Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

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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

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 leftover christmas ham and pea broth with summer vegetables

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This is definitely NOT the stodgy pea and ham soup most people are used to. It’s actually light, fresh, and full of healthy garden fresh greens. The best thing is that it’s summer friendly, so even on a warm day you can devour it without feeling heavy.

This is exactly how my mum always made pea and ham sou – thanks for the recipe mum! But we’ve added a little twist. Some fresh lemon zest spiked gremolata over the top really brings this dish to life.

If you don’t . . . → Read More: Bella’s leftover christmas ham and pea broth with summer vegetables

Bella’s leftover chistmas turkey and grilled peach salad with cranberry vinaigrette

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I just love adding fruit to a savoury dish… just like adding a pinch of salt to your dessert, the addition of sweet fruit to a savoury dish rounds out the taste by balancing any number of flavours. Spicy chilli, fatty/fuller flavoured meats, or bitter greens are all made tastier with a little sweetness.

This is a fantastic summer and autumn dish, and you can grill any summer stone fruit or autumn pears/apples to add to your salads. Just make sure the fruit is slightly underripe so that it . . . → Read More: Bella’s leftover chistmas turkey and grilled peach salad with cranberry vinaigrette

Bella’s Paprykarz z kurczaka, Polish chicken and red pepper stew, as seen on The Morning Show

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When it comes to fruit and vegetables, cheap is usually the best! Food prices don’t just depend on the quality of the produce, when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, mother nature has the most influence! At peak times it’s season, fresh produce is in bulk supply, so producers flog their stock at excellent prices to make sure they clear the stocks before they spoil. The end of the season is often even better… fruits and veggies have had many hours in the beaming australian sunshine . . . → Read More: Bella’s Paprykarz z kurczaka, Polish chicken and red pepper stew, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s naughty but nice pear and blueberry pie, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’re very excited that it’s national pie week! Although the classic Aussie pie is usually meat, we just can’t help but do a sweet pie recipe with seasonal fruit! Early autumn sees gorgeous pears and apples gracing the supermarket shelves, and we’re just at the end of berry season so you can still pick up gorgeous strawberries and blueberries.

Now, I know that pies don’t exactly have the reputation of the healthiest of foods, but this one is naughty and nice! Let’s be honest, a super healthy . . . → Read More: Bella’s naughty but nice pear and blueberry pie, 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

Sammy’s Chicken with Home Made Piri Piri Marinade, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

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Portuguese chicken has become an Aussie favourite with take away shops popped up all over the country. Its the simplicity in this dish that’s so addictive. Spatchcocked chicken marinated its all its best friends, garlic, bay leaves, and paprika. Combining to make marriage like no other.

Because it is such a simple recipe its important to use the best quality ingredients. A big organic or free range bird is essential to ensure a juicy flavoursome chook, and the highest quality spices from Hoyts means that you’re getting the full . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Chicken with Home Made Piri Piri Marinade, as seen at Good Food and Wine 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

Sammy’s Pork Chops with Romesco and Caramelised Carrots, as seen on The Morning Show

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They say that most of us only have about 7-10 dishes in our cooking repertoire and we just keep repeating them over and over again. Although some of us might every now and then try something new, its not often that we add a new dish to our go to list.

If this sounds like you then fear not! We are putting together recipes over the next few weeks that are aimed at becoming your next go to week night meals. They will most likely be so tasty that . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Pork Chops with Romesco and Caramelised Carrots, as seen on The Morning Show