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Bella’s Israeli Chopped Salad with Purslane, and a guide to seasonal vegetables

A basic chopped up salad is Israeli as Israeli can be. It's almost ludicrously simple, so much so that even the worst cook can master this salad. The skill is in the shopping, not the cooking, and finding the best quality ingredients isn't always easy. The best place to pick [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Cauliflower Humus with Zataar, as seen on The Morning Show

I just love humus, but if you’re looking to reduce your carb or calorie intake then cauliflower is an excellent substitute for chickpeas in this classic dip. By roasting the cauliflower first, you get a rich, nutty, smokey flavour to the puree. And by adding a sprinkling of citrusy zataar [...]

By |February 7th, 2016|

Bella’s Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Cauliflower “Rice”, as seen on The Morning Show

Go on… have a 3 way with cauliflower in 2016! It’s the hot new vegetable this year, bumping kale off its throne and taking over the kitchen with its healthiness, yumminess, and versatility. It’s not just for cheesy cauliflower bake (although we will always have a soft spot for this [...]

By |February 6th, 2016|

Bella’s Red Amaranth Steamed Dumplings with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Photo Credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com Gong Hey Fat Choi... That's happy new year in Chinese! New year is celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is full of symbolism and traditions. This year we will be celebrating on 8th February. On new years eve, families get together for a [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|

Bella’s Patates Yahni, Greek Potato Stew with Purslane

photo credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com "Yahni" is a kind of vegetable stew made in Greece, Persia, Turkey and many other countries in the region. In fact, their popularity spread during the reign of the ottoman empire, from Syria all the way up to the Balkans, so there are a huge [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|

Bella’s Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Tomorrow is the Sri Lankan national day of independence, and it's celebrated with various dances, performances, ceremonies, parades, and of course food. It's a day where a sense of national unity is promoted, and serves as a good reminder of how important food is in bringing people together. I've always appreciated [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|

Mum’s Retro Curried Chicken and Pineapple Salad, as seen on Lifestyle Food

In yesterday's post, we talked about how hipsters are bringing sexy back to retro food. My mother is very very excited. Now, finally, her famous curried chicken and pineapple salad will get the respect it deserves! In all seriousness, this salad is actually freaking delicious. It's been a staple at [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Bella’s Macadamia dukkah, for Australia Day as seen in Daily Telegraph

What better way to celebrate this upcoming Australia Day that with native ingredients? We often forget that macadamias are a true blue Aussie ingredient, they are so readily available that we take them for granted. They are native to north eastern NSW, and grow in abundance around the Byron Bay hinterlands. [...]

By |January 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Grilled Corn with Herb and Lime Butter, as seen in Daily Telegraph

Theres something about BBQ corn, that slightly charred smokey flavour works seamlessly with the sweet and juicy corn to create some kind of magic. We developed this recipe to go with our Australia Day BBQ story for the Daily Telegraph... It's not only delicious but also full of green and [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|

Bella’s Chunky Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo's are a very special and very delicious type of tomato from Mexico, also known as the mexican husk tomato or "tomato verde" in spanish. Don't confuse them with tomatoes as used in the cooking of America's deep south, "fried green tomatoes" are simply made with normal tomatoes which are unripened. [...]

By |January 17th, 2016|