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Chinese crispy roast pork belly with crackling, Siu Yuk 燒肉 – as seen on The Morning Show

  When we were kids, Mothers Day and special occasions meant mum had the night off from cooking, and her favourite place to go out was our local Chinese Restaurant. Back then, she had no idea how to cook Chinese food at home, so going out was our only option… in fact, she [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|

Naan bruschetta, eggplant pickle, and Kachumber salad

Bread. It’s a staple dish, literally all over the world. The fantastic thing about bread is that it’s a flavour carrier, so you can put almost anything on it and take your taste buds on a journey to anywhere: from a Vietnamese bahn mi, to a French croque madame, to [...]

By |April 29th, 2017|

Sammy’s Thai Chicken chopped salad

My Thai sister-in-law is a fantastic cook but I do know there is a lot of work that goes into preparing the ingredients for Thai dishes, which then can be cooked in under 5 minutes in a hot wok. A luxury she didn’t have growing up was a food processor [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|

Korma Kale and Chickpea Fritters with Pataks Eggplant Pickle

  Corn fritters and zucchini fritters might have taken Aussie kitchens by storm, but did you know that they have been cooking fritters in India for years? “Pakora” are little fried snacks made from vegetables and chickpea flour. They are fried to crispy golden deliciousness, and our version, made with [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|

Bella’s Crying Tiger Skirt Steak with Lemon Myrtle Dressing

We have so many wonderful native ingredients in Australia, and one of my favourites has to be lemon myrtle. It grows in many gardens around the country, it’s foliage is very pretty and it gives off the most intense scent whenever it rains or is windy. The leaves can be [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|

Bella’s baked Tandoori Barramundi salad with pickled Cucumber and herbed Yoghurt

Indian cuisine is probably the most diverse in the world – north to south, province to province, and even home to home have an incredible variety of dishes that would take more than a lifetime to master. Because of the complexity of spice blends and and sheer number of dishes [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|

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|

Left over Christmas Thai Turkey salad as seen on Sunrise

Watch us demonstrate this dish on Sunrise HERE Christmas is officially over and we may still have a few items left lingering in the fridge from the festive season. Many of us would have over ate, drank and are probably sick of eating the typical Christmas foods. We have made [...]

By |December 30th, 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|