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Bella’s Korean bbq beef, persimmon, ssamjang sauce and pine nuts, as seen at Noosa Food and Wine

  Recently we had the honour of being invited to take part in Noosa Food and Wine, a fantastic celebration of local produce from the Sunshine Coast region. As part of our trip, we cooked a bbq for 500 hungry Queenslanders alongside some outstanding company – chefs Alastair Mcleod, Matt [...]

By |July 23rd, 2016|

BBQ Brioche French toast with grilled peaches, at the Good Food and Wine Show

Did you know that you can cook an entire meal on a BBQ? Grilling fruit is a fantastic idea for the bbq - just make sure that you buy slightly under ripe fruit so that it doesn't get too soft while grilling. In fact, grilled fruit is a fantastic addition [...]

By |June 24th, 2016|

Beer marinated skirt steak with grilled vegetables and Peruvian Aji sauce, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

The South Americans are experts at bbq, especially the Brazilians with their "churasco", and the Argentinians with their traditional "asado". The Peruvians also love grilling, and they have an amazing chilli sauce called "Aji" to go with it. The origins of this sauce date back to ancient incas, who called [...]

By |June 23rd, 2016|

Recipe: Charred Cos salad with hazelnuts and white anchovies as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

This year we have the honour of being invited back to the Good Food and Wine Show to share our love of food on the big stage. This year, we're showcasing Beers, Babes and BBQ's. That's right, we're cooking up a storm on BBQ's and matching our food to some [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|

Sammy’s Brekkie Burgers as seen on The Morning Show

It's no secret that I am a lover of burgers. So it will come as no surprise that I'll up for a burger anytime of the day. Late night, dinner, breakfast and of course brunch. With that in mind, I will be opening a Sammy’s Burger Brunch Bar Pop-Up at [...]

By |May 11th, 2016|

A BBQ feast in May together with Fuze Iced Tea – Recipe: Pork, lemongrass and apple skewers

Nom nom nom we just LOVE bbq! It’s the best way to get social in real life, hang out with friends and enjoy the last of the sunshine (hello warmest May in decades!) before it gets cold and dreary. For this bbq, we wanted to do something a bit different, [...]

By |May 3rd, 2016|

Bella’s Apple Buttermilk Biegnet with Salted Caramel

Biegnets are a new Orleans classic, made famous by local joint Café du Monde. These little doughnuts are at their best when cooked fresh and eaten right away... But remember that you can make the dough up to 8 hours before frying. They are a real treat but I've made [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|

Bella’s Blackened Snapper

“Blackened redfish” is a famous dish from 1980’s at K-Paul’s Louisiana kitchen in new Orleans, invented by chef Paul Prudhomme. The technique of blackening involves dipping food in melted butter, then a mix of dry herbs and spices, then cooking an an extremely hot skillet. The black colour comes from the [...]

By |April 13th, 2016|

Bella’s Mississippi Okra and Polenta Fritters with special sauce

What happens when you combine 2 staples of southern american cooking, Okra and Grits (polenta)? Heaven! There are many variations of recipes for okra fritters in the south, and these are my favourite. Traditionally they are made with grits, which is white corn polenta, but the Italian style yellow cornmeal [...]

By |April 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Prawn Etouffee

Étouffée is a classic cajun/creole dish hailing from New Orleans and south west Louisiana (the New Orleans/Creole version tend to feature tomato and a blonde roux rather than a dark roux, but it's essentially the same dish). It's name comes from the french "Étouffée" which means to "smother", which is [...]

By |April 6th, 2016|