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Egg-cellent Easter Entertaining Platter with two of our favourite dips, as seen on Sunrise

Easter isn’t just about chocolate, and when entertaining over the long weekend we love to tuck into savoury dishes with family and friends too! Fresh fruit and veggies, delish cheeses, and yummo proteins on an easy sharing platter, along with some Arnott’s crackers is how we like to entertain! But [...]

By |April 10th, 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|

Bella’s baked Tandoori Barramundi salad with pickled Cucumber and herbed Yoghurt

Indian cuisine is probably the most diverse in the world – north to south, province to province, and even home to home have an incredible variety of dishes that would take more than a lifetime to master. Because of the complexity of spice blends and and sheer number of dishes [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Green Tea Smoked Duck with Orange 5 spice sauce and wilted greens

Recently we were invited to teach some our favourite recipes, using local produce, at The Kitchens in Robina on the Gold Coast. And boy do we love smoking! Nothing funny, of course, but smoking duck, salmon, or even butter is such an amazing technique that adds incredible complexity of flavour. [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|

Sammy’s BBQ Lamb Chops with Syrian inspired Labneh – Australia Day Recipe

    Australia Day for us is all about remembering the early history of our country and also celebrating what now is a very diverse, welcoming and loving country. For many years Australia has welcomed many new cultures and people, and with them came an abundance of new traditions and [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Sammy’s Native Australian Lamb BBQ – Australia Day Recipe

    What better way to spend Australia Day than by showcasing some of our most delicious native ingredients. As many of us will be crowding around a BBQ cooking up some Aussie favourites like Beef, Lamb and Prawns, we’ve come up with a native Aussie spice mix that will [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Bella’s French Onion soup in a Bread Bowl

The secret to good soupe à l'oignon Gratinée is patience. Too often we’re told to make meals in 30 minutes or less, but the truth is that it’s often not enough time to add a generous pinch of love. Instead of rushing, why not take the time to enjoy cooking [...]

By |January 2nd, 2017|

Left over Christmas Thai Turkey salad as seen on Sunrise

Watch us demonstrate this dish on Sunrise HERE Christmas is officially over and we may still have a few items left lingering in the fridge from the festive season. Many of us would have over ate, drank and are probably sick of eating the typical Christmas foods. We have made [...]

By |December 30th, 2016|

Bella’s Cured Kingfish, Cucumber two ways, Finger Lime

Recently we attended a gorgeous lunch at Sydney’s Chiswick restaurant, where head chef Tom Haynes prepared this dish especially to match with some delicious Arras blanc de blanc  sparkling wine. It was my favourite dish of the day, and easy enough for you to make at home too! So I’ve [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Prawn and Snow Pea Short Soup

“Short soup” is simply an Australian colloquial term for wonton soup, which was brought to Australia from Hong Kong with the Cantonese people. The soup should be full of flavour, and much of the umami deliciousness comes from an excellent quality broth. If you can, use home made chicken stock. [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|