Our creative team is always on the hunt for up-and-coming styling talent. And our Creative Director Chris Deal and Head of Styling Jessica Bellef love to talk teach. So it made perfect sense for a class from Sydney Design School to visit us to learn about our styling and photography process.

Chris and Jess set the class a styling challenge, supported by Noritake who kindly supplied their beautiful Colourwave dinnerware range to the students. The winner of the challenge, Sarah Cousens, spent a week learning the ropes in our studio. We talked to her about the highs and lows of styling life.

What are you studying at Sydney Design School?

I am studying the Diploma of Interior Design. I graduate at the end of this year.

Was the T&W site visit valuable?

Definitely. I found coming in and meeting Chris & Jess very inspiring. They were both so intriguing and passionate and I loved seeing them bounce ideas off each other. Getting to see the styling team in action in the studio was also a very valuable part of the site visit. It gave me an insight to what I could possibly be doing in the future. I knew that this would be an amazing opportunity to be able to work with such a fun, creative team of people.

What was the brief for the styling assignment?

The brief was to design and execute a photoshoot and produce one final photo for Temple & Webster using the Noritake Colorwave Graphite range. We had to produce the image along with a concept/style board explaining the creative process behind it. The image had to highlight the products’ features, tell the brand story, create desire and have impact.

How did you approach the task?

I knew straight away the look I wanted to go for when I saw the Noritake range, though I did do some research on the client and the brand to make sure that I was on the right track in terms of the client and brands vision and values.

My concept was derived from the Japanese philosophy ‘Wabi-Sabi’. Wabi-Sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. The simplicity of the contrasting matte black and soft ivory tones of the Colorwave Graphite allowed me to incorporate this philosophy by playing with texture and a variety of natural, organic materials and props such as hand dyed Shibori napkins, crumpled linen, wood and greenery to create a relaxed, uncomplicated scene.

 Sarah’s winning image featuring Noritake Colourwave dinnerware in Graphite

What did you find most surprising about styling work during your internship?

Being a stylist isn’t always so stylish! It’s definitely lot of hard work and very hands on (eg: building furniture and heavy lifting!), however it is definitely satisfying in the end seeing your concepts and ideas come to life.

Tell us about your shoot. What was your biggest challenge?

The shoot worked out as expected! Jess and Adam really helped me develop my ideas and helped me with prop sourcing and problem solving. I learnt all about lighting and photography tricks (which I found out play a huge part in the whole process) thanks to Denise, and we managed to really bring my ideas to life!

The biggest challenge was working with water. In a studio space with plenty of electrical cables and expensive equipment, I was a bit nervous! We had a Plan B, but I am glad we didn’t have to use it.


How did you feel about the final shot?

The final shot is exactly what I had imagined! I really wanted to embody the products vision through my concept. The Ezure range was created to provide the consumer with the most luxurious, sustainable lifestyle products that are both safe & ethical and as a result improve our culture and protect our land.

I kept it clear and clean to evoke both the environment and ones consciousness yet at the same time create a sense of luxury through the simplicity. I think we nailed it!

The final shot for Ezure. Photographed by Denise Braki, styled by Sarah.

And finally, where do you hope your studies will take you?

I am studying Interior Design however I think I have found my passion in styling. I would love to make a name for myself in the design industry as a stylist, whether it be interiors or event styling I am not still not quite sure.

I do know for sure that I want to be able to collaborate with other inspiring creatives and generate amazing ideas, concepts and projects! I would love to be able to work both locally and internationally; I want to be the one that everyone in the industry wants to work with!

I am excited for the road ahead. I feel that if you can wake up each day and get to do something that you love, have fun doing AND get to call it your job then you are on to a pretty good thing!

Images by Josh Eriksson for Sydney Design School and Maya Vidulich.

Follow Sydney Design School on Instagram @sydneydesignschool and Sarah @sarcuz  or via her Tumblr


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Karen McCartney finds inspiration in the rich textures and warm palette of Mexican-inspired style – for more, shop our Hacienda Dreams sale event today.

What better way to honour the genius of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo than surround her portrait with decorative objects of Mexican origin. By restricting the tonal range to deep reds and silver the arrangement takes on the feel of an art installation. Image via Free People. (Right) At the Hotel Casa Lecanda in Mérida, the detailing in the traditional tiled floor and the linear timber treatment in the ceiling effectively draw the eye along the space. Furniture is kept simple in form and white in colour so as not to compete with the flourish of the central light fitting.

There is something achingly beautiful about the combination of ancient doors, their colour faded by time, tiles that subtly echo their colour, flowering plants and the addition of soft diffused light. If ever there was a combination of elements that called you to be there – this is it. Image by Brydie Mack.(Right) In a simple rustic room the inclusion of a massive tiled bed head creates a highly decorative wall, acting as a room divider while adding colour and pattern. Image by Andrea Ferrari.

There is something so right about this chrome-based chair, in its concrete context, covered in the traditional stripe of a Mexican blanket. Other quirky pieces of furniture and lighting give this hotel the feeling of personality and character. | Photo by Adrian Gaut for The Line Hotel, LA. (Right) This photograph shows just how little you need to create a really great fresh bedroom look. The bleached floorboards, classic iron bedstead and artisan timber side table all play a supporting role to the indigo striped perfection of a simple Mexican throw. Image via Urban Outfitters.

The classic tones of Mexico are showcased on this rust painted wall with a timber barn-style doors contrasting in a wash-out celadon. The interesting decorative touch is the playful row of straw hats arranged above a small outdoor console. (Right) There is something very evocative about a stairway that has been so thoughtfully tiled in soft shades of green. The decorative touch is all the more marked because it is enclosed by unadorned walls of concrete and curves appealingly – drawing the eye to a new vista. Image by Zena Woron Quinn.

I have always loved the idea of casually throwing a blanket over a table as a sort of outdoor table cloth. The deep red works well as a shot of colour in this natural context with the circular form of the table echoed in the softly rounded arch. (Right) The detailed patterns and subtle shifts in colour in these textiles are remarkable. This picture showcases a range of intricate treatments that would look great as floor covering, throws, or cushions. Unless you are decoratively brave, just stick to one bold piece.

See all these images and 70+ more on our Global Influences Pinterest board.

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Karen McCartney visited Karie Soehardi of Ella and Sofia in her studio to learn about her collaboration with Sydney Living Museums and the resulting collection of cushions and lamp shades available in today’s sale event.

Karie Soehardi, Creative Director of Ella and Sofia, is a textile designer for whom the past is very much alive in the present.

Her love affair with re-interpreting Australia’s visual heritage started with a project for the Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath, in the Blue Mountains. “I worked closely with Peter Reeve, Director of design company CRD, to create custom prints that reflected the original Art Nouveau building but brought new, original thinking,” says Karie.

The Rose Bay pattern (left), available in a cushion and lamp shade, and shelves in Karie’s studio.

Working on wallpaper, friezes for social spaces and fabrics for selected bedrooms Karie was able to draw on motifs from the original designs but work them into new forms using an updated colour palette that they hope will represent a new, yet long-lasting, chapter for the interior.

“We worked to maintain the spirit of the past but move it on,” says Karie. The process involved lots of research, many visits to the hotel combined with the back and forth of sketches as Peter’s global travels brought new ideas and concepts. “I was something of the translator, interpreting things on a visual level,” says Karie.

Karie’s Sydney studio.

What the experience did for Karie was trigger the creative satisfaction she got from looking at the past and reimagining it for a new audience. “I am influenced by William Morris and other European designers but it is important to consider how the designs speak to today’s consumer. My signature style has always been ‘yesteryear with a twist’. You don’t have to start from scratch every time,” says Karie.

This philosophy happened to tally with that of Sydney Living Museums (formerly The Historic Houses Trust) whose remit according to Assistant Director Caroline Butler Bowen is to ‘Bring the past alive’.

Ella and Sofia cushions and lamp shade, styled by Adam Powell and photographed by Denise Braki for Temple & Webster’s sale event.

The remarkable Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection with its wealth of visual resources, overseen by the highly knowledgeable curator Michael Lech, was a great boon to Karie’s research. Concentrating on her field of interest, the Nouveau and Deco period, Karie went through the collection to discover themes and forms that she felt she could work with. “As I went through the beautiful sample books and papers peeled off the walls of period homes I tried to deconstruct what I saw – looking at shapes rather than patterns to see what works for now,” she says.

Working with geometry and boldly mixing it with organic branch shapes, pulling out big floral shapes and giving them the feel of loose painterly insects and isolating beautiful nouveau forms presented in monochrome or with the subtle blush of dusty pink. “Colour was the trend element reflecting what is happening in interiors now – purples, blues and silvery greys and pinks,” says Karie.

The Kandos pattern translated to wallpaper in cobalt, and a lampshade in the mulberry colourway.

When asked how can we make it live on for another generation to enjoy, Karie makes clear it is all about the story. “These wonderful stories are being lost and I believe people want a story. They want something meaningful,” she says.

And finally – what did she enjoy most about the experience?

“It was great the way everyone has got on board. I love what Sydney Living Museums are doing with their brand and I wanted to be supportive of that and breathe life into what is old and allow it to be re-appreciated in a new way, to a new audience’, says Karie.

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Don’t be put off by the ‘h’ word – Jono Fleming’s breakfast also tastes great, especially when eaten with Laguiole Jean Néron’s colourful cutlery

Sometimes it’s hard to wake up, and once you’ve dragged yourself out of bed, cooking breakfast seems like a lot of effort. You know it’s important, and you know it should be healthy, but between gluten-free, paleo and clean eating principles it’s all become a bit complicated.

This is a really simple breakfast recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. I’ve included plenty of healthy ingredients, so you can boast about if you like.

Chia seeds are packed with protein, fibre and they absorb lots of water which means you’ll feel full longer. LSA is a mixture of ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds. It’s also full of fibre and adds a nice nutty flavour to your meal, and a little goes a long way. Finally, almond milk is a substitute for regular milk – being cholesterol and lactose free it’s a light alternative to milk.

As we hit Spring, with lighter mornings and more sunshine, it makes sense to start your day with colour, so I added berries and of course Laguiole’s brightly-hued cutlery. Get out of bed 10 minutes earlier for this meal – it’s worth it, I promise!

Healthy Porridge with Fresh Berries

Ingredients (serves 1)

½ cup rolled oats (use quinoa flakes for a gluten free option)
1 cup almond milk
1 ripe banana
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon peanut butter
½ tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon LSA
Fresh berries to serve

These ingredients are readily available in the health food section of your supermarket or specialty health food store.


Combine rolled oats, almond milk and mashed banana in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly (so the oats wont burn on the bottom of the pan) until the mixture is thick and gooey.

Stir in the cinnamon and peanut butter. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the chia seeds and LSA over the top. Finally, add fresh berries of your choice.

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A sorbet world

02 Sep '14

Inspired by our Sorbet Collection, Karen McCartney picks a few favourites from our pretty pastel Pinterest board.

In the pendulum swing of interior fashion, pastel shades (now called sorbet) are the quiet heroes of decorating. They don’t shout, they whisper, they seduce with their references to nature, to the patina of ancient buildings and the refreshing chill of a hand-made ice. Use them sparingly as a hint of directional styling or go the whole way with ice blues, washed-out yellows and of course, the central player in the look – a soft but determined pink.

Artists have long taken their cue from nature’s palette with its inspiring, and sometime surprising, combinations of colours. This example is particularly appropriate with its pink, pale yellow and band of soft green sea (left). While the height and light in this room (right) is not available to everyone, the subdued colours placed in the context of white is something that is easy to appropriate.

The charm of this higgledy piggledy cabinet (left) is enhanced by the colour choice of the doors. The look is softened, and grounded, by the use of a light timber on the legs. (Right) Bowls and platters with an organic handmade feel, and irregularly stacked, are enhanced by the background of light blue and the tabletop of white.

The spectacular colour combinations on this building are sun bleached and have developed patina over the passage of time. Punches of stronger colour in the window shutters give it a graphic quality which turns it into an abstract painting on a grand scale.

Upholstery pieces, rugs and lights can all combine successfully if they share a common tonal depth. Nothing is sharp or assertive, the eye gliding over the entire room as through a well-conceived flower garden. (Right) What would a sorbet collection be without the simple joy of strawberry gelato? If you can’t have the cushion, try the ice-cream!

This chair and stool combination reminds me of a shy toddler standing behind its mother. A classic timber chair takes on a new modernity through the choice of solid paint colour and the tiny coloured feet of the modest, country-style stool adds a playful note. (Right) While an unfinished painted wall may not be to everyone taste it is effective in showing how a graphic wall treatment using nothing more than paint creates a backdrop to a range of softly-toned colours.

For more inspiration, check out the 90+ images on our Pinterest board. 

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Our favourite clicks from around the web this week, including a bed, a book, and a whole lot of ice.

Super stylist and ideas-lady Megan Morton has teamed up with Incy Interiors on a range of super cool metal beds. Think four posters without the flounce, available in white, black or custom colours in several sizes including single.

The Wardrobe v Pantry tumblr – a single perfect fashion and food match, every day.

Artbank is the government-funded repository of thousands of Australian artworks, collected over 30 years and available to lease for your home (or office) from a few hundred dollars a year. They’ve just launched a new website allowing browsing and searching of the available works. We picked Cut Painting #5 by Huseyin Sami for its Spring sorbet palette.

Stylist Mr Jason Grant launched his second book Holiday at Home ($45, Hardie Grant) with photography by Lauren Bamford. Watch out for a preview and giveaway on the blog very soon.

This week would not be complete without mentioning the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge flooding social media, literally. Here’s Oprah Winfrey giving it her best shot (shout?).

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The final week of our Collect Create Decorate promotion was a cracker, with entries coming in via Instagram, Facebook and on email. We dithered and debated before choosing a winner – congratulations Shellie @yoursminestyledesign – an ISCD graduate who clearly picked up a few styling tips along the way.  Shellie wins $100 to spend with us.

Here are a few of our favourites this week, and we encourage you to check out all the entries on Instagram at the #collectcreatedecorate hashtag, on our Facebook page or on our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest board. Thank you to everyone who entered – it has been a treat and a privilege to glimpse your homes and your style.

We were intrigued by the pale palette of Katy at @theeyespymilkbar - see more of her pastel-pretty home on her blog.

Kim has layered textures in her bedroom for a super cosy feel. You can see her entry on our Pinterest board along with the other email entries.

Ah, summer. It can’t be far off – and @jenrosnell_create seems to have got there ahead of the rest of us.

Dramatic composition by @designminx caught our eye, featuring a fabric feather and arrow cushion by Madeleine Sargent of Made by Mosey.

We’re almost ready to start thinking healthy thoughts for Summer, so we filed away this breakfast by @sarijanehomeaccents for future reference.

Check out all the entries on Instagram at the #collectcreatedecorate hashtag, on our Facebook page or on our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest board

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Karen McCartney introduces a solidly handsome candidate for this week’s Object of Desire – the Eggcup stool by Mark Tuckey.

Sometimes a design so simple and timeless arrives on the scene that you wonder where it has been all your life.

The Eggcup stool by Mark Tuckey, designed in 2006, is one such item, combining charm, solidity, characterful flaws and a host of decorating possibilities – all of them useful.

Let’s start with its pedigree. Made from Radiata Pine, a fast growing, medium density soft wood from sustainably managed forestry sources, it fits Mark Tuckey’s requirement of a low carbon footprint. The wood is dried for up to three months, allowing time for the timber to expand, crack and settle into its (near) finished state.*

The sections of solid timber are then turned by hand on a lathe to give that signature curved shape, and then soap finished for a soft, natural appearance. Hence each piece has an individual character dictated by the subtle differences in the original timber. So a pair of Eggcup stools used as bedside tables are the same but marginally different, ditto four placed around a dining table.

Image by Lucas Allen for Mark Tuckey.

Their versatility as a side table, stool, bedside table, bathroom seat or hallway rest is inherent. Stylistically they deliver a clever combination of honesty and authenticity with a timeless modernity that makes them a great buy, not just for now but forever.

“The Eggcup stool has turned into a bit of an icon for us. People tend to fall in love with the brand and their starting point is often the Eggcup stool. It allows for a little piece of Mark Tuckey in their home,” says Louella Tuckey, the brand’s Creative Director.

*Wood, being a natural product, continues to modify slightly depending on its context.

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Darren Palmer’s first book, Easy Luxury (Murdoch Books, $39.99), is an ode to the style he loves – comfortable, beautiful and polished yet still down-to-earth. It features images by Felix Forest from Darren’s own interior design projects (he runs his own practice, Darren Palmer Design Studio) and a plethora of practical tips and solutions. Karen talked to Darren about the idea of luxury and the important of planning your design.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy – details are below.    

Much of your book’s philosophy is based on the Coco Chanel quote ‘Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury’. What is it about this statement that resonates with you so strongly?

That’s a happy coincidence but it does reflect my ethos really well. There is no point living in a museum of beautiful things that you need to tread delicately around. I see no joy in having a home where you chastise your kids or pets or guests for being comfortable in your home so why would you encourage that?

For me a home should be somewhere that lifts your spirits, gives you a sense of prosperity and wellbeing and generally provides you with a beautiful sanctuary from which to live your personal life – kids, pets, spouses and friends included.

How important do you consider the fundamentals, the foundations of design

If you don’t know why something works you may fumble your way through a myriad of bad decisions, ending in a lacklustre or even worse, ugly place, where your home has no bearing on what you desired. It may not end up reflecting your true personality, not because the parts don’t work for you, but because the sum of the parts is not congruent. It’s the way things interrelate that makes them sing, so it’s only through understanding why things work that you can make good, sound and strong decisions that lead you to a beautiful and coherent result.

When is it appropriate to opt for a dark room and what are the rules around it?

If you already have no light then feel free to use that to your benefit. Light the room moodily so that you play on the areas of dark and shade; it’s the contrast that brings interest so revel in the opportunity to contrast  the very dark with bright and light. Pools of light work beautifully to highlight special pieces like artworks, sculpture or furniture.

Layering in textural contrast, too, will give you a warm and sensual space to feel cosy in. Bedrooms in my opinion are wonderful when they’re dark so if you’re faced with a dark bedroom then play on this sensuality.

Bathrooms have become more generous – more like spas. What tips do you have for achieving a luxe look?

Texture, whether it be visual or tactile or both, is the key. Natural timber, stone, patterns or shapes will all add interest, but choose the ones that stimulate as well as calm. The sense of luxury comes from the space feeling like an island of tranquility from where you can shut out the rest of the world, close the door, light some candles and soak away your stresses.

There are so few moments of privacy and stillness afforded these days the bathroom is a prime location to get a little luxury me time.  I love nothing more than the feeling of warm water on my skin.

You discuss the importance of ‘mapping out’ where furniture pieces and lighting will sit. How would people approach this process in their own home?

It depends on the person but you can approach it from the tech savvy point of view by using Google SketchUp or similar software, creating or adapting a to-scale floor plan and placing in the to-scale furniture pieces so you know how they fit.

You could do it old school style by drawing a to-scale plan on graph paper and plot out the dimensions of the furniture in pencil, so you can relocate things simply by rubbing them out, or you can go the heavy lifting route and get a friend and physically move your existing pieces around to find the best layout for your current furniture. Always, always, always plot out any new pieces on a plan though to be sure they fit into the space and allow proper flow around them visually and physically. Don’t make the rookie mistake of forgetting to measure your doorways, staircases, lifts and other access pathways to be sure the piece you love in store doesn’t end up jammed in a doorway on it’s unsuccessful journey into your home.

Texture is very important in your work and, as in this photograph (above), can evoke a soft, sensuous atmosphere. How do you approach layering with fabric, wall covering and flooring?

How do you not! The key is to look at each element in a room as an opportunity for impact – the walls, floors, linen, furniture, decor and lighting are all opportunities to add colour, texture, complement and contrast. It’s measuring each piece for its particular part in this play of finishes that is the challenge. Too much and the room is a visual explosion, too little and it’s a symphony of beige.

You have decorated grand-scale homes but you also pay attention, in the book, to the interior design of mid-sized rooms. What are the three key pieces of advice it is worth observing?

Measure your impact. The bigger the room the more moderate the impact should be for wall treatments in terms of pattern and texture.

Have a focal point – this could be an artwork, rug, furniture piece, light or an architectural feature such as a fireplace but start with one big impact and work back from there so you don’t have too many statements fighting for your attention.

Choose appropriate elements for inclusion, the right sized rug, the right sized furniture and be sure everything gets along well with each other.

Lamps, whether sculptural when turned off, or creating ambient light when turned on are very much part of your decorating style? Should we be buying lamps in pairs?

Oh yes! I always buy lamps in pairs unless it’s a particularly strong design and can stand alone on a console or sideboard. If you don’t use both it’s no problem to store one away but you’ll never be sorry if you redo a room to have another pair of lamps to choose from to complete the space. Lamps in pairs for sure.

You speak of passion, and fun – how do you balance these attributes with informed decision making and sensible design choices?

The two things go hand in hand. It’s like a child jumping on a trampoline. The trampoline needs to be designed well, be strong, be safe and do the job it is supposed to do so that the child can bounce around with happy abandon. The two things support each other. There’s no point having a perfectly sensible room without joy nor is there any joy in having a crazy fun room that doesn’t work.

Quick fire questions

I would happily never see a glass of rosé again. Drank way too much of it on my trip to France. On an interiors note I would be happy to see the back of many popular interiors fads but they come and go with regularity so there’s no need to get hung up on them.

My ‘go to’ paint colour is anything with a grey base, de-saturated. whether it be pastels, mid-tones or deep hues – they all look best with a darker mood underneath them.

I always buy a good pair of shoes when I see one. I have a lovely shoe collection and they’re pure design.

NATURE never fails to inspire me. It is my major aesthetic inspiration.

I know to stop adding to a scheme when it works. Until then just add things, take away, compare, assess, add more, take away and play until it feels right.

Follow Darren via Facebook or Instagram @darrenpalmerinteriors. Easy Luxury is available in good bookstores and online from Monday.

Leave a comment here before 5pm (AEST) Friday 5 September 2014 to win 1 of 2 copies of Easy Luxury by Darren PalmerYou must be a member of Temple & Webster to enter, and you may only enter once. We’ll pick our favourite comments and contact the winners via Facebook or email by Friday 12 September 2014. If we are unable to contact the winner(s) within 30 days we’ll pick an alternative winner. Good luck!

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Jono Fleming cooks an aromatic seafood dish evocative of a recent trip to Italy.

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to head over to Italy to work with Italian-Australian food writer Silvia Colloca on her upcoming book “Made in Italy”. Besides eating a lot, I learned some key things about traditional Italian cooking from Silvia. My main takeaway was how to balance flavours in the cuisine, using fresh ingredients and letting the natural produce shine without over-complicating the dish. Working in the Abbruzzo region of Italy, I was situated between the mountains of Torricella and the seaside of San Vito Chientino. There was a plethora of amazing food to be had but the one dish we ate almost every day was mussels cooked in white wine.

Eating this dish led naturally to learning about another very important Italian tradition called ‘scarpetta’. The word translates to ‘little shoe’ and refers to the highly satisfying act of mopping up the sauce with a piece of bread. It’s completely acceptable, even encouraged, and probably added an extra kilo or two to my waistline.

The Chasseur range of cast iron cookware is perfect for cooking this dish. The heavy cast iron helps evenly heat the food and retain the heat for cooking. Mussels are best cooked with a few simple ingredients and all you need to do is throw them in a pot for a couple of minutes. As we head into the warmer months of the year, this dish is perfect served with a nice chilled glass of wine and a loaf of crusty ciabatta. Just remember to scoop up all that leftover sauce and raise your glass. Cheers Silvia! Salute!


Cozze al Vino Bianco (Mussels in White Wine)

Ingredients (serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main)

1kg mussels (debearded and cleaned)
2 cloves garlic
2 small red chillies
Handful of flat leaf parsley
1 cup white wine
olive oil


Before cooking, prepare all your ingredients because this dish doesn’t take long at all to cook. Finely chop your garlic, chilli and parsley, and wash your prepped mussels under cold water.

Heat a heavy based pan or pot with a lid on a medium to high heat and pour in a little olive oil. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for about a minute, until the garlic becomes fragrant. Then add all the mussels and parsley to the pan and pour in the white wine.

Place the lid on top of the pan and bring to boil. Then turn the heat down to medium and let the mussels steam for about 6-8 minutes. To ensure all the flavours mix and the mussels open, gently move the pan back and forth constantly.

Once the mussels are opened, the dish is ready – it’s as simple as that! Remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle over a bit of freshly chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread for ‘scarpetta’.

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