Bella’s Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Heineken – Perfect Pairings

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There’s not a single person in Australia, young or old who doesn’t love Bolognese sauce, and there are many who claim their version is the best. We’re super excited to share our authentic recipe because not only did we visit Bologna in Italy where Bolognese comes from, but we’ve perfectly paired it with the clean, crips taste of Heineken .

 

Authentically a ragu (which means slow cooked meat sauce) is served with tagliatelle pasta because it’s wide enough to hold onto the lovely thick meaty . . . → Read More: Bella’s Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Heineken – Perfect Pairings

Sammy’s Wild Mushroom Risotto – as seen on The Morning Show

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Autumn is the season of wild mushrooms and we couldn’t be more excited. Each year we throw on our gum boots and warm coats, grab a basket and knife and head out mushroom foraging. Our family has been doing it for generations, and we have been going since we could walk. It’s probably one our families favourite traditions and you’ll find a lot of other Eastern European families do the same each year. We usually go out to Belanglo State Forest, which is about a 2.5 hour drive . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Wild Mushroom Risotto – as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s leftover christmas turkey waldorf salad

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Yum! We just love waldorf salad, it’s the perfect combination of meatiness, creaminess and crunchiness. The flavours balance perfectly too – the bitter almonds, sweet apple and salty dressing are a match made in heaven. You can use leftover turkey or leftover roast chicken in this recipe, or some grilled or poached chicken will do the trick too.

Apples are in season right now so it’s great time to use them in all your cooking, whether it be a sweet or savoury dish like this one. For presentation, try . . . → Read More: Sammy’s leftover christmas turkey waldorf salad

Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

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Easter is over and many of us are probably regretting eating all those chocolate Easter eggs over the weekend. Fear not because I have a salad that’s not only going to make your taste buds jump for joy but it will also help you feel refreshed and back to healthy eating before you know it.

I’m using broad beans as they are readily available in super market freezers but you could also easily use frozen peas for this recipe too. Then we have snow peas, green beans, parsley and mint . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Triple Green Salad, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

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Quick! The last of summer is slipping through your fingers, and so are the last of the most luscious summer tomatoes! Panzanella salad is a quick and easy Italian salad designed to use up leftover bread and super ripe and juicy end of summer tomatoes.

 

Summer leftover bread Panzanella with rocket pesto

Serves 4 as a side

Toasted bread

3 cups sourdough day old bread, cut into 2cm cubes spray olive oi

Salad

2 roasted red capsicums, good quality jarred is ok 2 medium heirloom tomatoes ½ . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto

Bella’s leftover christmas ham and pea broth with summer vegetables

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This is definitely NOT the stodgy pea and ham soup most people are used to. It’s actually light, fresh, and full of healthy garden fresh greens. The best thing is that it’s summer friendly, so even on a warm day you can devour it without feeling heavy.

This is exactly how my mum always made pea and ham sou – thanks for the recipe mum! But we’ve added a little twist. Some fresh lemon zest spiked gremolata over the top really brings this dish to life.

If you don’t . . . → Read More: Bella’s leftover christmas ham and pea broth with summer vegetables

Bella’s BBQ lamb salad with feta creme dressing, perfectly paired with James Boags Premium

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Coming from a Polish background, food has always been at the centre of any family occasion. Never too far away while making food, and sitting down to enjoy it, was the drink of choice (the only choice), a beer.

So from the day we were able to enjoy a drink, beer has always been the companion to the food we shared around the table.

When the opportunity arose to pair our recipes with the beers we love to drink with them, we were naturally very excited.

Sipping our way . . . → Read More: Bella’s BBQ lamb salad with feta creme dressing, perfectly paired with James Boags Premium

Bella’s leftover chistmas turkey and grilled peach salad with cranberry vinaigrette

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I just love adding fruit to a savoury dish… just like adding a pinch of salt to your dessert, the addition of sweet fruit to a savoury dish rounds out the taste by balancing any number of flavours. Spicy chilli, fatty/fuller flavoured meats, or bitter greens are all made tastier with a little sweetness.

This is a fantastic summer and autumn dish, and you can grill any summer stone fruit or autumn pears/apples to add to your salads. Just make sure the fruit is slightly underripe so that it . . . → Read More: Bella’s leftover chistmas turkey and grilled peach salad with cranberry vinaigrette

Bella’s Paprykarz z kurczaka, Polish chicken and red pepper stew, as seen on The Morning Show

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When it comes to fruit and vegetables, cheap is usually the best! Food prices don’t just depend on the quality of the produce, when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, mother nature has the most influence! At peak times it’s season, fresh produce is in bulk supply, so producers flog their stock at excellent prices to make sure they clear the stocks before they spoil. The end of the season is often even better… fruits and veggies have had many hours in the beaming australian sunshine . . . → Read More: Bella’s Paprykarz z kurczaka, Polish chicken and red pepper stew, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Brekky Quinoa salad with chorizo and fried egg, as seen on The Morning Show

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Quinoa is one of those superfoods that many people find hard to pronounce. Its Keen-wah by the way, and a lot of people are getting very keen on its health benefits and its deliciously earthy nutty flavour!

Quinoa is very high in B vitamins, zinc, potassium, calcium, fibre and vitamin E. Because is give a slow release of every it’s a great alternative to rice and cous cous. Its also not to be mistaken for a grain, its actually a seed and comes in white, black and red colours . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Brekky Quinoa salad with chorizo and fried egg, as seen on The Morning Show