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Sammy and Bella’s Green Tea Smoked Duck with Orange 5 spice sauce and wilted greens

Recently we were invited to teach some our favourite recipes, using local produce, at The Kitchens in Robina on the Gold Coast. And boy do we love smoking! Nothing funny, of course, but smoking duck, salmon, or even butter is such an amazing technique that adds incredible complexity of flavour. [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Salmon and Fennel Risotto with Lemon Dill Pangrattato

We recently demonstrated this dish at The Kitchens, at Robina town centre on the Gold Coast. There’s lots of delicious fresh produce in the centre, so we couldn’t help but share one of our favourite seafood dishes with all the locals. One of the biggest lessons that we can learn [...]

By |January 22nd, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Coffee glazed pork chops with honeydew and summer vegetable salad

We were recently invited to do some cooking demos at the AMAZING “Kitchens” at Robina town centre on the Gold Coast – and this dish was a surprise favourite! The coffee glaze is fantastic for basting any kind of meat, either grilled on the BBQ or pan fried. The cold [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|

Bella’s French Onion soup in a Bread Bowl

The secret to good soupe à l'oignon Gratinée is patience. Too often we’re told to make meals in 30 minutes or less, but the truth is that it’s often not enough time to add a generous pinch of love. Instead of rushing, why not take the time to enjoy cooking [...]

By |January 2nd, 2017|

Thermomix: Our Babcia’s Gingerbread Spice Mix and Piernik Recipe as seen on The Morning Show

  Its that time of year where we dust off the old Christmas recipes and bring our family traditions back to life. Most of us, even those who aren’t big cooks, will have a specialty dish that they are assigned to make each year. However this year we have decided [...]

By |December 10th, 2016|

Sammy’s Microwaveable Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding is probably the most popular of all Christmas desserts. Originally being a Northern hemisphere Christmas tradition, us Aussies have still picked it up and integrated it into our Summer Christmas. But how many of us actually make our own Christmas pudding? Most of us are tempted to just buy one from our local supermarket [...]

By |December 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Prawn and Snow Pea Short Soup

“Short soup” is simply an Australian colloquial term for wonton soup, which was brought to Australia from Hong Kong with the Cantonese people. The soup should be full of flavour, and much of the umami deliciousness comes from an excellent quality broth. If you can, use home made chicken stock. [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|

Sammy’s Larb Gai as seen on The Morning Show

Thai cooking is all about the prep and fast last minute cooking. Spend the time to prep each of your ingredients a head of time and clean as you go. Then when it comes time to cooking, you’ll be done in a flash, with a delicious hot meal ready to [...]

By |November 24th, 2016|

Sammy’s Autumn Apple pie with maple cream

Autumn can be a bittersweet time as we start to say goodbye to the to those long summer days spent in the water or the warm nights spent sitting under the stars. That’s why when it comes to cooking and preparing for those colder months, there is nothing better than [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s chicken, corn and tarragon “pop tart” pies as seen on The Morning Show

As kids, our mum was VERY strict about not having any junk food in the house. While other kids got green cordial, we were forced to drink freshly squeezed carrot and apple juice. For morning tea, our friends would devour chips and “chicken” flavoured biscuits, while were subjected to eating [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|