Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

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There is nothing more satisfying in the winter than enjoying an incredible warming dessert. My favourites have to baked or stewed fruits, sticky date pudding and crumbles. My go to accompaniment is normally ice-cream, but because its been so cold I’ve been really craving warm velvety, creamy, rich delicious custard.

Custard is one of those things you have to make yourself at home because store bought just wont cut it. If you’ve never made custard before and you’re a keen cook then you should attempt it. Be warned though it . . . → Read More: Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s guide on How To Get Kids To Eat Greens, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can get your kids to actually enjoy their bitter greens! With a little time and energy, they will be devouring them.

This month we explore the flavour of bitterness: the evolutionary history, the psychology, the physiology, and most importantly: how to develop your kids palates!

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Humans, compared to animals, have an incredibly wide array of potential foods to eat. Using our taste buds to distinguish which foods are toxic and which are good for you is a matter of Darwinian . . . → Read More: Bella’s guide on How To Get Kids To Eat Greens, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Bella’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Passionfruit Beurre Blanc, as seen on The Morning Show

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You might be surprised to see passion fruits flooding into your green grocers this week…. That’s because it’s actually a summer and a winter fruit! Yes it has 2 seasons a year. So while the weather gets cooler, why not heat things up a bit in the kitchen with some tropical flavours and a lovely hit of chilli in this delicious savoury passion fruit sauce that works perfectly with salmon, ocean trout, snapper, or any other richer flavoured fish.

Beurre blanc is a warm emulsified white butter sauce. The . . . → Read More: Bella’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Passionfruit Beurre Blanc, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s A to Z guide to Winter Greens, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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Don’t be blue this winter, get green instead! Sammy and Bella outline 30 vegetables to include in your diet for their health and disease fighting benefits – and give you tips and ideas on how to cook them.

This month we explore the plethora of greens that are in season in winter. We take out the mystery with a full pictorial guide on every day veggies like broccoli, to foraged weeds like dandelion, to interesting international greens like tatsoi and how to cook them.

Winter can be a . . . → Read More: Bella’s A to Z guide to Winter Greens, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Bella’s Sweet Potato jacks with Mexican inspired beans and real guacamole, as seen on The Morning Show

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The authentic flavour of Mexico is actually very easy to achieve, and the secret is in picking the right herbs and spices. The magic combination of cumin, dry oregano and paprika powder makes everything delicious… especially this vegetarian jacket potato! Even the meat eaters will love this recipe. So no matter what fussy eaters you have to feed at your family table, this recipe is a sure thing.

And for all those who are watching what they eat, you’ll just adore this recipe! It’s low GI and full of . . . → Read More: Bella’s Sweet Potato jacks with Mexican inspired beans and real guacamole, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Slow cooked Lamb and Parsnip Pie with Sour Cream Pastry, as seen on Sunrise

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What a fantastic slow cooked, heart-warming, soulful winter dish! Pie making is often described as an art, but it’s actually really easy.

It’s a dish that must always contain a lot of love, so make sure you prepare this for your friends and family!

Essentially, this is 2 recipes in one. A great pot roasted lamb with home made gravy is simply made in steps 1+2+4. Or, you can make a pie using leftover roast meats in step 3-10.

We’ve used a fantastic quality award winning leg of lamb, . . . → Read More: Bella’s Slow cooked Lamb and Parsnip Pie with Sour Cream Pastry, as seen on Sunrise

Bella’s Canapé of Smoked Speck, pickled mustard seed, coffee glaze (a food mash up, come and taste it this weekend!)

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Since winning My Kitchen Rules in 2011, we’ve been very busy working hard in the kitchen every day. Running a successful catering business is wonderfully challenging, and designing new and interesting canapés with curious flavour combinations keeps our creative minds active.

I came up with a curious combination recently… and we’ll showcasing FREE tastings this Saturday! Come to Kings Cross Markets this Saturday 1st August from 9am!

We’re promoting next week’s Good Food and Wine Show, in Sydney 7-9 August 2015…. we’re very busy at the show with lots . . . → Read More: Bella’s Canapé of Smoked Speck, pickled mustard seed, coffee glaze (a food mash up, come and taste it this weekend!)

Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

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These cookies will make you feel like a kid again… they are inspired by one of my favourite childhood treats – the peanut butter and jam sandwich!

When I was a kid, mum and I used to love baking cookies. My favourite were shortbread cookies with a dollop of jam in the middle (known as linzer cookies) which are really popular in Poland. I remmebr having so much fun using the back of a wooden spoon to make little indentations in the cookie dough, and filling it with luscious . . . → Read More: Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

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Wow, it is COLD!!!! Yukky weather outside can only mean one thing… more time cooking inside! Anything that inspires us to get in the kitchen is a good thing

This week I’ve been inspired by a competition being run by Dilmah, who are encouraging people to design a high tea recipe to wine a trip to Sri Lanka! Now, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a brownie… and I’ve spiced mine with chai! So it’s the perfect match for a cup of hot tea. I quite like it . . . → Read More: Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

Bella’s Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Heineken – Perfect Pairings

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There’s not a single person in Australia, young or old who doesn’t love Bolognese sauce, and there are many who claim their version is the best. We’re super excited to share our authentic recipe because not only did we visit Bologna in Italy where Bolognese comes from, but we’ve perfectly paired it with the clean, crips taste of Heineken .

 

Authentically a ragu (which means slow cooked meat sauce) is served with tagliatelle pasta because it’s wide enough to hold onto the lovely thick meaty . . . → Read More: Bella’s Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Heineken – Perfect Pairings