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
Wow! We can’t believe round 2 of our Perfect Pairings campaign is coming out!
This month, we’re inspired by winter warmers, and a delicious full flavoured curry is definitely on the cards (especially if you’re in your trakkie daks on the couch!). If you’re concerned about your weight, then fear not! This curry is deliciously low fat. Its creamy consistency comes from the addition of almond meal, which also adds a natural sweetness to balance out the spice. This curry re-heats and freezes well too – so you can . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Creamy Chicken and Almond Curry with Hahn Super Dry, the Perfect Pairing!
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
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
Portuguese chicken has become an Aussie favourite with take away shops popped up all over the country. Its the simplicity in this dish that’s so addictive. Spatchcocked chicken marinated its all its best friends, garlic, bay leaves, and paprika. Combining to make marriage like no other.
Because it is such a simple recipe its important to use the best quality ingredients. A big organic or free range bird is essential to ensure a juicy flavoursome chook, and the highest quality spices from Hoyts means that you’re getting the full . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Chicken with Home Made Piri Piri Marinade, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show
They say that most of us only have about 7-10 dishes in our cooking repertoire and we just keep repeating them over and over again. Although some of us might every now and then try something new, its not often that we add a new dish to our go to list.
If this sounds like you then fear not! We are putting together recipes over the next few weeks that are aimed at becoming your next go to week night meals. They will most likely be so tasty that . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Pork Chops with Romesco and Caramelised Carrots, as seen on The Morning Show
Any mum will tell you that one of the hardest things about cooking for the family is pleasing everyone at the table. There are fussy kids, dad’s who hate veggies, mum’s watching their weight, and any number of food allergies.
I recently cooked a dinner for Pete Evans and a typical Sydney family with 2.4 children, so the brief was to make healthy, paleo-friendly, gluten free food that will be loved by both kids and adults. The star dish of the menu were these chicken nuggets. Even if you’re . . . → Read More: Bella’s Caveman Chicken Nuggets, paleo and gluten free! As seen on The Morning Show
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 woodfired oven, and I believe making your own dough from scratch is still well worth it
Dough can be made up to two days in advance which will allow the fermentation process to get into full swing and add lots of flavour to your dough.
If you are time poor you can . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Raddicchio and Pancetta Pizza, as seen on The Morning Show
Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini
This may look like a simple pesto but it packs a good flavour punch. The peppery rocket with earthy walnuts is a match made in taste bud heaven and makes a more robust combination compared to basil and pine nuts. You can serve this simply on some toasted crostini or keep in the fridge for up to one week and enjoy tossed through linguine with some extra Parmesan grated on top.
This recipe is great served as a canapé or a dip . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini
Who knew that this pesky weed could be so delicious? Nettles are usually the weed most avoided, but this time we’re pulling down our sleeves, putting on a pair of gloves and getting picking!
History tells us that the Ancient Greeks not only ate the weed for its nutrients but also as something of a cure-all. Its extremely rich in iron and potassium, and one of the richest sources of chlorophyll.
It can be a troubling weed and mowing can increase plant density. So the best way to deal . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Stinging nettle pasta – as seen on The Morning Show