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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|

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|

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|

Sammy and Bella’s Salmon and Fennel Risotto with Lemon Dill Pangrattato

We recently demonstrated this dish at The Kitchens, at Robina town centre on the Gold Coast. There’s lots of delicious fresh produce in the centre, so we couldn’t help but share one of our favourite seafood dishes with all the locals. One of the biggest lessons that we can learn [...]

By |January 22nd, 2017|

Sammy’s Rum and gourmet Mixed Fruit Chocolate Salami 

Despite the name and resemblance to a traditional salami, this dessert does not contain any meat. Instead, its packed full of delicious biscuits, nuts, Sunbeam Gourmet Selection Mixed Fruit and of course, lots of dark chocolate! This dense chocolate log can be found all over Italy with many different regional variations: some use dark rum or [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|

Sammy’s Cacio e Pepe

Sammy's Cacio e Pepe You’ve probably seen this creamy cheesy pasta popping up in your social media new feeds if you follow any chefs or foodies. Its having a bit of a moment really, chef David Chang from Momofuku, Bon Appetite magazine and yours truly, are all obsessed with this super easy, delicious [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|

ALDI Comp winning recipe: Spicy Pork Arancini

    We love Pork, so to celebrate our love for this delicious meat we have teamed up with ALDI and our Facebook fans to find three of your favourite pork recipes for us to re create! ALDI has a great range of high quality meat products and their fresh [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|

Sammy’s Pasta al Pomodoro, as seen on The Morning Show

Ohhhhh we LOVE pasta! Italian food can be so ludicrously simple... And this is one of the simplest and tastiest pasta dishes you'll ever try. BUT. There is still some skill involved... the skill of shopping! Shop for the best quality ingredients and you'll have the best dish. Right now [...]

By |March 12th, 2016|