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Prep-ahead tips for weeknight meals

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:26

Theres a lot you can do to make meal time easier. Sometimes the secret to a quick but satisfying weeknight meal isn’t finding ways to cut corners, but spreading the work.

Doing small bits a prep work can make your dinners come together more quickly, which is what you need after a busy day.

Here are simple tips that will certainly save you time when it comes to cooking dinner.

Prep-ahead tips

Pre-made salad

Leave time on a Sunday to chop all your raw salad ingredients and keep in the fridge for the rest of the week until your ready to use. To not dress the salad until just before you enjoy.

Cook and cut veggies

Even if you just cut up your veg in the morning , this will save time when it comes to preparing dinner. Or cook-up a big batch of veggies which can then be used in a frittata, soup, pasta and even on top of a pizza.

Cook grains and legumes 

Quinoa, rice, barley, beans and lentils can be cooked 3-4 days in advance and stored in the fridge. Or you can freeze them, although be sure to defrost in the fridge and reheat on the stove with a little water.

Marinades 

Make your marinades on the weekend and freeze ready for the week ahead. Also marinate your meats and fish in the morning, ready to go for dinner time.

Freeze sauces

Versatile sauces such as pesto or a basic tomato sauce are great to make ahead and freeze. Spend time on the weekend and make a big batch then divide and freeze into portions.

 

So if you need some ideas on what to cook, the following recipes are perfect for family meal time, plu they are great prep-ahead dishes.

Prep-ahead recipes to try 

Chicken and Corn soup – Foodbank

 

Zucchini, herb and pancetta frittata – Perfect Italiano

 

Mushroom Fried Rice – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mexican Filled Sweet Potatoes with Egg – Australian Eggs

 

Mushroom, Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry – Australian Mushrooms

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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What to eat at this years Vivid Sydney festival

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:04

Once again the time has come for Sydney city to transform into a spectacular light. Vivid Sydney festival is back and this year not only will the  lights be putting on a display. Surrounding restaurants and eatery’s have catered to this event and created colourful dishes to get into the Vivid spirit.

Where to go and what to eat at Vivid 

Cargo hall 

For the weekend of June 8-10, some of the best sweets in Sydney will be available at the Cargo Hall at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

You can except to see Fluffy Crunch’s Flurritos which includes 2 scoops of ice cream topped with Fruit Loops and rainbow dust before being rolled up in fairy floss. Also Cheesecake on a stick will make an appearance. Plus many more sweet sensations and crazy food combos.

12-Micron, Tower 1, Level 2, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo 

12-Micron have created a garden of sweet delight. This decadent dessert is served in a chocolate-lined wooden box atop a garden of greenery, there are multiple elements that make up this dish – Including a dried pistachio cake, strawberry quandong jam, dark chocolate and eucalyptus mousse, a milo lollipop, a chocolate cone filled with strawberry ice cream, mandarin jellies, forest fruit fizzy sours and coloured sugar shards…Wow!

Image cred: The streets of Barangaroo – 12 Micron Garden of Sweet Delights dessert

 

Mode Kitchen and Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George St, Sydney 

This year the Glow Pavlova is the grand finale for a three course menu at MODE Kitchen. Set within a shallow bowl is a stunning blueberry and mandarin filled Pavlova that when presented takes on an ethereal look with rolling clouds of smoke from dry ice. Amazing!

Image Cred: MODE Kitchen & Bar – Glow Pavlova

 

The Rabbit Hole, 1/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo 

The Rabbit Hole has made a tea from blue Butterfly Pea flower which will make an appearance at Vivid. To see the magic of this Vivid Colour-Changing Tea, all you need to do is stir in a slice of lemon and the pH balance transforms the hot drink from the turquoise hue to a vibrant magenta.

Image cred: The Rabbit Hole – Vivid Colour Changing Tea

 

The love fish, 7/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo 

Although the Love Fish are usually known for their fresh seafood dishes, but this year their new winter warming cocktail will get most of the attention. Made with Ord River rum and Orange Oraiste, when set alight and dusted with cinnamon it create a veritable fireworks display that swirls inside the glass. Sounds impressive.

Image cred: The Streets of Barangaroo – The Love Fish – Vivid Cocktail

 

Mary’s at Vivid Light Markets, Chatswood Mall, Chatswood 

This year vivid is expanding and heading across the bridge to Chatswood. Visitors will be able to visit the Light Markets which is mainly made out of recycled material and will line the mall with an impressive variety of street food. There will be a variety of foods not often at the markets, such as Mary’s with their cult classic American style hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fried chicken fires.

 

Untied Rooftop Bar, Level 4, 400 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Of course Vivid is not complete without something rainbow coloured. The Untied Rooftop Bar in Barangaroo are serving Vivid-themed mini-rainbow sliders with chicken, beef, barramundi and mushrooms along with some Vivid Ink gin cocktails.

Image cred: The streets of Barangaroo – Rainbow Sliders

 

Vivid Sydney starts 25th May and wraps up 16th June.

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No bake 5-minute dessert

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 17:16

We’ve all been there…guests rocking up last minute and your flurrying around the kitchen to whip up something appropriate to serve to your guests.

No stress here, we’ve got your dessert covered. This super easy, 5-minute pear pavlova nests with chocolate drizzle recipe is a real winner.

All this dessert requires is chocolate, pre-made pavlova nests, cream and the hero ingredient…pears. Simply melt the chocolate and assemble. A fuss-free dessert that your guests and family will love.

Pear pavlova nests with chocolate recipe to try 

Pear pavlova nests with chocolate – Australian Pears

 

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

 

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15 minute rescue recipes when there is nothing for dinner

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:30

Run out of time to shop, cook or just of steam this week?

Well, no worries, you can whip up a tasty family-friendly meal in 15 minutes. The following rescue recipes are the ultimate dinners in a dash.

15 minute rescue recipes 

Ramen noodles with fried eggs 

The ramen’s nick-name should be “Fuss-free, speedy noodle bowl”. Whip up this ramen in 10 minutes and finish with fried eggs.

Ramen with Fried Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Sun-dried tomato, tuna and olive zucchini noodles 

This gorgeous green zucchini noodles dish can be on your table in 10 minutes! A great blend of flavours plus ricotta, this meal can’t get any better.

Sun-dried tomato, tuna and olive zucchini noodles – Perfect Italiano

 

Mini Hawaiian pizzas 

The kids will certainly love these mini Hawaiian pizzas. Perfect for a Friday night, when your needing to feed the family in a dash.

Mini Hawaiian Pizzas – Foodbank

 

Family friendly fried rice 

Fried rice is the perfect dish to use-up leftover veg and rice plus it’s quick. Enjoy this family friendly fried rice for lunch the next day, if there’s leftovers.

Family Friendly Fried Rice – Foodbank

 

12-minute spaghetti bolognese 

This dish speaks for itself. 12 minutes is all you need to create this hearty spaghetti bolognese.

12-Minute Spaghetti And Mushroom Bolognese – Australian Mushrooms

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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5 dinners you can make using a tin of tuna

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:36

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking…it happens to the best of us. These kind of nights are when you need quick-fix dinner to a feed a hungry family.

So why not reach for a tin of tuna. This is an item that always seems to be in the cupboard. It’s a great base for a tasty family dinner plus it’s extremely versatile. A can of tuna will get your through any weeknight dinner.

Must-try dinners you can make with a tin of tuna 

Corn and tuna sweet potatoes 

It doesn’t get easier than this stuffed sweet potato recipe. Simply bake your potatoes, stuff with corn and tuna filling, top with cheese then bake again until gorgeous and golden.

Corn and Tuna Sweet Potatoes – Australian Eggs

 

Mediterranean tuna and risoni salad 

This risoni salad is perfect for both lunch and dinner. The blend of tuna and Mediterranean flavours is perfect meaning this dish is bound to become a family favourite.

Mediterranean Tuna and Risoni Salad – Foodbank

 

Tuna, rocket and olive penne 

A super tasty yet quick tuna, rocket and olive penne pasta. A great dish for a last-minute dinner dash.

Tuna, rocket and olive penne – Ardmona

 

 

Sun-dried tomato, tuna and olive zucchini noodles 

If you want to keep things lighter try zucchini noodles. With a blend of stir through ricotta and tuna, this recipe is too good not to try.

Sun-dried tomato, tuna and olive zucchini noodles – Perfect Italiano

 

Tuna, tomato and mozzarella fusilli bake 

Tis the season of pasta bakes. Hearty, warming and great for families. This simple tuna, tomato and mozzarella fusilli bake is also great as leftovers.

Tuna, tomato and mozzarella fusilli bake – Perfect Italiano

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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7 surprising dishwasher hacks

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 17:04

You may only think that dishwashers are purely for washing dishes but in fact the dishwasher can be used for many interesting and quirky things. Some we aren’t so sure about…

Dishwasher hacks

Bake salmon fillets

Yes, this is true. You can cook salmon fillets in the dishwasher. Start by wrapping your salmon fillets in foil, then placing them on the top wrack and run a normal cycle, without soap (obviously).

Image cred: Christine Gallary

Keep food warm 

Again, the dishwasher keeps on giving. Your dishwasher can double as a warming oven. To keep your freshly cooked food warm in the dishwasher, choose the “heat-dry cycle – no water”.

Rinse fruits and vegetables 

Instead of hand washing all your fruits and veggies, throw them in the dishwasher and run a cold (soap-free) rinse cycle. To protect your more delicate items, such as tomatoes and peaches, place them on the top rack. Heavier produce like potatoes can go on the bottom.

Image cred: Shutterstock

Clean shoes 

Are your families shoes looking a little grubby? Place them on the top rack of the dishwasher, add a little baking soda, and send them through a cycle. Just make sure the heat-dry setting is off to avoid messing with the rubber, and be sure to run an empty cycle to get rid of any lingering shoe gunk before washing your next load of dishes.

Shine hubcaps and wheel covers 

Again, another quirky idea. Banish any grime from your hubcaps and wheel covers by running them through the dishwasher.

Sanitise toys 

Make your kids toys shine. Send their plastic toys through the dishwasher to get red of those nasty germs.

De-germ cabinet knobs 

Yes, there’s a good chance your cabinets knobs may be crawling with germs. Get rid of those germs by sending them through the dishwasher, but stick to ceramic and metal knobs – nothing painted, plated, or enameled.

Image cred: Shutterstock

 

 

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5 best shortcut dinners

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:49

With the hustle and bustle of weekly schedules and long to-do lists, feedings the family in a flash can be a challenge.

Which is why it’s time to start serving up some of our favourite shortcut meals.

These recipes are great for those short on time, plus you will love how easy they are to get onto the table.

Shortcut recipes to try 

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara

This irresistible carbonara can be whipped up in 20 minutes. The ultimate last-minute dinner idea. Simply cook the pasta, other ingredients then stir in the ricotta.

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara – Perfect Italiano

 

Chicken schnitzel and eggplant parmigiana 

With only five ingredients this warming chicken schnitzel and eggplant parmigiana is a great family dish. Plus with already crumbed chicken pieces, all you need to do is assemble and bake in the oven.

Chicken Schnitzel and eggplant parmigiana – Lilydale

 

 

Ramen noodles with fried eggs 

It doesn’t get any easier than a ramen. This dish is great for a fuss-free dinner and feeding a hungry family in a flash.

Ramen with Fried Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Teriyaki chicken

This teriyaki chicken dish is the ultimate shortcut meal. With only 5 ingredients this tasty and stick chicken recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Teriyaki Chicken – Passage to Asia

 

Sweet potato penne Alfredo 

The best sweet potato penne Alfredo recipe great for both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Simply cook all the ingredients stir to combine. Easy!

Sweet Potato Alfredo Penne – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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7 tasteful ways with spreadable

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:20

Spreadable is the ultimate flavour enhancer to try when finishing off meals. The best part about spreadable is that it can be used straight from the fridge, no time wasted.

The following points, are great ways to use spreadable and spruce up any meal.

Ways with spreadable 
  1. When making toasties add spreadable to the outside of the bread for that perfect golden crunch.
  2. Finish off your boiled potatoes with spreadable for extra flavour.
  3. Freshly baked scones pair beautiful with spreadable on top.
  4. Jazz up any steamed veggies with spreadable combined with salt, pepper and garlic.
  5. After pulling your corn off the barbecue, generously brush each corn cob with spreadable and serve immediately.
  6. Mash your potatoes with spreadable for an irresistable, creamy mash.
  7. Make your own garlic bread. Blending spreadable with your favourite herbs, and spread on both sides of a French stick.

 

Must-try recipes using spreadable 

Classic Mashed Potato – Western Star

 

 

Buttery Herb Roasted Potatoes – Western Star

 

Scrambled eggs with star toast – Western Star

 

Barbecued Corn with coriander and chilli butter – Western Star

 

*DISCLAIMER: Western Star is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Western Star and our own opinions.  Find out more about the full range of Western Star products.

 

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Make-ahead Mother’s Day brunch ideas

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:45

There is nothing better than surprising mum with a home-cooked brunch on Mother’s Day. Whatever you decide to cook, you know she’s going to love it!

But, if you’re worried about pulling off something special without neglecting your most important guest – don’t stress.

You can easily get a jump-start on the day with a menu, which can be prepped (if not fully prepared) in advance.

From quiches, to sweet brunch bakes, and savoury tarts, these following recipes will make for a delicious and stress-free Mother’s Day.

Make-ahead brunch recipes 

Eggs muffins: three ways 

These fantastic little egg muffins can be made ahead of time and ready to be enjoyed on Mother’s Day. Choose from three different flavour combinations, plus you can place wrapped muffin into zip lock bags or an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Egg muffins: 3 ways – Australian Eggs

 

Coconut raspberry pancakes 

Who doesn’t love a cheeky weekend pancake feast? Mum will certainly enjoy these coconut raspberry pancakes. To spend more time with mum you can make the batter the night before and keep it in the freezer until you are ready to cook.

Coconut & Raspberry Pancakes – IXL

 

Mushroom breakfast tarts 

These irresistible mushroom breakfast tarts are the perfect bite-sized brunch for Mother’s Day. To make it easier cook the tart mixture (mushrooms, bacon, capsicum and thyme) the day before, so all you need to do is build the tarts and cook them.

Mushroom Breakfast tarts – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

Savoury scones pinwheels 

These lovely savoury scone pinwheels will certainly impress mum. You can also make the scone mixture the day before and keep in the fridge until your ready to go.

Savoury Scone Pinwheels – Copha

 

Vegetable and ham slice

A simple yet delicious vegetable and ham slice makes for the perfect brunch. Make this slice the day before and then heat slowly in the oven when ready to eat.

Vegetable and Ham Slice – Australian Eggs

 

Tomato and goats cheese tart

This stunning tomato and goats cheese tart is a tasty and light brunch idea for Mother’s Day. To spend more time with mum make the pastry the day before.

Tomato and Goats Cheese Tart – Fairy

 

Banana, raspberry & coconut bread

Yum, yum, yum! This banana, raspberry & coconut bread will certainly go down well with mum. Plus the best thing about this loaf, is it can be made the day before, ready to go on Mother’s Day.

Banana, Raspberry & Coconut Bread – Western Star

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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The Royal Wedding: what we know about the food and cake

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 17:50

The royal wedding is drawing closer and closer. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to marry at Windsor Castle on May 19 to a crowd of 2600.

So it’s time to take a look past what the bride is going to wear, or who is performing and turn our attentions to the food. Most importantly what they’re going to eat on the big day.

The cake 

The lucky pastry chef creating the cake is Claire Ptak, owner of London Bakery – Violet.

The mouth-watering masterpiece will be infused with lemon and elderflower, and decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers. Sounds delicious!

 

Image cred: Getty Images – Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, East London

 

Slices of the cake will be presented in gift boxes at the end of the night. It’s also understood, that even some members of the public in the streets of Windsor may even be granted a taste to thank them for their support.

The food 

It has been suggested that the royal couple have hired catering from Table Talk for their big day. Not only did the London-based company cater Will and Kate’s wedding reception in 2011, but they also work Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May of 2017.

For royal weddings it’s traditional for them to take pace earlier in today. In the case of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weddings, the ceremony was then followed by a wedding breakfast, a luncheon held by the Queen, and later, a more intimate evening reception featuring a sit-down dinner.

 

Image cred: Getty Images – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no doubt serve a hearty banquet to their guests

 

Guests at Will and Kate’s wedding were treated to a three-course menu of salmon, lamb, and a trio of desserts: Berkshire honey ice cream, sherry trifle, and chocolate parfait.

Although the exact menu for this year’s royal wedding is most certainty staying under wraps but Meghan herself is a self-proclaimed “foodie”, so a flavoursome affair will no doubt happen.

Whatever the cake and food may be, it will be a beautiful day no matter what.

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Must-try chocolate pear loaf

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:27

Baking does not need to be complicated. The simplest of flavours can produce the best end result when it comes to baked goods.

Like this chocolate pear loaf, simple yet extremely delicious. A quick and easy loaf cake you can throw together on a whim!

Using a plain chocolate cake mix, plus stunning pears down the middle, in which this cake is a great way to use-up any leftover pears you may have in your fruit basket. This loaf is an overall real winner.

Enjoy it with a cup of tea or this loaf is a great idea to serve to mum on Mother’s Day. Be sure to finish off with a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Easy chocolate pear loaf recipe to try 

Chocolate pear loaf – Australian Pears

 

 

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

 

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Top time saving cooking tips

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 16:42

No matter if you’re already a ninja in the kitchen or you like to plod along. Either way, these following time saving cooking tips will allow you spend less time slaving over the stove and more time enjoying the food with your family.

Some of these tips you may already know and some may be new and extremely helpful, but altogether the tips form a straight line to wasting less time in the kitchen.

Time saving cooking tips 

Read the recipe in full before you start cooking

It’s a no brainer but you might be surprised if you’re rushing to get dinner started you may miss the first step of a recipe which is highly likely to be the most essential. So take a moment to read the recipe through.

Select recipes that will set you up for success

There is no point picking some deluxe recipe that you know is going to take you hours. Stick to what your comfortable with and you will smash it out.

Choose quick cooking protein

Pick proteins that don’t take hours to cook. Although slow-roasted lamb is delicious, save that for weekends.

Choose in season produce

Choosing in season produce will make everything taste better, calling for a satisfied family.

Cook once, prepare many ways, and make extra

Cooking a big batch of soup or stew to freeze will solve any weeknight dinner dilemma if nothing has been planned. Freezing leftovers and re-using certain ingredients in meals is a great way to save time and leave less waste.

Image cred: Shutterstock

 

Cook more one-pot meals

One-pot meals means one thing…less washing up! Which means more time enjoying your evening in front of the tv or with the family.

Clean as you go

Another great tip to remember is to clean as you go. It will save you the hassle at the end of the meal.

Image cred: Shutterstock

 

 

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What mum taught us about cooking

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:57

With Mother’s Day just around the corner instead of finding clever breakfast in bed ideas or what gifts to buy mum, lets reflect on what our mums have taught us abut cooking.

Whether it be those nostalgic recipes that remind you of mum, certain kitchen tips mum drilled into you, or what you may have inherited and use in the kitchen today.

Asking the myfoodbook team this year about what their mum’s have taught them about cooking, gave us some great stories.

Carolyn – Director

“So my mum used to bake during the day so that when we came home from school the house was filled with wonderful aromas that made home feel like such a happy place”. 

David – Creative Director 

“My Mum taught me to keep my cooking workspace clean and tidy and clean as I go. My Dad’s Mum (Grandma) taught me how to bake, from biscuits to cakes and everything sweet and yummy, she wrote her own baking recipe book I used to cook from as often as possible as a young boy”. 

Kara – Account Director 

“Using the freshest produce – She would say “your body is a temple and you need to feed it respectfully”… I had no idea what this meant growing up but I remember her dinners always included a side salad and lots of fresh herbs on top of everything. 

Serving dinner “Banquet” style – Mum would plonk down a big pot of pasta, huge leafy salad bowl, whole cob loaves of home-made garlic bread, lasagnas still in pans, on top of wooden boards, tea towels, you name it. This created a sense of generosity and encourages not only second helpings but sharing. I’m sure that every meal was cooked with the hope of leftovers in mind but of course, they never were!

After-school crumble slices – There’s something so wholesome and nourishing about arriving home off the school bus to a home that’s warmed from an oven and smells like baked goods! I’ve never been able to replicate the recipe mum made and she apparently forgets it”. 

Jessie – Content Manager 

“My mum was a simple cook but would only use the highest quality ingredients. In which has seen me do the same in my adult life. Although my mum dosn’t see herself as a great cook, but she used to make all of our birthday cakes from scratch every year. She can make a mean cake. Overall mum has taught me to clean as you go and the fresher the produce the better”.

Dani – Food Director 

“There’s no way I could get by without my mum’s ‘brodo’ or Italian broth recipe. Taught to her by her mum and now almost a weekly bowl of comfort whatever the weather – and especially when we’re under the weather. Thanks mum”. 

 

If your looking for sweets to bake for Mum this year, look into this irresistible collection of recipes.

 

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How to slice and dice onions

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:50

As we move into the cooler months, our recipes change from salads and barbecues to hearty pasta dishes, stews, soups, slow-cooked dishes plus many more.

The base of most of these warming dishes is bound to be sautéed onions. It is estimated that onions are used in 30% to 40% of any cook’s savoury dish repertoire, if not more.

There is nothing better than the smell of cooked onions, but before you start to cooking you need to slice or dice the onion.

In our cooking school video below, learn how easy it is to slice and dice onions like a chef.

 

One big tip to remember from this clip, is to keep the stem on when dicing. This is a trick to stop those onion tears.

Warming onion recipes to try 

Potato, Mozzarella and Caramelised Onion Frittata – Perfect Italiano

 

Beef and mushroom stroganoff – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

Caramelised Onion, Fig and Gorgonzola pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

One-Pan Penne Bolognese – Foodbank

 

Caramelised Onion Frittata – Australian Eggs

 

This feature contains a mix of content from myfoodbook third party content partners and our own opinions.

 

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6 egg-cellent egg facts

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:06

Eggs are brilliant for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even make for a quick, hearty snack. Plus, they can be enjoyed a variety of different ways and can easily bulk up family meals.

Whether you prefer your eggs scrambled, fried, poached, boiled, these round and inexpensive protein-packed delights seem to be one of the most versatile and needed ingredient in the kitchen.

But it also turns out that eggs are quite interesting in their own right…

In this clever page from our 30 Minute Meals Cookbook, these fascinating egg facts are certainaly ones to remember.

 

So if you now feel like an egg eggs-pert we don’t blame you.

Have a look at these awesome family-friendly egg recipes below to try.

Easy egg recipes to try 

Mexican Filled Sweet Potatoes with Egg – Australian Eggs

 

Cheese and broccoli fingers – Australian Eggs

 

Chicken Scotch Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Fried rice with boiled eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Spicy scrambled egg breakfast rolls – Australian Eggs

 

Ramen with Fried Eggs – Australian Eggs

 

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

 

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10 kitchen chores you can do in 60 seconds

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 08:37

If your kitchen is craving a little tidy, there is no need on your hands and knees and start scrubbing. You can spruce up your kitchen with little blitzes of work.

Here are 10 easy little kitchen chores you can do in 60 seconds or less.

Wipe down the tap

Most likely not on top of your priority list but when your kitchen tap shines, it’ll look super clean.

Spot-sweep

There are certain spots that can get especially messy on your kitchen floor or the whole floor can sometimes look like tip. But after cooking grab your dustpan or hand broom and quickly pick up those nasty crumbs or bits of food.

 Put away dry dishes 

For some reason random dishes seem to gather next to the kitchen sink. Take the time and put them back where they belong to clear more space and declutter your kitchen counter.

Wipe down your sink 

It’s that simple but giving your kitchen sink a quick wipe down with a multipurpose cleaner will remove any stains and other random gunk.

Image cred: Lauren Volo

Wipe the microwave 

Although no one is regularly and attentively looking into the microwave, if you lightly clean your microwave regularly, it won’t need a time-consuming deep clean later.

Spot-clean your chairs

Once the family dinner rush is done, give the chairs a quick wipe down to ensure no food is left behind.

Tidy up your bench 

It’s amazing how quickly your kitchen can become a hub for “stuff”. Take the time and return everything back to it’s regular spot or make room for it in a cupboard or drawer.

Wipe down the fridge doors

Greasy and stick hands are constantly running over the fridge, so when everyone has cleared out of the kitchen, give the fridge a light wipe down.

Image cred: Lauren Volo

Take out the rubbish

A full bin can really limit what you can do in the kitchen and you run the risk of letting empty bottles and packaging pile up on the counter. It won’t take more than a minute to refresh your bin.

Put things back where they belong 

Similar to tidying your kitchen bench but as you cook put things back where they belong. Put the salt and pepper, other spices and oils back once your done with them. Or when you have finished cooking return everything to it’s normal position so items don’t pile up.

 

 

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Classic Anzac biscuit recipe

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:09

Is there anything better than an Anzac bicky? Dunked into a glass of milk or hot cup of tea if you will. It’s the absolutely Australian way to do milk and cookies… But don’t get us wrong, we aren’t calling our famous biscuit a cookie, because that’s just not on.

Kids and adults alike love the taste of the sticky golden syrup butter mixture with coconut, oats and plain flour. But these golden biscuits have more history than you may know.

Originally the Anzac biscuit was named the ‘Rolled oat biscuit or the ‘Soldiers Biscuits’ in which they were made by the women back at home for the troops overseas, based on the simple ingredients that would not easily spoil.

Also, this biscuit was developed to provide sustenance to our soldiers, it was later adapted to help women in the community raise money for their husbands at war.

So getting the kids involved this year with the process of making Anzac biscuits, is that you’ll be able to share the rich history of the biscuit.

Plus whether you love the chewy and sticky kind or the kind that is crunchy and crumbly, thanks to this special biscuit Australians and New Zealanders will always grow up with the memory of the Anzac.

Classic Anzac biscuit recipe to try 

Anzac biscuits – Fairy

 

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5 make-at-home movie night snacks

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:42

What better than sitting down after a long weekend and putting on a good flick, plus even better, with some irresistible snacks to match.

But instead of reaching for your regular movie bites why not make your own? No need to make anything extravagant, keep it simple and realistic.

For something different, spruce up your regular bowl of popcorn and try these oh-so-delcious popcorn recipes with a twist.

Popcorn coconut slice 

This easy peasy popcorn coconut slice recipe is sweetened with honey and dates and blended with pecans, mixed fruit and nuts and of course popcorn. Yum!

Popcorn and coconut slice – Cobs

Salted caramel popcorn apples

The classic candy apple has been upgraded. Try something different and add salted popcorn to the outside your apples. The perfect blend of salty and sweet.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples – Cobs

Pizza popcorn

Two foodie favourites blended together. Pizza and popcorn! To add extra flavour sprinkle with parmesan and mozzarella a few minutes before taking out of the oven.

Pizza popcorn – Cobs

 

 

Chocolate popcorn cupcakes

These refined sugar-free chocolate popcorn cupcakes are perfect if your in need a sweet snack to enjoy with your blockbuster.

Chocolate Popcorn Cupcakes – Cobs

Fruit and nut popcorn balls

These four ingredient fruit and nut popcorn are the ultimate bite sized treat to enjoy settled down in front of a movie. Enjoy these tasty delights after your main meal.

Fruit and Nut Popcorn Balls – Cobs

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Hearty sandwiches you can eat for dinner

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:28

You always hear about having breakfast for dinner (which is awesome), but having lunch for dinner can also happen. In particular, the trusty sandwich is always passed off as a lunchtime favourite but sandwiches can be easily enjoyed for dinner as well.

Sandwiches are quick and unfussy and obviously can easily be portioned just for one, or as many as you need.

In this recipe roundup, there are a variety of mourish sandwiches both with meat or veggies that everyone can enjoy.

Filling sandwich recipes to try for dinner 

Rare roast beef, pear and creamy blue cheese toasties

This irresistible roast beef, pear and creamy blue cheese toastie recipe is the ideal sandwich to enjoy for dinner during the cooler months.

Rare roast beef, pear and creamy blue cheese toasties – Australian Pears

 

The fat avo tostada

With only four ingredients this tasty bacon and avocado tostada is perfect if your in need of a late night dinner option.

The fat avo tostada – Australian Avocados

 

Chutney, leg ham, pear and Swiss cheese toasties

A fabulously delicious chutney, leg ham, pear and Swiss cheese toastie will certainly satisfy the family for dinner.

Chutney, leg ham, pear and Swiss cheese toasties – Australian Pears

 

 

Baked been jaffles with cheese, ham and shallots

It doesn’t get much easier that this baked bean jaffle with cheese, ham and shallots. A great sandwich for the kids.

Baked bean jaffles with cheese, ham and shallots – Foodbank

 

Pesto, semi dried tomato, pear and bocconcini toasties

A beautifully flavoured pesto, semi dried tomato, pear and bocconcini toastie that both vegetarians and meat lovers will enjoy.

Pesto, semi dried tomato, pear and bocconcini toasties – Australian Pears

 

Mushroom meatball subs

For the love of meatballs and even better they’re served in a tasty sub! A great Friday night dinner idea to whip up and serve to the family.

Mushroom meatball sub – Australian Mushrooms

 

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7 creamy pasta recipes without cream

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:19

There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of creamy pasta! Especially as we move into the cooler months, warming up with a creamy pasta sauce sounds extremely appealing.

But…this kind of dish is really more of a once-in-a-while meal for some, but that doesn’t mean creamy pasta dishes can’t be on the weekly recipe roster.

There is one fantastic alternative to make a creamy pasta sauce without using heavy cream, that being stir in ricotta. It makes for an equally rich-tasting pasta sauce but lighter than one made with cream.

If your looking for your next hearty pasta dish, which is family-friendly and most importantly quick, have a look at the following irresistible ricotta stir through pasta recipes.

Ricotta stir through pasta recipes 

Garlic and herb ricotta penne 

This seriously simple yet flavoursome garlic and herb ricotta penne pasta is the ultimate speedy weeknight dinner idea. Have this dish on the table in under 30 minutes.

 

Chicken and mushroom farfalle with four cheese ricotta 

A classic pasta combo. Creamy chicken and mushroom farfalle with a four cheese ricotta sauce. A great family-friendly dish.

Chicken and Mushroom Farfalle with four cheese ricotta

 

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara 

In need of a late night dinner rescue? This easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara is your go-to. With great flavour and creaminess, the whole family will love this pasta recipe.

 

Sun-dried tomato, tuna an olive zucchini noodles 

Instead of pasta why not try zucchini noodles? Blended with a sun-dried tomato ricotta stir through, tuna and olives.

 

Broccoli and snow pea fettuccine with garlic and herb ricotta 

This meat-free creamy broccoli and snow pea fettuccine with garlic and herb ricotta will be loved by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Broccoli and snow pea fettuccine with garlic and herb ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

Chicken and zucchini linguini with garlic and herb ricotta 

Another classic chicken pasta recipe pulled together with zucchini and a garlic and herb ricotta stir through.

Chicken and zucchini linguini with garlic and herb ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

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