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

Sammy’s Mint and Raspberry Ice Tea, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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Shirley asks: I’m preparing a menu for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, but i’m in tropical north Queensland so i’m looking for a refreshing iced tea recipe.

Sammy answers: I love love love iced tea! Sadly Sydney is getting a little too cold now for it, but over summer i made this delicious mint and raspberry iced tea which was a hit at all the festive gatherings I had.

To see the recipe for Sammy’s Mint and Raspberry Iced Tea for lifestyle food, click here

You can ask us any . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Mint and Raspberry Ice Tea, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Sammy’s world cup worthy Brazilian passionfruit capirinha

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One of the biggest events in 2014 will of course be the Brazilian FIFA World Cup, so what better way to celebrate than with a classic Brazlian drink, Passionfruit Caipirinha! This deliciously sour and sweet drinks is made using the national spirit of Brazil, Cachaça, pronounced Ca-sha-saa, which is similar to a light rum. So if your planning on hosting some World Cup drinks at your place this drink will be sure to impress your friends and take them straight to Brazil through their taste buds!

Sammy’s passionfruit . . . → Read More: Sammy’s world cup worthy Brazilian passionfruit capirinha

Recipe: Polish “Kompot”, steeped fruit and spices with vodka, as seen on The Morning Show

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Here in Australia we still follow many food traditions from the cooler countries over Christmas serving glazed ham and turkey, but we have also adopted some new traditions making the Aussie prawn the star of many Christmas day feasts. One I’m sure our European friends are jealous about!

We are always looking for ways to bring our polish heritage together with the Australian Christmas, which is hard considering Poland is -20d and Australia is +30c this time of year. So to bring a little Christmas spice to our meal . . . → Read More: Recipe: Polish “Kompot”, steeped fruit and spices with vodka, as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Super Green Thermomix Blended Juice, as seen on The Morning Show

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Summer is definitely on it’s way and we all want to look our best, but we don’t want to sacrifice flavour. This delicious blended juice is the perfect breakfast or snack to keep you healthy and looking good.

This green juice is packed full of superfoods, and interestingly it’s a blended juice, not a juiced juice. What’s the difference? All the dietary fibre remins in the drink rather than being tossed out. Plus, because it’s blended its much easier to digest than whole fruits and vegetables. You also need . . . → Read More: Recipe: Super Green Thermomix Blended Juice, as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Avocado Smoothie, the Hangover Cure-all, as seen in Food on Tap

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So we’ve got a healthy berry cacao smoothie, an indulgent peanut butter smoothie, and a indian mango lassi – now it’s time to shake it up a bit! Some of us might be drowning the winter blues with one-too-many glasses of vino, and waking up to a cold morning and a headache is not fun. If this is the case, we recommend you continue a liquid diet with this delicious hangover busting (non alcoholic) smoothie…

Avocado is a super rich antioxidant, and is also great for upset tummies and . . . → Read More: Recipe: Avocado Smoothie, the Hangover Cure-all, as seen in Food on Tap

Recipe: Mango and Coconut Lassi, as seen in Food on Tap

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A lassi is a traditional Indian smoothie (not a canine TV star…), and can be served as a dessert or a drink. It’s rich, thick and full of flavour, and the secret is to balance the acidity from the yoghurt with the sweetness of the honey. You should only use fresh mango in summer when it’s in season and ripe, otherwise use frozen or tinned mango during the cooler months.

Coconut isn’t classic in a lassi, but I just love the flavour, plus rimming the glass with shredded coconut makes . . . → Read More: Recipe: Mango and Coconut Lassi, as seen in Food on Tap

Recipe: Nutella and Peanut Butter Bang Smoothie, as seen in Food on Tap

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If you feel like an indulgence, this smoothie is your one way ticket to gluttony. The rich ingredients blending into an ice cold smoothie make this the perfect dessert! The secret is the peanut butter, which adds a creamy flavour with a slight salty note which compliments all the sweetness from the Nutella and banana. Consider yourself warned, its addictive!

Nutella and Peanut Butter Bang

Serves 4

3 heaped tablespoons of nutella hazel nut spread 2 heaped tablesspoons of peanut butter smooth spread 1 large banana, frozen 400 ml . . . → Read More: Recipe: Nutella and Peanut Butter Bang Smoothie, as seen in Food on Tap

Recipe: Berry, Raw Cacao and Almond Breakfast Smoothie, as seen in Food on Tap

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This smoothie is all about superfoods. Berries are fantastic as they are low in sugar and high in antioxidants. Almonds add crunch and are low GI, to get you through to lunch. Chia seeds are high in fibre, have more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than milk. Head down to your local health food store and buy some Maca powder which is kind of like your energizer hit, Spirulina to give you a good hit of protein, and finally Raw Cacao Powder adds a chocolate flavor and . . . → Read More: Recipe: Berry, Raw Cacao and Almond Breakfast Smoothie, as seen in Food on Tap

Recipe: Valentine Blush (Gin, Cardamom, Rose and Cucumber)

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Valentines Day is nearly here, in case you haven’t already guessed! Whether or not you have plans with a loved one, it’s a day to treat ourselves with something delicious and a little bit special. Many of us will have plans for some yummy food and you can find some great valentines recipes right here on www.sammyandbella.com. Try Oysters, Breakfast in Bed, cupcakes, or our special “dude food” valentines recipe coming up on Channel 7′s The Morning Show tomorrow morning.

But what about drinks? Many of us will . . . → Read More: Recipe: Valentine Blush (Gin, Cardamom, Rose and Cucumber)