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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|

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|

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|

Lurpak Go Freestyle X Gourmet Escape + Vego open sandwich recipe

Two weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to host the Lurpak Go Freestyle kitchen at Gourmet Escape in Margaret River. We had over a 150 people join us each day to go freestyle and make some delicious sandwiches using Lurpak Spreadable Butter. We had an enormous amount [...]

By |December 7th, 2015|

Lurpak Go Freestyle – Taste of Melbourne and Gourmet Escape – Recipe

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 [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|

Bella’s Banana and Buttermilk Cupcakes with Peanut Butter and Yoghurt Icing, as seen on The Morning Show

  Picnic season has begun! There’s nothing better than spending a lazy weekend in the fresh air, lying in the shade of a big tree and eating some amazing food. At the same time, there’s nothing worse than a picnic that goes wrong! Here are my top tips for the [...]

By |November 20th, 2015|

Sammy’s Home Made Golden Rough’s, as seen on The Morning Show

If you don’t remember Golden Roughs then you’re probably too young to have ever had one. When I was in primary school I remember the local corner store having them along with tubs of green and red frogs, strawberry creams and coke bottles. I do recall eating it but it [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|

Bella’s Slow cooked Lamb and Parsnip Pie with Sour Cream Pastry, as seen on Sunrise

What a fantastic slow cooked, heart-warming, soulful winter dish! Pie making is often described as an art, but it’s actually really easy. It’s a dish that must always contain a lot of love, so make sure you prepare this for your friends and family! Essentially, this is 2 recipes in [...]

By |August 3rd, 2015|

Bella’s Peanut butter and lilly pilly jam thumbprint cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

These cookies will make you feel like a kid again… they are inspired by one of my favourite childhood treats – the peanut butter and jam sandwich! When I was a kid, mum and I used to love baking cookies. My favourite were shortbread cookies with a dollop of jam [...]

By |July 21st, 2015|

Bella’s Super Quick Chai Spiced Brownies

Wow, it is COLD!!!! Yukky weather outside can only mean one thing… more time cooking inside! Anything that inspires us to get in the kitchen is a good thing :) This week I’ve been inspired by a competition being run by Dilmah, who are encouraging people to design a high [...]

By |July 17th, 2015|