Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

Thermomix Custard

There is nothing more satisfying in the winter than enjoying an incredible warming dessert. My favourites have to baked or stewed fruits, sticky date pudding and crumbles. My go to accompaniment is normally ice-cream, but because its been so cold I’ve been really craving warm velvety, creamy, rich delicious custard.

Custard is one of those things you have to make yourself at home because store bought just wont cut it. If you’ve never made custard before and you’re a keen cook then you should attempt it. Be warned though it . . . → Read More: Sammy’s fool proof thermomix custard, as seen on The Morning Show

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 Healthy Ancient Grain Chocolate Crackles plus Home Made Yoghurt, as seen on The Morning Show

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It’s school holidays! Sammy and I are lucky enough to have 2 younger sisters, 12 year old Paris and Zara. They just love cooking (’tis in the blood, you see!) so we’ve teamed up with the whole family to present this week’s segment on The Morning Show!

Chances are, your kids are getting bored and driving you a bit crazy. The solution? Get them in the kitchen! Kids love getting creative in the kitchen, but it can get dangerous with hot ovens and sharp knives… not to mention . . . → Read More: Bella’s Healthy Ancient Grain Chocolate Crackles plus Home Made Yoghurt, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s 80’s Spinach Dip, as seen on The Morning Show

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There are a lot of things that happen in the 80’s that most of us would like to forget about mainly the fashion and haircuts. When is comes to 80’s food the attitude isn’t much different. Sure we still love a classic crème brulee or carrot cake, but when was the last time you saw a roulade or cob loaf?

Being born in the 80’s we have many memories of food our parents made, especially for all those buffet style birthday parties. So we have decided to give the . . . → Read More: Sammy’s 80’s Spinach Dip, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Spiced Carrot Dip with Caraway and Chilli, as seen on The Morning Show

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Why not spice up your next dinner party with this delicious home made dip? It’s always a crowd pleaser at our house, and it’s definitely something different that your guests have probably never tried before. You can make this dip up to 3 days before hand, and it’s also a great spread for your morning toast or favourite sandwich.

To go with the dip, why not try some interesting vegetable crudités? Fennel and red breakfast radish are great alternatives to boring celery and carrot. Or, why not use up . . . → Read More: Bella’s Spiced Carrot Dip with Caraway and Chilli, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Oysters with Champagne Vinaigrette, Grape and Pomello, as seen on The Morning Show

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Around this time of year I always tend to get very busy with work…. And there are 2 very exciting things that creep up on me in the blink of an eye. Firstly, the warm weather! The sun is shining in my local ‘hood at Bondi, and everyone seems to have a bit more of a spring in their step. Secondly, spring racing fever hits and the bubbles start to flow!

We’re very excited for the Melbourne Cup and the rest of the spring racing carnival around Australia. Some . . . → Read More: Bella’s Oysters with Champagne Vinaigrette, Grape and Pomello, as seen on The Morning Show

Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

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Regionality in Chinese cooking is so important. Chinese isn’t just Chinese. In fact, each province has it’s own unique style and there’s a plethora of new and exciting traditional dishes that most Australian’s haven’t even heard of.

I’ve just come back from a trip to China where I came across this Northern Chinese speciality. Interestingly, they use potato in many traditional dishes. Although most people associate the potato with European cooking, it’s actually native to South America. It made its way to the Philippines through Spanish colonization then hop-skipped . . . → Read More: Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

Sammy’s Rocket and Walnut pesto on crostini

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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

Bella’s Quinoa Tabbouleh with Goats Cheese, as seen on Food For Life

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I just love quinoa, it’s a delicious replacement for starches/carbs in your meal, and it’s actually a seed, not a grain, making it paleo friendly and great for those with gluten intolerances… It’s perfect for replacing the traditional cracked wheat in tabbouleh, and I think it tastes even better!

Because it’s a seed, it’s much richer in nutrients than other starches and carbs, such as pasta, rice or cous cous. It’s a superfood which has been the base of the Peruvian diet for centuries… Most importantly, it’s packed FULL . . . → Read More: Bella’s Quinoa Tabbouleh with Goats Cheese, as seen on Food For Life