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Bella’s slow cooked Dukkah Lamb on Turkish rolls with pickled Carrot and herb mayo

  Easter is coming! Christian cultures around the world celebrate Easter with many different recipes, and one thing’s for certain, there is always a luscious feast on Sunday with some very special meat and the Pope himself always eats lamb. The origins of lamb as a symbol of Easter come [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|

Sammy’s BBQ Lamb Chops with Syrian inspired Labneh – Australia Day Recipe

    Australia Day for us is all about remembering the early history of our country and also celebrating what now is a very diverse, welcoming and loving country. For many years Australia has welcomed many new cultures and people, and with them came an abundance of new traditions and [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Sammy’s Iraqi inspired spiced BBQ lamb – Australia Day Recipe

  One of our favourite meats to eat in Australia is without a doubt Lamb. We love it roasted, seared, slow cooked and of course BBQ’d. This Australia Day we are not only celebrating our native ingredients and indigenous traditions but also those of our new citizens. Every year this [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Bella’s corn fritters, braised silverbeet, cauliflower humus and zataar egg

When you have such amazing produce, grown locally around Sydney, a vegetarian brunch like this can be absolutely spectacular and win over the taste buds of meat eaters and vegos alike. We recently discovered cauliflower humus, and it’s one of our favourite dishes. This recipe makes extra – because we [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|

Bella’s Buttery Basmati Rice and Risoni, the best rice you’ll ever try!

Yes, you read correctly. Rice and pasta. In the same dish. Double the carb. Ten times the flavour. Twenty times the happiness. By these calculations, I forecast that this side dish will enter your weekly repertoire and never leave! If you've ever been to Turkey, Israel or pretty much anywhere [...]

By |March 23rd, 2016|

Bella’s Iraqi Braised Okra with Tomatoes, Margat Banya Basrami

The worlds very first known cookbooks were actually found in Mesopotamia, now modern day Iraq, where recipes were prepared in religious ceremonies in temples over 10,000 years ago. Ancient cooking traditions have evolved to form a rich cuisine in this region, where meals always start with mezze, the middle eastern version of antipasta. [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Bella’s Turkish Stuffed Mussels, Midye Dolma

Last year I took an AMAZING trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where I experienced a holiday romance. Except, this romance might just last forever. I'm blessed to have experienced the beauty of Turkish food at it's source, I'm in love and I'm never looking back. Street food is a big deal [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|

Bella’s Georgian Green Beans with Walnut Sauce, Satsivi

Georgia, oh Georgia. Very few people in Australia could point out this former soviet country on the map, and even fewer can tell you something about its cuisine. Nestled in the Caucasus, between Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, their cuisine carries both european and middle eastern influences. The country is famed [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|

Bella’s Israeli Chopped Salad with Purslane, and a guide to seasonal vegetables

A basic chopped up salad is Israeli as Israeli can be. It's almost ludicrously simple, so much so that even the worst cook can master this salad. The skill is in the shopping, not the cooking, and finding the best quality ingredients isn't always easy. The best place to pick [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|

Bella’s Cauliflower Humus with Zataar, as seen on The Morning Show

I just love humus, but if you’re looking to reduce your carb or calorie intake then cauliflower is an excellent substitute for chickpeas in this classic dip. By roasting the cauliflower first, you get a rich, nutty, smokey flavour to the puree. And by adding a sprinkling of citrusy zataar [...]

By |February 7th, 2016|