Bella’s “Babka Wielkanoncna”, Polish Easter Babka with Lemon and Raisins

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Babka. Baba. Bundt. Kugelhopf. It’s a sweet, brioche-like yeast cake with a hole in the middle made all over continental europe, from Germany, to Poland, to France, Italy and as far as Turkey! There are loads of different versions, and in the culinary world the rum baba is most well known. The story goes that the king of Poland, Stanislaw Leszczynski, was fed the French-Alsatian version which . . . → Read More: Bella’s “Babka Wielkanoncna”, Polish Easter Babka with Lemon and Raisins

Sammy’s French Tarte Tatin with Honey Brandy Creme Anglaise, as seen on The Morning Show

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Well we’ve experienced a bit of that Autumnal chill this week, and to celebrate I headed to the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains for a little get away, only 2 hours drive away from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Its small quaint towns and warm hospitality made for a perfect weekend away. A highlight had to be The Apple Bar in Bilpin, serving local pear and apple ciders and a gorgeous apple . . . → Read More: Sammy’s French Tarte Tatin with Honey Brandy Creme Anglaise, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Vegan Sang Choi Bao, as seen on The Morning Show

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On last week’s show we made a giant slab of pork for our traditional Italian porchetta… so this week we’re going vegan for a change! Plus, this recipe is gluten free and lactose free so it’s a fantastic dish for anyone who’s got tummy issues.

In Chinese, Sang Choi Bao means “lettuce wraps” and they are usually eaten as part of a celebration or banquet meal. Essentially, you . . . → Read More: Bella’s Vegan Sang Choi Bao, as seen on The Morning Show

sammy’s perfectly crackled porchetta sambo with fennel seed rub and salsa verde, as seen on The Morning Show

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The weather is cooling down and we are slowly easing into comfort food zone! One of the best comfort foods has to be pork belly. Its fatty, fragrant with the right herbs and oh so deliciously satisfying. But the most prized part has to be the delicious pork crackling. Im a stickler for tradition and think that the skin should never be removed to crackle. Roasting it whole on . . . → Read More: sammy’s perfectly crackled porchetta sambo with fennel seed rub and salsa verde, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Autumn Spiced Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Marshmallows and Bourbon Cream, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’re heading into autumn and some wonderful produce is coming into season, especially pumpkins and sweet potatoes! Sweet potato pie is a true American classic and is traditionaly served for thanksgiving, at the height of the northern hemisphere “fall”. This dish has been around since the 18th century, and was brought to America through the African slave trade in the 18th century.

Although sweet potatoes were considered a cheap . . . → Read More: Bella’s Autumn Spiced Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Marshmallows and Bourbon Cream, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Last of Summer Panzanella Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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Traditionally Panzella is a Tuscan dish made of day old bread, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt and vinegar. In this version we want to showcase the end of summer and enjoy a few last mouthfuls of the season best offereings.

Everyone knows tomatoes are best enjoyed in summer when the flesh is thin and the flavour has been perfectly developed and sweetened by the suns warm kiss. For this salad . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Last of Summer Panzanella Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

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So, I went to America and I fell in love. Love at first taste with Old Bay spice mix. The celery salt ridden pearl of southern seafood cooking was absolutely delicious. One of my favourite memories was hanging out by the wharf in DC, eating freshly boiled Chesapeake Bay crabs off a table covered in newspaper. It’s messy, delicious business. The crab was oh-so-sweet but the best bit . . . → Read More: Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Best Ever Gumbo, as seen on The Morning Show

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So we’re back to our series on the delicious food of USA, and today we’re heading south to New Orleans, the home of gumbo. It may look like there’s a lot of ingredients, but trust me, it’s easy to make. The best part is that this recipe serves 8, so you’ll be chowing down on leftovers for a while! The great thing about gumbo is that you can put almost . . . → Read More: Bella’s Best Ever Gumbo, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s soft boiled eggs with 3 different sexy soldiers, as seen on The Morning Show

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Joke: How do you like your eggs in the morning? Boiled, fried or fertilized?

Thank our lucky stars that Valentines falls on a Friday this year and that means all the more reason to spoil your special someone with a Saturday morning after Valentine breakfast. Why not offer your date a sleep over and some Presumptuous soft boiled eggs with sexy soldiers. Need more convincing?

Imagine perfectly soft boiled . . . → Read More: Sammy’s soft boiled eggs with 3 different sexy soldiers, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s indoor smokey pork ribs, as seen on The Morning Show

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Who doesn’t love tucking into some Jurassic looking ribs that are finger licking good!? And for us, the best ribs are nice and smokey, but this can be hard to achieve when you don’t have a fire pit in the back yard or you live in an apartment. Here we have a recipe for Pork baby back ribs (which are prized for the tenderness) made with our very special . . . → Read More: Sammy’s indoor smokey pork ribs, as seen on The Morning Show