Michaela Johansson makes beautifully presented, ready-to-serve food boxes under the name Aplenty Spreads that you simply open and pop on the table for a dinner party, or on a rug for a picnic. “The boxes are filling but not heavy, handmade, a bit rough, uncomplicated and fun. Lots of crunchy salads, freshly made breads, interesting dips, all made with good seasonal veg so the menu is always changing,” she says.
This week she launches a very cute Mediterranean pasta kit that highlights NSW small-scale producers and makers. It comes with fresh pasta ready to roll into pici (fat spaghetti) and all the ingredients to then transform it into a classic Sicilian dish, pasta con le sarde.
Johansson has sourced sardines, locally grown young garlic stems, unwaxed lemons, foraged wild fennel, raisins she’s soaked in white wine, pine nuts and a big hunk of locally made parmesan (there’s also a vego option). You’ll also get ingredients for a crunchy fennel-seed pangrattato to top your dish.
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There’s a Zoom link to jump on a Saturday night pasta class run by Johansson, or you can just use the pack’s easy-to-follow recipe card and video instructions if you prefer.
To drink? The pack includes a pét-nat made by Southern Highlands winemaker Ari’s Natural Wine Co. Then set the table and light your new lemon-shaped candle, handmade in Wollongong by Broadsheet fave Nonna’s Grocer. “I chose to work with Ari’s and Nonna’s Grocer because, aside from having such cool products, they are small businesses local to Sydney, run by some great people that hand-make their products,” says Johansson.
“The products also just work so well together … the citrusy flavours of the pasta sauce with the zesty pét-nat and the cutest lemon candle. It seemed a pretty perfect match to brighten up people’s homes during a winter in lockdown.”
Orders for Saturday July 24 are closed but you can get a pack for Saturday 31. Place your order by 6pm on Thursday July 29 for delivery on Saturday. Delivery is included within 10 kilometres of Sydney CBD or $12 up to 20 kilometres from the CBD. $5 from each sale will be donated to a local Sydney Women’s refuge, Bonnie Support Services.