Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

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These cookies will make you feel like a kid again… they are inspired by one of my favourite childhood treats – the peanut butter and jam sandwich!

When I was a kid, mum and I used to love baking cookies. My favourite were shortbread cookies with a dollop of jam in the middle (known as linzer cookies) which are really popular in Poland. I remmebr having so much fun using the back of a wooden spoon to make little indentations in the cookie dough, and filling it with luscious . . . → Read More: Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

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Wow, it is COLD!!!! Yukky weather outside can only mean one thing… more time cooking inside! Anything that inspires us to get in the kitchen is a good thing

This week I’ve been inspired by a competition being run by Dilmah, who are encouraging people to design a high tea recipe to wine a trip to Sri Lanka! Now, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a brownie… and I’ve spiced mine with chai! So it’s the perfect match for a cup of hot tea. I quite like it . . . → Read More: Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

Sammy’s Healthy Chocolate Cake – as seen on The Morning Show

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Sammy’s Healthy Chocolate Cake

Recently I have had a number of friends begging me to make my uber decadent Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake, (you can find the recipe here) and I’ve kind of been avoiding it. Mainly because I’m on a bit of a health kick and although it is flourless, it still has a bit of sugar.

 

So to keep my keep my friends and myself happy I stared to research some super healthy chocolate cake recipes that are, sugar, dairy and gluten free. And there . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Healthy Chocolate Cake – as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Wild Mushroom Risotto – as seen on The Morning Show

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Autumn is the season of wild mushrooms and we couldn’t be more excited. Each year we throw on our gum boots and warm coats, grab a basket and knife and head out mushroom foraging. Our family has been doing it for generations, and we have been going since we could walk. It’s probably one our families favourite traditions and you’ll find a lot of other Eastern European families do the same each year. We usually go out to Belanglo State Forest, which is about a 2.5 hour drive . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Wild Mushroom Risotto – as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Shakshouka Eggs with Labne and Zhoug, as seen on The Morning Show

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This has to be the best breakfast in the world… and perfect for Mothers’ Day, a chilly Sunday morning in bed (possibly with a hangover!) or as an amazing brunch dish if you’ve got friends or family dropping by. In fact, you can eat this dish for dinner too! #breakfastfordinner

Shakshouka eggs are basically baked eggs in a rich tomato, chilli and cumin sauce. The dish originated in Tunisia and is eaten all over North Africa and in Israel, where it has become a national favourite ever since it . . . → Read More: Bella’s Shakshouka Eggs with Labne and Zhoug, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s deconstructed christmas pavlova with passionfruit cream

deconstructed pavlova with passionfruit cream

Did you know that Pavlova is just as good in chilly winter as it is in Summer? Tropical fruits are a MUST, and although mango is out of season, the good news is that passionfruit is in season! WHAT??!? I hear you ask. It’s true, passionfruit drops twice per year, in summer and again in winter (usually late may to early june, weather dependant).

So why not have a wintery christmasy dinner party and feature this delicious deconstructed Pav! mmmmmmmmmmm!

xoxo S&B

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Sammy’s leftover christmas turkey waldorf salad

leftover turkery waldorf salad

Yum! We just love waldorf salad, it’s the perfect combination of meatiness, creaminess and crunchiness. The flavours balance perfectly too – the bitter almonds, sweet apple and salty dressing are a match made in heaven. You can use leftover turkey or leftover roast chicken in this recipe, or some grilled or poached chicken will do the trick too.

Apples are in season right now so it’s great time to use them in all your cooking, whether it be a sweet or savoury dish like this one. For presentation, try . . . → Read More: Sammy’s leftover christmas turkey waldorf salad

Bella’s Anzac Day Rosemary and Poppy Seed Shortbread

rosemary and poppyseed shortbread

Today we celebrate Anzac Day with a recipe inspired by some of the traditional symbols of Anzac Day – Rosemary and Poppy. We also pay tribute to the Aussies who remained at home, whose ration packs with home baked goods (such as Anzac Biscuits) were sent all the way to the battle fields. And we pay respect to the heart felt messages of love and support, delivered via these baked goods.

The poppy is a powerful symbol for remembrance day on 11th November, it represents the blood shed by . . . → Read More: Bella’s Anzac Day Rosemary and Poppy Seed Shortbread

Sammy’s Old Irish Soda Bread, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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We’re very lucky to be Home Cooking Experts for Lifestyle Food. Each week, we answer your questions on www.lifestylefood.com.au! If you’d like to ask us a foodie question, just CLICK HERE and ask away

Recently, John asked us for our recipe for Old Irish Soda Bread. If you’d like to try our recipe, you can read the full article HERE!

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Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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Easter is over and many of us are probably regretting eating all those chocolate Easter eggs over the weekend. Fear not because I have a salad that’s not only going to make your taste buds jump for joy but it will also help you feel refreshed and back to healthy eating before you know it.

I’m using broad beans as they are readily available in super market freezers but you could also easily use frozen peas for this recipe too. Then we have snow peas, green beans, parsley and mint . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show