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

Sammy’s Spiced Crispy Chickpeas, as seen on Food For Life

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These crispy baked chickpeas are a terrific protein-rich snack you can take on the go or enjoy at home when you’re feeling a little peckish. You can also experiment with different seasoning combos to make your own signature flavour. For this recipe we use canned chickpeas which work perfectly and you’re bound to almost always have a can sitting in the pantry, then add few spices and some olive oil is all you need. Not only are these a great healthy impromptu snack but you could also make a . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Spiced Crispy Chickpeas, as seen on Food For Life

Bella’s Home Made Red Sauerkraut, Apple and Walnut Salad

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“Fermentation” is such a buzz word at the moment, but it’s actually nothing new at all, especially to the hoards of Europeans who have been eating sauerkraut for centuries. Whatever language you say it in, the name of this dish translates to sour cabbage, and that’s exactly what it is. Polish people love “kapusta kiszona”, the Alsastians in the east of france can’t get enough of it, and even the Koreans have their own spicy version, Kim Chi.

Fermented cabbage has a host of health benefits… importantly, uncooked/fresh sauerkraut . . . → Read More: Bella’s Home Made Red Sauerkraut, Apple and Walnut Salad

Sammy’s Hot Pink Beetroot Dip, as seen on Food For Life

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We’ve all heard the saying that we eat “with our eyes” and this is especially true for kids who all too often seem to have a genetic aversion to all things green. Hiding veggies is the most common trick parents use, but have you tried celebrating the veg?

There are loads of delicious healthy veggies that aren’t green, like sweet potato, corn, carrots, and tomatoes. Our favourite is definitely beetroot, it’s natural sweetness make it delicious for kids, and they will love the hot pink colour.

Beets are a . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Hot Pink Beetroot Dip, as seen on Food For Life

Bella’s Murray River Chilli Salted Pretzels with dark chocolate, this weekend at Good Food Wine Show Melbourne

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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! Buy your tickets to the show HERE

The difference between good food and great food is almost always salt! And desserts seem to be no exception… we’ve all heard of salted-caramel, and of chilli-chocolate, but did you know that salt and dark chocolate are also a match made in heaven? In fact, many desserts benefit from the . . . → Read More: Bella’s Murray River Chilli Salted Pretzels with dark chocolate, this weekend at Good Food Wine Show Melbourne