Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

Thermomix Custard

There is nothing more satisfying in the winter than enjoying an incredible warming dessert. My favourites have to baked or stewed fruits, sticky date pudding and crumbles. My go to accompaniment is normally ice-cream, but because its been so cold I’ve been really craving warm velvety, creamy, rich delicious custard.

Custard is one of those things you have to make yourself at home because store bought just wont cut it. If you’ve never made custard before and you’re a keen cook then you should attempt it. Be warned though it . . . → Read More: Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Passionfruit Beurre Blanc, as seen on The Morning Show

passion salmon

You might be surprised to see passion fruits flooding into your green grocers this week…. That’s because it’s actually a summer and a winter fruit! Yes it has 2 seasons a year. So while the weather gets cooler, why not heat things up a bit in the kitchen with some tropical flavours and a lovely hit of chilli in this delicious savoury passion fruit sauce that works perfectly with salmon, ocean trout, snapper, or any other richer flavoured fish.

Beurre blanc is a warm emulsified white butter sauce. The . . . → Read More: Bella’s Crispy Skin Salmon with Passionfruit Beurre Blanc, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Sweet Potato jacks with Mexican inspired beans and real guacamole, as seen on The Morning Show

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The authentic flavour of Mexico is actually very easy to achieve, and the secret is in picking the right herbs and spices. The magic combination of cumin, dry oregano and paprika powder makes everything delicious… especially this vegetarian jacket potato! Even the meat eaters will love this recipe. So no matter what fussy eaters you have to feed at your family table, this recipe is a sure thing.

And for all those who are watching what they eat, you’ll just adore this recipe! It’s low GI and full of . . . → Read More: Bella’s Sweet Potato jacks with Mexican inspired beans and real guacamole, as seen on The Morning Show

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

peanut butter jam cookies

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

shakshouka eggs

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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Deconstructed . . . → Read More: Sammy’s deconstructed christmas pavlova with passionfruit cream

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