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Bella’s French Onion soup in a Bread Bowl

The secret to good soupe à l'oignon Gratinée is patience. Too often we’re told to make meals in 30 minutes or less, but the truth is that it’s often not enough time to add a generous pinch of love. Instead of rushing, why not take the time to enjoy cooking [...]

By |January 2nd, 2017|

Sammy’s Left over Christmas Ham Croque-Madam as seen on Sunrise

Watch us demonstrate this dish on Sunrise HERE Oh Christmas Ham, Oh Christmas Ham, what ever will we do with all this Christmas ham? The Christmas season is officially over and now we welcome in the Party/New year/hangover season, but there is likely to be a little bit of Christmas [...]

By |December 30th, 2016|

Bella’s Cafe de Paris Butter and THE perfectly cooked steak

For those who haven't had the pleasure of matching this classic French Cafe de Paris Butter with a mouth watering steak, don't be scared off by the amount of ingredients in the butter.. We promise its worth it! You can freeze any excess butter for up to three months, and this [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|

Bella’s ricotta stuffed crepes with strawberry and balsamic sauce

Balsamic vinegar comes from the town of Modena in northern Italy and it’s production dates back to the 11th century… The best doesn’t have to be quite that old, but do buy the best you can afford. “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale” is the best, and is aged for either 12, 18 [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|

Sammy’s Thermomix Spiced Cherry Brioche Wreath

Nothing says Christmas like spices... unless you add delicious ripe, in season cherries to the mix! Stone fruits are a symbol of the traditional Australian Christmas, and we're so lucky that they pair perfectly with nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and anise. This festive brioche is the perfect way to celebrate [...]

By |February 15th, 2016|

Sammy’s porcini stuffed scotch fillet with paris mash, as seen at The Chop

If you love simple home cooked meals with a great flavour pairing like beef, mushrooms and potatoes, then you’ll fall even more in love with this refined version of a classic steak with mushroom sauce. Using the scotch fillet cut as a roast rather then single steaks keep it even [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|

Bella’s Smoked Beef Tartare with Porcini Dust and Pickled Rainbow Beets

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 [...]

By |September 4th, 2015|

Sammy’s French One Pot Wonder, puy lentils with sausage, as seen on Food For Life

I do love the culture of a shared meal. I used to love everything about fine dining and the full restaurant experience, folded napkins, multiple courses, and shiny silverware. Although I still do enjoy eating out, there’s something deliciously heart warming about you and your loved ones huddled around a [...]

By |August 18th, 2014|

tips on the perfect vanilla slice, and Bella’s recipe for the pink frosted Dutch version, Tompous

We were recently asked via the Lifestyle Food website: Do you guys have any secret or recipes to the perfect vanilla slice? my local bakery has a crumbly layer on top... If you'd like to ask your very own question, don't be shy! CLICK HERE to ask :) We love vanilla [...]

By |April 28th, 2014|

How To Tuesdays: En Papillote, fancy french name, super easy technique!

En papillote is a fancy french name for a very simple technique - it translates to "in a bag". Food is cooked and served all wrapped up and the package holds the moisture and steams the food as it cooks. Its a very healthy, light and delicious way to cook [...]

By |April 22nd, 2014|