Bella’s Patates Yahni, Greek Potato Stew with Purslane

photo credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com "Yahni" is a kind of vegetable stew made in Greece, Persia, Turkey and many other countries in the region. In fact, their popularity spread during the reign of the ottoman empire, from Syria all the way up to the Balkans, so there are a huge [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|

Bella’s Kangaroo Kofta with Tzatziki, for Australia Day, as seen in Daily Telegraph

I just love Kangaroo, it's a wonderful native ingredient that is incredibly sustainable - most meat available commercially comes from wild animals and is a byproduct of population control programs. The meat has a delicate gamey taste, somewhere between duck and beef. It's also very very lean and high in [...]

By |January 23rd, 2016|

A very Greek Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Although Greeks often have Christmas trees, an even older tradition is also very common. To keep away the kallikantzaros, bad spirits who break into your house via the chimney, a shallow wooden bowl filled with holy water and a cross with basil attached to it is prepared. Each day from [...]

By |January 16th, 2016|

A very Croatian Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Advent in Croatia is littered with celebrations, with St Catherine’s Day, St Barbaras Day, St Nicholas’ Day and St Lucia’s day all falling in the period. Interestingly, it’s not Santa Claus that distributes gifts to children, but various saints (depending in which part of the country you live in). The [...]

By |January 14th, 2016|

A very Norweigian Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Norway is said to be the home of Santa Claus (aka Julienissen) so it’s the best place to look for Christmas traditions! Christianity didn’t arrive in Norway until about 1100AD, so this time of year is also a pagan celebration of the ancient Jul harvest festival, which is a celebration [...]

By |January 10th, 2016|

A very Italian Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Italians are as passionate about food as they are about religion, and each region has their own customs and traditional dishes. Nativity crib scenes are very popular, and neighbours often compete for the most beautiful versions (which are famously produced in Naples and sold all over Italy). They are made [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|

A very British Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

The British Christmas begins on Christmas Eve – at the pub! Friends and communities gather at the local watering hole to celebrate together with a few pints, before heading to midnight mass. Christmas morning is sometimes a little bit hungover, so a traditional breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|

A very Polish Christmas, as seen on Lifestyle Food

Christmas is a REALLY big deal for Poles. We grew up with some amazing traditions that we hope to pass onto our own families one day. It all starts with cleaning. Yes, cleaning. The obsessive chore starts at Advent and by Christmas Eve your house is perfectly presentable and ready [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|

Sammy’s Christmas Recipes – Christmas Pudding Chocolate Mousse

If you're not already planning your Christmas menu then you're in luck. Dessert is always the hardest and this recipe is one you can make a few days in advance. Just make sure you cover the mousse with cling film so there are no flavour transfers in your fridge. Keep [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|

Lurpak Go Freestyle – Taste of Melbourne and Gourmet Escape – Recipe

November was full of great food festivals all over the country for us. We started out in Brisbane for Good Food and Wine show, then made our way to Taste of Melbourne with Lurpak Butter and travelled to beautiful Margaret river for Gourmet Escape. We were lucky enough to be [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|