Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

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Regionality in Chinese cooking is so important. Chinese isn’t just Chinese. In fact, each province has it’s own unique style and there’s a plethora of new and exciting traditional dishes that most Australian’s haven’t even heard of.

I’ve just come back from a trip to China where I came across this Northern Chinese speciality. Interestingly, they use potato in many traditional dishes. Although most people associate the potato with European cooking, it’s actually native to South America. It made its way to the Philippines through Spanish colonization then hop-skipped . . . → Read More: Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Stinging nettle pasta – as seen on The Morning Show

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Who knew that this pesky weed could be so delicious? Nettles are usually the weed most avoided, but this time we’re pulling down our sleeves, putting on a pair of gloves and getting picking!

History tells us that the Ancient Greeks not only ate the weed for its nutrients but also as something of a cure-all. Its extremely rich in iron and potassium, and one of the richest sources of chlorophyll.

It can be a troubling weed and mowing can increase plant density. So the best way to deal . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Stinging nettle pasta – as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Prawn Biryani – as seen on The Morning Show

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How many of us love Indian food but rarely make it ourselves? We are often turning to our local take away of even those less than authentic jarred sauces from the super market. But if you want some thing home made but still relatively easy and quick then this prawn biryani is the dish for you!

Prawn Biryani is a fragrant rice dish made with fresh prawns and an selection of spices that most of us will already have in the pantry. This dish is the perfect for . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Prawn Biryani – as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Fish en papillote with fennel – as seen on The Morning Show

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Not all of us are confident in cooking fish well. We are often scared of over cooking it resulting in a less than delicious piece of fish that requires some serious lemon juice squeezing to bring back the moisture.

Cooking fish en papillote means to cook in a parcel. A gift-like presentation – here with white fish, fennel, fronds and all carefully wrapped in a round of parchment paper, then left to intermingle in the oven. Hmmm its warming us just thinking about it.

Once ready, tear . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Fish en papillote with fennel – as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Filipino Chicken Adobo, as seen on The Morning Show

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Adobo in Spanish means “marinated”, and essentially this is a classic Filipino dish of marinated and braised chicken. It’s not to be confused with the central American marinade/sauce/rub called by the same name, which is based on paprika and smoked chilli.

The Filipino version is a very traditional dish, and probably the best known family favourite. Our friend, John, says he misses it more than any other Filipino dish! It’s super easy to make – just pop it all in a pot and let the magic happen! It’s loved . . . → Read More: Bella’s Filipino Chicken Adobo, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s slow cooked Veal and Red Capsicum Goulash, as seen on The Morning Show

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For Poles, Czech’s, hungry Hungarians, and any former Yugoslav country, there is no better winter comfort food than a delicious slow cooked bowl of goulasz. It’s rich with paprika and red capsicums, and the caraway seed is a must to get that nutty floral note that’s so classic to this dish.

The best thing about this dish is that it keeps well in the fridge, so you can eat it several days in a row! It also freezes very well, so go ahead and make a double or triple . . . → Read More: Bella’s slow cooked Veal and Red Capsicum Goulash, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s favourite adults and kids cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

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Is there anything more satisfying than relaxing on the couch at night with a warm cup of tea in one hand and a cookie or biscuit in the other? For many this is the perfect way to unwind after a long cold day at work and something that the whole family can enjoy doing together. Although if you’re getting a little tired of your standard digestive or scotch finger with your cuppa, why not try making your own cookies. The flavour combinations are endless and it’s a great way . . . → Read More: Sammy’s favourite adults and kids cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show

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The key to a delicious toastie is the quality of the ingredients, and it all starts with great bread. Bread is king!

But what about all those people with intolerances to gluten? Unless you’re actually medially diagnosed as coeliac, there’s probably nothing wrong with eating real bread. The key is – keep it real. Once upon a time ago, all bread was real. It was made with good quality unbleached wheat, and more importantly it was fermented (aka leavened or proved) for at least 8 hours. Everything changed in . . . → Read More: Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate, as seen on The Morning Show

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Yay it’s national chocolate day!

The Aztecs are credited with discovering the wonderful cacao bean. Today being National Chocolate day we wanted to celebrate this delicious food by sharing a recipe for traditional Mexican Hot chocolate to pay homage to its ancient history. When first discovered, cacao beans were roasted and ground to make a bitter chocolate drink that was known to revitalize and even as an aphrodisiac. It then started to be made with sugar and became more palatable to European countries and its popularity soared all around . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Ancient Aztec Hot Chocolate, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Bienenstich Kuchen – German Bee Sting Cake, as seen on The Morning Show

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The kitchen can be a dangerous place… and legend has it that a German baker was stung by a bee while making this cake!

This is an incredibly delicious cake which has been made in Germany for hundreds of years. It’s a sweet, yeast-risen cake, filled with vanilla crème patissiere, and topped with the most decadent honey almond crunch. It can be found at all the best pastry shops, and in the kitchens of all the best Oma’s (Grandmother in German) who have made this a family favourite for . . . → Read More: Bella’s Bienenstich Kuchen – German Bee Sting Cake, as seen on The Morning Show