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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 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|

Sammy’s Poached prawn rolls with prawn chipotle butter, and thousand island sauce

One of the biggest trends to hit our shores this summer has to be the famous and expensive lobster roll. A few restaurants have popped up around the country that have a signature lobster roll on their menu. The most notable one being the $14 Lobster roll from Supernormal in [...]

By |January 27th, 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 Cheats Lamington with Apricot Jam and White Chocolate Ganache, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

I heard somewhere that cheating is un-Australian. But a little white lie won't hurt will it? If you don't tell, I won't... This is a CHEATS recipe for easy lamingtons! We've used store bought sponge, store bought apricot jam... but because they are covered in white chocolate ganache, this little [...]

By |January 25th, 2016|

Bella’s BBQ Lemony Lamb with Charred Vegetables, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

If you haven't picked up today's copy of the Daily Telegraph (NSW), then what are you waiting for? We've been featured in a special on Aussie Day BBQ's, with a delicious menu to serve 8 (to see all the recipes, check out the Daily Telegraph website) Raspberry and mint scented [...]

By |January 24th, 2016|