Our art director Annie Portelli doesn’t just make all things TDF look beautiful – she’s also an INCREDIBLE cook! Last year Annie and her gorgeous mum Carmen brought us a month’s worth of Maltese soul food – including this beyond delicious recipe for stuffed artichokes. Known in Malta as ‘Qaqocc Mimli’ (pronounced ‘A-Ouche’), this dish is one of Annie’s favourites because artichokes are only in season for a couple of months of the year (right now!).
TDF’s former managing director, Lisa Marie Corso, is known far and wide for her epic lunch spreads (usually eaten by 11am!). This recipe for zucchini fritters is a signature LMC dish, and a real winner! Adapted from Lisa’s Nonna and pimped up a little with feta and lemon zest, these lunchtime favourites can be enjoyed hot straight out of the pan, or cold, as sneaky-next-day-leftovers.
The Famous CIBI Soba Salad
CIBI is a multipurpose cafe, store, event and neighbourhood space in Collingwood which opened in 2008, and has been serving its soba salad since day dot. ‘When I created this dish, I wanted to add a touch of western flavour so that it became a cafe-like dish as well as a CIBI dish. Many of our regulars come in just for this salad,’ tells Meg Tanaka of CIBI. ‘This is a simpler version that you can cook at home anytime. All you really need in your cupboard is soba noodles, soy sauce and lemon!’
Annie and Carmen Portelli’s stuffed artichokes (or known as ‘Qaqocc Mimli’ in Malta!) Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins. Styling Assistant – Natalie Turnbull.
Lisa Marie Corso’s zucchini fritters. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull.
The Famous CIBI Soba Salad. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.
A winter tabouli recipe passed down on to Lucy from a dear family friend, Margaret. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Photo – Eve Wilson.
Lucy’s orange, fennel and hazelnut salad. Photo Eve Wilson, recipe and styling Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
Julia Busuttil-Nishimura’s pesto pasta. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins and Nat Turnbull.
CIBI’s cabbage and corn okonomi-yaki. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.
Tamil Feasts’ Eggplant and Chickpea Curry. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.
Green Beans with Feta and Pine Nuts – a ‘somewhat healthy’ salad is a staple in Lucy’s home. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. Styling Assistant – Nat Turnbull.
Spiced Lentil and Mixed Beetroot Salad. Styling and recipe – Lucy Feagins. Styling assistant – Nat Turnbull Photo – Eve Wilson.
The Free To Feed felafel by Hamed Allahyari and Julia Ostro for Free To Feed. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Styling assistant – Natalie Turnbull.