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

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 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 favourite adults and kids cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

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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

Bella’s Spiced Fig and Almond Laucke Scones, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

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If you thought your nanna made the best scones… then you might just have to give her a run for her money with this recipe!

The Country Women’s Association has long been the toughest judge when it comes to scones. They should be light and fluffy, rather than dense and stodgy, and have a light crusty top. For this, make sure you:

don’t overwork the dough make sure the dough isn’t dry – it should be slightly sticky cut using a floured cooking cutter or knife, to help them . . . → Read More: Bella’s Spiced Fig and Almond Laucke Scones, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

Sammy’s Hot Pink Beetroot Dip, as seen on Food For Life

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We’ve all heard the saying that we eat “with our eyes” and this is especially true for kids who all too often seem to have a genetic aversion to all things green. Hiding veggies is the most common trick parents use, but have you tried celebrating the veg?

There are loads of delicious healthy veggies that aren’t green, like sweet potato, corn, carrots, and tomatoes. Our favourite is definitely beetroot, it’s natural sweetness make it delicious for kids, and they will love the hot pink colour.

Beets are a . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Hot Pink Beetroot Dip, as seen on Food For Life

Sammy’s Chocolate and Lemon Tart, your questions answered on Lifestyle Food

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One of our viewers, Carmelo asks: I’m trying to find the recipe for a lemon tart with a chocolate base any chance of an idea?

Sammy answers: I’ve written up my write my own recipe, and let me tell you it was a HUGE hit!

TIP: Using a thermometer to test the cooking temperatures is a great way to make sure you get a perfectly set custard tart every time!

Don’t forget you can ask us anything you like, simply click here to ask and you shall be answered

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Sammy’s Last of Summer Panzanella Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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Traditionally Panzella is a Tuscan dish made of day old bread, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt and vinegar. In this version we want to showcase the end of summer and enjoy a few last mouthfuls of the season best offereings.

Everyone knows tomatoes are best enjoyed in summer when the flesh is thin and the flavour has been perfectly developed and sweetened by the suns warm kiss. For this salad we want to use the best, ripest heirloom variety to give it the perfect end of season send off.

Basil . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Last of Summer Panzanella Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

Recipe: Simple Summer Chickpea Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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We’ve come to the end of silly season and some us a probably feeling a little heavier than we did two weeks ago. Many of us will have a few new years resolutions to kick into gear, so we thought we’d will share a very simply but tasty summer salad that’s light and very healthy.

Chickpeas are a bit under utelised in Australian kitchens. You can either buy the dried ones which you need to soak and then cook, the tinned ones, then you have the jars of cooked . . . → Read More: Recipe: Simple Summer Chickpea Salad, 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