Sammy’s classic american cheeseburger, as seen on Food For Life

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The secret to the perfect burger has to be the burger pattie itself – it’s all about the meat! Here are our top ps fpr the perfect burger:

•get together the right cuts of meat to give a good, strong beefy flavour

•buy good quality, dry aged and grain fed meat

•ask your butcher to mince the meat through the coarsest setting, only once, and from very cold meat

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Bella’s chicken ballotine with green olives and prosciutto, polenta and red capsicum sauce

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This is a great dish for entertaining and very special occasions as it’s very, very impressive, and mostly can be prepared the day before. Deboning your own bird is a great skill and can be applied to chickens, ducks and even turkeys! The bones are not wasted – they go towards making a lovely stock that flavours our polenta. If it’s a bit tricky for you, remember . . . → Read More: Bella’s chicken ballotine with green olives and prosciutto, polenta and red capsicum sauce

Bella’s pork, veal and ricotta rissoles, as seen on Food for life

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If you’re after a wallet friendly meal then this is for you! Rissoles get a bit of a bad wrap as 70’s housewife food but I can guarantee that if you put a plate of these in front of just about anyone, nostalgia will take hold and the whole lot will be gobbled up quick smart! If you’re a busy little bee like me, it’s a great idea to make . . . → Read More: Bella’s pork, veal and ricotta rissoles, as seen on Food for life

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

Catering for a big group? Easy! Making it a HOT delicious meal? Super easy! our top entertaining tips on LIfestyle food, as well as a recipe for old school chili con carne…

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Today’s question: I am preparing my birthday party. I would like to serve some hot food but I don’t want a big mess. Can you suggest something which will be nice, yummy, easy to serve and quickly clean up afterwards. I don’t want to cook while I am entertaining, so it has to be something, which can be done beforehand. It’s going to be 30 people.

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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 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

Sweltering Summer Food Ideas and Jamaican Okra Curry, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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Welcome to our next article as Home Cooking Experts on Lifestyle Food.

The heat is on in summer and the best food is inspired by the hottest of cultures. We share one of our favourite spicy recipes and the best fruit and veg of the season.

Really, we should be eating seasonally all year round, and there’s no excuse in summer when a smorgasbord of the most delicious fruit . . . → Read More: Sweltering Summer Food Ideas and Jamaican Okra Curry, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Recipe: Spied bbq lamb cutlets with grilled eggplant and tahini yoghurt, for Bertolli at Sydney Seafood Cooking School

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Here’s yet another dish from our class at the Sydney Seafood Cooking School… although it’s not made with seafood, it does feature the other Aussie all time favourite – Lamb!

It’s really starting to get hot and the boardies, flip flops, and bbq utensils are starting to come out! It’s a great excuse to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, great company and this fantastic BBQ recipe.

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