I do love the culture of a shared meal. I used to love everything about fine dining and the full restaurant experience, folded napkins, multiple courses, and shiny silverware. Although I still do enjoy eating out, there’s something deliciously heart warming about you and your loved ones huddled around a large pot of something braised or slow cooked and of course made with love. When I first moved out of home I experienced a certain sadness of only cooking for two rather then 6-8 people. I found myself craving . . . → Read More: Sammy’s French One Pot Wonder, puy lentils with sausage, as seen on Food For Life
For Poles, Czech’s, hungry Hungarians, and any former Yugoslav country, there is no better winter comfort food than a delicious slow cooked bowl of goulasz. It’s rich with paprika and red capsicums, and the caraway seed is a must to get that nutty floral note that’s so classic to this dish.
The best thing about this dish is that it keeps well in the fridge, so you can eat it several days in a row! It also freezes very well, so go ahead and make a double or triple . . . → Read More: Bella’s slow cooked Veal and Red Capsicum Goulash, as seen on The Morning Show
The key to a delicious toastie is the quality of the ingredients, and it all starts with great bread. Bread is king!
But what about all those people with intolerances to gluten? Unless you’re actually medially diagnosed as coeliac, there’s probably nothing wrong with eating real bread. The key is – keep it real. Once upon a time ago, all bread was real. It was made with good quality unbleached wheat, and more importantly it was fermented (aka leavened or proved) for at least 8 hours. Everything changed in . . . → Read More: Bella’s Low Gluten & Low Lactose “Grilled Cheese”, as seen on The Morning Show
You might not have heard of eating Alpaca meat, but the Peruvians have been eating it for centuries! It’s very, very lean and high in iron so it’s perfect for anyone who’s watching their waist or has some health concerns.
It’s a delicious meat with a delicate flavour somewhere between lamb and veal, so it works perfectly with my osso bucco Milanese recipe, which is traditionally made with veal shin and white wine in the north of Italy.
The neck end rosettes are a unique cut available from Alpaca. . . . → Read More: Bella’s Alpaca Osso Bucco Milanese, coming up at PERTH Good Food and Wine Show 11-13 July
People say you shouldn’t bother making your own pizza unless you have a wood fire oven. There’s no denying that’s where the best pizzas come from. Although very few of us would have the luxury of a woodefired oven, and I believe making your own dough from scratch is still well worth it!
The key to perfecting homemade pizza is to turn your oven up to its highest temperature. That way you can get a deliciously crispy crust on your pizza.
Laucke Pizza and Focaccia Mix is your best . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Laucke Pizza with Pancetta and Radicchio, coming to Good Food and Wine Show PERTH this weekend!
Croatian cuisine is not yet very well known in Australia, but more and more Aussies are discovering this wonderful cuisine both locally and while on holidays on the sunny Dalmatian coast.
I was lucky enough to travel to Croatia a few years ago and was amazing by the quality and the freshness of the seafood. The plethora of fish and shellfish and crustaceans were cooked very simply – preserving the integrity of the pure seafood flavour.
Brudet is a traditional dish eaten all along the coast, making use of . . . → Read More: Bella’s Brudet – Croatian Seafood Hot Pot with Polenta, as seen on The Morning Show
I love spaghetti, and I love Bolognese, but did you know that we kind of got it all wrong in Australia? Firstly, ragu alla Bolognese is a meat sauce from Bologna in the north of Italy. Unlike its southern counterparts, it contains very, very little tomato, no olive oil and no beef. What!?!? Trust me, this authentic version will blow your mind (plus it’s freezer friendly so make double or triple quantity). It’s also never paired with spaghetti, and almost always served with fresh egg tagliatelle.
Making fresh pasta . . . → Read More: Bella’s Fresh Laucke Tagliatelle with real bolognese, this weekend at Good Food and Wine Show SYDNEY
Thank you Melbourne for an awesome weekend at the Good Food and Wine Show! Now, for all you sydney siders don’t forget that we’ll back with aprons on at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show 27th – 29th June!
No matter who you are and where you come from you will probably love burgers. Made famous in America by such chains stores as McDonalds and in-n-out, burgers have become one of those foods that is enjoyed all over the world. But not many of us would go . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Laucke Brioche Beef Sliders with pickled relish, wrap up from GFWS Melbourne
Everyone loves gnocchi, not just Italians! They are delicious little potato based dumplings with a pillow like soft texture… and if you’ve ever eaten real home made gnocchi, you’ll never ever ever ever go back to the stodgy store bought stuff which is more akin to rubber bullets. Make these super simple gnocchi your new family favourite!
We’re all about inspiring every Aussie out there to reconnect with their family traditions and heritage through food. We asked our Facebook fans with Italian heritage to tell us what their favourite . . . → Read More: Bella’s Italian Family Favourite: Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage, as seen on The Morning Show
We will be demonstrating this dish at the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show this weekend, at the Laucke Creative Kitchen Stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FREE to take a seat at the Laucke Creative Kitchen! Buy your tickets to the show HERE
There’s no denying us Aussies love seafood, and one of the most common fish we eat has to be the humble salmon. Its extremely versatile and widely available which makes it a great protein to have any day of the week.
The beauty of salmon . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Salmon with Jalna Yoghurt Sauce and Laucke Flat Bread, this weekend at Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne