Wednesday is our trial day, we try new recipes, new flavour combinations and new ingredients. To be honest, we dont always get it right. Far from! But how do you find something brilliant if you don’t have a few disasters? We love big meals with big flavours to put in the middle of the table creating BIG smiles!

After a long day in the Shared Affair test kitchen we all want the same thing….. something we can whip up quickly that, quite frankly, isn’t a disaster! To celebrate our triumphs and cleanse the palette of our failures, the Shared Affair family take Wednesday nights to sit around the table, have a laugh and share a meal over a bottle of wine or 2. If you can grab some fresh ingredients and  steal 30 minutes to cook, why not get a few friends or family together to make a Shared Affair night of your own. Oh and don’t forget a bottle of wine. This Wednesday we are ‘sipping’ a Two Italian Boys Sangiovese from the cellar!



1kg whole Beef eye fillet
250g Couscous (we use Divella brand)
3 tsp butter
2 punnets of cherry tomatoes (red and yellow)
1 small Spanish onion
1 bunch of basil
1 bunch of coriander
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of mint
5 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
red wine vinegar


Preheat oven to 210°C
Generously season your Beef with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place on a baking try in the oven for 30 minutes (for rare to medium rare).
Pick your coriander, parsley and mint leaves and chop finely.
Add 1/4L of water to a large saucepan, add 1tblsp of olive oil and 1tsp of salt and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and add 250g of couscous and stir. Allow to swell for 2 mins. Add butter and heat over very low heat for 3 mins whilst stirring with a fork to separate grains. Set aside to cool.
Heat a lug of olive oil in a large pan. Fry 3 cloves of garlic crushed and 1 chilli chopped finely for 1 minute until fragrant.
Stir olive oil, garlic and chilli mixture and chopped herbs through couscous.
To make tomato salad, chop your tomatoes in halves or quarters. Finely dice Spanish onion. Roughly tear up leaves of 1 bunch of basil and toss together. In a jar add 3tblsp of red wine vinegar to 3tblsp of olive oil. Crush in 2 cloves of garlic and season well with salt and pepper. Shake well then dress your tomato salad.
Remove Beef from Oven. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving into slices. Serve beef on a bed of couscous topped with tomato salad.


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Alison Lee
Alison Lee
31. October, 2022.
Delicious food and lovely staff. Everyone commented on how good they were for our celebration. Would definitely recommend and use A Shared Affair again.
Kathy Lipari
Kathy Lipari
22. August, 2022.
A Shared Affair is truly an exceptional catering company. Nikki is an absolute delight to work with and she ensured everything was organised to the nth degree at my recent birthday party. The food was exceptional, the venue (styled by A Shared Affair ) looked amazing. All our guests commented on how delicious every dish was. So many choices of canapés and live food stations, and if you want a sit down dinner they can do that too. Seriously fabulous.
Phoebe Rennie
Phoebe Rennie
26. July, 2022.
Thank you to Nikki and the team at Shared Affair for catering our wedding in late April 2022 at the Manly Yacht Club. We were initially drawn to Shared Affair as we wanted the opposite of traditional alternate-drop wedding food. We wanted our guests to go home happy, full and talking about the wedding for years to come! The food on the evening was all fantastic, starting with a grazing table post ceremony, then small canapés, followed by larger boxes (sliders, pasta and fish & chips) and finishing the evening with our cannoli ‘cake’. A few tips for those looking to cater a cocktail style wedding in the near future. 1 - Task your photographer with getting pics of your grazing table, cos by the time you get back from photos, it will be gone! 2 - Get more arancini balls than you think you need! Those bad boys will go fast and 1 per person is never enough. 3 - People will mistake your cannoli cake for a sweet snack, so make sure your signage is adequate! Shared Affair also provided the bar staff for the night, who were fantastic! Remembering our drinks, ensuring everyone was having a great time while keeping up with the waters, and dancing along with the music. Thanks again to the Shared Affair team for helping to make our wedding exactly what we wanted!
Sayan Ray
Sayan Ray
20. July, 2022.
Nikki and the team at Shared Affair were super helpful and really delivered on a great birthday party. The team guided us with the menu and drinks which was great as I organised the event in Sydney from Melbourne. I highly recommend them for any event!
Jon Cole
Jon Cole
12. May, 2022.
Great food and service on our wedding day. Nikki and her staff turned up early and had everything running like clockwork. All our guest commented on how good the food was, especially the deserts. we just had a canape menu but the quailty was there. Only thing I could fault was their lack of communication in leed up to the wedding. I put this down to them being very busy post covid. Overall happy with having Shared Affair cater our wedding.
Margaret Wilkinson
Margaret Wilkinson
12. April, 2022.
I recently had a party for 30 people and chose Shared Affair to cater for it. The food was very tasty and varied. I ordered eight pieces per person. This was more than adequate and enjoyed by all. The service was excellent and Michael even substituted a few meat pieces in one dish for a vegetarian option to satisfy my vegetarian cousin! I highly recommend Shared Affair.
Emilie Lawson
Emilie Lawson
7. April, 2022.
Worked with the Shared Affair team for corporate event catering and it was fantastic. Very seamless, the team are very professional and the pop-up food stations were an excellent choice for our event.
Harry Kreicers
Harry Kreicers
28. March, 2022.
We used Shared Affair for our wedding reception and could not have been happier. They were incredibly flexible when we needed to move dates around due to Covid. When we finally were able to have our event, the food was delicious, the waiters were friendly and professional, and the portions were enormous! We ended up freezing all the left overs and have been enjoying them ever since. Very happy with our experience with Shared Affair
James Martin
James Martin
20. March, 2022.
Shared affair provided part of the catering for our wedding day. This included 5 x choices of canapes, 2 x choices of salad and a doughnut tower cake. Everything on the day was amazing and our guests complimented on how tasty the food was. We also can confirm that the doughnut tower cake was an excellent/relaxed option (instead of a cake) and we would do it again. We did have a few issues with confirming what we ordered/what we were being provided on the day. This was due to their being two points of contact. In the end it was sorted, but would have been good to deal with one person for the entire process. Recommend shared affair, the food was amazing and our desert was scrumptious.
Claudia Elias
Claudia Elias
6. March, 2022.
Thank you so very much making my 50th fabulous. Never had so much compliments about the food, we opted for the canapes and they were delicious, actually even more than delicious! You made my event even more memorable, and I didn't need to do anything but choose the food options and surrender my kitchen. Your staff was very professional. I will definitely be using your company again. Thanks again!