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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 Red Amaranth Steamed Dumplings with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Photo Credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com Gong Hey Fat Choi... That's happy new year in Chinese! New year is celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is full of symbolism and traditions. This year we will be celebrating on 8th February. On new years eve, families get together for a [...]

By |February 5th, 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|

Sammy’s Poached prawn rolls with prawn chipotle butter, and thousand island sauce

One of the biggest trends to hit our shores this summer has to be the famous and expensive lobster roll. A few restaurants have popped up around the country that have a signature lobster roll on their menu. The most notable one being the $14 Lobster roll from Supernormal in [...]

By |January 27th, 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 Cheats Lamington with Apricot Jam and White Chocolate Ganache, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

I heard somewhere that cheating is un-Australian. But a little white lie won't hurt will it? If you don't tell, I won't... This is a CHEATS recipe for easy lamingtons! We've used store bought sponge, store bought apricot jam... but because they are covered in white chocolate ganache, this little [...]

By |January 25th, 2016|

Bella’s Macadamia dukkah, for Australia Day as seen in Daily Telegraph

What better way to celebrate this upcoming Australia Day that with native ingredients? We often forget that macadamias are a true blue Aussie ingredient, they are so readily available that we take them for granted. They are native to north eastern NSW, and grow in abundance around the Byron Bay hinterlands. [...]

By |January 22nd, 2016|