Rosa's Table

Experience the diversity & authenticity of Sicilian food culture & traditions, from East to West coast, meeting my family and friends along the way.

Breaking the fast before their first exams ever! #goodlucktwinnies #breakaleg #brainfood #smashedavo #tomatobruschetta #appletorte

Sicilian antipasto to welcome you on Day 1 of the Rosa’s Table Culinary Tour Of Sicily. This is just the first course!! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

A visit to the duchess @butera28apartments is a highlight of our culinary tour to Sicily. It’s filled with colour, smiles, warmth and charm as the duchess leads us through food stories and experiences. Last year she prepared these very slow cooked Sicilian cherry tomatoes, firstly sprinkled with sugar and then slow roasted for over an hour. Served with deliciously prepared tuna, they just popped in your mouth. So sweet and juicy! Come join us around her table as we feast on authentic Sicilian dishes. #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

SICILY awaits! September 15-24
Link to itinerary in my profile. #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

SICILY awaits! September 15-24
Link to itinerary in my profile. #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

My mamma 🧡

So excited to have been asked to conduct a cooking class/demonstration with staff at Korowa Girls’ Anglican School in Glen Iris. Looking forward to sharing my Nonna’s recipe and food stories! #rosastablecookingdemonstration

Rustic, sweet and delicious apricot tart for breakfast @bagliodipianetto_official come and join us for a slice on the #rosastableculinarytourofsicily

This is Sicily. This is the country side of my parent’s village, Calatafimi. Join us on the Rosa’s Table Culinary Tour Of Sicily September 15 to 24. Very limited places left. Treat yourself to some relaxing and reflective moments. Just do it!!! Go to profile for link to itinerary! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

Tastes of Abruzzo dinner @doc_gastronomia Mornington last night was delightful. Primo piatto- Sagne Cotiche e Fagioli- pasta e fagioli #docmornington

Look to the Sicilian sky and you’ll always find a vision of elegance. Come to Sicily with me! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

The door to your Sicilian journey awaits! Make it happen, with me!!! September 15 to 24. #letstalksicily

The beginnings of an eggplant parmigiana #rosastablecookingdemonstration

A little dinner plate etiquette to brighten this dreary Sunday afternoon!

The Sicilian country side, sun kissed golden pastures, just the way I like it! Rosa’s Table Culinary Tour Of Sicily - September 15 to 24. Link in profile to view itinerary and images! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily #letstalksicily

A visit to a Sicilian street market is the best way to observe and capture a glimpse of every day life on this chaotic and colourful island. Men in suits, women in mini skirts, Nonna’s dressed up having first been to church and then negotiating with store vendors the price of the produce for their lunchtime meal. This is just a glimpse, let me show you more. You can wander the market with me as I talk all things Sicilian or at your own pace and I’ll meet you at the end where Giuseppe and his mum might just sing you a love song!! Well, only if you buy some of their delicious fruit!! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily

In Sicily it’s polite and essential to stop for the sheep!! 🐑

Sicily. Food markets. Artichokes and melons. #makeityournextdestination photo by @se_bbi

Market. Fish. Tuna. Sicily. Chaos!! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily September 15 to 24
Come and see for yourself!

Salted olives have now been rinsed, dried in oven for 10 minutes, placed in jars with garlic, herbs and chilies! They are so yummy!!

Just grazing!

Would you like to hear the words “Welcome to sunny Sicily” and then join me for a 10 day culinary tour of this majestic island? This is how it begins, a delicious lunch consisting of authentic Sicilian dishes and seasonal fresh produce with stunning olive groves as our back drop! Oh and our Sicilian relatives will join us! It’s delicious, relaxing and too much fun!! Very limited places left for this year’s 15 to 24 September tour so let’s talk soon! For info, see link in profile. Ciao! #rosastableculinarytourofsicily

Dinner with this guy! Our cousin Seby @sebapisa from Birregurra! He made us homemade cavateddi pasta with pine mushrooms he foraged for in the afternoon and a beautiful antipasto with homemade focaccia.

Green and light purple olives in brine for 5 weeks with lemon. The Kalamata and Ligurian soaking for 1 month in salted water. Will show you the finished product then!

Mixed with salt, in a basket, cover and toss daily for 2 to 3 weeks! Sicilian dried and cured olives in the making.

Spending time with my bellissima mamma picking our olives and then she breaks out into song. #holdingbackthetears

Picking olives, happy with 5kg of a mixed variety.

Easter chocolate fudge cake.

My gorgeous 13 year old cousin Max from @auftowash has started his own business! Car detailing. As a favour he offered to clean and polish dad’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala. My dad would be smiling right now. Thanks Max!

Let’s talk Sicily for your next relaxing get away. September 15 to 24. There are limited places left for our up coming Culinary Tour to Sicily. Details on my website - #rosastableculinarytourofsicily

I invite you to join me and my bellissima Mamma Pina for an afternoon of stories about food, family and Nonnas, while we prepare authentic, Sicilian-inspired family recipes.

The setting will be the relaxing atmosphere of my Mamma’s home and garden, where I grew up. Inspired by the aromas and seasonal dishes which my Nonna and Mamma lovingly created. Our Celebrating Mammas Cooking Demonstration menu will be seasonal, fresh and flavoursome.
Sunday 28 April
Mamma’s House
Please RSVP by Friday 26 April
Rosa Malignaggi [email protected]
0415 826 520


My dearly departed cousin Rosa taught me to make this strawberry torte. It has a beautiful sweet crisp pastry base, vanilla and lemon creme patisserie and strawberries glazed with warm apricot jam. I was about 15 when she taught me how to make it. I’ve been thinking about her much lately. Tonight I share it with my family in her honour. #missyoucuz

Mamma’s kitchen table set for a pizza night to farewell her god-daughter Rita and her partner Bernd from Germany. Going to be a sad farewell but first we eat!! Mamma has set the table with an Easter candle, napkins and Lindt bunny eggs!

My papa used to be a fruit carrier agent in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He sold apples on behalf of some of the well known apple growers on the Mornington Peninsula. He had a big red truck with “D Mirabella and Sons Somerville” written on it. Sometimes my best friend Lynette and I used to hitch a ride with him to the old Footscray Wholesale Market. We’d leave home just after midnight, take our seats in the cabin area, and listen to the tunes of dad’s Mario Lanza tapes! We quickly fell asleep! My dad would eventually wake us and take us on a forklift ride up and down the aisles as he waved to all his friends and collected produce for our fruit and vegetable store. It always amazed me how handsome my papa looked in a white shirt and tie and his leather apron. Nobody else dressed like him at the market! The highlight for Lynette and I was always breakfast. We’d stop at Josephine’s cafe in North Melbourne opposite the Victoria Market. Dad would spoil us and let us have whatever we wanted. On the days when I didn’t go with my father to the market, I’d hear him leave as he would rev up the engine of his big red truck and head down the gravel driveway on the side of our house. I’d turn my light on, lift up my bedroom blind and wave to him. He had the cabin light on and would wave back! It was the highlight of my day. How can I forget such a hardworking, honest and generous man that was my father? He was the best role model a little girl could ever wish for. #missyoupapa

What an amazing experience today. Talking Sicily, family food, traditions and about beautiful wines with Selma from Elan vineyard and Winery. Thank you Selma. We are like minded, strong and passionate women! It was wonderful having my girls and Michael helping too!

Grilling figs wrapped in prosciutto right now, want some??!! #rosastablecookingdemonstration

Looking forward to sharing some stories of and recipes inspired by my Sicilian Nonna tomorrow @elanvineyard These Chardonnay grapes will be roasted with chicken, garlic and almonds and also served with a walnut and Gorgonzola bread. Not all of them! Most will be used to make Selma’s sensational sparkling wine which we will drink!!! Salute!! #rosastablecookingdemonstration


Roasting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from @elanvineyard Adding some Sicilian honey from @se_bbi to be served with Gorgonzola and walnut loaf #rosastablecookingdemonstration

Reunited after 43 years. My cousin Rita is my mother Pina’s god-daughter. She moved back to Germany with her mother and three siblings 43 years ago. Today was an emotional but happy reunion for them both. It warned my heart to watch them hand in hand wandering through papa’s garden remembering him and the generosity he shared with their family.

Almond macadamia biscotti

May have to do a winter tour to Sicily. This Ferla, my father in law’s village. So very beautiful. #rosastableculinarytourofsicily

Ricotta and silver beet conchiglie 🐚 pasta shells baked with a tomato and eggplant ragù #rosastablecookingdemonstration

Figs filled with Gorgonzola, grilled and served in a salad with walnuts, black currant grapes and rocket! #rosastablecookingdemonstration

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