Regionality in Chinese cooking is so important. Chinese isn’t just Chinese. In fact, each province has it’s own unique style and there’s a plethora of new and exciting traditional dishes that most Australian’s haven’t even heard of.
I’ve just come back from a trip to China where I came across this Northern Chinese speciality. Interestingly, they use potato in many traditional dishes. Although most people associate the potato with European cooking, it’s actually native to South America. It made its way to the Philippines through Spanish colonization then hop-skipped . . . → Read More: Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show
I just love quinoa, it’s a delicious replacement for starches/carbs in your meal, and it’s actually a seed, not a grain, making it paleo friendly and great for those with gluten intolerances… It’s perfect for replacing the traditional cracked wheat in tabbouleh, and I think it tastes even better!
Because it’s a seed, it’s much richer in nutrients than other starches and carbs, such as pasta, rice or cous cous. It’s a superfood which has been the base of the Peruvian diet for centuries… Most importantly, it’s packed FULL . . . → Read More: Bella’s Quinoa Tabbouleh with Goats Cheese, as seen on Food For Life
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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