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 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|

A very Filipino Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

As with so many countries, the history of the Phillipines has shaped their Christmas traditions. Their Spanish past means that many catholic traditions are upheld, and because it was an American colony there are lots of western traditions. As with the Koreans, the Filipinos also love to give money as [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|

A very South Korean Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

There are more Christians in South Korea than most Asian countries, making up about 25% of the population so it’s definitely a big deal! The light displays in Seoul are second to none, and a real treat for tourists and locals alike. Although Christianity is technically allowed in North Korea, [...]

By |January 11th, 2016|

Bella’s Indian Almond and Pistachio fudge slice ”Badam Burfi”, as seen on The Morning Show

In Australia we are so lucky to sample so many amazing foods from different cultures from around the world. This week Hindus around the world will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, and families everywhere decorate their homes with lamps and [...]

By |November 18th, 2015|

Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

Regionality in Chinese cooking is so important. Chinese isn’t just Chinese. In fact, each province has it’s own unique style and there’s a plethora of new and exciting traditional dishes that most Australian’s haven’t even heard of. I’ve just come back from a trip to China where I came across [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|

Sammy’s Prawn Biryani – as seen on The Morning Show

  How many of us love Indian food but rarely make it ourselves? We are often turning to our local take away of even those less than authentic jarred sauces from the super market. But if you want some thing home made but still relatively easy and quick then this [...]

By |September 5th, 2014|

Bella’s Filipino Chicken Adobo, as seen on The Morning Show

Adobo in Spanish means “marinated”, and essentially this is a classic Filipino dish of marinated and braised chicken. It’s not to be confused with the central American marinade/sauce/rub called by the same name, which is based on paprika and smoked chilli. The Filipino version is a very traditional dish, and [...]

By |August 17th, 2014|

Sammy’s Thai Stir Fried Pork Belly (dry style with Red Curry Paste), as seen on The Morning Show

I was going through some old holiday photos in Thailand the other day which made me realise how much I miss all of the beautiful flavorful Thai dishes. I also realized how long it been since I ate proper Thai food as many of the take away places don’t serve [...]

By |May 26th, 2014|

Bella’s Iron deficiency Busting Beef and Edamame Salad with Korean Noodles, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Chloe asks: what recipes would you recommend for people with iron deficiency? I'm struggling to find recipes! Bella answers:  Iron deficiency seems to be very common, with almost 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men suffering from this condition. If you have a medical issue then you [...]

By |May 22nd, 2014|