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Bella’s Mississippi Okra and Polenta Fritters with special sauce

What happens when you combine 2 staples of southern american cooking, Okra and Grits (polenta)? Heaven! There are many variations of recipes for okra fritters in the south, and these are my favourite. Traditionally they are made with grits, which is white corn polenta, but the Italian style yellow cornmeal [...]

By |April 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Oysters Rockefeller with Watercress

I love American food, but sometimes we forget just how regional the cuisine is. There are Maine lobster rolls, Maryland crab cakes, Chicago dogs, Cincinnati chilli, Philly cheese steaks, NYC reubens, Kentucky hot browns, Louisiana gumbo, Californian Baja tacos, Hawaiian lomi lomi... and the list goes on. One of my [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|

Bella’s Turkish Stuffed Mussels, Midye Dolma

Last year I took an AMAZING trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where I experienced a holiday romance. Except, this romance might just last forever. I'm blessed to have experienced the beauty of Turkish food at it's source, I'm in love and I'm never looking back. Street food is a big deal [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|

Sammy’s Pasta al Pomodoro, as seen on The Morning Show

Ohhhhh we LOVE pasta! Italian food can be so ludicrously simple... And this is one of the simplest and tastiest pasta dishes you'll ever try. BUT. There is still some skill involved... the skill of shopping! Shop for the best quality ingredients and you'll have the best dish. Right now [...]

By |March 12th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Chips and Salsa, Papadums with Kachumber

My best friend Kitti has just returned from a holiday in north India, and although I didn't quite fit in her suitcase, I was certainly with her in spirit. To celebrate her return I threw a north indian inspired dinner party, and challenged myself to featuring some curious and lesser [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|

Bella’s grilled peach, coriander, and prawn salad, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

This time of year is all about celebrating the sun... casual BBQ's bring best friends and families together, the ocean offers us delicious seafood, and the land blesses us with sweet and delicious stone fruits. So why not combine all 3? This salad is perfect for summer, it's light and [...]

By |January 26th, 2016|

Bella’s Kangaroo Kofta with Tzatziki, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

I just love Kangaroo, it's a wonderful native ingredient that is incredibly sustainable - most meat available commercially comes from wild animals and is a byproduct of population control programs. The meat has a delicate gamey taste, somewhere between duck and beef. It's also very very lean and high in [...]

By |January 23rd, 2016|

Lurpak Go Freestyle X Gourmet Escape + Vego open sandwich recipe

Two weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to host the Lurpak Go Freestyle kitchen at Gourmet Escape in Margaret River. We had over a 150 people join us each day to go freestyle and make some delicious sandwiches using Lurpak Spreadable Butter. We had an enormous amount [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|

Bella’s Barilla Gluten Free Penne with mushroom, red wine and garlic ragu

Are you a silly yak? Oops… typo, I mean coeliac. In all fairness, it’s not a laughing matter. It’s estimated that 330,000 Australians suffer from coeliac disease, and that means that 330,000 pasta lovers are concerned about how on earth they are going to eat their favourite food. Fear not! [...]

By |October 26th, 2015|

Sammy’s food scrap saving recipes, for world food day, as seen on The Morning Show

October 16th is Word Food Day, and here in Australia we are utterly obsessed with food. It splashed all over our televisions, smart phones and magazines. I’m sure we can all agree that we love food, but how many of us treat our food with the utmost respect. In Australia we [...]

By |October 22nd, 2015|