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10 tips to pull off the perfect Christmas feast

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:42

As we inch closer and closer to Christmas and while there is excitement in the air, for some there is also mounting stress about hosting a Christmas lunch or dinner. So this year, whether your hosting just the family or hosting to a large crowds, these tips will allow for things to run as smoothly as possible. But just remember, relax and have fun! It’s Christmas and it’s the one day to enjoy delicious food and good company.

Tips to pull off the perfect Christmas feast  

Mix traditional recipes with modern ones: try something different this year, whether it be a new salad recipe, different meat or new dessert. Spice up your regular Christmas favourites.

Do a run through of new recipes: if you are choosing to try a new recipe, perhaps do a run through so you can be ready if the meal needs any tweaking or seasoning.

Before you buy anything, check your cupboards: don’t rush to the shops, check your cupboards first and do a head count of what you need and what you actually already have. Plus it will give your cupboards a good clean out in the process.

Plan you service ware: be sure to have enough plates and bowls for serving and for guests to eat off. To this ahead of time and decide which dish is going where for a stress-free Christmas Day when plating up.

Create a Christmas playlist: Christmas Day is not complete without some holiday hits. Every great party has it’s own playlist, so start collecting some classic hits plus some new for everyone to enjoy.

Cater for everyone: whether one of your guests is vegetarian, vegan or nut-allergic, be great host and provide dishes in which cater to these people. You don’t want anyone missing out.

Plan and time for recipes: once you have tested out your recipes, figure out how much time each recipe needs and where you’ll need to cook it.

Make what you can in advance: whether you make your stuffing or sauces in advance, this will save you a lot time of Christmas Day and allow you to focus on the main courses.

Enlist helpers: so be afraid to ask for help when preparing your Christmas feast. Plus its far more fun with help. Pour some bubbles and put on some festive music and cook away.

Leftovers: have a supply of zip-lock bags and containers to store any leftovers or so guests can take home the delicious good.

 

Now you know how to become the hostess with the mostess on Christmas Day, try any of these scrumptious recipes this year for a show-stopping Christmas feast.

Christmas main recipes to try 

Over roasted turkey breast with walnut and cranberry stuffing – Gamefarm

 

Duck with spiced citrus sauce – Gamefarm

 

Barbecued Turkey Breast with a Salad of White Beans, Pancetta and Spiced Mango Chutney – Game Farm

 

Roast Turkey with Fig and Apricot Stuffing – Game Farm

 

*DISCLAIMER: Game Farm is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All recipes are contributed by Game Farm and any opinions are our own.  For further information on Game Farm’s range of products, visit the Game Farm website.

 

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The perfect Christmas relish recipe

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:58

Once you choose your selection on meats for Christmas Day, each meat will need a gravy, chutney or relish as an accompaniment. As we know gravy is simple to be made at home but have you ever tried making your own relish? Go that extra mile this year and trust us, you will taste the difference.

Another great thing about making your own relish, is that the selection of summer fruits readily available that make for the perfect flavour in a relish. Plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots and many more all create heavenly flavours, perfect for summertime cooking. Plus in making your own relish, you can do it in your own time. So no need to fluff around on Christmas Day, make your relish ahead of time.

In this gorgeous recipe page from our oh-so fabulous Celebrate Christmas Foodbook, you can make your own BBQ plum relish. Which pairs beautifully with turkey and ham.

 

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

 

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2017 the year of the bowls: poké, nourish and buddha bowls

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:34

One of the biggest food trends that has captured 2017 has been food in bowls. All different types of bowls, such as a poké bowl, nourish bowl and a buddha bowl. Cafes and restaurants all around Australia have jumped on this trend and now serve many different variations of their meals in bowls. Whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner and Australians have been loving food in bowls.

Although with the continual growth and our love for food in bowls, more and more types of different bowls have made their way to the surface. In which can be very confusing for some.

So here are your answers, and what actually are the differences between all these bowls.

What’s the difference between all the bowls

Poké bowl

Pronounced poh-keh is officially the hottest dish on Australian menus right now. The Hawaiian dish was traditionally made by fisherman, in which they would combine the trimmings from their catch of tuna (ahi) with seaweed and sweet onions. Then serving it on a bowl of rice, soy sauce and sesame oil.

These days the rules of thumb with a poké bowl is that only the freshest fish will do or you can try it with tofu or chicken. Be sure to use a rice cooker, as starchy nice will ruin a good poké plus having contrasting textures, flavours and temperatures is the key for a great poké.

The most common ingredients in a poke are rice, salmon, tuna, edamame, ginger, seaweed, sesame dressing plus many other veggies and sauces. You can do no wrong with poké.

 

Nourish bowl

As it suggests in the name, a nourish bowl is basically a big bowl of goodness. A nourish bowl consists of a big leafy base, topped with your choice of protein, a carbohyrdrate and a health fat.

It’s a perfect meal-in-a-bowl and is extremely versatile. You can choose all the ingredients you love and build your own nourish bowl recipe. Some ingredients to think of could be: spinach, romaine lettuce, quinoa, eggs, chicken, avocado, nuts, carrots, peas, sweet potato and brown rice plus many more.

There are really no rules with a nourish bowl, so choose a variety of veg, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats you enjoy and your good to build your bowl.

 

Buddha Bowl 

Similar to a nourish bowl a buddha bowl (also known as a macro bowl or hippie bowl) are colourful, filling bowls composed of grains, veggies, protein, greens and seeds, plus a hearty dressing.  Although technically a buddha bowl only consists of vegetarian protein such as tofu and legumes. So like the nourish bowl, choose what you enjoy and you then you can build your buddha bowl.

 

Delicious food in bowls recipes to try 

Crunchy nourish bowl – Cobs

 

Egg Buddha bowl – Australian Eggs

 

Avo little poke – Australian Avocados

 

Sesame chicken and brown rice salad bowl – Lilydale

 

If you would like more summer recipe inspiration, have a look in our Summer Entertaining Foodbook.

 

 

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

 

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Complete your Christmas side dishes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:45

Your main meal on Christmas Day is not complete without an array of scrumptious side dishes. Sides accompany and complete your Christmas feast and you can pair your selection of meat, with as many sides as you desire.

What better than crispy roasted potatoes, honey glazed roasted carrots or even delicious barbecued corn with coriander and chilli butter. Christmas is that one day of the year where the day is based solely around food…and who’s complaining.

This year when preparing your sides, we have one simple tip that is going to finish off your sides just beautifully. When you are ready to serve be sure you top of your dishes with a spread of butter. Just watch that beautiful golden butter melt over your steaming dishes, and complete the dish. It’s that simple.

In this gorgeous page from our oh-so fabulous Celebrate Christmas Foodbook, Western Star butter is a necessity for the Christmas table and to complete your side dishes this year. Try any of these scrumptious sides this Christmas Day. Your family and loved ones won’t be disappointed.

Side dishes really are the actual stars of the meal, they complete your Christmas feast. So don’t go light on the sides. For more recipe inspiration have a look at these delicious side recipes.

More Christmas side dish recipes 

BBQ garlic, lime and chilli prawns – Western Star

 

Iceberg Wedges with Prosciutto and Rosemary Butter Dressing – Western Star

 

Classic Mashed Potato – Western Star

 

Chicken Panzanella Salad – 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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Plan your Christmas menu

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:25

As we creep closer and closer to Christmas it’s now the time to start your planning and preparation for the big day. Especially when it comes to the food. Christmas Day in most households in usually planned around the food. Whether your hosting a big soirree or having a quante family day, ensuring your Christmas menu is all planned and ready to go will make your day a lot easier.

Also choosing what to eat on Christmas Day can be overwhelming for some. Although obviously there are your traditional meals that you cook every year, but why not try something different this year. Whether it be a new side dish, salad, Christmas treat, main dish or drink idea.

To make your planning easy, have a look at this fantastic menu planner page from our new Celebrate Christmas Foodbook. This page you can print and set out everything you wish to cook an enjoy on the big day.

 

Write down all your ingredients and dishes you are going to prepare and then take this page to the supermarket with you. This page will keep you on track and will ensure that you have everyone covered on Christmas Day.

If your still looking for Christmas recipe inspiration, below includes an array of easy and delicious festive recipes perfect for Christmas Day.

 Christmas recipes to try 

Sides and Starters

BBQ Garlic, lime and chilli prawns – Western Star

 

Avocado, mango and chilli prawn cups – myfoodbook cooking school

 

Grilled White Peach, Radicchio and Goats Cheese Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Mains

Roast Chicken with Shallots, Oregano and Lemon Butter – Western Star

 

Over roasted turkey breast with walnut and cranberry stuffing – Gamefarm

 

Duck with spiced citrus sauce – Gamefarm

 

Desserts 

Gluten free mini fruitcakes – Copha

 

Mango and passionfruit meringue nests – myfoodbook cooking school

 

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

 

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The ultimate bite-sized Christmas treat

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:36

The festive season is all about catching up with family and friends, enjoying the gorgeous weather and eating delicious food.  Although food can also act as the perfect gift. Gorgeous little bite-sized delights can be wrapped up and given to your loved ones to make their day that little bit sweeter.

Why not get the kids involved and make this super delicious layered chocolate crackle slice. This fun twist on the traditional chocolate crackle has three layers, a white and dark chocolate layer and a tasty biscuit layer as the base. You can make a large batch of this slice, enough for gifts and enough your family to enjoy. This recipe is too good not to try.

Layered chocolate crackle slice recipe to try 

Layered Chocolate Crackle Slice – Copha

 

For more Christmas recipes and ideas, have a look in our new Celebrate Christmas Foodbook. Which will be your ultimate Christmas food guide this festive season.

 

*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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Easy crunchy baked chicken tenders salad

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:21

Chicken is a year-round meal staple, but there is something about its ease that makes it the best suited source of protein for summer. It pairs perfectly with a simple salad and is mild, easy to cook and extremely versatile. It picks up all those gorgeous summer flavours, whether your cooking it on the BBQ or on the stove.

Crumbed chicken adds a whole other element of deliciousness to your chicken. But have you tried crumbing your chicken with corn chips? This tasty and  crunchy baked chicken tenders recipe is a must try dish this summer. Using Cobs Big Cheese Corn Chips as the crumbs, adds that extra element of crunch and flavour. Simply crush up all your corn chips, coat your chicken tenders in aioli and then roll in the corn chips. Fry your chicken and serve with your favourite salad. This chicken recipe will no doubt become a summertime favourite in your household.

Crunchy baked chicken tenders salad recipe to try 

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tender Salad – Cobs

 

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

 

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Edible Christmas gift ideas

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:40

As we creep closer and closer to Christmas Day, it’s time to get cracking on planning your Christmas menu, putting up the tree and buying gifts. But this year why not make your loved ones and friends day that little bit sweeter and make your own edible gifts.

For very little time and for not much money, you can whip up stunning and delicious edible gifts, guaranteed to impress. Plus the effort you go into with these treats will be truly appreciated by all who receive. Who doesn’t love reaching for something delicious to munch on? Especially during the silly season.

Edible gift idea inspiration 

In this stunning page from our new Celebrate Christmas Foodbook, it has wonderful edible gift ideas to your spoil loved ones with this Christmas.

 

Sauces and Condiments: homemade condiments and sauces are a lovely touch to any meal. That’s why a thought-fully chosen homemade condiment or sauce makes for a wonderful gift. Packaged in a pretty jar, the receiver can then keep the delicious sauce in their fridge to enjoy for days or weeks. Although if your sauce or condiment has any serving instructions be sure to include this on the jar. Why not try a tangy passionfruit sauce or a decadent spicy pear sauce?

Tangy Passionfruit Sauce – Australian Passionfruits

 

Spicy Pear Sauce – Australian Pears

 

Flavoured oils and spice rubs: homemade spice mixes and oils are the perfect gift for any passionate home cook and foodie in your life. They are very quick to pull together and so versatile. Choose different oils, spices and flavours you like and package them up in gorgeous jars and bottles, ready to gift.

 

Flavoured alcohol and cordial: whether your purchasing alcohol and flavoured cordial to gift or brewing your own be sure to wash and throughly rinse the bottles. Again choosing stylish bottles and you can also wrap some ribbon around the top for an extra festive touch. Alcohol and flavoured cordials are the perfect gift for friends and families to enjoy this Christmas Day.  Like this Pimms recipe below.

The Umpire’s Chair – Schweppes

 

Cookies, sweets and chocolates: who dosen’t love delicious rum balls, gingerbread cookies or shortbread. They are a Christmas necessity and also make gorgeous gifts. Why not wrap your sweets in cellophane and finish off with gorgeous ribbon.  In the lead up to Christmas why not try a delcious jam shortbread biscuit or cute Rudolph cupcakes, but remember to make extra for yourself to enjoy.

Jam Christmas Shortbread Biscuits – IXL

 

Christmas Pudding Truffles – Western Star

 

Delicious Shortbread – Western Star

 

Rudolph Cupcakes – Western Star

 

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The Celebrate Christmas Foodbook 2017

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:12

From the turkey, to roast veggies, salads, prawns, fresh fruit, mince pies, puddings, pavlovas, whatever your festive feast may be, Christmas Day is all about delicious food, family, friends and enjoying Australia’s gorgeous weather.

Whether your hosting a huge crowd of people on the day or having a small and quiet day with the family, your day still needs to be planned especially when it comes to the food. It really is the centrepiece of the day.

So now is a good time to welcome the arrival of our new foodbook. This Christmas immerse yourself in our Celebrate Christmas Foodbook. This years addition has you covered from scrumptious starters and sides, to festive main dishes, very merry desserts and even some edible gifts ideas.

To get your copy, download the e-book, which you can print or view on your screen, or download onto your tablet, iBooks and more.

 

Here is your offical sneak peak into the stunning Celebrate Christmas Foodbok.

Sides and starters

Kick off your Christmas eating with this collection of shared plates and bite-sized delights.

Avocado, Baby Spinach and Prawn Salad – Sydney Markets

 

Grilled White Peach, Radicchio and Goats Cheese Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Festive mains

It’s time for the main event, enjoy this selection of Christmas mains to serve to family and friends on the big day.

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Walnut and Cranberry Stuffing – Gamefarm

 

Roast Turkey with Fig and Apricot Stuffing – Gamefarm

 

Very merry desserts

This super delicious chapter includes an extensive list of festive desserts. Whether you prefer traditional desserts or fruity delights, there is something for everyone.

Plum Shortcakes with Mascarpone Cream – Summer Stonefruit

 

Cherry and Chocolate Pavlova – Sydney Markets

 

Gingerbread Ripple Wreath Cake – Western Star

Edible gifts

Why not give an edible gift this Christmas. Make your family and friends day that little bit sweeter with a edible gift.

White Christmas – Copha

 

Rum Balls – Copha

 

For more gorgeous Christmas recipes, you can download your copy of the Celebrate Christmas Foodbook now.

 

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

 

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Paris opens first nude restaurant – Ooh la la

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:12

Did you know Paris has opened a restaurant where they prefer their guests to dine without clothing? Yes your hearing this correctly, a restaurant which prefers their guests to go ‘au natural’.

The name of the restaurant is of course O’natural and it opened on November 2nd and is the city’s very first nudist restaurant. Located in the city’s 12th arrondissement, though it’s located on an unassuming block away from the neighbourhood’s trendiest restaurants.

Guests who choose to visit the 40-seat restaurant will be instructed to disrobe in a coat room before they are brought to their tables. There, they’ll dine on fine French dishes including escargot and duck foie gras. Although waiters and kitchen staff, meanwhile, will reportedly keep their clothes on for hygienic reason.

Diners can expect a modern interior in O’ Natural, Image cred: Rock 95

Plus if your thinking, what about inccocent bystanders walking past the restaurant? Diners need not to be concerned, a heavy curtain will obsecure the restaurant’s very large street-view windows, and a second set of curtains will prevent people from sneak a peak into the dining room should someone open the restaurant’s front door.

So if your not convinced yet, apparently O’natural’s first diners (Paris Naturist Association) were reportedly quite satisfied with this unique dining experience. Plus this restaurant was taken very well by neighbours and guests.

This opening of O’natural follows similar nudist-friendly restaurants in London and Tokyo, as well as a clothing-optional pop-up restaurant in Melbourne.

O’natural is open from Tuesday to Saturdays, and offers sophisticated cuisine for around 40 euros if you ever wish to visit and enjoy your food in the nude.

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Impress your guests with the perfect cheese platter

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 13:55

There’s nothing more reliable, easy and crowd-pleasing than cheese when entertaining, and Australia is home to some of the best producers in the world. With the festive season on our doorstep and the inevitable increase in cocktail parties, long lunches and Sunday afternoon drinks, The Dairy Kitchen has put together a guide with everything you need to know to impress your guests with cheese from our own dairy regions these holidays.

Serving up the perfect cheese platter is all about nailing texture and flavour combinations. Three cheeses per platter is a good rule of thumb; choose something soft, something strong and something hard (like brie, blue and cheddar). Likewise with the accompaniments, go for something crunchy, something sweet and something tangy (to refresh the palate). Try things like nuts, fruit and pickles or apples for the perfectly balanced cheese board.

In this clever page from The Dairy Kitchen, follow these tips to create the perfect cheese platter.

Perfect tips to the perfect cheese platter – download the eBook

Now you know how to create a gorgeous cheese platter, Dairy Kitchen have got you covered. In the video below, instead of throwing out any leftover cheese from your cheese platter, this simple storing tip will allow you to pro long the life of your gourmet cheese.

 

 

If your now craving a cheese fix, have a look at these delicious recipes below for some cheesy cooking inspiration and appetiser ideas for the upcoming entertaining season.

Cheesy recipes to try

Pumpkin gruyere and sage cob – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Pear, Prosciutto and Blue Salad – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Jewelled Haloumi with Spiced Vegetable Bake – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Camembert with Peach and Clove Relish and Almonds – The Dairy Kitchen

 

For more information on entertaining with Australian cheese this festive season, download a copy of Cheese Please! here – your complete guide to choosing, storing and serving Australian cheese, or read the booklet online:

 

*DISCLAIMER: This post was brought to you by our friends at The Dairy Kitchen, a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. For further information on the Dairy Kitchen’s range of products, visit the Dairy Kitchen’s website.

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Seasonal feature: nectarines

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 11:45

Summer is the time to eat your weight in nectarines. What better than sitting in the shade on a hot day and biting into a juicy nectarine. Sounds like bliss!

Australian nectarines are available between October and April so make the most of this time and cook and enjoy nectarines as much as you can.

Nectarine are, botanically speaking, a variety of peach with smooth yellow, orange or red skin and either white or yellow juicy flesh.  Although nectarines don’t hold a fuzzy exterior like a peach. Nectarines have a slightly lighter flavour than a peach, but both peaches and nectarines are very similar. Nectarines can be eaten firm and crunchy or allowed to ripen to become soft, juicy and lower in acid.

 Storage and handling

Correct storing and handling is important for maintaining good quality of a nectarine and all the other summer stone fruits. The ideal storage temperature is 0° to 2° celsius. Your nectarines will ripen most effectively between 8° and 25° Celsius.

Nectarine Varieties 

In the nectarine and peach family there are more than 4,000 varieties, but nectarines can be placed into 3 different categories:

White or yellow flesh varieties: both yellow and white flesh varieties have dark red skin that is smooth. Although these two are distinguished by the colour of their flesh and the balanced of sweetness and acidity. White nectaries contain more sugar and less acid, creating a pleasant sweet flavour. Yellow nectarines are slightly tangier with more acid and less sugar.

Clingstones: are a variety of nectarine in which the flesh is attached to the pit at the centre of the fruit. These types are generally messier and harder to eat.

Freestones or semi-freestones: again like clingstones the name freestone and semi-freestone are the indicators of the flesh around the pit. Just like their names suggest a freestone is preferred over a semi-freestone because the semi-freestone still as some flesh attached to the pit.

Cooking with nectarines 

Nectarines are the perfect addition to add to your cheese platter, sliced on top of salad and they also work beautifully in desserts. Nectarines are at their seasonal peak, so try any of these stunning recipes below. How about a delicious grilled yellow nectarine salad or a beautiful layered stone fruit tart. Your family and friends will be begging for more.

Nectarine recipes to try 

Layered Stone fruit Tart – Summer Stonefruit

 

Cardamon Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla and Coconut Yoghurt – Summer Stonefruit

 

Grilled Yellow Nectarine Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Turkey, Nectarine and Walnut Salad in Lettuce Cups – Summer Stonefruit

 

White Nectarine Bircher Muesli – Summer Stonefruit

 

 

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

 

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How to make a perfect pavlova

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:00

Aussies love their pavlova; it’s a dessert synonymous with summer, Christmas and outdoor entertaining. It is also an ideal dessert for any special occasion and entertaining to a crowd.

Although this iconic Aussie dessert can end in a disaster, if your not careful. A pavlova should be crunchy on the outside, soft and slightly chewy on the inside, then topped with freshly whipped cream and finished off with a tumbling of delicious fruit.

To become the master of the pavlova, have a look at these following tips to make a magnificent meringue.

Six simple tips to master your pavlova 

Be sure to use a clean bowl and beaters: cleanliness is crucial, especially when it comes to egg whites. The tiniest bit of dirt or grease will make your pavlova flop and pavlova should never be floppy.

Use cold eggs: seperate your eggs as soon as you take them out of the fridge. Crack your eggs individually into a bowl, any hint of yolk will stop your egg whites from whipping to their full potential.

Whip your egg whites at room temperature: be sure to allow your eggs to warm to room temperature before whipping. Room temperature egg whites whip easier and perform much better than cold whites.

Add the sugar gradually: when adding the sugar to your eggs white, it must be added 1 tablespoon at a time, at the soft-peak stage. Although this takes more time, undissolved sugar attracts moisture, which can ruin your meringue.

Cool your pavlova in the oven: no need to rush getting your pav out of the oven. Turn the oven off and leave the oven door slightly ajar, and allow your delicious pavlova to cool slowly in the oven. This will ensure your pavlova keeps its height and doesn’t crack.

Moisture is the enemy: for an award winning pavlova, avoid making your pav on a humid, or rainy day.

How to top and serve your pavlova 

Once your pavlova has cooled in the oven, it’s time to complete this delicious dessert. Whipped cream is a favourite topping, but you can also try lemon or other fruit curds. Then go crazy and pile your pavlova high with fresh fruit.

This dessert should also be eaten straight away. Although you can make the meringue layer ahead of time, it will keep in an airtight container for several days. But as soon as you top your pavlova with cream and fruit, it needs to be eaten straight away otherwise your pavlova will start to soften.

Pavlova recipes to try 

Aussie Pavlova Layer Cake with Red Berries – Australian Eggs

 

Lemon Meringue Pavlova – Dairy Kitchen

 

Layered Pavlova with Chocolate Marsala Cream – The Dairy Kitchen

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

 

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How to make the most of summer stone fruit

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:14

Just imagine yourself sitting back and relaxing on a warm summers day and biting into a juicy nectarine, plum, peach or apricot. Sounds like bliss. Summer is when these stone fruits are in their element and relishing in seasonal glory.

Stone fruits are versatile, deliciously sweet and are a wonderful ingredient to add to your summertime cooking. Stone fruits can be enjoyed in desserts, with salads and make beautiful sauces and relishes. Plus stone fruits pair amazingly well with a variety of flavours.

In this stunning page from our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook, have a look at the tasty list of flavour pairing ideas with stone fruit. Hopefully it sparks some summertime cooking inspiration because now is the time to make the most of these delicious stone fruits.

 

 

The recipe possibilities are endless with stone fruit, and using stone fruit in your cooking not only looks stunning but adds a vibrant and fresh flavour. Try any of these delicious stone fruit recipes below, and your family and guests will be begging for more.

Summer stone fruit recipe to try 

Apricot Frozen Yoghurt – Summer Stonefruit

 

Grilled Nectarine Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Yellow Peach Cheesecake – Summer Stonefruit

 

Plum Shortcakes – Summer Stonefruits

 

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

 

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Main dishes for a crowd-pleasing BBQ

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:12

What better way to enjoy the warm weather than a BBQ. Just think delicious food, family, friends and the outdoors. Getting outdoors can make anyone feel better and whether you’re having a casual dinner with family or hosting to a big crowd, a BBQ is a fantastic way to entertain and get outdoors this summer.

When your ready to throw a BBQ, some simple tips to remember are to keep your sides, drinks and dessert simple, but serve up an impressive main dish. Like a delicious Piri Piri BBQ Butterflied Chicken or delicious Indonesian drumsticks which can both be easily served with a simple side salad and some tasty roast potatoes. Remember your main dish is the centre of attention, so have a selection of dishes that your guests can choose from.

So this summer make the most of the gorgeous weather and invite your friends over for a great afternoon of some fantastic music, refreshing drinks, super tasty food and enjoying the outdoors. Plus your in for a treat with our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook. It is full of stunning recipes and tips for summer entertaining.

 

For more main dish inspiration have a look at these fantastic recipes to try at your next BBQ.

Crowd-pleasing BBQ recipes to try 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger – Lilydale

 

Piri Piri BBQ Butterflied Chicken – Lilydale

 

Indonesian Chicken Drumsticks – Lilydale

 

Satay and Coconut Chicken Breast Skewers with Green Apple Coleslaw and BBQ Kipfler Potatoes – Lilydale

 

Chicken Schnitzel with Chargrilled Corn and Lentil Salad – Lilydale

 

Chargrilled Herb Chicken with Freekeh and Peach Salad – Lilydale

 

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How to build a crunchy buddha bowl

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:09

The biggest emerging food trend of 2017 has been bowls, enjoying everything from a bowl. Such as a poke bowl, acai bowl, buddha bowls and the list goes on. All these bowls are full of gorgeous and colourful ingredients and are seriously instagram worthy.

A buddha bowl is usually a very colourful bowl full of veggies, healthy grains and a source of protein. These days many cafes and restaurants are allowing people to build their own buddha bowl. Although buddha bowls can be easily put together and enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

This easy and delicious crunchy buddha bowl recipe is the perfect idea for a nourishing lunch or quick dinner. Served with Cobs Hips Chips this buddha bowl has it all. With the right amount of veg plus chicken, this buddha bowl is a delicious and nourishing meal.

Crunchy buddha bowl recipe to try 

Crunchy Buddha Bowl – Cobs

 

If you would like to see more colourful and delicious recipes, have a look in our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook.

 

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

 

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Quick and easy weeknight pasta recipes

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 15:18

Pasta is one of the most versatile meals and makes for a fabulous mid-week dinner idea. It also can be combined with a variety of different ingredients to suit what you or your family enjoy.

Although some may think of pasta as a heavy dish, which is why they steer away from it. But if you are after a lighter pasta, you can use ricotta cheese.

Ricotta is an extremely versality cheese with a distinct light flavour and smooth creamy texture. Ricotta can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. With Perfect Italiano’s new Stir Through Ricotta you can whip up a quick and lighter pasta dish for yourself and the family. With three different flavours to choose from, garlic and herb, four cheese and sun-dried tomato the opportunities are endless.

Simply stir and heat through the pasta and your done. These simple but delicious pasta dishes are great family dinner ideas and if there happens to be leftovers, enjoy for lunch the next day.

Delicious ricotta pasta recipes 

Garlic and Herb Ricotta Penne – Perfect Italiano

 

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara – Perfect Italiano

 

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

 

Chicken and Mushroom Farfalle with four cheese ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

Rocket and Chorizo Rigatoni with Sun-dried Tomato Ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

*DISCLAIMER: Perfect Italiano is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Perfect Italiano and our own opinions.  You can find out more about the full range of Perfect Italiano Cheese, here.

 

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Easy appetisers with corn chips

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:51

Whether you have a planned dinner party, BBQ or unexpected guests that show up at the last minute – having delicious appetisers for your guests to nibble on is extremely important to keep all guests satisfied. But fear not, your appetisers don’t need to be over the top. Remember less is more and you don’t want your guests to ruin their main meal.

Corn chips are the perfect base for any easy appetiser recipe. Normally you would throw a bag of corn chips down with your favourite selection of cheeses and dips…but there are many more recipes to try that include corn chips. Corn chips can actually be used as a crumbing for veggie sticks and fish fingers, plus they can act as a base to a bite-sized bruschetta? One bag of corn chips can go along way.

So next time you have guests around try these super easy and delicious appetiser recipes with corn chips.

Corn chip appetiser recipes to try 

Corn Chip Sliders with Crumbed Fish Patties – Cobs

 

Corn Chip Fish Fingers – Cobs

 

For more stunning recipes perfect for entertaining, have a look in our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook.

 

Corn Chip Bruschetta with Mangoes and Herb Ricotta – Cobs

 

Crispy Baked Vegetable Soldiers – Cobs

 

Hot Mexican Street Corn Dip – Cobs

 

Spicy Strawberry and Jalapeño Salsa – Cobs

 

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

 

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Surprising mushroom mash-ups

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:10

This summer, it is time to start eating more mushrooms…why? Because they make everything taste so much better plus these delicious little veggies are fabulously good for you.

Mushies are extremely versatile, pair perfectly with a large variety of other foods and flavours, and can be a crucial ingredient in most recipes. They add a great flavour and can spruce up any meal. This summer there are an array of beautiful recipes to enjoy with family and friends that include mushrooms.

Have you ever tried mushrooms as a pizza base, or mushroom fries, or do you put mushrooms in your burgers? This summer try any of these delicious mushie mash-ups for a delicious dinner, lunch or snack. In this tasty page from our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook, have a look at these different ways you can enjoy mushrooms this summer.

 

For more super scrumptious recipes like these mushie mash-ups have a look in our new Summer Entertaining Foodbook. It’s a good one! 

 

More mushie mash-up recipes to try 

Mushroom and Leek Filo Pie – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mushroom Veggie Burgers – Australian Mushrooms

 

Zoodle and Mushroom Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mushroom Arancini – 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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What’s in season this summer?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:40

Summertime brings with it the most incredible selection of seasonal fruit and veg, which is fitting because that’s exactly what our bodies crave at this warm time of year.

When our kitchens are filled with an incredible sea of fresh colourful produce, we know that we’re getting a wide range of nutrients in our diet. So, whether you transform your fruit and veg into full-of-flavour salads, dressed up sides or juicy fruit platters, it’s always important to let the flavours of your produce, shine. And in doing so, we are celebrating local, in season produce that is brought to us by Aussie farmers.

Here’s what’s in season this summer in Australia:  Fruit

Peaches and nectarines

Stone fruits are not only incredible when eaten fresh, but are also delicious when cooked. Try stone fruit as a sweet addition in savoury ideas like fresh nectarine served alongside fish or peach in a duck salad.

 

Watermelon

Watermelon is truly a symbol of the Aussie summer! Cut up into juicy and crisp wedges or serve in a Watermelon Feta Salad, we can’t get enough of this bright pink glory.

Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Capscium
  • Celery
  • Chillies
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
Seasonal summer recipes

Celebrate what’s in season this summer with these fresh but flavourful recipes. The simplicity of these ideas truly lets the produce shine.

BBQ Mushroom Caprese Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

White Fish and Nectarine Ceviche – Summer Stonefruit

 

Warm Moroccan Avocado and Roasted Vegetable Salad – Australian Avocados

 

Grilled Yellow Nectarine Salad – Summer Stonefruit

 

Passionfruit Tart – Australian Passionfruit

 

Watermelon, strawberry and feta salad – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Peach and Raspberry Chilled Cheesecakes – Summer Stonefruits

 

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

 

[1] http://www.sydneymarkets.com.au/markets/produce-market/whats-in-season/summer.html

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