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Bella’s Kangaroo and Macadamia Sausage Rolls

Skippy the bush kangaroo is as delicious as he is cute… After all, don’t we eat other cute animals, such as sheep and cows? Getting people to try a new meat isn’t always easy, as people are often conscious of trying new things. By putting kangaroo in a sausage roll, [...]

By |May 11th, 2017|

Sammy’s quick and easy Pizzette

Pizzette in Italian literally means mini pizza, a traditional finger or buffet food that can be either enjoyed straight out of the oven or cold the next day. I have fond memories of meeting my mum at her work after school and the Italian café next door did the best [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|

Bella’s Pear, White Bean and Blue Cheese salad, as seen on The Morning Show

If you have diabetes it’s important to keep your blood glucose (or blood sugar – different words for the same thing) level within a fairly tight range. Not spiking your blood glucose levels may also help prevent type 2. This salad contains ingredients that promote stable blood glucose levels. Type [...]

By |April 29th, 2017|

Sammy’s Thai Chicken chopped salad

My Thai sister-in-law is a fantastic cook but I do know there is a lot of work that goes into preparing the ingredients for Thai dishes, which then can be cooked in under 5 minutes in a hot wok. A luxury she didn’t have growing up was a food processor [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|

Cheat’s Torta Pasqualina: an Italian Easter spinach pie

The Italians are big on food and big on Easter! One of their most traditional Easter dishes is a torta pasqualina, literally translating to Easter Pie. It’s a spinach pie with a secret surprise -whole eggs baked into it. Eggs are an important symbol of Easter and new life in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|

Sammy’s Jamaican Cheese board with traditional Hot Cross Buns

Jamaica is the last place you’d expect to find hot cross buns… but they are indeed a legacy left by the British and an absolute local favourite at Easter time. The secret to good Jamaican cooking is in the spices (especially in Jerk chicken!) so their palates really do love [...]

By |April 7th, 2017|

Bella’s Beef and Porcini Mushroom Sausage Rolls

This is a LUXURY sausage roll! Porcini mushrooms have an incredible flavour – and are the perfect pairing for delicious beef. So it’s just as important to buy best quality grass fed beef mince for this recipe. I quite like the Tamara Valley grass fed beef mince which I often [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s chicken, corn and tarragon “pop tart” pies as seen on The Morning Show

As kids, our mum was VERY strict about not having any junk food in the house. While other kids got green cordial, we were forced to drink freshly squeezed carrot and apple juice. For morning tea, our friends would devour chips and “chicken” flavoured biscuits, while were subjected to eating [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|

Sammy’s Brekkie Burgers as seen on The Morning Show

It's no secret that I am a lover of burgers. So it will come as no surprise that I'll up for a burger anytime of the day. Late night, dinner, breakfast and of course brunch. With that in mind, I will be opening a Sammy’s Burger Brunch Bar Pop-Up at [...]

By |May 11th, 2016|

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|