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Greek braised lamb shanks, Arni Kokkinisto – αρνί κοκκινιστό

Winter is for braising, and this Greek dish will have all your neighbours begging to come over for family dinner! In Greek it’s called Arni Kokkinosto (pronounced koh-keen-isto), and it essentially translates to “reddened” – referring to the rich tomato sauce the lamb is cooked in. Lamb shanks do take [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|

One-pot slow cooker butter chicken and buttery rice, for Pataks

Traditionally, butter chicken, also known as “makhani” in Indian, is made with chicken pieces on the bone, which are perfect for slow cooking coming into the cooler months. The bones release lots of flavour and nutrients into the dish, which is cooked in butter for extra yumminess. Don’t be tempted [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|

Lamb Tikka Shephards Pie with Mushy Pea Crust, for Pataks

This dish is an homage to British Indian cooking. When you think about it, there are so many ingredients that both the Indians and British love to use – potatoes, peas, lamb, and mint are all classics in both cuisines. So it’s no wonder that throughout history the English have [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|

Bella’s Wild weed and native spinach spiral spanakopita with dukkah

In rural areas of Greece, local home cooks love using wild weeds in their cooking, for their amazing health benefits and slightly bitter flavour. Plus, it’s free! It’s a wonderful sustainable way to eat – and the best way to get rid of pesky weeds that might be growing in [...]

By |May 19th, 2017|

Sammy’s Pan fried Barramundi with lemon and aniseed myrtle bush spice

Lemon myrtle has a wonderful lemongrass flavour, and it’s readily available online… Essentially the leaves are cold dried (to avoid any loss of essential oils) and powdered. We are using the powdered version in the spice mix today, but you can also use whole dried or fresh leaves in sauces, [...]

By |May 15th, 2017|

Chinese crispy roast pork belly with crackling, Siu Yuk 燒肉 – as seen on The Morning Show

  When we were kids, Mothers Day and special occasions meant mum had the night off from cooking, and her favourite place to go out was our local Chinese Restaurant. Back then, she had no idea how to cook Chinese food at home, so going out was our only option… in fact, she [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|

Bundy Rum Braised Wagyu Beef Brisket with Rum sauce

  Is there anything better than Footy night, mates, an easy mouth watering slow cooked piece of meat, and a few Bundaberg Rum Old Fashioned drinks to round it all off? We’ve teamed up with Bundaberg rum to create the perfect footy night dish that not only compliments the brut [...]

By |May 8th, 2017|

Sammy’s Gnocchi alla Norma

Looking for a delicious way to use up Potatoes? Look no further! This yummy vegetarian Gnocchi is done in no time, and best yet, the Gnocchi only needs 5 ingredients! Tips: Use as little flour as possible, this will depend on the water content of the potato Bake the potatoes [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|

Sammy’s Thai Chicken chopped salad

My Thai sister-in-law is a fantastic cook but I do know there is a lot of work that goes into preparing the ingredients for Thai dishes, which then can be cooked in under 5 minutes in a hot wok. A luxury she didn’t have growing up was a food processor [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|

Sammy’s Jamaican Cheese board with traditional Hot Cross Buns

Jamaica is the last place you’d expect to find hot cross buns… but they are indeed a legacy left by the British and an absolute local favourite at Easter time. The secret to good Jamaican cooking is in the spices (especially in Jerk chicken!) so their palates really do love [...]

By |April 7th, 2017|