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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 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|

Bella’s Chocolate Shortbread “Tea Bag” Cookies, as seen on The Morning Show

Cooking, especially baking, can be very therapeutic and loads of fun, and the same can be said for crafts. So why not combine both with this adorable recipe? These tea bag shaped cookies are the perfect way to impress your friends at a tea party, kitchen tea or baby shower. [...]

By |March 24th, 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|

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|