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|

Sammy’s Gluten Free Paleo Banana, Hazelnut and cinnamon pancakes – Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday has arrived and those who went to catholic schools would remember having some of the Mums cooking up a pancake feast for all the students to celebrate the holy day. Now days the simple pancake shake bottle mix wont do. This is a recipe I learnt from my cousin while in [...]

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 Patates Yahni, Greek Potato Stew with Purslane

photo credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com "Yahni" is a kind of vegetable stew made in Greece, Persia, Turkey and many other countries in the region. In fact, their popularity spread during the reign of the ottoman empire, from Syria all the way up to the Balkans, so there are a huge [...]

By |February 4th, 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 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|

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|

Bella’s Salted Peanut Caramel Upside Down Cake with Mango and Raspberry

Upside down cakes always remind me of growing up, they are so retro! Although there's nothing wrong with old school pineapple and maraschino cherries, I much prefer to use delicious seasonal Australian fresh fruit. This month is all about mangoes and raspberries for me... they are cheap as chips and oh [...]

By |January 20th, 2016|