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Sammy’s Pan fried Barramundi with lemon and aniseed myrtle bush spice

Lemon myrtle has a wonderful lemongrass flavour, and it’s readily available online… Essentially the leaves are cold dried (to avoid any loss of essential oils) and powdered. We are using the powdered version in the spice mix today, but you can also use whole dried or fresh leaves in sauces, [...]

By |May 15th, 2017|

Bella’s homemade truffle ketchup/tomato sauce

I just LOVE elevating every day foods, and one of my childhood favourites was tomato sauce – I used to eat it on white sliced bread with plenty of butter and nothing else! So is it tomato sauce, or ketchup? Well, that depends on where you are. The condiment made [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s Crying Tiger Skirt Steak with Lemon Myrtle Dressing

We have so many wonderful native ingredients in Australia, and one of my favourites has to be lemon myrtle. It grows in many gardens around the country, it’s foliage is very pretty and it gives off the most intense scent whenever it rains or is windy. The leaves can be [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s baked Tandoori Barramundi salad with pickled Cucumber and herbed Yoghurt

Indian cuisine is probably the most diverse in the world – north to south, province to province, and even home to home have an incredible variety of dishes that would take more than a lifetime to master. Because of the complexity of spice blends and and sheer number of dishes [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|

Sammy’s Native Australian Lamb BBQ – Australia Day Recipe

    What better way to spend Australia Day than by showcasing some of our most delicious native ingredients. As many of us will be crowding around a BBQ cooking up some Aussie favourites like Beef, Lamb and Prawns, we’ve come up with a native Aussie spice mix that will [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Sammy’s Iraqi inspired spiced BBQ lamb – Australia Day Recipe

  One of our favourite meats to eat in Australia is without a doubt Lamb. We love it roasted, seared, slow cooked and of course BBQ’d. This Australia Day we are not only celebrating our native ingredients and indigenous traditions but also those of our new citizens. Every year this [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Bella’s Cured Kingfish, Cucumber two ways, Finger Lime

Recently we attended a gorgeous lunch at Sydney’s Chiswick restaurant, where head chef Tom Haynes prepared this dish especially to match with some delicious Arras blanc de blanc  sparkling wine. It was my favourite dish of the day, and easy enough for you to make at home too! So I’ve [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Cafe de Paris Butter and THE perfectly cooked steak

For those who haven't had the pleasure of matching this classic French Cafe de Paris Butter with a mouth watering steak, don't be scared off by the amount of ingredients in the butter.. We promise its worth it! You can freeze any excess butter for up to three months, and this [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|

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|

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|