November was full of great food festivals all over the country for us. We started out in Brisbane for Good Food and Wine show, then made our way to Taste of Melbourne with Lurpak Butter and travelled to beautiful Margaret river for Gourmet Escape.
We were lucky enough to be chosen to create some top notch open sandwiches with Lurpak and run their Go Freestyle cooking classes in both Melbourne and Margaret river.
Here is a collection of our photos from Taste of Melbourne and a recipe for our Smoked . . . → Read More: Lurpak Go Freestyle – Taste of Melbourne and Gourmet Escape – Recipe
Thanksgiving is an American tradition we’ve all seen played out on TV and in movies. Who can forget that hilarious scene from the Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion… and that deflated turkey. And we all love that Friends episode… so why not get together with your friends and have your own thanksgiving?
Although the holiday is rooted in Christian pilgrim values, it’s about so much more than that. It’s essentially a harvest festival – it’s all about giving thanks to the earth for providing us with its fruits, to the farmers . . . → Read More: Bella’s Thanksgiving Spriced Pumpkin PIe, as seen on The Morning Show
The best Italian food is often considered to be peasant food. Its made with cheaper or left over ingredients that form a simple but delicious dish. Italians are all about the best quality ingredients and they don’t like wasting anything. A little extra thought and lots of love make the peasant style dishes some of Italy’s best foods.
This dish uses day old bread like never before, to make soft and fluffy dumplings. When I first read this recipe I didn’t know how they would bind and hold together . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Thermomix Ricotta Dumplings with Napoletana Sauce, as seen on The Morning Show
I saw this quote today on a food blog ‘Even if you can’t travel, you can breakfast’ – Emily Vikre, Food 52
I’m obviously ridiculously jealous of my sister Bella as she is on her second – yes second! – European holiday for this year. I’m following her travels on social media and she just landed in Istanbul, Turkey. Its just one of the many places I’m dying to visit myself so I’m sure ill get loads of good tips from her upon her return. In the meantime, . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Turkish-ish style breakfast, as seen on Sunrise
Summer is approaching which means delicious stone fruits are coming into season. As the season has just started they can be a little firm which makes them perfect for cooking and baking as it softens them with out falling apart. It also helps release their sweetness and intensify their flavour. I love the idea of mixing classically savoury herbs with sweet things and vice versa. In this case to bake the peaches I just add a drizzle of honey and some fresh thyme springs. This is one of those . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Thyme baked peaches with home made ricotta and honeycomb, as seen at The Factoria
Minced meat is a favourite ingredient of frugal housewives across the world. Here we explore the history and types of mince, as well as blast some rumours as to what exactly goes in. Plus, we share our mum’s favourite recipe for chicken rissoles!
The word ‘mince’ usually refers to minced beef, but of course you can mince almost any kind of meat you like! Aussie supermarket shelves now stock chicken, veal, pork, lamb, turkey and even kangaroo mince to satisfy every taste bud and recipe.
Americans usually call . . . → Read More: Bella’s tips on Wallet Friendly World Recipes with Mince, and our mums recipe for Chicken and semolina rissoles! as seen on Lifestyle Food
Pancakes are one of the worlds favourite breakfasts. What makes them so special is that almost every cuisine has their own version. Ricotta pancakes are believed to have originated in Italy but now it seems that most European countries will have their own version of ricotta pancakes.
Ricotta is the easiest cheese to make, which is probably why so many countries around the world will cook with it. You can find my recipe in our first ever e-book where is make fresh ricotta to go into a Calzone.
When . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Ricotta lemon pancakes with fruit salad, as seen on The Morning Show
Are you a silly yak? Oops… typo, I mean coeliac. In all fairness, it’s not a laughing matter. It’s estimated that 330,000 Australians suffer from coeliac disease, and that means that 330,000 pasta lovers are concerned about how on earth they are going to eat their favourite food. Fear not! Barilla is now making AMAZING tasting gluten free pasta!
Many of us have specific dietary needs these days… so we’ve created a “cure all” recipe which is gluten free, vegetarian, and very low in lactose (we’re using pecorino, which . . . → Read More: Bella’s Barilla Gluten Free Penne with mushroom, red wine and garlic ragu
October 16th is Word Food Day, and here in Australia we are utterly obsessed with food. It splashed all over our televisions, smart phones and magazines. I’m sure we can all agree that we love food, but how many of us treat our food with the utmost respect. In Australia we waste about 20% of all our fresh produce, which amounts to about $1000 per household. Now a thousand dollars might not seem like a lot over the year but when you consider the fact that 850 million people around . . . → Read More: Sammy’s food scrap saving recipes, for world food day, as seen on The Morning Show
One of Italy’s greatest culinary inventions has to be Pesto. Its become one of the worlds favourite sauces for not only pasta, but also as a marinade and dip. Originating from Genoa in the Liguria region, traditional pesto is made with the best quality Basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. Like with many things its best to make fresh pesto at home, but if you don’t have the time or the season isn’t right then there is one jarred pesto we turn on a regular basis. . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Barilla Orecchiette with Pesto Genovese, crispy prosciutto, peas, and pea sprouts, as seen on The Morning Show