?
There are a few things that I couldn’t live without, some are ingredients such as olive oil or Parmesan cheese, but when it comes to equipment, I do love my hand whisk. That’s probably one thing that I couldn’t live without.
What is your most memorable meal and why?
I’ve had a few memorable moments in my foodie life but I think one that is really quite special dates back to when I was a teenager.
I have an older brother and he used to be a bit of a wild child, the middle child who couldn’t quite find his way. All of a sudden, when he was about eighteen, he found a passion for food. He started working in restaurants and then he got this incredible job at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan. We all sat down for a meal in this place together and he was in his element. To see him flourish and find his calling was quite the moment for me and I think I probably started developing a passion for food on that very day. It’s quite memorable.
What is your worst kitchen disaster?
Oh, there’s too many; because I’m not a trained chef I had to figure out so many things myself. I think the most memorable disaster actually dates back to when I was a child and I was trying to make myself hot chocolate.
I was reaching out for the sugar bowl and my mum was in a grumpy mood, and she’s hardly ever in a grumpy mood, but that day she was in a grumpy mood, and instead of putting sugar in my milk and cocoa I put salt, and quite a lot of it!
I tasted it and it was revolting, obviously. But mum was in such a foul mood and she was saying, ‘come on, drink your milk, drink your milk,’ that I actually drank it all.
I was almost in tears because it was so disgusting and my Nona walked in and said, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ I said, ‘my milk is disgusting’ and she said, ‘well, why did you drink it?’ And I said, ‘because mum was in a bad mood’, and she said, ‘ah, good, yes of course, good choice’.
So I think you have to own up to your kitchen disasters when mothers are around and in a bad mood!
What would your last meal be?
Ohhh Pizza… It has to be pizza, really good pizza with a nice crisp base and a simple topping, Margherita will always trump over anything for me!
The great coriander debate, yes or no?
YES!!! Of course, it is its own thing. It’s sort of savoury and spicy, and it’s quite exciting.
But what I love about coriander is not so much the leaves, it’s the roots. I think I can probably leave the leaves to be honest, they don’t really do it for me, but the roots have so much flavour.
So it’s a yes, I suppose…
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