Visualizing and creating many new pages in my mind..I’ve finally arrived here…writing all my ideas down.

Welcome to Twistedvines.



I’m Yvette, the author of these pages. You’ll find the things that I love on these pages. The love of food and food styling. The captured images with my camera, the love of my art, white linen, old world vintage and black and white  photographs and my passion for ‘La Dolce Vita’. The good life…sweet life. I’m a graphic designer, touched on interior design and thrive on decorating. And I guess, it’s time to pick up a paint brush and paint and colour your world with mine.

I’ve traveled around the wide open spaces of Australia, many parts of Europe and experienced the Italian culture and lifestyle for many years. This blog is my space, where I’m the designer, the stylist, the cook, the cleaner and the server. The server of delicious home style recipes, of techniques, of tradition and most of all that secret…yes, the secret ingredient of love. I carry with me the line ‘art on a plate’, that’s how I see my dishes I create… as art. I love the sweet things in life. Desserts are always on my menu.

To keep in touch: leave a comment or contact me on

laruotaagricola37 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Why Twistedvines?

With two cultures and styles of lifestyle …(Australia/Italy)…each were entwined…a new type of  living.  I’ve had new experiences both in food and wine. Experienced four seasons and two languages, time zones and life in an adventure.

Why did you start this blog?

It’s my glossy magazine…glossy pages of the things I love. Just an expression of my personality and character. I’ve always written in a diary, or journal and I’m never without pen and paper. Whenever I find a saying or theme I love, I jot it down. The name of a colour or a reflective quote that catches my eye. I’m no writer, but I’d love to someday write a book, with many of my favourite recipes and photo’s. Until then, this is where I…C R E A T E.

Your ultimate shared dinner party menu…

I love the outdoors, at sunset…flowing into a comfortable breezy night time of fairy lights and candles. The most important part for me is not only the food but a theme for the evening. The table setting is so important to the atmosphere of the evening. I usually choose a colour in season with fresh vegetables and flowers available. If knowing my dinner party guests and depending on the season I usually choose the menu around them. Lovers of seafood, Meat Lovers, All Veggies..whatever, I go to my huge supply of cookbooks and favourites and choose from entrees through to coffee and chocolates. If I have time …I love doing tris entrees they’re alot of work, but always a great starter.

I’d love to invite you all to a Christmas Dinner Party in our Aussie Summer.

Your  favourite Italian dish to share with friends…

A slow cooked osso buco, served on a bed of rosemary and garlic buttered polenta.

And your Aussie favourite…

You can’t beat our Aussie barbequed lobsters and prawns…and a whole lot of fresh chilli poured in.

Something Inspirational

Good Thoughts

Good thoughts are the threads

With which we WEAVE the web of life;

The threads which build

The STRONG and fibrous cloth

We know as CHARACTER.

And, like the patterns,

That looms of modern science WEAVE,

Our lives can be no lovelier,

No stronger, than the THREADS

From which our LIVES are MADE.

Katherine Maurine Haaff

I hope you enjoy your visit to this corner of my world.



  1. lifeinarecipe says

    Thank you for visiting my blog. You are partially living a dream of mine…living in and experiencing Italy! I am so happy we connected!

  2. Jo says


    Your cousin sent me the link for your blog – good for you for doing one!! I keep thinking about it but never seem to do it. We’re living opposite lives I think – I am from Canada and am now living in New Zealand with my husband and 2 kids. My grandfather is from Treviso and we went there a few years ago. Wish I would’ve known you then – would’ve looked you up! Great site, keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hi Jo, Thanks for dropping by. Bec said she would contact you,I’m so glad you visited “twistedvines”. Maybe on your next visit to Treviso,we can catch up.! I’ll have a glass of Prosecco ready!I hope you enjoyed your visit to this part of Italy. xx

  3. Leeanne says

    Hey Cuz………I’ve finally made the time to look at your Blog. I just love it! You are so talented, just love your photography work and the way you “do your stuff”. It’s going to be nice to see how you live in Italy. And it’s great to keep those communications open. Well done….chat soon!

  4. stephen harris says

    Dear Yvette Love your site and cant wait to see more ,how come you didnt cook like this when we shared a house in perth lol, But im saving my pennies and would love to come and visit you and taste your lovely food and hospitality xxxx Great work yvette

    • I guess in those days…food didn’t really come into it!I’ve learnt so much since living here in Italy…I have always loved Italian food and the Italian style…Through my passion of cooking,I love creating these pages it’s like a new trend of entertaining with old and new friends.Your’re welcome to call by anytime.Love Yvette x

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  6. Lorraine Meyntz says

    Hi my beautiful lady, Just wanting to know what you want with the hand written recipes, like do I have to send pictures or do you do that when you make them.
    I am over ther moon with your blog and wait for each new thing that comes up. Hoping you actually do some of your groovy stuff that you do at xmas. It feels like I’m reading something out of House and Garden with all the same colourful photos and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Miss you heaps, love Lorraine.

  7. I like this theme very much on your blog! I’ve just been exploring a bit more and think that Wednesday words one is just great too. I will be back to have a really good read in your archives when I have a moment. Have a good weekend… Joanna (PS Have you ever made those sfogliatelli, someone was asking me about them a while back….)

  8. Hello
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, I have never visited Italy but would love to (all the food and such a beautiful language). I will be looking forward to reading more posts from you.

  9. I’ve followed you back from my blog, Yvette, and love your blog! Can’t wait to take a voyage of discovery through the past entries … John

  10. Androgoth says

    Yes I have certainly enjoyed reading your ‘About Page’ and I will be back to sample more of your wonderful take on recipes, I do enjoy a wickedly excellent dessert and so I figure that I will be leaving your Space on an evening rather hungry, but I don’t mind 🙂 lol Just kidding

    I will call again and have a further look around your world, indeed a journey through the backdrop and into the real energies of your pages 🙂


  11. Yvette, thank you for dropping by nolagirlatheart and subscribing. I popped over and began reading your “about” page and found a kindred spirit. I too love cooking, decorating, planning dinner parties on the patio and collecting handwritten recipes. I am looking forward to “hanging out” here in the blogoshpere. Cheers!

  12. Yvette~~I just emailed you to thank you for your kind comment on my Texture Tuesday blog post, :~) Your blog is beautiful and I just added it to the list of blogs I’m following!

  13. What a lovely blog you have Yvette! I’m so glad you visited and that gave me the chance to see it. Congrats on your award and I look forward to reading more! Cheers to you!

  14. Hi Yvette, Thank you for following me. I have just been browsing your world and am inspired by your versatility. You are very sharing with the ‘how to’s’ which is great. Love the creating hands area of course. Do you know there is no time like the present to start that book. Happy creating r.rose

  15. Yvette, thanks for subscribing to my my blog. I love the diversity of culture and interests you have here. Look forward to connecting more. Rae

  16. Your blog is beautiful and I will come back when I have more time…want to see it all.
    Mostly I wanted to thank you for commenting on “my story”…it was so special that you stopped by and your words were wonderful.
    I really think I’m going to learn a lot just by being with people like you..

  17. Michael says

    Hi Yvette, I wish to share this “Sunshine Award” with you. I wish you will accept this. The details are in my latest post. But, no pressure okay, Yvette? Meanwhile, Congratulations and Have a great evening. !!!

  18. And, enjoyed “meeting you”. I love the first line at the top of the page. Very well expressed.
    I see Marianne of Leisure Lane has been by (on the posts I looked at).
    What I’ve seen so far of your blog is very nicely done.
    I also love your phrase about coloring my world with yours. Very neatly put.
    Thanks, Jenn

  19. madelincwolf says

    Hi Yvette! Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I appreciate it. I love your blog and will be signing up to receive your posts. I see we are in Kim’s BTS class together. I am so excited to be doing this!

  20. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
    Your blog ist truly delicate, like nice icecream on a hot day, and today it’s really hot … puuuh, the hottest day of the year, to be true.
    I really look forward to following you and your inspiring camera.

    Have a great time,

    Greetings from the far North

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