Bella’s Spiced Carrot Dip with Caraway and Chilli, as seen on The Morning Show

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Why not spice up your next dinner party with this delicious home made dip? It’s always a crowd pleaser at our house, and it’s definitely something different that your guests have probably never tried before. You can make this dip up to 3 days before hand, and it’s also a great spread for your morning toast or favourite sandwich.

To go with the dip, why not try some interesting vegetable crudités? Fennel and red breakfast radish are great alternatives to boring celery and carrot. Or, why not use up . . . → Read More: Bella’s Spiced Carrot Dip with Caraway and Chilli, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Oysters with Champagne Vinaigrette, Grape and Pomello, as seen on The Morning Show

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Around this time of year I always tend to get very busy with work…. And there are 2 very exciting things that creep up on me in the blink of an eye. Firstly, the warm weather! The sun is shining in my local ‘hood at Bondi, and everyone seems to have a bit more of a spring in their step. Secondly, spring racing fever hits and the bubbles start to flow!

We’re very excited for the Melbourne Cup and the rest of the spring racing carnival around Australia. Some . . . → Read More: Bella’s Oysters with Champagne Vinaigrette, Grape and Pomello, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Pastrami Salt Cured Salmon and Naan, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

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The difference between good food and great food is almost always salt! A little salt goes a long way in making your food extra delicious.

Today I’m salt curing salmon, which is an ancient Baltic technique to preserve fish. It might seem like a lot of salt, but remember that the salt will draw the moisture out of the salmon and all of that gets discarded. Plus, Murray River Pink Salt is packed full of minerals (giving it its distinct pink colour), and it’s free of additives and preservatives. . . . → Read More: Bella’s Pastrami Salt Cured Salmon and Naan, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

Bella’s Delizia Al Limone from Sorrento, as seen on The Morning Show

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I’ve just come home from an amazing trip to Italy. I really had to pinch myself… not only was I on the spectacular amalfi coast, but I was also eating some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. The very best lemons in Italy are grown here, in fact the town of Sorrento is famous for its limoncello, which has a DOP (Protected Designation of Origin). Our hotel was right opposite a lemon grove, which sold home made limoncello. The bad news is that even though I bought . . . → Read More: Bella’s Delizia Al Limone from Sorrento, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Spring Racing Blueberry Smoothie, as seen on The Morning Show

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Spring racing season has begun! It’s a big day full of fabulous fascinators, outrageous outfits, sky high heels and bucket loads of bubbles. To survive such a big day, make sure you wear sunblock, hydrate well, and most importantly – have a proper energy boosting breakfast! There are loads of great energy boosting foods… especially blueberries, almonds, bananas and even dark chocolate. On top of that, all these ingredients are perfect hangover preventers! Sounds like a recipe for a delicious energy boosting breakfast smoothie to me…

Watch us demonstrate . . . → Read More: Bella’s Spring Racing Blueberry Smoothie, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

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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

Bella’s Quinoa Tabbouleh with Goats Cheese, as seen on Food For Life

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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

Sammy’s Prawn Biryani – as seen on The Morning Show

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How many of us love Indian food but rarely make it ourselves? We are often turning to our local take away of even those less than authentic jarred sauces from the super market. But if you want some thing home made but still relatively easy and quick then this prawn biryani is the dish for you!

Prawn Biryani is a fragrant rice dish made with fresh prawns and an selection of spices that most of us will already have in the pantry. This dish is the perfect for . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Prawn Biryani – as seen on The Morning Show

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