Things to Do in the Basque Country

The Basque Country is a region in Spain known for its sprawling valleys and rugged mountains.
June 4, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

My Day on the Isle of Capri

When I was a mere 5 years of age was the last time I visited…
April 10, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

For the love of Sophia Loren



My love of classic black and white movies…
April 8, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

Top 5 things to do in Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi that aren’t tourist attractions

When designing my food and wine tours, I like to experience the…
April 8, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

Why I personally would choose an escorted organised tour

As a businesswoman who wants to travel, have time to…
April 3, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

Cracking the Misconceptions about Escorted Tours

7 reasons why Dominique Rizzo Food and Wine Tours are better…
April 3, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

Ice Cream in the Chef’s Playground

Writing recipes is an everyday occurrence in the life of restaurateur…
March 25, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

4 Cities For Foodies In New Zealand

New Zealand is not a country that’s necessarily known for its…
March 6, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

Reconnect with your partner at an Island getaway – Tours to Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island

Reconnect with your partner at an Island getaway
February 12, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

How travel and culture has influenced my cooking

How travelling and experiencing different cultures has influenced…
January 23, 2019/by Dominique Rizzo

3 Beautiful BBQ Tips for Christmas on a Budget

3 Beautiful BBQ Tips for Christmas on a Budget

In Australia,…
November 26, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

5 Top Budget-Friendly Christmas Roast Tips – Christmas on a Budget

5 Top Budget-Friendly Christmas Roast Tips - Christmas on a Budget Roasts can be the star or centre piece of the Christmas table.
November 24, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Christmas on a Budget – 3 Top Tips to make your meals go further

Whether you are hosting a meal at your home or taking a plate to family or a friend's house, my next few blogs will help your dollar go further this Christmas.
November 22, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Impossible Conversations – Dominique Rizzo in conversation with Saint Agatha

October 22, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Impossible Conversations with Chef Dominique Rizzo

Chef Dominique Rizzo returns from her sell-out Spanish "Unique…
October 3, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Where to eat in Barcelona

Where to eat in Barcelona, Tips from Chef Dominique Rizzo as…
September 19, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Beef Week 2018 with Chef Dominique Rizzo

Beef Week 2018 was that wonderful mix of recipe writing,…
July 19, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

UrbiPod Know How with Chef Dominique Rizzo

Next in this series “How to grow fresh herbs with Chef Dominique…
July 9, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

How to grow fresh herbs with Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to grow fresh herbs with Chef Dominique Rizzo made easy. My…
June 27, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Make food waste a thing of the past with clever cooking techniques – Chef Dominique Rizzo and Sam Thaiday

Make food waste a thing of the past with clever cooking techniques –…
June 11, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Why Spain, why Catalonia?

Savour the World with Chef Dominique Rizzo

Why Spain, why…
April 18, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

The beauty of bakes – 7 reasons why they are so great

Pasta, rice or vegetable bakes are something that we all grew up on and the best thing about having them for dinner is that they taste even better the next day.
April 6, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Coffee and spice with all things nice

Cooking with coffee, entertaining with coffee, studying with…
March 21, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Get more from your salads – Tips to take your salad bowl to the next level

You can get more from your salads as they are a perfect lunch or dinner option and another excellent portable food that can be deliciously healthy and really quite filling.
March 1, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

Healthy Smoothies – Chef Dominique Rizzo’s Recipe Tips to get it right

Healthy Smoothies are a perfect quick breakfast for anyone on the go, they are extremely popular as they are an easy way too start the day when you system is still detoxing from the night before.
February 21, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

5 Simple Tips for Back to School Dinners

Do you feel like you are already running out of healthy meal ideas to get your kids (and the big kids) back to the table?
January 25, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

4 Simple Tips for Back to School Snacks

Back to school snacks can be a minefield for so many of our children having intolerances to wheat, gluten, nuts, dairy, preservatives and additives, so a fail proof way to keep them safe and healthy is to make all your snacks, treats and meals from scratch.
January 19, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

3 Simple Tips for back to School Breakfasts

Cooking and creating back to school breakfasts, healthy meals to keep the kids interested can sometimes be daunting, so I have come up with some tips to help keep you sane in the kitchen and keeping your kids happy healthy at school and sitting at the dinner table.
January 18, 2018/by Dominique Rizzo

5 Top Tips to get the most from your ham

A good quality ham can make your meal festive whatever the season. Here are my 5 top tips to get the most from your ham!
December 14, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

The Taste of Korea – Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo

There is not a Korean BBQ in sight when Chef Shin takes us into…
November 1, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Getting the Best from Travel

Traveling may be rewarding, but it comes at a cost. Aside from the money you need to spend, you also incur sleep debt while on the road.
September 18, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

The art of food at “Tastes Like Sunshine” with Chef Dominique Rizzo

Are you in Rome or Brisbane? That's what you will be wondering…
September 11, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Food & Wine Storyline with Chef Dominique Rizzo

If you think it's all strawberries and ice cream at the Ekka,…
September 6, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

5 Top Reasons for Taking Business Lunches Out of the Office

Why will these 5 Top reasons benefit your business, your…
August 9, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Brisket Your Way – 6 Hot Beef Dishes To Die For

 Move over mince Bolognese,
Brisket Your Way - 6 Hot Beef Dishes…
July 26, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

A sustainable kitchen garden – making a menu from your mulch

The following guest blog post is by Dominique Rizzo from Pure…
June 14, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo
Footy Food - Maroon Festival 2017 Dominique Rizzo

Footy Food

Sales of pies and chips are skyrocketing in the football season.
May 31, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Kicking off the Maroon Festival with Dominique Rizzo

Catch Dominique Rizzo on the Health and Wellbeing Stage at the Maroon Festival with some of your favourite league stars and their families at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt, South Brisbane on Sunday 28th May 2017.
May 24, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Easter Dove

Colomba Pasquale (Easter Dove), is a soft, sweet, traditional Italian bread. Colombo is like Panettone (the traditional Christmas bread– but without the candied fruits. Colomba sets itself apart by being baked into a pigeon-shaped form; its texture is a moist, buttery, bready cake topped with a sugary almond icing. Fluffy, moreish and melt-in-the-mouth.
April 10, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Food Waste at Home

Have you ever thought about food waste and what you might throw out each week? Well Griffith University are asking us to to do just that with their pilot project Waste Not Want Not.
March 28, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Waste not want not – food waste

As a chef, it is part our job to order each week what the kitchen needs, maintain stock levels and make sure that no ingredient goes to waste. As our lives get busier and busier how do we at home make sure that we are not wasting the excess food from the shopping two days ago that wasn't completely used in last night's dinner?
March 23, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo


February 27, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

“Fill up on life” with Chef Dominique Rizzo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Launch of their New Menu


The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was recently named…
February 22, 2017/by Dominique Rizzo

Swordfish Involtini by Chef Dominique Rizzo on SBS

Chef and author Dominique Rizzo shares her recipe for swordish…
December 21, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

At home with chef Dominique Rizzo

Excellent planning and the right appliances are key in this Tuscan-inspired…
December 21, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Easy Summer Entertaining with Chef Dominique Rizzo

It's summer time and Chef Dominique Rizzo is sharing some of…
December 21, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Want to Know More about Chef Dominique Rizzo?

Want to know more about Chef Dominique Rizzo?  

This is an…
December 21, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo
How to Bake Christmas Baked Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to Bake Christmas Glazed Ham with Apricots

How to bake Christmas Glazed Ham with apricots
You will need…
December 14, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo
Dominique Rizzo's Italian Story -Dominique Rizzo

Dominique Rizzo’s Italian Story

Dominique Rizzo went to Sicilia for the first time…
December 7, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Easy Pavlova with Dominique Rizzo

Here is a quick tip to help you create a beautiful Easy Pavlova with a little help from IGA! Filmed by my friends at Wild Bunch media.
November 19, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Christmas Turkey Recipe with Dominique Rizzo

This is a delicious Christmas Turkey Recipe I created with my friends at IGA and filmed by Wild Bunch Media!
November 14, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo
How to cook Italian penne with mushrooms and zuicchini - Chef Dominique Rizzo

How to Cook Italian Penne with Zucchini & Mushroom

In this YouTube video I show you how to cook Italian penne with zucchini, mushroom and garlic in ten minutes. This dish is perfect for an easy weekday meal.
September 14, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

How to cook Chef Dominique Rizzo’s Ekka recipes

No sooner had I packed up my chef's gear at the Food and…
August 22, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Take a pumpkin…… how to cook pumpkin

Pumpkins would have to be one of my favourite ingredients: their…
July 11, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Buy local this season’s best

Having just got back from overseas and a gluttony of all things food I have come back not only with renewed vigour, ideas and recipes but also an acute consciousness to again get onto the buy local eat seasonal with a focus on healthy winter vegetarian food with flair. 
July 5, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo
CEO CookOff Dominique Rizzo with Brisbane's top chefs

CEO CookOff 2016 w Dominique Rizzo – That was some meal!

At the CEO CookOff, OZHarvest provided the entrée and dessert of mini meringues with whipped cream, while each of the ten chefs designed their own main dish. Middle Eastern was my cuisine, featuring spicy grilled chicken on a homemade flatbread with pumpkin hummus, fresh vegetable slaw drizzled with a yoghurt and herb dressing. It was a hit.
March 14, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

5 Tips to get you out of a food rut

Here are a few tips and easy ideas to get the gourmet going in your kitchen.
March 11, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

8 Tips for organising your fridge

To me a healthy, organised and clean fridge means a healthy body and an organised kitchen! These simple tips will have you on the way to cooking with ease, eating a wider variety of healthy foods and give you all the pleasure that you will need from your chilled kitchen companion.
February 26, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Get rid of the kitchen clutter! Here are my fantastic tips on how to clean up your kitchen life, save money, save time and breeze into 2016 with a smile and a happy household.

So now what? We have re-worked the leftovers with the handy tips from foodie magazines and chefs alike, put away the decorations and are back to work, back to school and back to life as it was before the holidays. A new year has always been a fresh start for me. I take the whole New Year’s resolution very seriously, although not so much a resolution but some thoughts on what can I do this year to de stress, de-frazzle and delight my life and I think I have found it. Get rid of the kitchen clutter with these seven tips.
February 8, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

Getting the Know How on Perfect Lettuce Pesto and Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters

These are a fantastic vegetarian fritter in which you can use just about any vegetable. I have also made these with sautéed chopped mushrooms and they taste delicious. They make a great addition to a light dinner, as a starter to have with drinks and ideal for kids for the school lunches as you can mask the vegetables that they may not like.
January 20, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo

WASTE LESS, SAVE MONEY; 8 Tips for maximising left overs

Here are 8 tips for maximising left overs and reducing food wastage! Left over’s are a wonderful treat not only because for some reason they always seem to taste just that little bit better the next day they can definitely save you dollars in the pocket and time in the kitchen.
January 4, 2016/by Dominique Rizzo


Looking for the perfect cookbook to add to your collection this Christmas? Chef Dominique Rizzo’s ‘My Taste of Sicily’ is now fully stocked and ready for purchase in store or online for $39.95.
November 19, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Lavazza Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Lavazza film festival opened with a bang and on opening night we were

Food showered with Lavazza gift packs, Bucci pulled porchetta snacks and a delicious cannoli with the engaging theme of “but first coffee” - always such sound advice to live by. Oh and those Lavazza coffee martinis were divine.
October 14, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

A Fresh Take on Mouthwatering Sausages

Now there is a sausage for just about every cuisine from German bratwurst, Spanish chorizo, French Andoulliette to Sicilian sausages. I love them all, but no surprises that I think Sicilian sausages are the best and that’s a good reason to lift the lid and let you see what I’m cooking.
September 30, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Top Travel Tips for the Aeolian Islands

September 16, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Dominique’s Top Recipes – Ekka 2015

There have been so many requests for my recipes this year. Everyone seems to be inspired by what was on show the food stage so here are my 2015 EKKA recipes for you to get in and cook yourselves.
September 2, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Hot List of Food Specialities of Cairns

With the stunning background of the Daintree Forest, on the chefs’ tour we visit Daintree Vanilla and Spice – home of the vanilla bean, Rainforest Bounty at Platypus Eco Bend with luxuriant native fruit orchards, Tarzali Lakes Smokehouse Café specializing in house smoked sausages, then tasty cheeses at Gallo Dairyland
And the bespoke spirits at the Mt Uncle Distillery set on a avocado and macadamia plantation.
August 31, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Best Ways for Children to Play with Their Food and Eat It Too

Chef Dominique Rizzo gets creative in workshops for pre-school aged children aged from 3 to 5 years. “6 Best ways to Play with your food and eat it too” is gluten free and sugar free. It’s a great way to re-ignite children’s interest in eating vegetables and fruit for those who usually leave it untouched.
August 26, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Grain Power

Quinoa is a rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavour when cooked. For a lovely toasted flavour to the grain, rinse it and then toast it.
August 11, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Nourishing Millet Recipes

Millet is an ancient wholesome grain from the grass family growing on long soft textured stems. Different countries around the world are using millet in such interesting ways – as puffed millet snack slices in Japan, as sweetened porridge in Russian and as roti in India or simply added to winter soups and stews. It is also used in fermented drinks and foods and over the past few years the popularity of the grain has been growing, especially in gluten-free diets.
August 5, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Redefining Eggs

Eating eggs 2-3 times a week is a great way to enjoy lean healthy protein. Use fresh or dry herbs – fresh is better for flavouring eggs. The best fresh herbs to use are chives, parsley, basil, dill, coriander. Shallots, although not so much a herb, go great with eggs.
July 29, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Bread plus …… for Breakfast

Bread is a great source of carbohydrate giving you energy and it is best eaten for breakfast and lunch.
July 27, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

10 Things We Love About Sicilians

July 27, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

What’s So Special About Sicily Anyway?

July 13, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

8 Winter Breakfast Ideas

Our steamy summer nights are definitely behind us as the sun starts to set a little earlier and the mornings turn up the chill. Transitioning your weekday menu into the warmer months may leave some a little lost for thought.
July 6, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Dessert to start the day

It seems that the food fashion is heading towards starting the day with what is usually the end of the night’s rewards and restaurants alike are serving up guilt laden delights for all occasions even breakfast.
June 29, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Cooking Classes With a Difference in Sicily

May 29, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

New Food Tours with Dominique Rizzo

May 5, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo
Mothers Day Putia

Mothers Day Putia Style: 7 ways to thank your Mum

For more than 100 years we have been celebrating Mums on Mother’s Day. Mums need to be pampered, spoilt and to take it easy on Sunday 10th May 2015. Celebrate Mothers Day Putia-style. Here are 7 ways to thank your Mum.
April 24, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo
comfort food healthy snacks

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Snacks

Snacking in winter or for comfort is easy and often we don’t even know we are doing it. These tips are a sure way to keep the winter blues away with some great comfort snacks, while still feeling like you are staying true to your healthy self.
April 17, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Dinners

Lasagnes or pastas are easy winter and comfort food but can be full of high fats and heavy if you are not careful in the preparation. This post gives you some great pointers on how to prepare this time honoured favourite healthily, as well as delicious stews and other winter favourites.
April 14, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Lunches

Lunches can be a little tricky in the cooler days and cold salads and sandwiches sometimes just don’t do the trick. I love vegetable and hearty soups, they are such a great way to incorporate all the vegetables you need and are easy to make, store, freeze and reheat. These comfort food lunch tips are a sure fire way to keep the winter blues away, while still feeling like you are staying true to your healthy self.
April 7, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Tips to make comfort food – Healthy Breakfasts

Comfort food is all about meals and ingredients that keep us feeling nurtured, warm and wholesome during those cold days and chilly nights. Breakfasts are always an important start to the day and sometimes it's quicker to grab a coffee and run out the door. With these quick breakfast tips, your days will start with an energy boost and keep the hunger pangs at bay.
April 2, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo
poached cod and noodle salad

Cool as a Cucumber

For hotter days, Vietnamese cooking or shall I say non-cooking is as refreshing as it gets,. Think luscious salads, splashes of lime, bites of chilli and loads of crispy fresh vegetables. Here is my summer buster salad that fits for lunch or dinner with full crunch.
March 31, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo
hot cross bun and cranberry pudding

Hot cross breakfast

I always relish the days after feasting. There always seems to be leftovers that are lovingly re-enjoyed. Here is a delicious breakfast recipe for those hot cross buns that always seem to reappear even after you thought that the last one had been toasted, generously loaded with butter and devoured.
March 27, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Feast at Work and Celebrate

I have a saying: "Through the sharing of food we share life and one is never lonely or hungry.“ For the past couple of years I among many other food identities and Australian chefs have been an ambassador to “A taste of Harmony.” This weeklong event , funded by the Scanlan Foundation gives workplaces an opportunity to celebrate and create an awareness around cultural diversity through sharing of food in the work place.
March 24, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Our fridge is the sanctuary of our kitchen

To me a healthy, organised and clean fridge means a healthy body and an organised kitchen! These simple tips will have you on the way to cooking with ease, eating a wider variety of healthy foods and give you all the pleasure that you will need from your chilled kitchen companion.
February 26, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

10 great tips for thinking outside the lunchbox

With school back in full swing and mothers, fathers and carers working back into a routine the weekly lunch menus are now up for debate. So while the clock ticks and amongst the morning hustle and bustle in getting out the door here are a few lunch ideas for the whole family to enjoy.
February 24, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Quick simple meals for fussy or allergy eaters

Getting back into daily routine after the crazy Christmas and New Year season need not send you into a panicked frenzy. Easy main meals for fussy or allergy eaters.
February 6, 2015/by Dominique Rizzo

Five Healthy Travelling Tips

This season - it doesn’t matter if you are going abroad or just cruising around our beautiful country, there is no excuse to let your health slide. Here are some useful travelling tips to stay in top condition and return home feeling revived and full of vitality.
December 17, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

Ten reasons to hail the legume

There is wide speculation at the moment about the legume and its health benefits in some of the food diets and food trends. I am here to say that the legume is one of the most important aspects in our whole food diet and I’m giving you 10 tips as to why your diet and pantry should include these humble ancient beans.
September 26, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

Join me in Sicily in June

March 14, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

The Big Story – Sicily

The Courier Mail's the Big Escape story is one of the best articles about Sicily... Book now into Sicily 2020.
March 4, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

The Sicilian Carretto

A beautiful cultural symbol you will find repeated throughout…
February 11, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo
Sicilian Pasta alla Carrettiera

Pasta alla Carrettiera

February 11, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

Catania and “La Pescheria” Markets

January 12, 2014/by Dominique Rizzo

Piazza Armerina – Villa Romana di Casale – Caltagirone

December 17, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

All About Cheese in Sicily

November 4, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Our Days On Salina Island

June 20, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Mt Etna and Wild Food

From the coastal town of Taormina and for lovers of very good wines you cannot pass Mt Etna and surrounding towns. This is an area I love to visit on my tours to Sicily.
June 17, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo
Baked ricotta

Ricotta the Mascot of Sicily Cheese

Ricotta you could almost say is Sicily's mascot cheese. You can find it in so many different dishes, desserts and applications and comes in a variety or degrees of fresh, cooked and dried.
June 17, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo
The Shalai Shop

An Introduction to East Sicily

My travels through Sicily thus far have expanded for over almost 30 years. From a little girl with gold sleeper earrings and curls, I remember the joy, excitement and love I had for this island, my Sicilian family, and the abundance that it produces.
June 6, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Characters, Catania and the Markets

June 6, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Caltagirone and the Ceramic Stairs

Perched on a hill top like many hidden treasures is the town…
June 6, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Siracusa, Olive Oil, Cooking With The Signora

June 6, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Chocolate Loving Modica And The Style Of Taormina

The food trails of Sicily lead us to Modica an aristocratic town made famous in the 16th century by the Spanish and the introduction of the cocoa bean.
June 6, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

My Trip To Ustica Island For The Love Of Lentils

Sicilian Food
Travelling to Ustica is sometimes not as easy…
May 17, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Visit One Of The Seven Jewels Of The Aeolian

Come on my stunning tour of Eastern Sicily and discovering the islands of the Aeolian with me Chef Dominique Rizzo as your guide.
April 30, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo

Western Sicily

Tour Western Sicily, personally guided by Dominique Rizzo to take an in-depth look at of Sicily’s most historic cities and sights.
April 30, 2013/by Dominique Rizzo
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