Stifado by Sofia with Adam Liaw SBS

This recipe was created by Sofia and made on set with Adam Liaw SBS

Stifado by Sofia featured with Adam Liaw on SBS


  • 4 larger or 6 smaller Osso Bucco (I used Beef, you can also use veal)
  • 20 whole small onions, peeled ( I used pickling onions)
  • 7 – 8 cloves garlic
  • 3 small fresh sprigs rosemary
  • 4 small or 2 large bay leaves
  • 6 wholespice piemento
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole nutmeg cut in half or ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 410g tomato passata
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Stifado by Sofia dish featured with Adam Liaw SBS


1. Mix tomato paste with vinegar, set aside.

You will need a good quality large pot with a lid. I used A Chassuer cast Iron Pot.

2. Start layering the ingredients.

3. Firstly place the meat on base, then the onions followed by the garlic, spices and salt and pepper.

4. Add the tomato passata, vinegar with tomato paste, oil.

5. Finish with the bay leaves and fresh rosemary sprigs.

6. Cover pot with the lid and put on a medium heat for a few minutes to heat up then turn heat down to a low simmer.

Do NOT open lid or stir at all. Every 30 minutes just give the pot a gentle shake.

7. After 1 ½ hours check the meat. If it is not falling apart put the lid back on and cook for a further 30 mins. Turn the heat off and it is ready.

8. Serve with Basmati rice. I cook my rice using the absorption method.

1 cup basmati rice to 2 cups water.

Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium size pot on medium heat. When the oil starts to heat up add the rice. When the rice tips start to become translucent add the water. Turn the heat to low and put the lid on. In 10 mins check the rice and if water is absorbed and rice is cooked turn the heat off and put the lid back on. Serve with Stifado.

SBS Food Competition to cook with Adam Liaw

Sofia cooking with Adam Liaw form Destination Down Under Australia on SBS One  and Series 2 Masterchef Winner.

The show aired on Thursday 18th september at 8pm on SBS One.

Given a shortlist of the 10 most-voted-for dishes from around the country, Adam selected Sofia’s dish for its hearty, homely feel. A passionate cook and avid food blogger, Sofia says the Greek classic is a much-loved tradition in her family. First made by her great-grandmother, the recipe has been passed down through each generation. According to Sofia, “It’s incredibly easy, family-friendly, warming, inviting, and a whirlwind of senses that bring people together around the table.”  

As the competition winner, Sofia cooked her dish, beef stifado, with Adam and we filmed the whole experience. Having always dreamt of presenting on TV, Sofia had her chance to shine, with the recipe video airing during an episode of Destination Flavour Down Under on SBS ONE. Watch the video above and try Sofia’s stifado for yourself.

Click here for more information and the video on Destination Flavour Down Under

Click here for the recipe Stifado by Sofia

Super Food Ideas – Heinz Competition

This is the original photo I submitted along with the recipe to the Heinz Big Red Condensed soup recipe search competition run by Super Food Ideas Magazine. I was so excited when I received the call from Kim Coverdale. My recipe for my broccoli, ricotta and mince lasagne had been accepted as a finalists recipe. What did that mean for me? An all expenses paid trip to Sydney, a wonderful stay at a hotel, an incredible meal at a 3 hat chef restaurant, a cook-off to cook our recipes, a fabulous prize for all the finalists and the opportunity to meet the people who bring so much joy in our lives through their love and passion for food and their magazine!






Concentrating hard not to chop my fingers with these fabulously sharp knives. Loved them so much, they make everything so quicker!




What should have taken me 20 minutes to chop took me an hour. Nigel the photographer was very chatty taking lots of photos, trying to get the perfect one, Rebecca and Kim were popping by to “check in” and Carmel came by to learn a little more about me. I don’t think I have ever talked or smiled so much. It was so much fun:-)


Adding the final touches..
Putting the final layer to my lasagne. Its so strange when you are cooking in unfamiliar surroundings. I would have had it in the oven in half the time if I was at home but I couldn’t help but pace myself and enjoy the moment.


A sigh of relief

The sigh of relief when the lasagne finally comes out of the oven. Now to patiently wait for it to cool down to cut a couple of slices for the judges to try. Its at this point I realise how tired I am yet the adrenalin rush does not let me rest. I had to take the dishes in another room where the judges were waiting. It was a little like Masterchef where you had to stand n front of the judges and tell them about your dish and how you went. I thought I was going to pass out. But Rebecca and Kim were so nice, they made sure I felt comfortable.




Feeling Great!

What a fantastic feeling to see this is the current Super Food Ideas Magazine. How privileged myself and the others were that out of hundreds of entries ours were deemed best. We are all winners receiving a handsome prize from Heinz and the major winner cooked the best meal on the day. What a wonderful experience, one that I will never forget.

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