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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|

Bella’s Apple Buttermilk Biegnet with Salted Caramel

Biegnets are a new Orleans classic, made famous by local joint Café du Monde. These little doughnuts are at their best when cooked fresh and eaten right away... But remember that you can make the dough up to 8 hours before frying. They are a real treat but I've made [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|

Bella’s Blackened Snapper

“Blackened redfish” is a famous dish from 1980’s at K-Paul’s Louisiana kitchen in new Orleans, invented by chef Paul Prudhomme. The technique of blackening involves dipping food in melted butter, then a mix of dry herbs and spices, then cooking an an extremely hot skillet. The black colour comes from the [...]

By |April 13th, 2016|

Bella’s Mississippi Okra and Polenta Fritters with special sauce

What happens when you combine 2 staples of southern american cooking, Okra and Grits (polenta)? Heaven! There are many variations of recipes for okra fritters in the south, and these are my favourite. Traditionally they are made with grits, which is white corn polenta, but the Italian style yellow cornmeal [...]

By |April 11th, 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|

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 Chunky Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo's are a very special and very delicious type of tomato from Mexico, also known as the mexican husk tomato or "tomato verde" in spanish. Don't confuse them with tomatoes as used in the cooking of America's deep south, "fried green tomatoes" are simply made with normal tomatoes which are unripened. [...]

By |January 17th, 2016|

A very American Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

This is the Christmas we are so familiar with… Nothing is spared and Americans love to celebrate with gusto… however the celebrations are less religious than in some other countries. Think Christmas carols, Santa, Snowmen, and Reindeer! Lights and decorations are very popular, with pretty much every town and city [...]

By |January 13th, 2016|

A very Venezuelan Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Venezuelan Christmas is all about the music. There are many traditional instruments played to create beautiful folk music, including the Cuatro, Tamborra, Furro, and Charrasca. But most importantly… roller skating! Yes you read correctly. In the capital city, Caracas, roads are closed by 8am on Christmas Eve so people can [...]

By |January 9th, 2016|