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Bella’s Apple Buttermilk Biegnet with Salted Caramel

Biegnets are a new Orleans classic, made famous by local joint Café du Monde. These little doughnuts are at their best when cooked fresh and eaten right away... But remember that you can make the dough up to 8 hours before frying. They are a real treat but I've made [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|

Bella’s Blackened Snapper

“Blackened redfish” is a famous dish from 1980’s at K-Paul’s Louisiana kitchen in new Orleans, invented by chef Paul Prudhomme. The technique of blackening involves dipping food in melted butter, then a mix of dry herbs and spices, then cooking an an extremely hot skillet. The black colour comes from the [...]

By |April 13th, 2016|

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 Prawn Etouffee

Étouffée is a classic cajun/creole dish hailing from New Orleans and south west Louisiana (the New Orleans/Creole version tend to feature tomato and a blonde roux rather than a dark roux, but it's essentially the same dish). It's name comes from the french "Étouffée" which means to "smother", which is [...]

By |April 6th, 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|

Fish Souvlaki Wrap, as seen on The Monrning Show

Diabetes: Most people think: “It won’t happen to me, that’s an old person’s disease”. Sure it may have happened to Grandma or Grandpa, Mum or Dad, Aunty Norma or Uncle Frank but: 10 years ago type 2 was a seniors’ disease. Today it commonly affects those aged 45+ Type 2 [...]

By |March 31st, 2016|

Bella’s “Kulebiak”, aka Salmon Wellington, as seen on The Morning Show

Beef wellington is a British favourite that we all know and love, but did you know that the Eastern Europeans make a very similar dish, but with salmon? In Poland they call it a “Kulebiak”, where it’s a regional dish from the eastern parts - and of course it’s also [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|

Sammy’s Pina Colada Tim Tam Cheesecake, as seen on The Morning Show

Who doesn't love cheesecake? Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we've pimped out the classic cheesecake with... Tim Tams! The Aussie favourite cookie has also been given a limited edition update, with a new range of mocktail flavours - we've fallen in love with the Pina Colada [...]

By |March 28th, 2016|

Bella’s Buttery Basmati Rice and Risoni, the best rice you’ll ever try!

Yes, you read correctly. Rice and pasta. In the same dish. Double the carb. Ten times the flavour. Twenty times the happiness. By these calculations, I forecast that this side dish will enter your weekly repertoire and never leave! If you've ever been to Turkey, Israel or pretty much anywhere [...]

By |March 23rd, 2016|

Bella’s Iraqi Braised Okra with Tomatoes, Margat Banya Basrami

The worlds very first known cookbooks were actually found in Mesopotamia, now modern day Iraq, where recipes were prepared in religious ceremonies in temples over 10,000 years ago. Ancient cooking traditions have evolved to form a rich cuisine in this region, where meals always start with mezze, the middle eastern version of antipasta. [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|