Come on, Barbie, Let’s Go Party!

The mercury is hitting the mid-thirties, budgie smugglers are gracing our beaches, and the sound of cicadas is filling those long, balmy evenings. This can only mean one thing: summer’s almost here, and it’s prime time for outdoor entertaining!

So before you fire up that ILVE MY-Q SPACE-SAVING BBQ, take a look at these tips for honing your barbie skills.

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Bella Jakubiak showing us how to work the MY-Q.

  • Perfect your grilling technique! Have different areas of the grill set to different temperatures. By doing this you can get the surface of your food looking the way you want on high, then move it to the lower temperature to let it cook through.
  • PAY ATTENTION! As grill-master and science know-it-all Harold McGee told the Gourmet Traveller, “It’s so easy not to pay attention when you’re having fun and drinking with friends, but that’s also what generally gives the best results”. So move that Esky closer to your MYQ and get multi-tasking!
  • Be a frequent flipper! The age-old debate about whether to flip the meat frequently or once only has been a hot topic at many a backyard barbie. Science, however, tells us it’s best to be a frequent flipper, as it allows the meat to cook faster and more evenly on the inside.

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  • For the sake of convenience, skewer thin vegetables like asparagus to make flipping a breeze.
  • The hole truth! Pricking sausages on the grill means you lose a lot of fat out of the sausage, incite flames, and you could even end up shrinking your sausages!
  • Lastly, add a fistful of salt to your Esky. This lowers the freezing point of water inside, bringing a whole new level of chill to your bevvies!

For more about the ILVE M-Q SPACE-SAVING BBQ:  http://ilve.com.au/bbq/my-q-space-saving-bbq/

 

Happy 50th, AGT!

In 2016, Australian Gourmet Traveller is celebrating 50 years of exploring the best in food and travel, and ILVE has been lucky enough to celebrate with them.

Creating and tasting fantastic food is what we’re all about, so we jumped at the opportunity to join Gourmet Traveller and their readers as they wine and dine their way across the country as part of the Reader Dinner experience.

Starting off at Chef Nathan Sasi’s incredible Mercado restaurant in Sydney, we were treated to a spectacular Spanish spread. Sasi told Gourmet Traveller, “I fell in love with the cuisine, history and lifestyle while I was working around Spain… Anywhere that has siesta in the afternoon is a place I want to live.”

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Sasi and his team at Mercado in Sydney.

This passion is evident in the food at Mercado – with dishes such as Smoked Wagyu Tongue In Brioche – and there was no shortage of those intense Spanish flavours on the night!

From the streets of Sydney to the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley, next up was Matt Stone’s stunning Oakridge Estate. With an abundance of amazing local produce, Stone’s menu is an ode to his beautiful surroundings.

Treated to Kangaroo; native fruits; herbs and spices alongside a roasted broccoli; and ancient barley and almond salad with beetroot (stalks and all), Stone’s commitment to ethical cooking is second-to-none.

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Main course at Oakridge Estate in the Yarra Valley.

Our next dining experience with the Gourmet Traveller had a French twist. This time we headed to Philippe, operated by – and the namesake of – renowned French chef Philippe Mouchel.

One of the true heroes of Mouchel’s menu is the Pâté en Croûte, a combination of pork, veal, foie gras, pistachios, and pickled vegetables.

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Pâté en Croûte at Philippe Restaurant, Melbourne.

Most recently we took a culinary sojourn to the sea at Cirrus,the new establishment from Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt, located at Barangaroo in Sydney.

Even though there is a heavy focus on seafood, Savage, speaking to Gourmet Traveller, explains there’s much more to the menu, “The palate is much broader. We’re using native ingredients, but there’s also umami and Asian undertones.”  

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The seafood platter to top all seafood platters at Cirrus, Sydney


Here at ILVE we’re all about spreading love for quality food and cooking, so are extremely proud to support such high-calibre cooking in restaurants across Australia.

Get To Know Your ILVE

So you’ve got your pristine, new ILVE oven sitting proudly in your kitchen. You’re the envy of all your friends and you’re ready to wow them with your cooking prowess.

But all these functions: static grill, fan forced, fan assisted, lower floor heating, upper roof heating… it can be a lot to process! That’s why we developed an ILVE Tuition Class: to guide you through the ins-and-outs of everything ILVE, and have you making the most of your new oven in no time.

You can check out some of our top tuition tips below – and don’t forget follow this link to sign up to one of our classes: http://ilve.com.au/cooking/class-bookings/

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Julie McKnight, our in-house cooking guru!
  1. ILVE ovens are so efficient that it’s recommended you reduce the temperature of your recipes by up to 10°C.
  2. Did you know the ILVE oven defrost function can actually be used to activate nuts?!
  3. Too busy to sit and watch your roast cook? The ILVE oven pre-programming feature allows you to set a time for the oven to turn off all on its own!
  4. ILVE ovens are specially designed to make life easier for you when it comes to cleaning. You are able to remove the entire oven door, giving you access to every nook and cranny.
  5. The ILVE Rotisserie Mode is a great way to cook various cuts of meats, but for a sweet twist try cooking pineapples and sprinkle over with cinnamon!
  6. Our ovens’ lower floor heating mode is the perfect setting for cooking crisp and crumbly pastries. You’ll be everyone’s favourite pastry chef!
  7. It wouldn’t be an Italian oven without its very own pizza mode. Specially designed to give your pizza base a crispy texture, when coupled with the ILVE pizza stone, this combo produces a result that will ensure you never need to order-in again.
  8. We recommend you burn off the catalytic liners in your ILVE oven at least four times a year. They absorb the fat and splatters in your oven, so can get pretty nasty if they aren’t attended to.
  9. Never use aluminium foil on the base of the oven, as it will reflect the heat back onto the enamel, causing irreversible damage.
  10. An ILVE multi-function oven can heat-up to 200°C in just six minutes!

 

 

Cooking With ILVE

For this week’s blog, we’ve handed the reins over to our in-house cooking guru: Julie McKnight. She’s put together a list of tried and tested recipes that are sure to leave your guests envious of the Italian stallion in your kitchen…. your ILVE, of course!

So it’s time to put those ILVE ovens to good use by whipping up some of these mouth-watering dishes at home.

The Mini Quiche

These bite-sized delights are the perfect accompaniment to your dinner party drinks. Light on the palate but full of flavour, the mini-quiche is the perfect starter.

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INGREDIENTS 

1 sheet puff pastry

1 egg

150ml pouring cream

¼ cup tomato chutney

1 rasher finely chopped bacon

4 shallots, finely sliced

4 stripes roast capsicum, finely chopped

Finely grated parmesan cheese

METHOD

1. Pre-heat ILVE oven on fan assist to 200C.

2. Grease a 12-hole tart pan. Using a pastry cutter, cut 12 rounds and place in holes.

3. Coat each tart with tomato chutney and divide chopped shallots and chopped bacon

between them.

4. Mix egg and cream together and pour a small amount in each quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.

5. Bake for 12 minutes or until egg is set and slightly brown.

6. Serve warm as finger food or with a salad as a light meal.

Baby potatoes with Chorizo and Olives

When the main event comes around, ILVE ovens truly come into their own, whether you’re using our rotisserie function to whip up a roast or putting a spin on a classic side dish of potatoes – as we are here!

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INGREDIENTS

700g baby potatoes, unpeeled and cut into quarters

2 tbs oil

2 cloves garlic

½ bunch sprigs of thyme

100 – 150g chorizo sausage

75g pitted olives

Extra thyme leaves for serving

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Place potatoes and garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with oil and salt, sprinkle over sprigs of thyme and bake 40 minutes or until crispy.

2. Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from oven, cover with foil to keep warm or place in lower part of the oven. Turn oven to fan grill at 180.

3. Cut sausages in half, drizzle with a little oil and fan grill for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and slice to bite size.

4. Combine potatoes and sausages and olives in a large bowl and mix together; remove any strings of thyme and serve with fresh thyme leaves.

Strawberry and Passionfruit Pavlova Roll

Ah, the pavlova, the age-old Aussie* dish that is always sure to cause arguments around the dinner table as to who gets the last piece. This fresh, summer pavlova roll is the ultimate way to show-off the sweeter side of your ILVE oven.

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*Apparently the Kiwis have laid claim to this one…

INGREDIENTS

4 eggs whites

1 cup caster sugar

½ tsp white vinegar

1 tsp corn flour

½ punnet of strawberries

3 passionfruit

1 tbs brown sugar

Cream to serve

METHOD

1. Set oven at 170C on fan force. Grease a lamington tin and line with baking paper to cover all sides.

2. Beat egg whites to soft peaks and slowly add caster sugar. Beat till sugar has dissolved. Spoon in cornflour and vinegar, then fold in.

3. Place in the middle of the oven and cook for 14 minutes. Take out and dust a piece of baking paper with icing sugar and turn the pavlova out onto the paper. Roll up and cool.

4. Slice pavlova and place on plates.

5. Reduce ½ a punnet of strawberries with the pulp of 3 passionfruit with 1 tbs of brown sugar, then serve that onto the plates (any fruit that is in season would work).

6. Add cream to your liking.

Home on the Range

ILVE is uncompromising when it comes to style and substance, so it’s no surprise our latest Ceiling Rangehood is a picture of form and function executed with elegance.

Clean lines and premium materials make the CHR1000 one of the most intuitively constructed appliances yet. Designed to blend in with the kitchen ceiling, the subtle rangehood sleekly and subtly keeps your kitchen smoke, odour, and vapour free.

The modern stainless steel and white glass finish give a natural brightness, illuminating the cooking area. Powered by a sophisticated remote control, the rangehood ensures complete control when using the cooktop.

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The “Plug and Play” system means the hood can easily be installed in either air recycling or duct out modes; in other words, it’s extremely versatile. Reinforcing the fact that practicality remains a priority, the rangehood comes equipped with a washable, anti-grease aluminium filter and a light indicating when the grease filter needs cleaning – leaving you more time to cook!

 

The ILVE Ceiling Rangehood’s main features include:

 

• Adjustable and delayed self-switching off

• Perimeter extraction

• Washable anti-grease aluminium filter

• Charcoal filters supplied

• Commands: Radio remote control 3S+B

• Lighting: 2 x LED strip (4.3W)

• Max. Air flow (m3/h): 1200 gross

• Motor consumption: 350W

• Outlet: 150 mm, 360° direction

• European Energy Class: A

• Size: 100cm

 

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When it comes to kitchens, ILVE is renowned for their state-of-the-art appliances; the quintessential Italian kitchen brand for those who are passionate about cooking and design.
The ILVE Ceiling Rangehood’s RRP is $3, 499.

#GetLostInTheMoment Dinner and Photoshoot

Three of ILVE’s core values were brought to life earlier this month at the #GetLostInTheMoment Dinner and Photoshoot’ at our Sydney Showroom: ‘Get Lost In The Moment’; ‘Live With ILVE’; and ‘Handmade In Italy’.

A taste of what's to come! Model Pictured: M90IDMP in RAL Colour Pastel Green.

A taste of what’s to come! Model Pictured: M90IDMP in RAL Colour Pastel Green.

Intimacy and elegance were at the forefront of the evening, but seeing as the night was titled #GetLostInTheMoment, guests were encouraged to eat, drink, and be merry!

The styling combined colour with class.

The guest list was short but varied, with attendees spanning across the areas of cooking, lifestyle blogging, fashion and style, design, and modelling: @silverspies; @josiebarber; @shannonandsimon; @racheljames__; @karstanandmaxine, @andrianachidiac; @kyalandkara; @manofmanytastes; @roguehomme; and @shannonandsimon.

 @shannonandsimon starring in 'The Shannon & Kyal Cooking Show'!

@shannonandsimon starring in ‘The Shannon & Kyal Cooking Show’!

 

Chef Pilu doing what he does best!

Chef Pilu doing what he does best!

Guests were treated to an evening of fine dining by Friend of ILVE, Giovanni Pilu (of Pilu at Freshwater). During this part of the night, which focused on indulging in good food and wine, it was pretty easy to #GetLostInTheMoment! Chef Pilu also championed another of ILVE’s core beliefs (‘Handmade In Italy’), which not only applied to his Sardinian menu but also to ILVE’s cookers.

B&W BTS shot of @racheljames__ and @josiebarber from their shoot with the Majestic.

B&W BTS shot of @racheljames__ and @josiebarber from their shoot with the Majestic.

The other key aspect of the night involved the Freestanding Majestic, a true kitchen centerpiece that is sure to demand attention. These exceptional bespoke cookers (yes, you can customise!) compliment any kitchen and their unique style elevates them above the rest. Now, guests got the chance to ‘Live With ILVE’ and ‘Get Lost In The Moment’, as they each co-starred in an upscale yet vibrant photoshoot with the Majestic. Fashion, style, and design were on full-display during the photo sessions but, as can be seen in the finished shots (these will appear on ILVE’s and guests’ social media accounts in the coming weeks), fun also played a major role!

If you want to #LiveWithILVE and #GetLostInTheMoment with a #HandmadeInItaly Majestic cooker, find out more here: http://ilve.com.au/freestanding_cooker/mi90mp-4/

Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part Two below…

 

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We talked extensively about renovations in Part One. More specifically, what do you think are the most important aspects of a kitchen space?
Number one: a kitchen needs to be practical. Having a good flow from the oven and fridge is important.

 

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How long have you lived with ILVE? Having lived with them, what sets ILVE products apart from others?
We’ve lived with ILVE for about two months now. We absolutely love the 900 Wide Oven [Model featured is the HP95CDT Cooktop; 900 STC Oven], which allows enough room to cook for my massive family! I also love the flush mount gas cooktop – so sleek!

Do you have a favourite recipe to make in your oven?
After living without an oven for six months prior to this renovation, I just can’t get enough of the classic roast dinner – especially roast beetroot!

 

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Who would you most want to have over for dinner and why?
Mick Fanning. Before The Block we travelled around South America. In Brazil, we ran into Mick Fanning and he ended up making us dinner in his holiday apartment! We’d love to return the favour.

For more on ILVE ovens, visit: livewithilve.com.

Subscribe to keep up to date with the Toowoon Bay Renovation and future projects at kyalandkara.com and follow them on Instagram at kyalandkara and diversedesignconstruct.

Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part One below…

 

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Could you tell us a bit about your most recent project, in Toowoon Bay, on the NSW Central Coast?
As most people who know us are aware, we’re just a little obsessed with property and renovating! About two years ago, we purchased a beach shack with plans of knocking over and building a big family home (no, the asbestos shack is unfortunately not worth renovating!). Not long after, we also sold our very first home. After working on plans in collaboration with an architect for our beach shack rebuild we realised we just weren’t ready to build our ‘forever home’.

We started looking for good investment renovations to work on and this great house in Toowoon Bay came on the market! It was half-renovated by previous rental tenants, who had stripped the house bare when they left. Plenty of investors were looking at it for land value only, however we saw the potential in the brick bones! With side driveway access, we also saw the potential to build a second dwelling out the back. With the goal of inspiring others, we have documented the whole renovation, build, and transformation process, which you can view at kyalandkara.com. Our goal has been to create a timeless beach house with plenty of character – and we’re almost there.

We’ve been living in the renovation the whole way through, and dealing with morning sickness [at the time of writing, Kara was in her final trimester] has certainly added a new set of challenges to renovating!

 

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What piece of advice would you give to first-time renovators?
Always remember what your goal is when renovating. Are you renovating your forever home, or are you renovating an investment property? Are you renovating to sell, live in, or rent? You’ll make smarter decisions when it comes to budget and finishes if you have a clear vision and goal in sight. If you’re unsure, doing some market research and seeking advice i.e. from a real estate agent will ensure you’re on the right track.

 

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We interviewed you in 2014 and asked about interior design trends. What trends are hot right now and what do you foresee as being big in 2017?
Marble and marble-look composite products are certainly here to stay – with the trend still going strong in both benchtops and splashbacks. We’ll also see a re-emergence of kitchens with colour! Everyone loves a white kitchen, however it can often be the safe option. Think: deep blues, turquoise, or even some soft pastels! Benchtop profiles are also becoming thinner and more refined. Feature handles are going to be big, too. With so many options, handles are a great way to make a statement. Think: leather, shapes, and timber.

Subscribe to keep up to date with the Toowoon Bay Renovation and future projects at kyalandkara.com and follow them on Instagram at kyalandkara and diversedesignconstruct. 

Live With ILVE: Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and friend of the brand, not only lives with ILVE but is also a revered chef. So it only made sense that we interviewed him about cooking and appliances before he recently jetted off to Italy!
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Why do you love cooking with ILVE, Giovanni?
I love the efficiency and power of commercial equipment that has been beautifully crafted for domestic use.

What’s your favourite ILVE appliance in your kitchen?
Our Freestanding Six-Burner and Teppanyaki Plate, with 1200 Oven below it
[Model Number: PN120FNP-NX Nostalgie Cooker with Chrome].

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Yes, we’ve heard you like to cook on your ILVE Teppanyaki Plate! What’s your favourite meal to make using it?
A simple dish of Bruschetta, using good quality sourdough drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and toasted on the plate, topped with grilled zucchini and goat’s cheese. Or bacon and eggs on the weekend!

We’d be ecstatic with either of those! How has living with ILVE changed the way you cook at home?
It means I’m more likely to entertain at home; the equipment is a pleasure to use and I love showing it off to my guests.

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what’s your top tip for throwing a dinner party at home?
I have a few for you. Sharing, sharing, sharing! Keep it simple. Place a large pot of food in the middle of the table. Also, give your friends a drink when they arrive, then get them to gather round the island bench and help with dinner prep.

Watch our exclusive collaboration with Giovanni here.

Images 1 + 3: Attila Szilvasi

ILVE: Handmade In Italy

Earlier this month, ILVE and Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and dear friend of the brand, co-hosted an intimate and exclusive dining experience at ILVE’s Sydney Showroom. Guests were seated around a luxurious table setting and treated to Chef Pilu’s Sardinian menu (with matched wines, of course!)

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Carlo Illotti, ILVE Managing Director (pictured below, on the right), was at the dinner, so naturally ILVE sat down with him between courses to get his views on Italian-Australian relations!

Antonio Ruffatto, ILVE Export Manager (L), and Carlo Illotti, one of the Directors of ILVE Italy (R), with Giovanni Pilu (centre)

Why do you think ILVE has been so successful in Australia, Carlo?
In Australia – thanks to Mr Colbert [Jamey Colbert, Managing Director of ILVE distributor Eurolinx] and our collaboration of more than 25 years – we found a valuable supplier; not just a supplier, actually – we feel like a big family. Our intention is to grow, together, both in the market and in general.

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And why do you think ILVE has become so successful in Australian homes?
Australians pay very close attention to the quality of materials and of designs. Until a few years ago, the design was something that was not so important for household appliances, though people recognised us as a leader in design and in quality, which is what separates ILVE. Another major strength of ILVE is the quality of the end product in the home: the cooking. The cooking aspect is very important: we studied the appliance in its commercial usage, and we then applied what we learnt about commercial appliances to domestic appliances. There is nobody else who has done this in the market. So, to summaries: quality, design, and performance are the keys to our success.

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Finally, what is your favourite ILVE product, Carlo?
The cookers, of course! The cookers are the result of the combination of all our knowledge about cooking.

Canapes

Just to make you jealous, here’s the menu!

Canapés/Aperitif

First Course
Fregola “risotatta” nettles, almonds, lemon and scarlet prawns.

Main Course
Rainbow Trout, garlic cream, rainbow chard and bottarga.

Dessert
Domori dark chocolate delice, almonds and sheeps milk yoghurt.

PHOTOS: Attila Szilvasi

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This is what ILVE is all about. We are passionate about cooking, about food, about cooking great food and maybe failing in the first efforts. Everything to do with cooking and eating is an experience to be celebrated and shared. We believe in getting lost in a food moment and making sure as many people know about is as possible. From recipes to kitchen design, live with ILVE will feature guest content, reviews, images, tips and more from many walks of life.