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Bella’s homemade truffle ketchup/tomato sauce

I just LOVE elevating every day foods, and one of my childhood favourites was tomato sauce – I used to eat it on white sliced bread with plenty of butter and nothing else! So is it tomato sauce, or ketchup? Well, that depends on where you are. The condiment made [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s Crying Tiger Skirt Steak with Lemon Myrtle Dressing

We have so many wonderful native ingredients in Australia, and one of my favourites has to be lemon myrtle. It grows in many gardens around the country, it’s foliage is very pretty and it gives off the most intense scent whenever it rains or is windy. The leaves can be [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s Beef Picanha Rump Cap Tacos with Green Chimichurri

The picanha, or rump cap, has to be the KING of all beef cuts. It’s most prized in Brazilian churrasco bbq’s, where they salt it very liberally and cook over a proper charcoal grill. I love it for two reasons – firstly because it has a generous thick layer of [...]

By |March 7th, 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 and Bella’s Salmon and Fennel Risotto with Lemon Dill Pangrattato

We recently demonstrated this dish at The Kitchens, at Robina town centre on the Gold Coast. There’s lots of delicious fresh produce in the centre, so we couldn’t help but share one of our favourite seafood dishes with all the locals. One of the biggest lessons that we can learn [...]

By |January 22nd, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Coffee glazed pork chops with honeydew and summer vegetable salad

We were recently invited to do some cooking demos at the AMAZING “Kitchens” at Robina town centre on the Gold Coast – and this dish was a surprise favourite! The coffee glaze is fantastic for basting any kind of meat, either grilled on the BBQ or pan fried. The cold [...]

By |January 19th, 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|

Sammy’s spiced Mead poached Pears with Mascarpone

It might be the start of summer, but there are still plenty of late season pears in stores. So it’s a fantastic idea for a Christmas dessert!     We’ve been inspired by the mead-drinking madness of Game of Thrones, and are featuring the delicious honey based drink in this [...]

By |December 24th, 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|