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Sammy and Bella do Sydney: Top 3 liquor stores

Top 3 Liquor Store Oak Barrel An across the board winner for best bottle shop, it’s easy to understand why when you see just how much experience they have under their belts. Oak Barrel has been in business since 1956 and is one of Australia oldest bottle shops. It’s all [...]

By |February 11th, 2016|

Sammy and Bella do Sydney: Top 3 Bakers and Grocers, as seen on Lifestyle Food

We’re born and raised Sydney girls, and with a lifetime of food obsession we’ve built up quite a repertoire of our favourite places to shop, eat and play! It’s all about spreading the love so we’re sharing our favourite hot spots to eat, drink and shop on foodmarketplace.com.au… and we [...]

By |February 10th, 2016|

Bella’s Israeli Chopped Salad with Purslane, and a guide to seasonal vegetables

A basic chopped up salad is Israeli as Israeli can be. It's almost ludicrously simple, so much so that even the worst cook can master this salad. The skill is in the shopping, not the cooking, and finding the best quality ingredients isn't always easy. The best place to pick [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Sammy’s Gluten Free Paleo Banana, Hazelnut and cinnamon pancakes – Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday has arrived and those who went to catholic schools would remember having some of the Mums cooking up a pancake feast for all the students to celebrate the holy day. Now days the simple pancake shake bottle mix wont do. This is a recipe I learnt from my cousin while in [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Cauliflower Humus with Zataar, as seen on The Morning Show

I just love humus, but if you’re looking to reduce your carb or calorie intake then cauliflower is an excellent substitute for chickpeas in this classic dip. By roasting the cauliflower first, you get a rich, nutty, smokey flavour to the puree. And by adding a sprinkling of citrusy zataar [...]

By |February 7th, 2016|

Bella’s Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Cauliflower “Rice”, as seen on The Morning Show

Go on… have a 3 way with cauliflower in 2016! It’s the hot new vegetable this year, bumping kale off its throne and taking over the kitchen with its healthiness, yumminess, and versatility. It’s not just for cheesy cauliflower bake (although we will always have a soft spot for this [...]

By |February 6th, 2016|

Bella’s Red Amaranth Steamed Dumplings with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Photo Credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com Gong Hey Fat Choi... That's happy new year in Chinese! New year is celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is full of symbolism and traditions. This year we will be celebrating on 8th February. On new years eve, families get together for a [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|

Bella’s Patates Yahni, Greek Potato Stew with Purslane

photo credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com "Yahni" is a kind of vegetable stew made in Greece, Persia, Turkey and many other countries in the region. In fact, their popularity spread during the reign of the ottoman empire, from Syria all the way up to the Balkans, so there are a huge [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|

Bella’s Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Tomorrow is the Sri Lankan national day of independence, and it's celebrated with various dances, performances, ceremonies, parades, and of course food. It's a day where a sense of national unity is promoted, and serves as a good reminder of how important food is in bringing people together. I've always appreciated [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|

Mum’s Retro Curried Chicken and Pineapple Salad, as seen on Lifestyle Food

In yesterday's post, we talked about how hipsters are bringing sexy back to retro food. My mother is very very excited. Now, finally, her famous curried chicken and pineapple salad will get the respect it deserves! In all seriousness, this salad is actually freaking delicious. It's been a staple at [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|