Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

peanut butter jam cookies

These cookies will make you feel like a kid again… they are inspired by one of my favourite childhood treats – the peanut butter and jam sandwich!

When I was a kid, mum and I used to love baking cookies. My favourite were shortbread cookies with a dollop of jam in the middle (known as linzer cookies) which are really popular in Poland. I remmebr having so much fun using the back of a wooden spoon to make little indentations in the cookie dough, and filling it with luscious . . . → Read More: Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

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Wow, it is COLD!!!! Yukky weather outside can only mean one thing… more time cooking inside! Anything that inspires us to get in the kitchen is a good thing

This week I’ve been inspired by a competition being run by Dilmah, who are encouraging people to design a high tea recipe to wine a trip to Sri Lanka! Now, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a brownie… and I’ve spiced mine with chai! So it’s the perfect match for a cup of hot tea. I quite like it . . . → Read More: Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

Bella’s Anzac Day Rosemary and Poppy Seed Shortbread

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Today we celebrate Anzac Day with a recipe inspired by some of the traditional symbols of Anzac Day – Rosemary and Poppy. We also pay tribute to the Aussies who remained at home, whose ration packs with home baked goods (such as Anzac Biscuits) were sent all the way to the battle fields. And we pay respect to the heart felt messages of love and support, delivered via these baked goods.

The poppy is a powerful symbol for remembrance day on 11th November, it represents the blood shed by . . . → Read More: Bella’s Anzac Day Rosemary and Poppy Seed Shortbread

Sammy’s Old Irish Soda Bread, as seen on Lifestyle Food

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We’re very lucky to be Home Cooking Experts for Lifestyle Food. Each week, we answer your questions on www.lifestylefood.com.au! If you’d like to ask us a foodie question, just CLICK HERE and ask away

Recently, John asked us for our recipe for Old Irish Soda Bread. If you’d like to try our recipe, you can read the full article HERE!

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Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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Easter is over and many of us are probably regretting eating all those chocolate Easter eggs over the weekend. Fear not because I have a salad that’s not only going to make your taste buds jump for joy but it will also help you feel refreshed and back to healthy eating before you know it.

I’m using broad beans as they are readily available in super market freezers but you could also easily use frozen peas for this recipe too. Then we have snow peas, green beans, parsley and mint . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

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Quick! The last of summer is slipping through your fingers, and so are the last of the most luscious summer tomatoes! Panzanella salad is a quick and easy Italian salad designed to use up leftover bread and super ripe and juicy end of summer tomatoes.

 

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 . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

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

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

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