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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 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|

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|

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 Polish meatballs in wild mushroom sauce, Klopsy w sosie grzybowym

This week it’s international meatball week, so we thought we’d share a recipe that’s close to our hearts – Polish meatballs! Every culture has their own version, and although I’m not quite certain where and when this honourable day came from, one thing’s for sure… everyone around the world should [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|

Bella’s Georgian Green Beans with Walnut Sauce, Satsivi

Georgia, oh Georgia. Very few people in Australia could point out this former soviet country on the map, and even fewer can tell you something about its cuisine. Nestled in the Caucasus, between Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, their cuisine carries both european and middle eastern influences. The country is famed [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|

Sammy’s Pasta al Pomodoro, as seen on The Morning Show

Ohhhhh we LOVE pasta! Italian food can be so ludicrously simple... And this is one of the simplest and tastiest pasta dishes you'll ever try. BUT. There is still some skill involved... the skill of shopping! Shop for the best quality ingredients and you'll have the best dish. Right now [...]

By |March 12th, 2016|

Bella’s Black Lentil Dahl with Tomatoes and Cream, “Dal Pakhtooni”

I've long been curious about different pulses and grains... the selection we're used to is quite narrow, and more focussed on european varieties. In India, there is a huge variety of pulses, which are made into delicious vegetarian dishes with many regional variations. This dahl is made with a type [...]

By |March 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Cheese and Potato Dumplings in Creamy Curry, Malai Kofta

The word "kofta" is used for many different dishes throughout India, the Middle East and even Greece. Essentially, it means ball and can refer to a number of savoury dishes e.g. Greek lamb meatballs, Balkan pork and veal, North Indian vegetarian varieties and North African seafood varieties. I've even heard that Turkey [...]

By |March 7th, 2016|