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Snacks to fill your office drawer

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:52

As 3.00pm rolls around, you suddenly find yourself trawling the pantry at home or at work for a little something to keep you going until dinner. A snack will also keep you focused and fuelled – and, if you keep the following snacks close, you won’t be tempted to reach for something a little less-than-healthy.

Snack-ready items to keep in your pantry at work or home

Nuts: a handful of mixed nuts is an easy snack to munch away on, that’ll keep you satisfied until dinner.

Dried fruit: dried fruits are great for any sweet tooth out there that wants that sugar fix without the guilt.

Muesli bars: if you’re on the go, muesli bars are the snack for you. Also, they aren’t an item that is going to perish quickly, making them the perfect snack to store at work or home.

Crackers and rice cakes: plain crackers are an easy snack idea to enjoy on their own, or paired with your favourite spread or topping.

Nut butter and other spreads: keep your favourite spreads handy to enjoy on crackers or rice cakes.

Fruit: stock up your fruit stash at the start of the week, ensuring you replenish every week. Fruit is a satisfying snack, which is filled with nutrients too.

Now you know the staples to keep on hand, try these delicious snack recipes to enjoy at home or work. They will certainly keep that 3.00pm hunger at bay!

Snack recipes to try 

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Feta Muffins – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Lemon Ricotta Bliss Balls – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Pear and Coconut Muffins – Australian Pears

 

Macadamia and Chia Muesli Bars – Breville

 

 

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Fun and easy kids birthday party recipes and activites

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:50

These days, throwing a kids’ birthday party can take a lot of preparation and time. Figuring out what the children (and adults) are going to eat and do can become a little overwhelming – and, with children’s birthday parties becoming more and more elaborate it can set the standard high. But, with the following collection of easy party activities and delicious treats, throwing a kids’ birthday party can be a breeze!

In these clever pages from our Dessert Lovers Foodbook, there is a variety of fun and different kids’ birthday party actives to keep the little ones entertained for hours.

 

Now you know what the little ones are going to keep themselves busy with, it’s now time to figure out what you are going to feed them. The following recipes are fun, delicious, the kids will love them and the adults won’t mind them either.

Kids birthday party treat recipes 

Chocolate Crackle Popcorn – Copha

 

Kids party layered chocolate slice – Copha

 

Popping Candy Bark – Copha

 

Popcorn rocky road – Copha

 

Honey Joys – Copha

 

Rainbow teacake with vanilla frosting and M&Ms – Copha

 

For more delicious baking ideas and stunning desserts have a look at our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook. 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Copha is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Copha and our own opinions. For more information visit the Copha website.

 

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Bring back tradition with this classic chocolate crackle recipe

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:43

The humble chocolate crackle is loved by many children and adults alike, and is the ultimate kids’ party treat – and, if there are any left-over they go perfectly with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon too. This delicious delight is also a great way to get kids involved in the preparation for their party. The best part about the chocolate crackle is that there is no baking involved, so they’re perfect for little ones to help out with.

To make this traditional treat all you need is five simple ingredients, a good mix and then a little while to set in the fridge. It’s that easy! If you are throwing a themed kids’ party, you can play around with the colours of the wrapping for your crackles. A kids’ party is really not complete without chocolate crackles – and don’t forget to make spares for the adults too.

Easy chocolate crackle recipe to try 

Chocolate Crackles – Copha

If you want to see more oh-so fabulous kids party treat ideas and recipes have a look in our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook. 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Copha is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Copha and our own opinions. For more information visit the Copha website.

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Meals you can freeze for the week ahead

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:48

As the weeks roll by, coming home, planning and cooking dinner can be quite an effort. However, if you take a couple of hours from your Sunday afternoon and cook meals you can freeze, your week is going to be a lot easier. Whether it be the full meal you decide to freeze or elements of the dish – such as freezing some mince meat, meaning all you need to do is cook the pasta when you are ready to eat the mince.

Overall, meal freezing is a fantastic time saver, makes food last longer and is a great way to save the leftovers. See the points below for tips to master the art of meal freezing.

What you need to know when meal freezing
  • Freeze in single or multiple servings; in plastic tubs, foil and zip lock bags.
  • If you are freezing a dish like lasagne, cut up into serving sizes and place in individual containers or zip lock bags. This makes it easier to defrost and there’s no need to defrost the whole lasagne, you can defrost what you need each time.
  • Date and label your meals, to make it easier for yourself when choosing what to defrost.
  • Allow your food to cool before freezing – aim to get your dish into the freezer two hours after cooking.
  • Spacing items out in the freezer will help them to freeze quicker.
  • Ensure you defrost your food thoroughly before cooking or reheating.
  • When reheating or cooking a product from frozen, make sure you add about 20 to 30 minutes to the cooking time and make sure it’s piping hot all the way through before serving.
  • You can also freeze cakes, brownies and breads. Ensure your cake is at room temperature before freezing. Then, wrap the whole cake or individual pieces in cling wrap.
Meals you can freeze 

Mushroom and Lentil Bolognese Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Cheese Béchamel Sauce – Devondale

 

Chilli Mushroom Con Carne – Australian Mushrooms

 

Turkey Bolognese – Steggles

 

Ultimate Sweet Potato Mash – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Cheesy Mushroom, Bacon and Veggie Pasta Bake – Australian Mushrooms

 

Date and Coconut Cake – Devondale

 

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Keep your cool: five simple tips for organising your fridge

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 08:57

Organising your fridge may seem like a mundane task to undertake, but by keeping things tidy and having a designated place for all your foods, you could save time, money and prevent future mess. Ready to take on the chaos behind the fridge door? Keep your cool and follow these five simple steps:

  1. Group items in handy baskets for easy access: by grouping similar products together – be it condiments, beverages, dairy products or spreads – and placing them in tidy-making baskets or containers, you can make it much easier to find what you have and access what you want much faster. You might even like to use a ‘lazy Susan’ to make products easier to get to. And, if there are any condiment spillages, you’ll only need to clean the basket, rather than your entire fridge shelf.
  2. Keep a marker pen and roll of tape nearby: use magnets to affix a roll of white masking tape and a marker pen to your fridge so that you can label leftovers and homemade items with names and dates. This way, there’ll be no mystery items going bad to discover later down the track – and, you won’t need to guess what day something was made. The tape should be easy to remove when it comes to washing up.
  3. Absorb odours with ground coffee beans: not only are they delicious to devour in your morning brew, but a little bowl of ground coffee beans can be placed in your fridge to absorb odours that might arise from vegetables or strong-smelling ingredients in the vicinity.
  4. Give everything a designated place: while organising your fridge, you might like to label your side-door compartments with what items each area should contain. Whether you want to allocate a designated cheese area, a space for sauces and dressings, and a spot for eggs, for example, by labelling these areas, there’ll be no confusion for anyone in your household (or visitors) about where things should go. And, you’ll avoid the dreaded jumble of ingredients.
  5. Choose transparent containers: if you’re storing leftovers in coloured or dark containers, it can be tricky to know at a glance what’s in your refrigerator. By using glass jars or other transparent storage containers, you’ll know exactly what you’ve got in your fridge – and will be less likely to double up on items during your next grocery shopping trip.

Organising your fridge might be a lot easier and less time consuming than you expected. Why not give your fridge a sparkling makeover this week?

Image cred: Clean & Scentsible; Lauren Volo

 

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What not to do when you’re making scones

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:19

iWho doesn’t love a freshly baked, warm scone finished off with a dollop of fresh cream and jam, served with a hot cup of tea or coffee? This is one seriously good combo.

When made correctly scones can be epic! And yet, as simple as they seem, scones can take a bit of fine-tuning to get right. Here are some common scone-baking mistakes that avid home bakers often make …

What to avoid when you’re making scones:

Overworking the dough: when you overwork your dough, your scones can come out tough and chewy, rather than that desired light, crumbly texture. The trick is to use light pressure and only the work the dough until it just comes together.

Using room temperature or warm ingredients: the number one trick to remember when making scones, which is often forgotten, is to start with cold ingredients – cold butter, cold eggs and cold cream. This is the secret to the flakiest scones. Using cold ingredients prevents the butter from melting before your scones are baked. Instead, it heats up when the scones are in the oven and creates a super-flaky, oh-so delicious end result.

Not chilling the dough before baking: to really ace your scones, it helps to chill your dough again before it’s baked. Using cold ingredients does help, but your hands can warm up the dough when you’re working with it.

Baking your scones ahead of time: if you have a brunch or morning tea planned, it is very tempting to bake the night before to have everything ready, but scones are really the best when they are fresh and warm out of the oven. Although, if you do prefer to get ahead, shape the dough into scones and leave them in the fridge overnight, ready for baking the next day.

Now you know what NOT to do when making scones, try these super delicious scone recipes!

Scone recipes to try

Buttermilk Scones – IXL

 

Cheesy Chive and Mustard Scones – Devondale

 

Scones – The Dairy Kitchen

 

For more baking ideas and delicious desserts, download our new free Dessert Lovers Foodbook!

 

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The new classic cookbook: Gennaro Contaldo’s ultimate Italian collection

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:57

If you’ve ever viewed TV’s favourite bickering friendship duo the  Two Greedy Italians, as they traverse the vine-laden hillsides of Italy, you’ll be familiar with this charismatic cook. The man who taught Jamie Oliver to make pasta like an Italian has a household name that’s synonymous with Amalfi Coast-style cuisine: Gennaro Contaldo.

Those who love to tuck into herby homemade pasta dishes, fresh fish and salads, rich and hearty tomato-based dishes and freshly baked bread can learn to master the art of Italian cuisine with help from Genarro’s new classic Italian cook book.

In Gennaro’s Passione, the lauded cook demonstrates his love affair with his home country’s national dishes, shares the food local to his home town on the Amalfi Coast, and reveals some of his family recipes.

The book also pays homage to his childhood, featuring personal recollections, photographs and favourite recipes from his youth.

Feast your eyes on more than 100 Italian recipes: think soups, salads, pasta, meaty mains and simple desserts. Gennaro’s Passione is available now.

Images from Gennaro’s Passione by Gennaro Contaldo, published by Pavilion Books.

 

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How to throw a picture perfect morning tea

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:45

Morning teas are all about gorgeous and delicious bite-sized treats teamed with a warming cup of tea or coffee. They are a fun way to celebrate a birthday, bridal or baby shower and a catch-up with good friends.

With only a little planning and preparation you can easily throw a spectacular morning tea. If you’d like to plan your own picture perfect gathering, here’s how.

What you will need for your morning tea:

Tea and other drinks: Having an assortment of loose leaves and tea bags plus other drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate and champagne are a must – ensuring you accompany your tea selections with cream, sugar and lemon slices, of course!

Tea pots and tea cups: having tea brewed and ready is an essential for any fabulous morning tea. Serve your tea and other hot drinks in a collection of gorgeous tea pots and tea cups and you’ll immediately impress your guests.

Plates and bowls: set your table with a nice table cloth and lay out a mixture of decorative plates to set the scene.

Cutlery: you will need a range of cutlery on hand, from a cake knife for slicing into bakes, to teaspoons for stirring in the cream and sugar, and dolloping your jam on your sweet treats.

Napkins: not only can they add a sophisticated touch to your morning tea parties, but an assortment of napkins is handy for avoiding an unwanted mess.

Cake Stands: display your delicious morning tea delights on old-fashioned cake stands, which can make your treats even more appealing to guests.

Flowers: Because who doesn’t love flowers? Decorating your table with an arrangement of flowers will finish off your setting just beautifully.

Condiments: (Think jam, cream and sugar). Sometimes your treats need that extra special finishing touches, just like scones need jam and cream. Supply your guests with delicious condiments such as marmalades, cream and fruity preserves so they can dollop atop their favourite cakes and bakes.

With help from some deliciously jammy recipes from our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook, you can enjoy a dollop of jam on any of your sweet delights served at the morning tea. Dollop as little or as much as you desire.

 

Now you’re ready for your picture perfect morning tea, serving up these stunning recipes that will leave your guests asking for more!

Perfect morning tea recipes 

Buttermilk Scones – IXL

 

Almond and Marmalade Brownies – IXL

 

Jammy Puddings – IXL

 

Jam Doughnut Muffins – IXL

 

For more delicious dessert recipes and stunning baked goods have a look at our new Dessert lovers Foodbook, it’s a good one!

 

*DISCLAIMER: IXL is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from IXL and our own opinions. For more information visit the IXL website.

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Food meets fashion: wear your food and eat it too!

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:03

This year, Australian fashion designers seem to have one thing on their minds: food. And we can’t get enough of it. From foodie frocks to breakfast-themed brooches and fast-food-print men’s shirts, these Australian brands are allowing food-crazed folk the opportunity to flaunt their favourite foods in a wearable way – so now you can wear your food and eat it too!

We’ve brought together 10 fun foodie fashion brands and makers catching our hungry eyes right now:

  1. Kaboolie Store
    With clothes for both the food-loving adults and children in your life, Kabooli Store showcases bold colours, bright patterns and fruity flair! We’re loving the brand’s ‘Bananas for Mangoes’ and ‘Vegorama’ prints.
  2. Salad Clothing
    Here’s one for the male food fans! Salad Clothing creates super fun foodie fashion, including this ‘ Heart Attack‘ print shirt covered in hot dogs, chips and burgers!
  3. Dangerfield
    If you’re a fan of a classic Australian sweet treat, you might just love the latest collection from this Australian fashion brand. Featuring dresses and skirts dappled with Iced VoVos, lamingtons and fairy bread, this collection is a feast for the eyes.
  4. Eat.Me.Do
    This independent fashion design brand is responsible for such delicious creations as the Baked Bean Clutch, the Sunny Side Up Dress and the Party Mix Brooch set.
  5. charmingafternoon
    Don your favourite food on your clothing, with these fancy food pins from charmingafternoon. We can’t resist the mini hashrown pin!
  6. Devoi
    If you have a special occasion on the horizon, this Eat Your Greens print dress from Melbourne-based Devoi is bound to whet your appetite.
  7. Little Party Dress
    Drape yourself in bananas or watermelons with help from Little Party Dress. Feeling fruity on a Friday? Reach for this Billy Banana Shirt Dress.
  8. Molly Combs Marr
    A woman with a penchant for creating nostalgic accessories, Molly Combs Marr is the mastermind behind these fabulous Rainbow Paddle Pop earrings.
  9. PabloandCo
    This label is catering to all the food-loving fur babies out there with these doggy bandanas in a fun food print named ‘picnic pawty’. You’ll also find strawberry bow-ties for the fruit-loving pup in your life who also has a special occasion to attend.
  10. merrygoodtimes
    This merry-making maker creates adorable food pins from felt. We’re big fans of this dumpling brooch. So cute, so happy!

And, lastly, our funniest find? 

Brisbane-based HatHut had us chuckling over this melted ice-cream splat hat!

Image cred: Dress; Little Party Dress, Earrings; Molly Coombs Marr

 

Image cred: Hashbrown pin; Charming Afternoon, Dumpling badge; merrygoodtimes, Green dress; Kablooie Store, Navy dress; DEVOI

 

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Stunning sweet potato vegan cheesecake recipe

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 06:49

Everyone knows the classic sweet potato as a versatile, robust and delicious vegetable used for dinner or lunch, but did you know this gorgeous orange potato can be used in dessert recipes?

These durable potatoes are naturally quite sweet with a caramel undertone, making them a fantastic addition to dessert recipes. Not only can they add bulk and heft to baked goods and dessert but they bring out a beautiful orange colour to the dish.

If you’re not convinced yet, you need to try this show-stopping sweet potato vegan cheesecake recipe. Using an array of tasty ingredients and finished off with a gorgeous almond praline, this recipe would be hard to say no to. This cake is perfect for celebrations, dinner parties and is the ultimate show-stopping dessert.

Extremely delicious sweet potato vegan cheesecake recipe to try

Sweet Potato Vegan Cheesecake – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

You can find more super delicious dessert and baked goods recipes like the sweet potato vegan cheesecake recipe in our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook. 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Australian Sweet Potatoes is a contributing recipe Partner at  myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Australian Sweet Potatoes and our own opinions.   Find out more about Australian Sweet potatoes. 

 

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Baking with butter: tips, tricks and recipes

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 15:38

Let’s face it, butter makes nearly everything better. When it comes to baked goods and pastries, butter is the key ingredient that makes things flaky, flavourful, tender, decadent and creamy. Do you want soft biscuits and oh-so flaky crusts? Butter is the answer. How about moist and decadent cakes? You need butter. Creamy and mouth-watering icing? Again, butter is required. Butter really is a baker’s necessity.

Bringing it back to baking basics, in this clever page from our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook you will find three very important but simple baking-with-butter techniques. These techniques and tips are a beginner baker’s go-to, and a great refresher for veteran bakers too.

Now that you’re ready to master the kitchen and whip up some delicious baked goods with butter, remember baking doesn’t always need to be elaborate. Sometimes the most simple flavours and techniques are the best!

Put your baking skills to the test and try these oh-so scrumptious recipes 

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Devondale

 

Date and Coconut Cake – Devondale

 

Chewy Oat Slice – Devondale

 

Coconut Snow Macarons – Devondale

 

For more mouth-watering dessert recipes have a look in our new Dessert Lovers Foodbook. This book certainly won’t disappoint any sweet-tooth.

 

*DISCLAIMER: Devondale are a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Devondale and our own opinions. For more information visit the Devondale website. 

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Quick and easy mushroom spaghetti bolognese recipe

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:45

Who doesn’t love a good spag bol? Spaghetti bolognese is a well-known weekly dinner idea loved by most families and households. This quick and delicious dish is the perfect meal for those busy weeks – and when you’re craving something hearty after a long day, spaghetti really hits the spot!

This super delicious and easy mushroom spaghetti bolognese recipe is the perfect candidate for an overall hearty and comforting dish. This recipe is also made much tastier with a secret ingredient: mushrooms. Adding mushies to your bolognese sauce will give an extra element of flavour and added nutrients to your mince. Another bonus of this dish is that it can also provide you with a scrumptious lunch the next day.

Quick and easy mushroom spaghetti bolognese recipe to try 

Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese – Australian Mushrooms

 

*DISCLAIMER:  Australian Mushrooms is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au.
All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on Australian Mushrooms,  visit http://www.australianmushrooms.com.au

 

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Sweet lovers, rejoice: the Dessert Lovers 2017 foodbook has arrived!

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:58

In case you needed a cause to celebrate or indulge in a slice of cake today, we’ve got the perfect excuse lined up: your free Dessert Lovers 2017 foodbook is ready to download and inspire!

A guide to all things dessert: from muffins and cakes to puddings and bakes, this handy e-cookbook has everything you need to get baking and sweet-making. With useful shopping lists, menu planners and chapters to cover all occasions, the Dessert Lovers 2017 foodbook is a sight for hungry eyes. On that note, we wouldn’t advise perusing this collection on an empty stomach.

To get your copy, download the e-book, which you can print, view on your screen, or download onto your tablet, iBooks and more. For interactive cooking features, the free myfoodbook app for iPad includes large-screen cooking mode as well as a nifty voice-activated page turner, so your flour-covered hands don’t even need to touch the screen.

So what’s in this year’s tempting recipe collection? Here’s a sneak peek.

 Morning tea

Fancy a rather civilised occasion with macarons, muffins and tea in tow? This chapter is filled with delicious accompaniments to morning teas with your nearest and dearest.

Jam Doughnut Muffins – IXL

 

Coconut Snow Macarons – Devondale

The Classics

Just try fending off thieving hands when these family favourites arrive at the table. Think cakes, puddings, brownies and scones smothered in strawberry jam.

Date and Coconut Cake – Devondale

 

Jammy Puddings – IXL

Let’s Party

With helpful hints for planning children’s party activities and a collection of shareable treats, this chapter will give you all the party prep tips you need.

Popcorn Rocky Road – Copha

 

Popping Candy Bark – Copha

 

Show Stoppers

Bring out the recipes that make dinner party guests say, ‘wow’. Memorable cakes, puddings and more come together in this show-stopping chapter.

Sweet Potato Vegan Cheesecake – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Eton mess with Tangy Passionfruit Sauce – Australian Passionfruit

 

The Dessert Lovers 2017 foodbook is a must-have for every sweet tooth and entertainer.

 

Happy Cooking!

 

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Baking with fruit? Here’s how to get it right every time

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:43

Those who’ve ever looked at a gorgeous pie, crumble, pudding or cake recipe involving fruit and thought, ‘yep, I could make that,’ only to wind up with a disappointingly watery result (better known as the #bakingfail), are not alone. Baking with fruit involves a range of variables – and many a home cook has aimed for picture-perfect baked fruit creations only to have a sloppy, slippery and sad-looking mess fall onto their plates.

And yet, good news awaits! Baking with fruit needn’t be difficult, messy or disappointing – instead, it can be warming, crispy, delicious and beautiful to behold. Feast your fruit-loving eyes on these tips for getting it right, every time:

1. Problem: soggy, watery pies and crumbles …

Solution: although your usual shopping instincts would be to pick the juiciest and ripest fruit on the grocer’s shelves, consider opting for fruit that’s just a little bit underripe, and less likely to emit a lot of juice. If you’re baking with fruit that’s been frozen, ensure you defrost and drain off excess liquid before beginning your bake. Often, adding too much sugar can also lead to a excess liquid – by following a recipe and using less juicy pieces of fruit, you should be on the right track!

2. Problem: fruit sinking to the bottom of muffins and cakes …

Solution: toss the fruit you’re baking in a little flour to coat. Then, when the baked fruit releases any liquid, the flour will absorb the moisture and your fruit won’t slide to the bottom of your muffin or cake. Nobody likes a soggy bottom.

3. Problem: your baked fruit isn’t holding its shape …

Solution: depending on the kinds of fruit you’re baking, you might like to try a different cooking method, such as poaching. For example, if your rhubarb is looking a little dry, it might be better to poach and mash it to top your desserts, rather than serve as a stalk. If you’re cooking with pears, make sure they’re a nice firm variety that haven’t been left to soften on the supermarket shelves for too long.

Get baking with fruit this week with these sweet recipes …

Mini Baked Lemon and Blueberry Ricotta Cakes – Perfect Italiano

 

Baked Pears with Mascarpone – Australian Pears

 

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins – Western Star

 

Five Spice Plum Tart – Breville

 

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Move over jacket potato: try these three stuffed sweet potato recipes

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 08:51

The jacket potato is synonymous with easy winter cooking – stuffed with cheese and lashings of butter. If you love the idea of a hot potato dinner but want a lighter more nutrient-rich meal that is also full of flavour, it’s time you tried baking a stuffed sweet potato.

Soft, roasted sweet potato filled with wholesome, flavoursome ingredients can create a complete meal to please even the fussiest eaters in your household. And, with the flavour profile of sweet potato lending itself to a whole range of recipes, it’s a great chance to get creative in the kitchen. No matter your favourite cuisine or flavour pairings, there are a large number of combinations you can try.

All you need to do is pop the sweet potato in the oven to bake for around half an hour (or until golden and tender) then stuff with your favourite toppings. If you’d like to try stuffed sweet potato for dinner tonight, we have some fun ideas you can try:

Ready to create a delicious stuffed sweet potato recipe tonight? Here are three delicious ideas …
  1. Sweet potatoes stuffed with pulled pork, kale slaw and chipotle aioli
    Bursting with flavour, colour, fresh veggies and melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, this recipe puts a modern spin on the classic baked potato dinner.
  2. Sweet potatoes stuffed with char-grilled vegetables, olives and feta
    Fancy a Mediterranean twist on your topping options? Combine olives, feta and char-grilled veggies with pesto and fresh basil to spark interest at the dinner table.
  3. Corn and tuna sweet potatoes
    A family-friendly feed full of delicious and healthy ingredients, and topped with tasty cheese, this is a wonderful wintry meal best served with salad or steamed greens.

 Sweet potato recipes you’ll love …

Stand and Stuff Sweet Potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Corn and Tuna Sweet Potatoes – Australian Eggs

 

*DISCLAIMER: Australian Sweet Potatoes are a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Australian Sweet Potatoes and our own opinions. For more information visit the Sweet Potatoes website.

 

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Send the kids to school with bread sushi rolls

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 08:00

One week into the new school term and already running out of lunchbox ideas? No need to opt for soggy sandwiches or tuck-shop treats: there’s a new lunchbox filler in town. Bread sushi rolls, using Helga’s breads, combine the fun of sushi with the wholesomeness of a salad sandwich with the lot.

Salad ingredients are wrapped up to form a portable, little-hand-sized sushi roll – an easy recipe for kids to try making – perfect for eating on the go, and for those in a hurry to get to the playground.

This handy video features three flavour combinations to try: tuna sushi, ham and cheese sushi and turkey sushi.

Pop some bread sushi rolls in the lunchboxes this week

Bread Sushi Rolls – Foodbank

 

This recipe is made using Helga’s Bread as part of the 2017 Foodbank Shop & Share project.  Pick up a loaf of Helga’s when you shop at Woolworths in July, and the team at McCain will donate the same product directly to Foodbank.  You shop – they share!

 

Foodbank is a recipe partner of myfoodbook. This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions. If you’d like to learn more about the FoodBank Shop & Share campaign, and how you can help to alleviate hunger for Australian’s in need, click here.

 

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Make this the month you perfect your lasagne recipe

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:09

Clothes aren’t the only thing we’re layering up during the cooler months – winter also presents the perfect time to layer those lasagne sheets and create the perfect warming meal. Hearty, nostalgic and always satisfying, this Italian classic is bound to please every time – so there’s no better time than now to perfect your lasagne.

If you’d like to perfect your lasagne recipe while the wintry months linger, there are a number of simple things you can do to get your bake just right. Of course, there are many matters of personal preferences involved in creating your best lasagne, but some ingredients and method steps are musts.

Perfect your lasagne with these simple tips
  • Pick the best baking cheeses: there are few things more appetising than a golden, cheese-topped lasagne. Between your layers, ricotta provides a deliciously creamy texture and won’t overpower the flavours in your mince or vegetable mix. For the top, you can use a final layer of ricotta sprinkled with a grated mozzerella that will melt beautifully. If you want to elevate your final layer, finish things off with a sprinkling of shaved or grated parmesan – a tasty touch to top your lasagne. If you’re feeling creative, you might even like to roll up your lasagne sheets to stand vertically.
  • Layer it up: so many lasagne recipes exist these days, but, typically, the order for layering a lasagne sees a helping of tomato-based sauce (either homemade or store-bought) cover the bottom of your dish, followed by a layer of slightly overlapped lasagne sheets, a layer of cheese (or cheesy sauce), then your choice of filling (such as ragu or mince), topped again with the tomato sauce – repeated until you reach a nice height for your dish (just below the top, incase anything bubbles over).
  • Bake uncooked lasange sheets: it may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s no need to cook your lasagne sheets before baking. Once you pop your pre-layered lasagne into the oven, the pasta sheets (or ‘noodles’) will soften up. While you perfect your lasagne recipe, you might like to try using vegetables instead of pasta too.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment: try a combination of vegetables, different types of mince meats, various Italian herbs and seasonings. You might even like to try topping your lasagne with slices of tomatoes or pieces of basil. There are many ways to perfect your lasagne, depending on your own tastes and preferences.
Warm up with these delicious lasagne recipes

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Lasagne – Perfect Italiano

 

Ratatouille Lasagne – Perfect Italiano

 

Classic Beef Lasagne – Perfect Italiano

 

Turkey and Vegetable Lasagne – Steggles

 

Spinach, Ricotta and Mushroom Lasagne – Australian Mushrooms

 

Lasagne Roll-Ups – Foodbank

 

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How to get creative with rice recipes

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:57

A staple in many households, rice is an extremely versatile ingredient that comes in many forms and has appeared in dishes around the world for thousands of years. Be it a sweet rice pudding, a savoury rice-based dinner – think risotto, fried rice and rice cakes – or a tasty rice slice for your weekday lunches, there are limitless ways to include rice recipes in your weekly menu plans.

An ideal ingredient to have in the pantry during every season, rice is great for summer salads and perfect for warming wintry dishes too. Whether you prefer a brown, white, mixed or wild variety (either short, medium or long grain) rice is a fantastic ingredient to include in gluten-free dishes. And, this simple ingredient presents the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.

We’ve rounded up a tempting range of creative rice recipes so delicious you’ll be fending off thieving hands from the kitchen bench! We’ve used SunRice and John West ingredients to create these magnificent meals and desserts, both household names of which are helping to fight hunger as part of FoodBank’s Shop & Share campaign during July 2017.

Here’s how to get creative with rice recipes …

Cheese and Vegetable Rice Slice – Foodbank

 

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole – Foodbank

 

Family Friendly Fried Rice – Foodbank

 

Mediterranean Tuna and Risoni Salad – Foodbank

 

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding – Foodbank

 

Thai Beef Coconut Rice with Peanut Sauce – Foodbank

 

Sausage and Rice Bake – Foodbank

 

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You put what on your fruit toast?

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:36

Lightly spiced, full of juicy dried fruit and the perfect answer to those 10.00am stomach grumbles, fruit toast makes a quick, flavoursome snack or breakfast provision to keep on hand.

And, until we put the call out to our myfoodbook community, fruit toast was a food we assumed was loved by all. As you’ll discover, below, we soon found out that there are in fact some who aren’t in the fruit-toast-loving club, and some who slather their toasts with some very interesting topping combinations!

Of our community, 166 of you shared your opinions and preferences. And, of the 206 fruit toast topping votes you made, seven people expressed their distaste for fruit toast. Although some of you opt to spread your fruit toasts with some interesting ingredients – five of you love a bit of Vegemite with your fruit toast! – and some lovely sweeter pairings – jam, honey and peanut butter – there was one very clear winner.

Drum roll, please … at a whopping 99 votes (nearly half of you) voted for butter! So, it seems the classic combination is still the favourite among myfoodbook’s community!

Is butter not your favourite fruit toast topping? See what other people voted for to see if your favourite was a popular choice.

Check out the infographic below to see how other people top their fruit toast …

Keep your eyes peeled for more kitchen-related questions on our Facebook page to vote for your favourite foods and to find out what other foodies are enjoying!

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What to bring when ‘you’re not to bring a thing’

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:14

All too often when you’re invited to a party, barbecue or dinner, you’ll ask the host what you can bring – only to be met with the response, ‘you’re not to bring a thing.’ And although it may be acceptable to turn up empty-handed, your instinct is probably to want to provide a small contribution to your friend or family member’s event.

So, what do you bring when you’re instructed not to bring a thing? The classic loaf of bread, box of chocolates or bottle of wine can be a nice idea and much appreciated by hosts, but why not put a little thought and love into your contribution and make something delicious that can be shared at the event, or kept and enjoyed by your host the next day? You may not want to show your host up with your baking or cooking prowess, but a small thoughtful, homemade treat will never be turned away!

Need some ideas for what to bring along on these occasions? We’ve rounded up some deliciously simple ideas. Give these a go and pleasantly surprise the host at your next event …

What to bring when you’re ‘not to bring a thing’

Instant Apple Slice – Devondale

 

Pear and Passionfruit Jam – Australian Pears

 

Pear and Rosemary Soda Bread – Australian Pears

 

Mushroom and Pork Pinwheels – Australian Mushrooms

 

Banana Bread – Devondale

 

Cheddar Sausage Rolls – Devondale

 

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