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Bella’s Korean bbq beef, persimmon, ssamjang sauce and pine nuts, as seen at Noosa Food and Wine

  Recently we had the honour of being invited to take part in Noosa Food and Wine, a fantastic celebration of local produce from the Sunshine Coast region. As part of our trip, we cooked a bbq for 500 hungry Queenslanders alongside some outstanding company – chefs Alastair Mcleod, Matt [...]

By |July 23rd, 2016|

BBQ Brioche French toast with grilled peaches, at the Good Food and Wine Show

Did you know that you can cook an entire meal on a BBQ? Grilling fruit is a fantastic idea for the bbq - just make sure that you buy slightly under ripe fruit so that it doesn't get too soft while grilling. In fact, grilled fruit is a fantastic addition [...]

By |June 24th, 2016|

Beer marinated skirt steak with grilled vegetables and Peruvian Aji sauce, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

The South Americans are experts at bbq, especially the Brazilians with their "churasco", and the Argentinians with their traditional "asado". The Peruvians also love grilling, and they have an amazing chilli sauce called "Aji" to go with it. The origins of this sauce date back to ancient incas, who called [...]

By |June 23rd, 2016|

Recipe: Charred Cos salad with hazelnuts and white anchovies as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

This year we have the honour of being invited back to the Good Food and Wine Show to share our love of food on the big stage. This year, we're showcasing Beers, Babes and BBQ's. That's right, we're cooking up a storm on BBQ's and matching our food to some [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Mississippi Okra and Polenta Fritters with special sauce

What happens when you combine 2 staples of southern american cooking, Okra and Grits (polenta)? Heaven! There are many variations of recipes for okra fritters in the south, and these are my favourite. Traditionally they are made with grits, which is white corn polenta, but the Italian style yellow cornmeal [...]

By |April 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Prawn Etouffee

Étouffée is a classic cajun/creole dish hailing from New Orleans and south west Louisiana (the New Orleans/Creole version tend to feature tomato and a blonde roux rather than a dark roux, but it's essentially the same dish). It's name comes from the french "Étouffée" which means to "smother", which is [...]

By |April 6th, 2016|

Bella’s Oysters Rockefeller with Watercress

I love American food, but sometimes we forget just how regional the cuisine is. There are Maine lobster rolls, Maryland crab cakes, Chicago dogs, Cincinnati chilli, Philly cheese steaks, NYC reubens, Kentucky hot browns, Louisiana gumbo, Californian Baja tacos, Hawaiian lomi lomi... and the list goes on. One of my [...]

By |April 4th, 2016|

Fish Souvlaki Wrap, as seen on The Monrning Show

Diabetes: Most people think: “It won’t happen to me, that’s an old person’s disease”. Sure it may have happened to Grandma or Grandpa, Mum or Dad, Aunty Norma or Uncle Frank but: 10 years ago type 2 was a seniors’ disease. Today it commonly affects those aged 45+ Type 2 [...]

By |March 31st, 2016|

Bella’s “Kulebiak”, aka Salmon Wellington, as seen on The Morning Show

Beef wellington is a British favourite that we all know and love, but did you know that the Eastern Europeans make a very similar dish, but with salmon? In Poland they call it a “Kulebiak”, where it’s a regional dish from the eastern parts - and of course it’s also [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|

Sammy’s Pina Colada Tim Tam Cheesecake, as seen on The Morning Show

Who doesn't love cheesecake? Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we've pimped out the classic cheesecake with... Tim Tams! The Aussie favourite cookie has also been given a limited edition update, with a new range of mocktail flavours - we've fallen in love with the Pina Colada [...]

By |March 28th, 2016|