Mmmm we just love tortellini! Freshly hand made versions are delicious… but take oh-so long to prepare! For an easy weeknight meal we love to pull out a pack of Barilla cheese tortellini from the pantry and toss it with some simple burned butter, sage and parmesan. You don’t necessarily need a complicated topping, as the tortellini are already so delicious. They are made from fresh natural ingredients, free range eggs and top quality wheat make up the dough, and the filling is made with not 1 but 3 . . . → Read More: Bella’s 3 cheese tortellini with sausage ragu, as seen on The Morning Show
There’s not a soul in the world that doesn’t love pasta… eating it feels like a big warm hug from your Italian nonna. And if you want to feel like you’ve been hugged by a world class Italian chef, you can’t go past this dish of Tortiglioni with saffron, ricotta and italian sausage.
Recently, we were lucky enough to be invited by Barilla to Italy to attend the World Pasta Championships as guest judges. What a life! How lucky are we?!
Daniel Evangelista was crowned the . . . → Read More: Tortiglioni Pasta with Saffron and Italian Sausage, as seen on The Morning Show
This is a recipe with essentially no cooking… if you’re not familiar with tartare, it’s a dish of superb quality raw minced beef with raw egg yolk and condiments such as capers, minced echallot, and mustard. But it’s not just a classic French dish… it’s a staple of polish and Russian cuisine, and also pops up with different seasonings around the world. Koreans eat a version spiked with soy and nashi pear called yukhoe and Ethiopians love kitfo which is laced with chilli and clarified butter. You can also . . . → Read More: Bella’s Smoked Beef Tartare with Porcini Dust and Pickled Rainbow Beets
Since winning My Kitchen Rules in 2011, we’ve been very busy working hard in the kitchen every day. Running a successful catering business is wonderfully challenging, and designing new and interesting canapés with curious flavour combinations keeps our creative minds active.
I came up with a curious combination recently… and we’ll showcasing FREE tastings this Saturday! Come to Kings Cross Markets this Saturday 1st August from 9am!
We’re promoting next week’s Good Food and Wine Show, in Sydney 7-9 August 2015…. we’re very busy at the show with lots . . . → Read More: Bella’s Canapé of Smoked Speck, pickled mustard seed, coffee glaze (a food mash up, come and taste it this weekend!)
There’s not a single person in Australia, young or old who doesn’t love Bolognese sauce, and there are many who claim their version is the best. We’re super excited to share our authentic recipe because not only did we visit Bologna in Italy where Bolognese comes from, but we’ve perfectly paired it with the clean, crips taste of Heineken .
Authentically a ragu (which means slow cooked meat sauce) is served with tagliatelle pasta because it’s wide enough to hold onto the lovely thick meaty . . . → Read More: Bella’s Tagliatelle alla Bolognese with Heineken – Perfect Pairings
Autumn is the season of wild mushrooms and we couldn’t be more excited. Each year we throw on our gum boots and warm coats, grab a basket and knife and head out mushroom foraging. Our family has been doing it for generations, and we have been going since we could walk. It’s probably one our families favourite traditions and you’ll find a lot of other Eastern European families do the same each year. We usually go out to Belanglo State Forest, which is about a 2.5 hour drive . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Wild Mushroom Risotto – as seen on The Morning Show
Quick! The last of summer is slipping through your fingers, and so are the last of the most luscious summer tomatoes! Panzanella salad is a quick and easy Italian salad designed to use up leftover bread and super ripe and juicy end of summer tomatoes.
Summer leftover bread Panzanella with rocket pesto
Serves 4 as a side
3 cups sourdough day old bread, cut into 2cm cubes spray olive oi
2 roasted red capsicums, good quality jarred is ok 2 medium heirloom tomatoes ½ . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Leftover Bread Panzanella Salad with Rocket Pesto
Coming from a Polish background, food has always been at the centre of any family occasion. Never too far away while making food, and sitting down to enjoy it, was the drink of choice (the only choice), a beer.
So from the day we were able to enjoy a drink, beer has always been the companion to the food we shared around the table.
When the opportunity arose to pair our recipes with the beers we love to drink with them, we were naturally very excited.
Sipping our way . . . → Read More: Bella’s BBQ lamb salad with feta creme dressing, perfectly paired with James Boags Premium
When it comes to fruit and vegetables, cheap is usually the best! Food prices don’t just depend on the quality of the produce, when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, mother nature has the most influence! At peak times it’s season, fresh produce is in bulk supply, so producers flog their stock at excellent prices to make sure they clear the stocks before they spoil. The end of the season is often even better… fruits and veggies have had many hours in the beaming australian sunshine . . . → Read More: Bella’s Paprykarz z kurczaka, Polish chicken and red pepper stew, as seen on The Morning Show
Sammy’s Jamming Season!!
Summer is over and Autumn is in full swing, so now is the time that we are seeing the last of summers fruits in our super markets, which it therefore means its perfect time for jamming. Jamming is a method of food preservation that has become an extremely popular past time for those of looking to reconnect with their granny’s roots.
Sugar is the main preservative and unfortunately there isn’t really anyway around it. But if you’re like me and prefer to eat very little, to . . . → Read More: Sammy’s Jamming Session, as seen on The Morning Show