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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 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 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|

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 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|

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|