Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show

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The key to a delicious toastie is the quality of the ingredients, and it all starts with great bread. Bread is king!

But what about all those people with intolerances to gluten? Unless you’re actually medially diagnosed as coeliac, there’s probably nothing wrong with eating real bread. The key is – keep it real. Once upon a time ago, all bread was real. It was made with good quality unbleached wheat, and more importantly it was fermented (aka leavened or proved) for at least 8 hours. Everything changed in . . . → Read More: Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate, as seen on The Morning Show

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Yay it’s national chocolate day!

The Aztecs are credited with discovering the wonderful cacao bean. Today being National Chocolate day we wanted to celebrate this delicious food by sharing a recipe for traditional Mexican Hot chocolate to pay homage to its ancient history. When first discovered, cacao beans were roasted and ground to make a bitter chocolate drink that was known to revitalize and even as an aphrodisiac. It then started to be made with sugar and became more palatable to European countries and its popularity soared all around . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Bienenstich Kuchen – German Bee Sting Cake, as seen on The Morning Show

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The kitchen can be a dangerous place… and legend has it that a German baker was stung by a bee while making this cake!

This is an incredibly delicious cake which has been made in Germany for hundreds of years. It’s a sweet, yeast-risen cake, filled with vanilla crème patissiere, and topped with the most decadent honey almond crunch. It can be found at all the best pastry shops, and in the kitchens of all the best Oma’s (Grandmother in German) who have made this a family favourite for . . . → Read More: Bella’s Bienenstich Kuchen – German Bee Sting Cake, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Brudet – Croatian Seafood Hot Pot with Polenta, as seen on The Morning Show

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Croatian cuisine is not yet very well known in Australia, but more and more Aussies are discovering this wonderful cuisine both locally and while on holidays on the sunny Dalmatian coast.

I was lucky enough to travel to Croatia a few years ago and was amazing by the quality and the freshness of the seafood. The plethora of fish and shellfish and crustaceans were cooked very simply – preserving the integrity of the pure seafood flavour.

Brudet is a traditional dish eaten all along the coast, making use of . . . → Read More: Bella’s Brudet – Croatian Seafood Hot Pot with Polenta, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Braised Brazilian Black Bean and Pork “Feijoada”, as seen on The Morning Show

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Continuing on our World Cup food fever we have decided to get back to the grass roots of Brazilian Food and cook up a classic peasant dish called Feijoada. Feijoada is brazils signature offal dish, one which has many versions of its exact origin. One myth is that was created by slaves during the colonial period using leftover parts of the animal discarded by their owners. Another story is that the Portuguese, who have a strong heritage of stews, introduced the dish to Brazil.

No matter where this . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Braised Brazilian Black Bean and Pork “Feijoada”, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Brazilian Acai Breakfast Bowl, as seen on The Morning Show

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The world cup begins very soon and many of us will have a few early mornings waking up to watch the football matches before work or school. To celebrate the host country and also fill our tummies in the early hours of the morning I’m going to share my favourite recipe for a Brazilian Acai berry bowl.

Acai is a native Brazilian berry that’s extremely high in antioxidants making it a bit of a super food. These nutritious berries can be found growing on a species of palm in . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Brazilian Acai Breakfast Bowl, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Mousse de Maracujá: Brazilian Passionfruit Mousse with Brazil Nut Brittle, as seen on The Morning Show

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Not many Aussies know much about Brazil, but the food and culture are about to be the talking point of the world as Brazil gets ready for Soccer World Cup fever this month.

Did you know that an Aussie favourite fruit, passion fruit, actually originated in Brazil? They just love it in Brazil, adding it to loads of desserts, cocktails such as capirinhas, and even savoury dishes such as salmon with passion fruit sauce.

We normally associate them with summer, but passion fruits are actually one of those crazy . . . → Read More: Bella’s Mousse de Maracujá: Brazilian Passionfruit Mousse with Brazil Nut Brittle, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Italian Family Favourite: Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, as seen on The Morning Show

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Everyone loves gnocchi, not just Italians! They are delicious little potato based dumplings with a pillow like soft texture… and if you’ve ever eaten real home made gnocchi, you’ll never ever ever ever go back to the stodgy store bought stuff which is more akin to rubber bullets. Make these super simple gnocchi your new family favourite!

We’re all about inspiring every Aussie out there to reconnect with their family traditions and heritage through food. We asked our Facebook fans with Italian heritage to tell us what their favourite . . . → Read More: Bella’s Italian Family Favourite: Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Thai Stir Fried Pork Belly (dry style with Red Curry Paste), as seen on The Morning Show

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I was going through some old holiday photos in Thailand the other day which made me realise how much I miss all of the beautiful flavorful Thai dishes. I also realized how long it been since I ate proper Thai food as many of the take away places don’t serve authentic Thai dishes. Let me tell you that when I was is Thailand there wasn’t a carrot in sight!

So to fill my tummy with some delicious food I decided it was time to whip up some dishes at . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Thai Stir Fried Pork Belly (dry style with Red Curry Paste), as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Cantonese Family Favourite: Chicken Corn Soup, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’re all about inspiring every Aussie out there to reconnect with their family traditions and heritage through food.

Often, we’ve somewhat lost connection to our blood backgrounds, sometimes because our families came to Australia several generations ago and we’ve let go of some of our traditions. Some people no longer speak the language or follow many cultural traditions, but no matter who you are or where your blood came from, we ALL remember 1 thing with fondness and nostalgia… the food!

Whether your ancestors came from Greece, Scotland, China or . . . → Read More: Bella’s Cantonese Family Favourite: Chicken Corn Soup, as seen on The Morning Show