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Bella’s Israeli Chopped Salad with Purslane, and a guide to seasonal vegetables

A basic chopped up salad is Israeli as Israeli can be. It's almost ludicrously simple, so much so that even the worst cook can master this salad. The skill is in the shopping, not the cooking, and finding the best quality ingredients isn't always easy. The best place to pick [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Sammy’s Gluten Free Paleo Banana, Hazelnut and cinnamon pancakes – Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday has arrived and those who went to catholic schools would remember having some of the Mums cooking up a pancake feast for all the students to celebrate the holy day. Now days the simple pancake shake bottle mix wont do. This is a recipe I learnt from my cousin while in [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Cauliflower Humus with Zataar, as seen on The Morning Show

I just love humus, but if you’re looking to reduce your carb or calorie intake then cauliflower is an excellent substitute for chickpeas in this classic dip. By roasting the cauliflower first, you get a rich, nutty, smokey flavour to the puree. And by adding a sprinkling of citrusy zataar [...]

By |February 7th, 2016|

Bella’s Spiced Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Cauliflower “Rice”, as seen on The Morning Show

Go on… have a 3 way with cauliflower in 2016! It’s the hot new vegetable this year, bumping kale off its throne and taking over the kitchen with its healthiness, yumminess, and versatility. It’s not just for cheesy cauliflower bake (although we will always have a soft spot for this [...]

By |February 6th, 2016|

Bella’s Patates Yahni, Greek Potato Stew with Purslane

photo credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com "Yahni" is a kind of vegetable stew made in Greece, Persia, Turkey and many other countries in the region. In fact, their popularity spread during the reign of the ottoman empire, from Syria all the way up to the Balkans, so there are a huge [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|

Bella’s Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Tomorrow is the Sri Lankan national day of independence, and it's celebrated with various dances, performances, ceremonies, parades, and of course food. It's a day where a sense of national unity is promoted, and serves as a good reminder of how important food is in bringing people together. I've always appreciated [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|

Mum’s Retro Curried Chicken and Pineapple Salad, as seen on Lifestyle Food

In yesterday's post, we talked about how hipsters are bringing sexy back to retro food. My mother is very very excited. Now, finally, her famous curried chicken and pineapple salad will get the respect it deserves! In all seriousness, this salad is actually freaking delicious. It's been a staple at [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Bella’s grilled peach, coriander, and prawn salad, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

This time of year is all about celebrating the sun... casual BBQ's bring best friends and families together, the ocean offers us delicious seafood, and the land blesses us with sweet and delicious stone fruits. So why not combine all 3? This salad is perfect for summer, it's light and [...]

By |January 26th, 2016|

Bella’s BBQ Lemony Lamb with Charred Vegetables, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

If you haven't picked up today's copy of the Daily Telegraph (NSW), then what are you waiting for? We've been featured in a special on Aussie Day BBQ's, with a delicious menu to serve 8 (to see all the recipes, check out the Daily Telegraph website) Raspberry and mint scented [...]

By |January 24th, 2016|

Bella’s Grilled Corn with Herb and Lime Butter, as seen in Daily Telegraph

Theres something about BBQ corn, that slightly charred smokey flavour works seamlessly with the sweet and juicy corn to create some kind of magic. We developed this recipe to go with our Australia Day BBQ story for the Daily Telegraph... It's not only delicious but also full of green and [...]

By |January 21st, 2016|