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
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
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
Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini
This may look like a simple pesto but it packs a good flavour punch. The peppery rocket with earthy walnuts is a match made in taste bud heaven and makes a more robust combination compared to basil and pine nuts. You can serve this simply on some toasted crostini or keep in the fridge for up to one week and enjoy tossed through linguine with some extra Parmesan grated on top.
This recipe is great served as a canapé or a dip . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini
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
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
Is there anything more satisfying than relaxing on the couch at night with a warm cup of tea in one hand and a cookie or biscuit in the other? For many this is the perfect way to unwind after a long cold day at work and something that the whole family can enjoy doing together. Although if you’re getting a little tired of your standard digestive or scotch finger with your cuppa, why not try making your own cookies. The flavour combinations are endless and it’s a great way . . . → Read More: Sammy’s favourite adults and kids cookies, as seen on The Morning Show
“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
The key to a delicious toastie is the quality of the ingredients, and it all starts with great bread. Bread is king!
But what about all those people with intolerances to gluten? Unless you’re actually medially diagnosed as coeliac, there’s probably nothing wrong with eating real bread. The key is – keep it real. Once upon a time ago, all bread was real. It was made with good quality unbleached wheat, and more importantly it was fermented (aka leavened or proved) for at least 8 hours. Everything changed in . . . → Read More: Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show