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Bella’s Pasta e ceci (Pasta soup with chickpeas) for Floriade

  Somewhere between a pasta and a soup, this typical Roman dish gets the thumbs up from everyone who tastes it! And best of all, every ingredient comes from the pantry, so it’s an easy dish to whip up in weeknights. Even better is the fact that it’s all cooked [...]

By |October 17th, 2017|

Gluten Free Smoked salmon scotch eggs with quinoa flakes, for Westfield

Are you gluten free but love schnitzel? Quinoa flakes are your friend! They are crunchy, and yummy, and good for you too! Today we’re making scotch eggs, which are traditionally made by coating an egg in sausage meat, then crumbing and deep frying. We love them, especially when you can [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|

Zakąski, polish antipasta platter

Polish people love vodka, or wódka in Polish. And they especially love it in shots! But it’s not a drunkards way of behaving… even though it is indeed druk at the beginning of a meal with pre-dinner snacks called Zakąski. As the meal progresses, the drinks progress to beer (and [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|

Ryba smażona w panierce, fish schnitzel, from Sopot in Poland

In so many cultures around the world, especially in Australia, summer beach holidays with family bring back memories of fantastic fish and chips… Eaten by the seaside with the smell of salt in the air and the roar of the waves on the shore. It’s such a strong evocative dish, [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|

Breakfast Piadina, at the Good Food and Wine Show

Bread is a staple of so many cultures, and Italy has some of the best bread in the world! But it’s not just focaccia and ciabatta – there is a plethora of styles, each belonging to the hearts of specific Italian regions. “Piadina” is a flat bread that originates in [...]

By |June 24th, 2017|

Greek braised lamb shanks, Arni Kokkinisto – αρνί κοκκινιστό

Winter is for braising, and this Greek dish will have all your neighbours begging to come over for family dinner! In Greek it’s called Arni Kokkinosto (pronounced koh-keen-isto), and it essentially translates to “reddened” – referring to the rich tomato sauce the lamb is cooked in. Lamb shanks do take [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|

Sammy’s home made Sauerkraut

  Sauerkraut has been sneaking its way back into our kitchen and meals with the fermented foods revolution. This revolution was brought back on in my opinion by kraut master Sandor Katz, who has been nicknamed Sandorkraut. You can read about him here: http://www.wildfermentation.com/who-is-sandorkraut/ For Bella and I our interest [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|

Sammy’s quick and easy Pizzette

Pizzette in Italian literally means mini pizza, a traditional finger or buffet food that can be either enjoyed straight out of the oven or cold the next day. I have fond memories of meeting my mum at her work after school and the Italian café next door did the best [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|

Sammy’s Gnocchi alla Norma

Looking for a delicious way to use up Potatoes? Look no further! This yummy vegetarian Gnocchi is done in no time, and best yet, the Gnocchi only needs 5 ingredients! Tips: Use as little flour as possible, this will depend on the water content of the potato Bake the potatoes [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|

Cheat’s Torta Pasqualina: an Italian Easter spinach pie

The Italians are big on food and big on Easter! One of their most traditional Easter dishes is a torta pasqualina, literally translating to Easter Pie. It’s a spinach pie with a secret surprise -whole eggs baked into it. Eggs are an important symbol of Easter and new life in [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|