Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s day 2013 ~ Kiss Kiss!! ;-)

Pork, pumpkin, sage and ricotta cannelloni ~ Recipe here

Spaghetti with almond, mint and basil pesto ~ Recipe here

Rich slow roasted pork and red wine ragu ~ Recipe here

Honey-roasted figs with limoncello creme fraiche ~ Recipe here and here

All photos © Katie Quinn Davies 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovey-dovey WKA readers out there all around the globe! ;-) *Note I have no clue how to do those love heart symbols which every, single, other, person on the entire planet knows how to type other than me… *_* (Hints on a postcard please? ~ tks!)

I’ll be honest, I rarely celebrate this holiday (it’s just never really appealed to me) but I know a lot do so here are a few pasta recipes just in case you’re thinking to wine and dine your loved one at home ~ or just looking for something nice to muster up over the coming weekend…

Today also sees the on-sale date of my March feature in Delicious mag Aus ~ and as ever it’s on sale at Zinio (link here). Am super chuffed to get a second cover in a row. (!) :-) I particularly loved this one as it’s all things… Italian ~ aka my favourite food on the planet! All recipes are available in this month’s Delicious mag but I’m uploading one here to WKA, which I exceptionally loved cooking for the shoot.

I am off to Melbourne tomorrow for 5 nights to mainly chill out and celebrate my wedding anniversary (ahhh!) and also experience some AMAZING food ~ note I am dining at the iconic Vue du Monde on Tuesday (= excitement overload!) and I am very much looking forward to it as well as some other great bookings I’ve made at places I have wanted to try out for yonks, but have never been organised enough in time to book and get a table…

I hope you all have a very ‘rosemantic’ day, as we say in Dublin’s fair city….


45 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s day 2013 ~ Kiss Kiss!! ;-)”

  1. February 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Happy wedding anniversary!

  2. Kevin
    February 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Oh bother! Cannelloni recipe here link not working!

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Working now Kevin – let me know how you go.

  3. Irene
    February 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

    How lovely! Congratulations! The link to the canneloni recipe is broken, btw. Care to fix? I’d love to make it!

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Fixed now Irene.

  4. Lisa Harrison
    February 15, 2013 at 2:56 am

    not all the links work :(

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      They do now – apologies for the mix up. Got them sorted now.

  5. Katharina
    February 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Dear Katie,
    thank you for your wonderful pasta ideas. Unfortunately, there is no link to the recipe of the cannelloni- and pesto-dish. Could you add these, please?
    I can’t wait until your book is going to be published in Germany. Greetings from Europe and have a great wedding anniversary!

  6. Lelde
    February 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Hi! The link to your pesto is not working. :( I’d love to get it, if you don’t mind! Thanks and Happy wedding anniversary! :)

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Working now Leide :)

  7. February 15, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Happy Anniversary Katie. Enjoy your vacation!

  8. February 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Wow… wonderful food and photos, amazing as usual. Happy Valentine Day from a right place for celebrations… as far as I live in Verona, only 1km far from Juliet’s balcony !!!

  9. February 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Have a fabulous anniversary…enjoy Melbourne and all your delicious dinners… Thank you for the recipes… my weekend is all sorted…:)

  10. Sarah
    February 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hi Katie – I don’t think the links to pasta recipes are working? They look absolutely delicious!
    Thanks, Sarah

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Sarah – all good now. Thanks

  11. February 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Pasta is perfect on valentines day! Because if there’s two things I love, it’s carbs and my man.

  12. Sylvia
    February 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Anniversary and belated Valentines, enjoy Vue du Monde :) ) I hope you’ll share some photos with us from your adventures.

    You are lucky we’re having some lovely warm weather down in Melb for a change, I might actually go to the beach this weekend!! Hoorah!

    The pork ragu looks fabulous, I’ll give it a try when the weather cools down.

  13. Lily
    February 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    So many new places have opened in Melbourne too (it’s a little crazy).

    Check out Hammer & Tong. Opened by 2 guys that previously worked at Vue de Monde.

    Coconut black rice pudding with mango, buttermilk pancakes sprinkled with popping candy and Turkish delight soda? Yes I think so.

    (and Estelle or Saigon Sally)

    Enjoy your holiday!

  14. Bec
    February 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    It may just be me (it is Friday afternoon and I am blonde) – but the link to the cannelloni recipe doesn’t appear to be working, and I want to make and eat that so very badly!

    • Katie
      February 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      All good and working now Bec :)

  15. February 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Katie, wonderfully scrummy as ever from the photos, and also nice to see hearty meal ideas put together on a Valentine’s day. Makes a change from all those frothy ones I’ve seen online lately!

    I made a pork lasagna recently and I have to say that pork was so much better a filling than beef – which I find granular and tasteless with pasta dishes. I’ll definitely be trying your recipe out. One tip – I have great difficulty fiddling around piping or squeezing ragu of any kind into dried cannelloni tubes – so messy. I discovered that using dried sheet lasagne, cooking it briefly in boiling water (til midly al dente), draining in cold water, and then laying it out flat, and rolling up with filling inside a far quicker and easier alternative.

  16. Ilze
    February 16, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Hi Katie,
    Absolutely ADORE EVERYTHING you post! :) You enrich lives, imaginations and tastebuds!

    Ilze :)

    *hint: hold down the Alt button and press 3 on the keypad

  17. Claudia
    February 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    You are to be known as pasta queen-davis! Wish I liked pasta, but unfortunately I can’t stand it… make these caneloni for my kids though!

  18. February 16, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day!



  19. yarden
    February 17, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Beautiful blog. This is the first time that I enter to your blog.
    I want to receive a newsletter from you to my e-mail address – can it possible?

    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Hi yes of course you just need to subscribe via email on the link on the right

  20. John
    February 17, 2013 at 2:48 am

    If you’re using a Mac, you get the heart symbol by going to Edit > Special Characters in your toolbar. On a Windows computer, it’s Alt + 3. Mac can do Alt + numbers, too, but there isn’t one for heart on a Mac. You have to insert it with the character palette.

    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thanks John! I could never figure that 3 and > bit – it just never worked for me – now I know why! Cheers!

  21. February 20, 2013 at 12:11 am
  22. February 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Fanrastic Honey-roasted figs!!!! Delicious!

  23. February 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

    This food all looks so inviting! and your photos are amazing- I have just started a food blog and still have a long way to go with my food photography!
    I hope you have a lovely anniversary!

    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Katie – we had a ball, ate at a marvelous restaurant in Melbourne called Vue du Monde, was superb!

  24. Susan Liermann
    February 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Dear Katie,

    thank you for the wonderful work on your blog, the delicious food and great pics. My question is not related to the food but to the lovely wine carafe of one of your pictures. What brand is it.

    Best Susan

    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Susan I would love to be able to tell you which brand it is, but I rented that carafe from a local prop house.

  25. Eleanor
    February 23, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Hi Katie,

    Finally got your book today after MONTHS of waiting (I’m in the UK and ordered it way back in December!) and it looks SO wonderful! Have already spotted about 10 different things I want to make and am looking forward to reading it properly over the weekend. Congratulations, it really is fabulous


    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Many thanks Eleanor! x

  26. February 23, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Hi Katie… I had to write and tell you, that your book arrived yesterday, I was so excited.

    As i’m in the UK it’s been on pre order/reserve for a month and I came home yesterday to find it waiting for me. I decided to save opening it until tonight so I could sit down and really enjoy it. It was so worth the wait. Absolutely beautiful. I love the photography,the styling, the book design and the typography. An incredible piece of work that you must be truely proud of.

    As a food and lifestyle photographer myself, I find you and your work such an inspiration… I’m so pleased you discovered your path and shared it with all of us!


    • Katie
      February 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Stacy, it’s fantastic for me to hear this from you. I was so bummed initially when I heard the book wasn’t going on sale in the UK and Ireland until now, but I guess it has built up a little bit of anticipation. So far the feedback has been great, which is super for me as it was a long slog to do it all pretty much on my own. I am chuffed with the UK version.

  27. February 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Wow! So drawn in by the colour of the figs and cherries! Exceptional!

    • February 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      I mean grapes.. haha. Cherries on the mind..

  28. February 27, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I’m probably the last person in the world to discover your site! I just love your photography and styling – not to mention the recipes!

  29. March 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Amazing food

  30. March 1, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Lovely foods to celebrate with your loved ones — thanks for sharing, Katie :)

  31. March 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    My partner and I are training for our first half marathon and they always so carb load before the event – I think I will just have to trial the carb loading over and over again with these recipes.

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