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 Caveman Chicken Nuggets, paleo and gluten free! As seen on The Morning Show

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Any mum will tell you that one of the hardest things about cooking for the family is pleasing everyone at the table. There are fussy kids, dad’s who hate veggies, mum’s watching their weight, and any number of food allergies.

I recently cooked a dinner for Pete Evans and a typical Sydney family with 2.4 children, so the brief was to make healthy, paleo-friendly, gluten free food that will be loved by both kids and adults. The star dish of the menu were these chicken nuggets. Even if you’re . . . → Read More: Bella’s Caveman Chicken Nuggets, paleo and gluten free! As seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini

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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

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

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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 world cup worthy Brazilian passionfruit capirinha

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One of the biggest events in 2014 will of course be the Brazilian FIFA World Cup, so what better way to celebrate than with a classic Brazlian drink, Passionfruit Caipirinha! This deliciously sour and sweet drinks is made using the national spirit of Brazil, Cachaça, pronounced Ca-sha-saa, which is similar to a light rum. So if your planning on hosting some World Cup drinks at your place this drink will be sure to impress your friends and take them straight to Brazil through their taste buds!

Sammy’s passionfruit . . . → Read More: Sammy’s world cup worthy Brazilian passionfruit capirinha

Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

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So, I went to America and I fell in love. Love at first taste with Old Bay spice mix. The celery salt ridden pearl of southern seafood cooking was absolutely delicious. One of my favourite memories was hanging out by the wharf in DC, eating freshly boiled Chesapeake Bay crabs off a table covered in newspaper. It’s messy, delicious business. The crab was oh-so-sweet but the best bit was the old bay. We mixed up an artery-clogging (but so worth it) dipping sauce of simple melted butter with . . . → Read More: Bella’s Popcorn Shrimp (don’t stop til you pop!), as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Polish “Kompot”, steeped fruit and spices with vodka, as seen on The Morning Show

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Here in Australia we still follow many food traditions from the cooler countries over Christmas serving glazed ham and turkey, but we have also adopted some new traditions making the Aussie prawn the star of many Christmas day feasts. One I’m sure our European friends are jealous about!

We are always looking for ways to bring our polish heritage together with the Australian Christmas, which is hard considering Poland is -20d and Australia is +30c this time of year. So to bring a little Christmas spice to our meal . . . → Read More: Recipe: Polish “Kompot”, steeped fruit and spices with vodka, as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Beer BBQ wings with ranch sauce, as seen on The Morning Show

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Beware! These wings are not for the faint hearted! They are packed full of flavour and are a perfect excuse to treat a special man in your life. That’s right, today we’re cooking DUDE FOOD! Dad’s, hubbys and bro’s will love these, and so will the gals!

You can use whole whicken wings for this recipe, just cut off the tips (save these for an amazing stock!) and separate the “drumette” from the “wingette” by cuttting through the joint with a sharp heavy knife. That being said, if you . . . → Read More: Recipe: Beer BBQ wings with ranch sauce, as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Steamed Pandan and Coconut Puddings, as seen on The Morning Show

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As far as traditional Thai desserts go, there are few as authentic and old time as these Pandan Coconut steamed puddings. Served on nearly every street corner and restaurant they are a favourite among Thai people and now me! The subtle balance of sweet and salty, and the lightness of this Thai dessert means its can be enjoyed all day.

A good quality coconut cream and making your own pandan juice is the key to a perfect pudding. Traditionally called “Khanom Thuay”, are made in little porcelain cups and . . . → Read More: Recipe: Steamed Pandan and Coconut Puddings, as seen on The Morning Show