A Year of Simple Family Food: Delicious Recipes to Feed Your Family Through the Seasons by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

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    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Sauces for desserts; Breakfast / brunch; Cooking ahead; Summer
    • Ingredients: plain flour; milk; eggs; caster sugar; ground cinnamon; vanilla pods; butter; berries of your choice; ricotta cheese; lemons
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    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Summer; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; blanched almonds; mint; buffalo mozzarella cheese
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Summer; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemons; Parmesan cheese; mascarpone cheese; basil; tipo 00 flour; semolina flour
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Summer; Italian; Maltese
    • Ingredients: cherry tomatoes; firm white fish fillets; dry white wine; mint; lemons; semolina flour
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Summer; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; toasted blanched almonds; basil; busiate pasta; breadcrumbs
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Side dish; Main course; Summer; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: onions; red capsicums; yellow capsicums; canned tomatoes; caster sugar; oregano
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Salads; Side dish; Summer; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: green beans; radishes; roasted sesame seeds; miso paste; sesame oil; soy sauce; rice wine vinegar; caster sugar
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Summer; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: zucchini; marjoram sprigs; stracciatella cheese; toasted walnuts; mint
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Salads; Main course; Summer
    • Ingredients: chicken breast fillets; fresh ginger; sake; rice vermicelli noodles; carrots; green-skinned apples; mint; coriander leaves; roasted salted peanuts; red shallots; coconut cream; fish sauce; limes; caster sugar; bird's eye chillies
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    • Categories: Stuffing; Side dish; Main course; Picnics & outdoors; Summer
    • Ingredients: red capsicums; breadcrumbs; salted capers; lemons; parsley; buffalo mozzarella cheese; canned anchovies
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Rice dishes; Dressings & marinades; Main course; Summer
    • Ingredients: short-grain rice; sashimi grade ocean trout; spring onions; Lebanese cucumbers; radishes; soy sauce; mirin; rice wine vinegar; sesame oil; fresh ginger; edamame beans; toasted sesame seeds
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Main course; Summer; Italian
    • Ingredients: bulb fennel; cherry tomatoes; garlic; fennel seeds; dried chilli flakes; spaghetti pasta; prawns
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Salads; Side dish; Fall / autumn; Cooking ahead; Summer; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: waxy potatoes; salted capers; yoghurt; lemons; mint; parsley; basil; bulb fennel; eggs; vegetable oil
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Sauces, general; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: eggs; vegetable oil; store-cupboard ingredients
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    • Categories: Stuffing; Main course; Summer; Christmas
    • Ingredients: snapper; waxy potatoes; bulb fennel; French shallots; lemons; tomatoes; mint; parsley; breadcrumbs; salted capers
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Soups; Main course; Summer; Japanese
    • Ingredients: eggs; light soy sauce; mirin; chicken frame; chicken wings; chicken thighs; fresh ginger; spring onions; plain flour; white miso; sesame oil; sake; soy sauce; garlic; corn
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    • Categories: Egg dishes; Side dish; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: eggs; light soy sauce; mirin
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Quick / easy; Salads; Main course; Summer
    • Ingredients: chicken Marylands; yoghurt; garlic; smoked paprika; ground coriander; ground cumin; lemons; coriander sprigs; Lebanese cucumbers; red onions; mint; sumac
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Salads; Grills & BBQ; Dressings & marinades; Main course; Summer
    • Ingredients: pork cutlets; harissa paste; red onions; peaches; corn on the cob; tomatoes; basil; mint; limes
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Cakes, large; Dessert; Summer
    • Ingredients: butter; caster sugar; eggs; oranges; ground almonds; raspberries; almonds; white peaches; vanilla pods
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    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Dessert; Summer; French
    • Ingredients: apricots; mixed berries; raw sugar; ground cinnamon; vanilla pods; Demerara sugar; double cream; plain flour; caster sugar; butter; sour cream
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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Summer
    • Ingredients: pure cream; crème fraîche; vanilla pods; raspberries; lemons; butternut snap biscuits
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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Summer; German
    • Ingredients: tipo 00 flour; active dry yeast; lemons; eggs; caster sugar; apricots; cardamom pods
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    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Dessert; Entertaining & parties; Cooking ahead; Summer; Italian
    • Ingredients: peaches; caster sugar; vanilla pods; Marsala wine; raspberries; eggs; pure cream
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Notes about this book

  • Lepa on March 13, 2021

    I am currently obsessed with this book and the author's other book, Ostro. I am surprised this author isn't more well known in the US. I love this book for so many reasons. First, I want to eat everything in this book. The flavor profile is just what I like (lots of lemon and anchovies)! This book pushes me past shelter in place cooking fatigue and inspires me to get into the kitchen. The baking recipes are especially wonderful and many are new to me. The photography is gorgeous- the food looks lovely and the author and her family are adorable. The book is just so warm and beautiful. On nights when I'm too tired to read I take her books to bed with me. Have I mentioned that I adore this book?

  • joanne_w on September 04, 2020

    It's Japan meets Italy. This book has a range of recipes including mains, but what I like most is it gave me some new ideas for salad combinations and desserts. True to its name it's straightforward recipes I could see myself using for family gatherings.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Miso roast chicken

    • Jenny on October 13, 2020

      I've made this twice now and it is incredibly delicious and packed with flavor. I served with coconut rice and roasted broccoli.

  • Dark chocolate, walnut and oat cookies

    • Lepa on March 13, 2021

      These are delicious. The oats and nuts give these a nice, rich flavor that regular chocolate chip cookies often lack. I was thrilled to put half a batch in the freezer so we can enjoy them again soon.

  • Mum's chicken sandwiches

    • Lepa on September 09, 2021

      This is a delicious chicken salad! I used roasted chicken that I had in the refrigerator and made a batch to eat through the week.

  • Broccoli and mozzarella salad

    • Lepa on March 18, 2021

      I made this for lunch. It was good but not great. I needed to add lots of salt, extra lemon and olive oil to make it better.

  • Apple and walnut cake

    • Lepa on April 01, 2021

      The baking time/cake pan size (8 inches) didn't work for me. It did seem like a small, thick cake and I should have listened to my instinct. The cake seemed done after 55 minutes and was browned but when I cut it the middle was completely uncooked. I think a larger pan, with a thinner cake, or a bundt would have worked better here. We ate the edges for breakfast and they were tasty but not as good as her other cakes. I might try this one again.

  • Pear, ricotta and pine nut cake

    • Lepa on March 02, 2021

      This cake is extraordinary. It is rich and dense, not too sweet, and subtly flavored with pine nuts, pears and lemon. I can't wait to have a slice for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Lemony potato and fennel salad

    • Lepa on March 18, 2021

      This probably won't replace our favorite potato salad (Ina's) but it is a nice variation and I especially liked the lemony flavor profile.

  • Blackberry and apple pudding

    • Lepa on February 23, 2021

      This was not too sweet- we loved it. I didn't have a 28 cm pan so I used a 10 inch glass cake pan and that worked well. I baked the cake for 40 minutes.

    • murphyfrank on April 09, 2021

      I used a 23cm deep cake tin as I didn't have a 28cm pan. Cooked for 40 minutes and it was perfect. Served with vanilla icecream. Will definitely make again

  • Spaghetti with sardines, pine nuts and sultanas

    • Lepa on December 22, 2021

      I thought this was pretty good. It had a lovely golden color because of the saffron. The rest of my family ate it but didn't like it as much as I did so I'm not sure it's a repeat.

  • Radicchio and pear salad with blue cheese and walnuts

    • Lepa on January 10, 2022

      As noted in the recipe head notes, this is more of a suggested combination than a recipe to follow. The flavors here are good. I made 1/2 a salad but used a whole pear. I needed less than half of the salad dressing. Overall this was a tasty salad.

  • Sweet potato and spinach curry

    • Lepa on February 24, 2021

      This was pretty good. We ate it over rice. I used Japanese sweet potatoes, which had a great texture for a curry like this.

  • Apple and rhubarb cobbler

    • Lepa on April 08, 2021

      This was okay but not great. It will not replace our family's favorite cobbler. It was very tart because there wasn't much sugar (this is not necessarily a negative for me- just mentioning it). This needed an extra five minutes for the biscuits to become golden. Note: she often suggests at 21 cm pan but I find that's often too small. Here the fruit would not have fit in such a small pan.

  • Spiced rhubarb crumble cake

    • Lepa on May 11, 2021

      This was pretty good but not the best use of rhubarb. I thought there was too much crumble for the cake, which made it difficult to cut and serve. My family loved it and did not complain.

  • Green bean and radish salad with miso dressing

    • Lepa on July 24, 2021

      This was a simple, yummy and light salad for lunch. It would be great as part of a larger spread- with some rice, fish or tofu.

  • Spicy pork and shiitake udon noodles

    • murphyfrank on April 09, 2021

      absolutely delicious but even though we are big eaters I feel this serves 5 rather than 4

  • Rigatoni with lamb ragù

    • ChelseaP on August 05, 2021

      A simple and delicious ragu. Was lovely on a cold winter night with a glass of red wine.

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  • ISBN 10 1760784362
  • ISBN 13 9781760784362
  • Published Aug 25 2020
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Pan Macmillan Australia

Publishers Text

Family food is generous, unfussy and demonstrates love and care. No matter what busyness the day brings, the act of setting the table and enjoying a simple meal together is comforting and ever-reassuring.

Eating simply and seasonally is at the core of Julia Busuttil Nishimura's recipes.

Whether it's a cooling coffee granita to start a summer's day or the comfort of a hearty baked maccheroni in darkest winter, this is the kind of food you will want to share with your loved ones throughout the year.

The dishes in this book are brought to life by great ingredients. There are plenty of quick recipes and some that require more time to bubble away on the stove. Overall, they are linked by taste and pleasure, and making the most of seasonal produce. This is generous, delicious food that the whole family will love, all year round.

Recipes include:

Summer
- Crêpes with whipped ricotta
- Slow-roasted tomatoes with mint and mozzarella
- Spaghetti with fennel and prawns
- Apricot and berry galette

Autumn
- Granola with poached plums
- Spiced split lentil soup with fried eggplant
- Miso roast chicken
- Blackberry and apple pudding

Winter
- Congee
- Lentil and maple-roasted carrot salad
- Japanese braised pork
- Dark chocolate, walnut and oat cookies

Spring
- Tokyo-style French toast
- Silverbeet and ricotta malfatti with brown butter sauce
- Lamb and green bean stew
- Simple butter cake with raspberries



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