Bella’s Ginger and Anise Stewed Rhubarb Eton Mess, as seen on Food For Life

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I just love Eton mess, there’s something so sensual about that velvety cream, punctuated with the wonderful crunch of meringue. It’s a great dessert for dinner parties too – as you can pre-prepare it in a sexy stemless wine glass the day before, it refrigerates well overnight. Alternatively, you can make it free-form, dolloping the lush cream over store bought mini meringue nests, and topping with the ginger spiced rhubarb. It’s certainly a grown up version of plain berries!

Really, you should be warned in advance that this Ginger . . . → Read More: Bella’s Ginger and Anise Stewed Rhubarb Eton Mess, as seen on Food For Life

Sammy’s Fish en papillote with fennel – as seen on The Morning Show

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Not all of us are confident in cooking fish well. We are often scared of over cooking it resulting in a less than delicious piece of fish that requires some serious lemon juice squeezing to bring back the moisture.

Cooking fish en papillote means to cook in a parcel. A gift-like presentation – here with white fish, fennel, fronds and all carefully wrapped in a round of parchment paper, then left to intermingle in the oven. Hmmm its warming us just thinking about it.

Once ready, tear . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Fish en papillote with fennel – as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Spiced Crispy Chickpeas, as seen on Food For Life

These crispy baked chickpeas are a terrific protein-rich snack you can take on the go or enjoy at home when you’re feeling a little peckish. You can also experiment with different seasoning combos to make your own signature flavour. For this recipe we use canned chickpeas which work perfectly and you’re bound to almost always have a can sitting in the pantry, then add few spices and some olive oil is all you need. Not only are these a great healthy impromptu snack but you could also make a . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Spiced Crispy Chickpeas, as seen on Food For Life

Sammy’s French One Pot Wonder, puy lentils with sausage, as seen on Food For Life

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I do love the culture of a shared meal. I used to love everything about fine dining and the full restaurant experience, folded napkins, multiple courses, and shiny silverware. Although I still do enjoy eating out, there’s something deliciously heart warming about you and your loved ones huddled around a large pot of something braised or slow cooked and of course made with love. When I first moved out of home I experienced a certain sadness of only cooking for two rather then 6-8 people. I found myself craving . . . → Read More: Sammy’s French One Pot Wonder, puy lentils with sausage, as seen on Food For Life

Bella’s Filipino Chicken Adobo, as seen on The Morning Show

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Adobo in Spanish means “marinated”, and essentially this is a classic Filipino dish of marinated and braised chicken. It’s not to be confused with the central American marinade/sauce/rub called by the same name, which is based on paprika and smoked chilli.

The Filipino version is a very traditional dish, and probably the best known family favourite. Our friend, John, says he misses it more than any other Filipino dish! It’s super easy to make – just pop it all in a pot and let the magic happen! It’s loved . . . → Read More: Bella’s Filipino Chicken Adobo, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Buttermilk Pannacotta with Blueberry Coulis, as seen on Food For Life

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Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert which translates to cooked cream. It’s a deliciously creamy dessert which is enjoyed all over Italy and can be made with many different flavourings. Its served chilled and is a great recipe to add to your dinner party repertoire because it is pre made and you just turn it out last minute. Panna cotta made with cream can be overly rich and heavy so I decided to try using a combination of butter milk and cream to balance out the richness with the sourness . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Buttermilk Pannacotta with Blueberry Coulis, as seen on Food For Life

Bella’s Home Made Red Sauerkraut, Apple and Walnut Salad

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“Fermentation” is such a buzz word at the moment, but it’s actually nothing new at all, especially to the hoards of Europeans who have been eating sauerkraut for centuries. Whatever language you say it in, the name of this dish translates to sour cabbage, and that’s exactly what it is. Polish people love “kapusta kiszona”, the Alsastians in the east of france can’t get enough of it, and even the Koreans have their own spicy version, Kim Chi.

Fermented cabbage has a host of health benefits… importantly, uncooked/fresh sauerkraut . . . → Read More: Bella’s Home Made Red Sauerkraut, Apple and Walnut Salad

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

Mus Sernikowy – Polish cheesecake and poppyseed mousse, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

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We are so proud to have had the opportunity to share some of our favourite polish recipes with the guests of the Sydney and Melbourne Good Food and Wine Shows last month!

As children, we were lucky enough to visit Poland and meet all our family (only mum and dad live in Australia). One of our favourite memories was driving up north to the lakes district, Mazury, a mecca for polish families in the summer (and for my sailing obsessed uncle). The drive up was a sea of red… . . . → Read More: Mus Sernikowy – Polish cheesecake and poppyseed mousse, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

Bella’s Brudet – Croatian Seafood Hot Pot with Polenta, as seen on The Morning Show

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Croatian cuisine is not yet very well known in Australia, but more and more Aussies are discovering this wonderful cuisine both locally and while on holidays on the sunny Dalmatian coast.

I was lucky enough to travel to Croatia a few years ago and was amazing by the quality and the freshness of the seafood. The plethora of fish and shellfish and crustaceans were cooked very simply – preserving the integrity of the pure seafood flavour.

Brudet is a traditional dish eaten all along the coast, making use of . . . → Read More: Bella’s Brudet – Croatian Seafood Hot Pot with Polenta, as seen on The Morning Show