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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 Iraqi Braised Okra with Tomatoes, Margat Banya Basrami

The worlds very first known cookbooks were actually found in Mesopotamia, now modern day Iraq, where recipes were prepared in religious ceremonies in temples over 10,000 years ago. Ancient cooking traditions have evolved to form a rich cuisine in this region, where meals always start with mezze, the middle eastern version of antipasta. [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Turkish Stuffed Mussels, Midye Dolma

Last year I took an AMAZING trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where I experienced a holiday romance. Except, this romance might just last forever. I'm blessed to have experienced the beauty of Turkish food at it's source, I'm in love and I'm never looking back. Street food is a big deal [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|

Bella’s Georgian Green Beans with Walnut Sauce, Satsivi

Georgia, oh Georgia. Very few people in Australia could point out this former soviet country on the map, and even fewer can tell you something about its cuisine. Nestled in the Caucasus, between Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, their cuisine carries both european and middle eastern influences. The country is famed [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|

Bella’s Fenugreek Chicken Curry, Methi Murgh

Chicken and fenugreek are a match made in heaven, it's one of those classic pairings in Indian cookery that melts everyones hearts. This curry is typical of Punjabi cuisine in the north of india, and is especially popular in the home kitchen. Dry fenugreek leaf - kasuri methi, is readily [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|

Sammy’s guide to home made Passata, as seen on The Morning Show

How to make passata... Making passata is an ancient past time for Italians and every region has their own technique and way of making the fresh tomato sauce. The sauce is usually made at the end of the tomato season (end of summer) when there is an excess of ripe [...]

By |March 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Chips and Salsa, Papadums with Kachumber

My best friend Kitti has just returned from a holiday in north India, and although I didn't quite fit in her suitcase, I was certainly with her in spirit. To celebrate her return I threw a north indian inspired dinner party, and challenged myself to featuring some curious and lesser [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|

Bella’s Black Lentil Dahl with Tomatoes and Cream, “Dal Pakhtooni”

I've long been curious about different pulses and grains... the selection we're used to is quite narrow, and more focussed on european varieties. In India, there is a huge variety of pulses, which are made into delicious vegetarian dishes with many regional variations. This dahl is made with a type [...]

By |March 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Kashmini Style Eggplant and Yoghurt Curry, Dahi Baingan

Eggplant is probably my favourite vegetable of all time. It's creamy, slightly bitter, and oh so delicious. It's a vegetarian and meat eaters dream, and I'm sure you'll fall in love with this curry. Dahi Baingan is a classic dish in Indian cuisine, it literally translates to "eggplant and yoghurt". [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Cheese and Potato Dumplings in Creamy Curry, Malai Kofta

The word "kofta" is used for many different dishes throughout India, the Middle East and even Greece. Essentially, it means ball and can refer to a number of savoury dishes e.g. Greek lamb meatballs, Balkan pork and veal, North Indian vegetarian varieties and North African seafood varieties. I've even heard that Turkey [...]

By |March 7th, 2016|