Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

leftover bread panzanella salad

Summer leftover bread Panzanella with rocket pesto

 

Serves 4 as a side

Toasted bread

3 cups sourdough day old bread, cut into 2cm cubes spray olive oi

Salad

2 roasted red capsicums, good quality jarred is ok 2 medium heirloom tomatoes ½ red onions 1 cup chickpeas ½ bunch basil leaves 40 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove salt and pepper 2 tbs lemon juice 3 tbs basil pesto

Pesto

300g wild rocket 300g walnuts 150g grated Parmesan 1 ½ tbs finely chopped garlic sea . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

Bella’s Healthy Ancient Grain Chocolate Crackles plus Home Made Yoghurt, as seen on The Morning Show

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It’s school holidays! Sammy and I are lucky enough to have 2 younger sisters, 12 year old Paris and Zara. They just love cooking (’tis in the blood, you see!) so we’ve teamed up with the whole family to present this week’s segment on The Morning Show!

Chances are, your kids are getting bored and driving you a bit crazy. The solution? Get them in the kitchen! Kids love getting creative in the kitchen, but it can get dangerous with hot ovens and sharp knives… not to mention . . . → Read More: Bella’s Healthy Ancient Grain Chocolate Crackles plus Home Made Yoghurt, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Mousse in a Thermomix, as seen on The Morning Show

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Desserts can be a lot of work, especially when entertaining for special occasions. This Easter we made a delicious and simple chocolate marscarpone dessert which was perfect for entertaining as it could be made up to 2 days in advance and set in individual glasses.

If you own a thermomix then you’ll be extra pleased because this dessert can be made in under 10 minutes in the thermomix and using only the one bowl. Make the chocolate base first then whip the cream for service in under 25 . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Mousse in a Thermomix, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Caveman Lamingtons, a paleo treat, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’ve heard that there are cavemen and cavewomen running all over Australia… the paleo diet is huge! So we thought we’d give you a paleo-friendly and gluten free dessert, which will tickle the taste buds of paleo’s and grain eaters alike.

Nothing brings out a sense of nostalgia like a good old Aussie lamington, and ours are made with taste bud and paleo friendly coconut flour. Coconut flour is fantastic gluten free flour, best used when you actually want a coconut flavour in the final dish as it’s quite strong. . . . → Read More: Bella’s Caveman Lamingtons, a paleo treat, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s 80’s Spinach Dip, as seen on The Morning Show

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There are a lot of things that happen in the 80’s that most of us would like to forget about mainly the fashion and haircuts. When is comes to 80’s food the attitude isn’t much different. Sure we still love a classic crème brulee or carrot cake, but when was the last time you saw a roulade or cob loaf?

Being born in the 80’s we have many memories of food our parents made, especially for all those buffet style birthday parties. So we have decided to give the . . . → Read More: Sammy’s 80’s Spinach Dip, as seen on The Morning Show

Grandma’s Poached Fish in Horseradish Sauce, for Christmas, as seen on The Morning Show

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Polish people just LOVE horseradish, and it’s not just for roast beef. It’s equally as delicious when paired with fish, especially in this classic Christmas Eve dish.

Traditionally, Polish catholics observe “post” which means that only vegetarian food and seafood can be eaten on Christmas Eve. Although the roots of “post” are based on abstinence and fasting, these days the seafood meal can be just as extravagant and delicious as the meat meal (on Christmas Day), especially in Australia with the abundance of fresh delicious seafood..

On Christmas Eve,12 . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Poached Fish in Horseradish Sauce, for Christmas, as seen on The Morning Show

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