Episode 3: Meet Simon

MEET SIMON

Simon is a semi-professional food critic. His blog Simon Food Favourites keeps him busy attending restaurant openings, covering the quality of babychinos in cafes around sydney, and photographing every single piece of food he comes across.

Often his two girls, Olivia 2, and Isabelle 5, are his dates and also the harshest critics. They have been spoiled with great restaurant and cafe food over the years, so when Simon and his partner cook at home they often turn up their noses. It’s heartbreaking when parents slave over meals and they are left uneaten, and the worst part is seeing so much go to waste. The critic has become so criticised at home that he has stopped cooking. It’s made Simon be more empathetic to the feelings of chefs when he reviews them!

The kids tastes are hard to pick – Isabelle loves steak tartare but hates ham and anything green, but has recently started trying new things (she used to only eat hot chips). Olivia is a little more open minded, especially if you trick her. One thing that both kids agree on – they love pasta with butter and cheese, and they LOVE baking and sweets (what kid doesn’t?).

Simon and his partner really want to cook more nutritious food at home and stop relying on unhealthy takeaways, but because both of them work it’s just so hard to find the time to get organised in the kitchen, cook, and then clean up too.

Sammy and Bella to the rescue!

Tune in to Kitchen Rescue, every Saturday at 1pm. Or watch online any time: http://bit.ly/SBKRTenPlay.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media: www.facebook.com/KitchenRescueTV and www.instagram.com/KitchenRescueTV

THE PROBLEM

 

  • Fussy kids, how to hide nutritious veggies in food
  • Kids learning how to cook, get excited about ingredients, and be engaged with the cooking process
  • Needs to have convenient food ready on hand, quick to prepare
  • Chocolate – kids are obsessed
  • High standards in food mean Simon and his family won’t settle for second best

 

THE SOLUTION

We taught Simon AND the kids how to make some healthy and delicious recipes with loads of secret hidden vegetables. The kids were especially excited to make their own home made pastas using the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker, and it’s so quick – they could make fresh pasta in just 15 minutes. The whole family loved our chocolate recipes… made wth the best quality Callebaut chocolate.

Spinach Pasta with Butter and Parmesan

Vegetable and Chicken Sausage Rolls

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Beetroot Handkerchief Pasta

Tempered Chocolate Bubblewrap Honeycomb

Healthier Veggie Chips

THE MAKEOVER

Simon’s kitchen is compact, so it’s not easy to fit everything for a family of 4. We used these easy to pull out organiser baskets to create extra cupboard space and group like with like for easy access in his pantry.

He also couldn’t use his oven, as it was being used as storage for pots and pans so we created extra shelving space in the tricky spot under the sink using this expandable shelf from Howards Storage World, freeing up space in the oven.

Check out these before and after shots:

A big thank you to our sponsors:

Philips

Howards Storage World

Callebaut

Sunrice

Lurpak

Barilla

Scanpan

Trenton

Maldon

Hoyts

Castello

 

Vietnamese Shaking Pork Salad

We’re shaking things up in the kitchen this week, with a Vietnamese Shaking Pork salad. This Vietnamese classic is traditionally prepared with beef and white rice, but we’ve created a really healthy and tasty alternative for the whole family with pork and a quinoa & rice mix.

Episode 1: Meet Hana

We are so excited to announce our own TV show! You can catch “Sammy and Bella’s Kitchen Rescue” every Saturday at 1pm on Network TEN… or if you’ve missed an episode, you can watch it online here: http://bit.ly/SBKRTenPlay.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media: www.facebook.com/KitchenRescueTV and www.instagram.com/KitchenRescueTV

MEET HANA

Her and her husband work full time in advertising, and they’ve recently moved back to Australia from a fast paced life in New York, to raise their growing family. They are an inner west Sydney hipster couple with a young son Alfie and another one on the way, so life is about to get even more busy! Hana admits that she can’t cook to save herself, and the kitchen is a disaster. She is also a busy working mum with full time job, so she wants simple recipes she (and her husband!) can prepare for the family, without resorting to takeaway or pre-made frozen meals. Chocolate is a big part pf her life, and even son Alfie has picked up the habit! Her late grandmother, mum and dad are all brilliant cooks, but somehow the Vietnamese family food traditions got lost along the way, and she would like to get inspired by her heritage.

We’re her to help! Thank you so much Hana for inviting us into your home and helping us show everyday Australians how they can live a better life in the kitchen.

THE PROBLEM

 – Reconnect with family heritage vietnamese

 – Quick meals that the whole family will love

 – Convenient, needs food ready to go from the pantry and freezer, as very little time to shop

–  Feed family somewhat healthy food, but let’s not go too crazy

– The whole family are Chocoholics

– Should have cooking rice in her blood, but always seems to overcook it – disaster!

THE SOLUTION

We created some easy recipes and quick hacks that will inspire Hana to cook more Vietnamese food, feed her chocolate obsession, and add lots of healthy veggies! But most importantly they are quick, easy and family friendly. If you’re anything like Hana, you’ll love our recipes!
Click the links below to try the recipes and kitchen hacks yourself.

Vietnamese Fried Rice

Flourless Chocolate Beetroot Loaf

Vietnamese Shaking Pork

Rescue Rice and make Congee

Cook Fancy Rice with Stock

Two Ingredient Hot Chocolate

THE MAKEOVER

Hana’s kitchen is completely disorganised, food and equipment was simply placed wherever it landed when they moved into their new house. In fact, she had no less than 6 different cabinets with pantry items.

As you can see in the before and after shots below, there is just one pantry. Like is grouped with like in easy to pull out storage canisters. Items used every day, such as rice, are kept at eye level. And items used rarely, such as sweets and baking items, are kept up high (although we think the chocolate will be making weekly trips down!)

On top of that, her kitchen work flow was out of whack, causing her to run around the kitchen at least 3 times more than she would if she had better work zones.

We created 3 x work zones:

1. “prep zone” which includes one pantry, a chopping/food prep bench, knives

2. “cooking zone” which included spices/seasoning/oils, the cook top, pots and pans, and a drawer with utensils

3. “cleaning zone” which includes the dishwasher and all table serving ware (cups, glasses, plates, cutlery)

A big thank you to our sponsors:

Howards Storage World

Callebaut

Sunrice

Lurpak

Barilla

Philips

Scanpan

Trenton

Maldon

Hoyts

Castello

Watch TEN at 1pm on Saturdays, or catch up on TENplay to view this episode.

Newsletter Sign up

Want tasty treats and kitchen hacks delivered?

Follow us on social

Sammy & Bella

We're here to inspire all Australians to rediscover their family traditions and heritage through food.

More About Us →

Latest Recipes