Italian Chestnut Roaster

Fred Romano (above) using his home-made chestnut roaster on the BBQ. It is based on a traditional roaster called a spaèla.

'There was always a lot of discussion about how impossible it was to find chestnuts in Australia . We also heard gruesome stories about children who pricked themselves on the spiky outer husk. They used to say that the prickle was so fine they couldn't see it and it got infected and they had to chop a finger off to save the child. So chestnuts have a colourful history in my heritage.' Franca

'We make chestnuts under the griller. I make sure they burn a bit.' Lucia

Homemade Chestnut Roaster