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Ensure you’re eating the foods that do good

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:19

If variety is the spice of life, then experimenting with creative meals and maintaining a balanced diet is one way to ensure your culinary habits are kept fresh and exciting.

Stocking your kitchen with a wide variety of wholesome and tasty ingredients – from vegetables and fruits, to grains, protein sources (including lean meats, poultry, eggs, fish and tofu) and dairy products (think milk, cheese and yoghurt) – means endless recipe options at your fingertips.

Choosing foods that suit your budget, while considering time restraints, taste preferences and nutritional needs, can, at times, become a little challenging – there’s a lot to think about. And, with so many delicious recipes to choose from at each meal of the day, ensuring you’re cooking foods that your body will thrive on can be a tricky predicament. Enter the Foods That Do Good e-cookbook.

With dietician-approved recipes created according to Australian Dietary Guidelines – with varying tastes and budgets in mind – the Foods That Do Good cookbook is a go-to guide for those hoping to tick all the boxes at each meal. Think avocado pancakes to start the day, crispy tuna mango tortillas for lunch, red lentil beef burgers for dinner, pear and cinnamon strudel for dessert, and, to snack, a banana passionfruit bread with ricotta and fresh passionfruit.

For these and many more balanced, flavoursome recipes, download your free Foods That Do Good e-cookbook and tuck in to a seriously delicious collection of dishes.

Sneak peak at Foods That Do Good e-cookbook

 

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – This e-cookbook has been created by The Dairy Kitchen, a contributing recipe Partner at  myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Dairy Kitchen and our own opinions.  F ind out more about The Dairy Kitchen.

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Get organised with make-ahead lunches

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:17

The key to avoiding another ‘sad lunch’ is simple: it’s all about the make-ahead recipes. Finding smart recipes you can make in bulk, that hold up well in the fridge and pack easily into single containers is key. Make-ahead lunches will spice up your lunch routine but also give you something to look forward to when it comes to lunch time.

Get organised with simple but delicious a  sweet potato and broccoli frittata, or  scrumptious little bacon, feta and zucchini savoury muffins; or perhaps a warming Indian caramelised onion and spilt pea soup. These recipes are fantastic ideas to prepare in advance for you to enjoy during your weekly lunches.

Remember, your lunches don’t need to be drab. These recipes are ideal to make and go, whether you’re in an office or hitting the open road. Get started with the following ideas …

Make-ahead lunch recipes to try 

Bacon, Fetta and Zucchini Muffins – Western Star

 

Minestrone – Perfect Italiano

 

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Frittata – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Roasted Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup – Australian Mushrooms

 

Ham, Cheese and Veggie Slice – Western Star

For more recipes see our full make-ahead lunches recipe collection 

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

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A perfect match: tips for flavour pairing mushrooms

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:29

Mushrooms are one of the most versatile vegetables available that can both add a burst of umami to a meal and absorb any flavours you wish to feature in your dishes. Although mushrooms pair deliciously with a wide selection of sauces, spices, herbs and other ingredients, there are some that make a perfect match. Flavour pairing mushrooms might be simpler than you think. Start with the humble button mushroom and four simple, readily available ingredients.

Whether you’re flavour pairing mushrooms to simply top on toast, eat as a side, or if you want to take your flavour pairings to a new level as part of a delicious recipe, the options are endless.

So, are you ready to up your mushroom game? Get flavour pairing mushrooms with these four appetising button mushroom flavour combinations:

Four perfect pairs with button mushrooms
  1. Garlic: two great things come together when mushrooms and garlic are paired. Combine the two in a frypan for a deliciously simple side or toast topper; or, consider mingling the pair in this 12-minute spaghetti and mushroom bolognese. Tonight’s dinner, sorted.
  2. Rosemary: spruce up your mid-week mushroom meals with a touch of rosemary – be it risotto, a vegetable tart, a sauce or perhaps this delicious lamb shank pot pie recipe.
  3. Butter: give your mushrooms a crispy, golden finish with the help of a little butter for frying. To try the combination in a recipe, whip up this best ever mushroom sauce and enjoy this flavour pairing at its best.
  4. Parmesan: mushrooms and parmesan are a very compatible couple. Top your toast with fried mushrooms and a sprinkling of parmesan, try this family-pleasing mushroom, zucchini and bacon frittata, or make this tempting breakfast toastie topped with parmesan.

In this clever infographic which can be found in our Winter Warmers Foodbook, shows us delicious flavour pairings with button mushrooms.

 

The best part? All four of these ingredients can be used with button mushrooms in one recipe, to create the ultimate flavoursome mushrooms. Try frying your mushrooms in a little butter and diced garlic, then place your garlicky mushrooms on a piece of crunchy sourdough, and sprinkle with rosemary and parmesan for a tasty finishing touch.

Delicious mushroom flavour paring recipes to try 

Mushroom and Lamb Shank Pot Pies – Australian Mushrooms

 

12-Minute Spaghetti and Mushroom Bolognese – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mushroom, Zucchini and Bacon Family Frittata – Australian Mushrooms

 

Best Ever Mushroom Sauce – 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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Perfect your pies with these simple tips

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:41

On a chilly evening, a hot flaky pie fresh from the oven is the perfect antidote to a busy day. This versatile dish can take on a variety of flavours and ingredients – your imagination is the limit.

Whether you’re baking a warming savoury pie – to pair with a generous helping of creamy mash, steamed veggies or mushy peas – or perhaps a sweet, fruity pie topped with with ice-cream or custard, there are a few helpful tricks that will help you perfect your pies.

Three simple tips for perfecting your pies
  1. Allow your dough time to rest: just like you, your dough needs a little time to rest. Once you’ve prepared your pie crust dough, allow an hour for your dough to settle before attempting to roll it out. And, don’t be afraid to add flour liberally when you’re rolling it out – just gently brush off excess flour before baking.
  2. Avoid a soggy crust: this tip is particularly useful for sweet, fruity pies that tend to contain a little excess liquid; a helpful trick is to crumble a dry sweet biscuit of your choice over the base of the pastry. The crumbs (when finely crushed) will help absorb any more moisture the fruit releases while baking.
  3. Get that glow: create a golden glaze over your pie’s top by brushing it with egg whites (for a glossy top), egg yolks (for a glossy and golden top), a whole egg whisked (for a yellow gloss finish) or milk for a golden matte pie top.

Have a hankering for a warm home-cooked pie this week? Take a look at these warming winter pie ideas, from the traditional, to the free-form, to the filo-wrapped, to the mash-topped, and sweet varieties.

Hearty pie recipes for all occasions

Mushroom and Lamb Shank Pot Pies – Australian Mushrooms

 

Rustic Free Form Moroccan Chicken Pie – Lilydale

 

Chicken and Mushroom Pie – Australian Mushrooms

 

Chicken, Bacon and Cider Pie – Perfect Italiano

 

Cottage Pie – Australian Mushrooms

 

Egg Pie with Silverbeet and Ricotta – Australian Eggs

 

Sweet Potato and Pecan Pies – Australian Sweet Potatoes

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

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Warm up your week with easy mushroom and lamb shank pies

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:33

On a cool evening, cracking into a perfectly cooked, flaky pie with a fork, to reveal a steamy, delicious filling, is a simple pleasure that’s hard to beat. Pies can provide a warming, comforting and nourishing end to a busy day (and make excellent leftover lunches too).

Pair your pie with a pile of mash, a couple of green veggies, or some mushy peas, and you’re good to go. And what better veggie to pop in your pies than mushrooms? Watch this handy video to discover a hearty mushroom and lamb shank pie recipe that you’re bound to enjoy on a winter’s night.

Mushroom and Lamb Shank Pot Pie recipe 

Mushroom and Lamb Shank Pot Pies – 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 to do when life gives you a whole lot of lemons

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:45

It adds zing to everything from your dinners to your desserts, helps keep your morning avocado on toast green and fresh, brings flavour to your water bottle and can even be a useful cleaning agent; lemon is one of the most versatile and useful fruits you can encounter at your local grocer.

Although this zesty yellow citrus is available all year-round, lemon is in its peak season in Australia from June to August. This nifty ingredient works in both savoury and sweet dishes, and is favoured in cuisines all over the world. Even better, no lemon need go to waste when you can use the zest, pulp and juice of lemons in a variety of dishes.

Lemons are full of good-for-you nutrients, and those who eat or drink lemon juice or pulp can expect a nice kick of vitamin C from this fruit. Luckily, lemons trees flourish in Australia, and an abundance of this citrus can be found around the country.

If you’d like to add more lemon into your winter cooking repertoire, put these lemony suggestions to the test.

What do do when life gives you a lot of lemons? Try these recipes 

 

More lovely lemon recipes for you to try

Ricotta, Lemon and Mozzarella Cannelloni Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Lemon and Herb Fish with Sweet Potato Mash – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Poached Salmon and Lemon Caper Pizza – Breville

 

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary – Breville

 

Lemon Tart – Breville

 

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

 

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15 staple ingredients to keep in your pantry

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:28

It’s the age-old question asked in every household: ‘What should I make for dinner tonight?’ Sometimes you might hit a cooking rut or struggle to figure out what you’re in the mood for, but it helps if you have the following staple ingredients in your pantry. These staple ingredients form great starting points for a wide range of recipes, and can make for easy weeknight meals.

Fifteen staple ingredients to keep in your pantry 

Stock your kitchen with these basics and you will always have a back-up dinner and starting point for a variety of meals:

  1. Olive oil: this is a staple ingredient for many dishes, because it can be used for roasting, sautéing and even drizzling over salads. One bottle can go a long way.
  2. Canned tomatoes: this item is one that’s easy to add into soups, stews and sauces, and many Italian dishes too.
  3. Coconut milk: a can of coconut milk is always great to have on hand to pour into a curry; it’s also great at thickening dessert recipes, and making your spicy dishes a little milder.
  4. All-purpose flour: if you need to whip up a quick dessert, or thicken a creamy sauce, flour is a must-have.
  5. Sugar: sugar is a requirement for many desserts, stewing fruits, and just for dressings and a little extra flavour in meals. Keep it on hand for last-minute dinner plans and spontaneous dessert plans.
  6. Salt and Pepper: this classic seasoning duo is essential for cooking savoury dishes of most cuisines.
  7. Stock: stock is a quintessential pantry staple, which adds a a richer taste to soups, and meaty dishes, for example.
  8. Rice: rice can easily be dressed up into an interesting side, used in a delicious fried rice or bowl meal, or used to soak up leftover curries and stews. Choose whichever rice you eat most often, and always have an extra packet on hand.
  9. Herbs and spices: herbs such as oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary and cumin are handy to have in your pantry to add extra flavour to your meals. Figure out which you use the most and ensure you’ve got a stash on hand.
  10. Beans or Lentils: legumes, including beans and lentils, can easily be tossed into soups, salads and Mexican dishes for an extra kick of protein, or to bulk up your favourite meal.
  11. Spaghetti and other pasta shapes: Having a box or bag of your favourite pasta in the back of your pantry is a good idea for speedy meals. Pasta can be combined with most meats and vegetables to make a meal, and is even enjoyable when left its most simple with some olive oil, salt, pepper and sprinkling of parmesan. Dinner’s done!
  12. Garlic and onion: garlic and onion are wonderfully falvoursome taste enhancers. They’re the perfect ingredient to add to a quick spaghetti bolognese, a stir-fry and many commonly enjoyed mid-week meals.
  13. Honey: honey can be useful in marinades, dressings, sauces or drizzled over your morning porridge.
  14. Rolled oats: simple cereals and grains are the answer to both sweet and savoury crumbles, various dessert recipes and a variety of breakfast dishes.
  15. Tomato Paste: this tasty ingredient should always be lurking in your pantry somewhere, as it’s great to add to mince, sauces, pumpkin soup, Italian dishes, or to use on a pizza base.
Easy no-fuss recipes

Lemon, Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Farfalle Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mushroom, Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry – Australian Mushrooms

 

Avocado and Tomato Pesto Pasta – Australian Avocados

 

Thai Basil and Chicken Fried Rice – Lilydale

 

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

 

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One-bowl baking wonders

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:27

Love baking but don’t enjoy the clean up afterwards? Baking does not need to be complex or involve a-million-and-one utensils. You can create delicious and mouth-watering desserts and baked goods using only one mixing bowl or electric mixer. One-bowl baking is a must for those with little time and space to bake. Who has time to clean up? It’s all about spending less time cleaning up and more time demolishing and enjoying your baked goods.

If you’re not a confident baker, or don’t have a kitchen full of baking equipment,  one-bowl baking is also a great starting point for you. Gone are the days of using every mixing bowl and wooden spoon in your kitchen – bake something oh-so delicious, without creating havoc in your kitchen.

You can easily make a decadent avocado brownie recipe using only one mixing bowl; or, why not try baking lightly spiced  apple and cinnamon muffins? The choice is yours – and you’re only one-bowl away from creating a delicious treat!

One-bowl baking and dessert recipes

Decadent Avocado Brownies with Easy Avocado Ice-Cream – Australian Avocados

 

Baked Ricotta and Raspberry Puddings – Perfect Italiano

 

Baked Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake – Western Star

 

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins – Western Star

 

Pear Tarte Tatin – Australian Pears

 

 

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

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Hearty salads to prepare when there’s a chill in the air

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:17

For salad devotees – those who habitually pack a wholesome lunch during the warmer months – wintertime grazing can present a challenge. A cold day might have your stomach grumbling for hot dishes, while your head tells you to stay away from the heavier lunch options on offer (we’re looking at you, hot chips). Never fear, you can fill your belly and get your crunchy vegetable fix with hearty salads for cold weather.

The combination of your preferred protein source, fresh and flavoursome vegetables and leaves, a sprinkling of grains or nuts, and even a little cheese, presents the mix-ins that make a salad worth looking forward to come lunchtime.

Bulk up your salads for wintertime noshing Hearty, winter salad recipes to try  

Grilled Chicken, Heirloom Tomato and Bocconcini Salad – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Warm Moroccan Avocado and Roasted Vegetable Salad – Australian Avocados

 

Maple Roasted Mushroom and Carrot Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Roast Mushroom, Kale Rice and Quinoa Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

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

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Why roasts shouldn’t be reserved for weekends

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:50

The table is laid, your favourite roast veggies are plated alongside a generous helping of crispy roasted potatoes ready to serve, piping hot gravy sits in its pouring dish; and, the star component, perfectly cooked chicken rests on a tray, awaiting hungry mouths. Roasts with all the trimmings sound like the meals of slow Sundays and leisurely days at home. For too long, roasts have been reserved for weekends – and regarded as too difficult for weekdays.

But, it needn’t be this way. There are a number of easy ways you can simplify your roasts for weeknight noshing and save having the oven running for hours on end. You can bring the warmth and flavours of roasts to your kitchen every day. Here’s how:

  • Choose vegetables that require less time in the oven: if you’d like to enjoy your roast chicken with a side of steaming vegetables, consider choosing vegetables that take less time in the oven. Rather than heavier root vegetables, you could roast broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts – rather than pumpkin, for example. You could also try doing stove-top veggies, including red cabbage, green beans, peas and steamed carrots, which pair perfectly with roast chicken, instead of oven-baking your sides. If you’d still prefer to roast root vegetables, cut your chosen veggies into small pieces that will cook much faster than large, whole portions. You might also like to whip up a mash instead of slow roasted potatoes for a weeknight meal.
  • Opt for Read-For-You To Roast chicken pieces: for the same flavoursome chicken, without the hours-long roasting, plus preparation process, choose Ready-For-You to roast chicken pieces that can be ready to devour in under an hour.
  • Make shortcuts where possible: as delicious as homemade, from-scratch gravy can be, for a speedier weeknight roast a simple ‘just add water’ gravy will certainly do the trick. Your dining companions or family will be none-the-wiser.
  • Select quality over quantity: if you’re the type of cook who likes to present their Sunday roast guests with a buffet-style selection of side dishes and desserts, consider picking your star dishes and keeping it simple during the week. Serve your roast chicken with two of your favourite veggie dishes, and enjoy more time to spend feasting with your family or friends.
Ready-For-You to Roast 

On this handy page from our new Winter Warmers Foodbook, see how easy it is to get ready for weeknight roast dinners with Lilydale’s new Ready-For-You To Roast portions.

Roast chicken recipes to try 

Rich Tomato and Basil Roast Chicken with Parmesan Herb Potatoes and Cos Lettuce – Lilydale

 

Teriyaki Roast Chicken with Soba Noodles and Asian Greens – Lilydale

 

 

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

 

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Time to get toasty: four easy jaffles filling ideas

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 09:48

Come lunchtime when the midday stomach grumbles set in, a quick, tasty bite is just the thing to carry you into the afternoon. Jaffles provide a delicious pocket of cheesy goodness, are a great way to use up leftover breakfast and dinner provisions, and an easy way to create a hot lunch for those on the go.

Better yet, the ingredients required to make delicious jaffles are simple, kitchen staples: think creamy spreadable butter for toasting, two slices of your favourite bread, melty cheese – be it tasty slices, a grated cheese blend or a shaved parmesan, for example – and fillings of your choosing.

Seeking inspiration for your next lunchtime jaffle (or simple Sunday night dinner)? Try these four jaffles filling ideas that are bound to whet your appetite:

  1. Bacon and Egg Jaffle: enjoy breakfast at any meal with this classic flavour combination.
  2. Baked Beans Jaffle with Crunchy Bacon Bits and Spring Onion: a spin on the classic baked beans jaffle, this one boasts an extra crunch of bacon and burst of spring onion.
  3. Yummy Left-Over Bolognaise Jaffle: avoid letting your delicious bolognaise going to waste, and make it new again with a cheesy Italian-inspired jaffle.
  4. Cheesy Mashed Potato Jaffle with Sausage and Mustard: like a full English meal, complete with mash, sausage and mustard, this jaffle is a flavoursome meal in a pocket.
There’s a jaffle for everyone …

 

For these recipes and many more wintry ideas, download a copy of our Winter Warmers Foodbook.

 

*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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Watch and make the best ever mushroom sauce

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:53

Whether it’s drizzled over a perfectly cooked steak, heaped over steamed veggies or slowly forming a moat around a creamy mash, mushroom sauce is a wintertime delight that conjures memories of home-cooked comfort food. And here, we show you how you can make the best ever mushroom sauce to pour over your favourite dishes.

While making this best ever mushroom sauce, cream is flavoured with delicious Dijon mustard, brown onions, beef stock, butter and flat-leaf parsley, and features two varieties of mushrooms. Watch how easy it can be to create this flavoursome and warming mushroom sauce, with help from this handy video – then make the recipe at home. If you have any leftover best ever mushroom sauce, we recommend soaking up every last drop with a piece of bread.

Best Ever Mushroom Sauce Recipe  

Best Ever Mushroom Sauce – 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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You could be one ingredient away from making the best roast

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:55

When the middle months arrive in Australia, bringing with them chillier temperatures and bigger appetites, roasts are the very thing to satisfy heartier cravings. You might have mastered the roast chicken, the perfect gravy, crispy potatoes and creamy mash to accompany your roasts, but are you still one ingredient short from enjoying the best roast you’ve made? The umami-boosting ingredient often named the ‘vegetarian’s meat’, mushrooms are both an ideal accompaniment and feature ingredient for wintry feasts.

There are plenty of ways in which you can incorporate this versatile, meaty vegetable into your shared dishes to create the best roast you can dream up and share with family and friends.

Here’s how mushrooms can help take your roasts to a new level of deliciousness this winterMushroom Recipes to try 

Mushroom and Cheese Melt Rolls – Australian Mushrooms

 

Roast Mushroom, Kale Rice and Quinoa Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Baked Potatoes with Mushroom and Bacon Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Ragu with Slow-Cooked Lamb – 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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Ways to eat avocados in winter

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:37

Smashed, blended or sliced, gorgeously green, creamy avocado is a powerhouse ingredient. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even in desserts. This fruit is extremely versatile and; yes, it is technically a fruit! Although most of us seem to pair avocados most easily with fresh summer dishes, there are many ways to eat avocados in winter.

Not only are avocados utterly delicious, they are also jam-packed with nutrients. Loaded with fibre, hearty fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, an avocado is the the ideal ingredient to add to better-for-you comfort food recipes.

Why not add a spoonful of guacamole to a hearty chilli con carne, or try adding avocado to your next soup recipe? Not only does it add a touch of vibrant colour, but it also creates a rich and creamy texture to your dish. A more decadent way to enjoy avocados in winter is to add them to your desserts. Picture the alluring scent of freshly baked avocado brownies emerging from the oven on a winter’s day.

In this helpful infographic, which can be found in our new Winter Warmers Foodbook, you will discover different ways to cook with avocados in winter. There really is no wrong-doing when it comes to cooking with avocado!

 

Winter warming avocado recipes to try 

If your not convinced yet that avocado is a fabulous wintertime staple, you will be after trying these recipes. Whether you want to add avocados to your warming winter dinner, a hearty breakfast, or even a delicious dessert, the avocado won’t let you down during winter!

Chicken Chilli Con Carne – Australian Avocados

 

Decadent Avocado Brownies with Easy Avocado Ice-Cream – Australian Avocados

 

Warm Moroccan Avocado and Roasted Vegetable Salad – Australian Avocados

 

Avocado and Tomato Pesto Pasta – Australian Avocados

 

Avocado ‘Hollandaise’ with Eggs, Ham and Spinach – Australian Avocados

 

Avocado, Potato and Parsnip Mash with Salmon – Australian Avocados

 

Avocado, Pea and Zucchini Soup – Australian Avocados

 

For more delicious, hearty comfort meal ideas, have a look at our new Winter Warmers Foodbook 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Australian Avocados is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on visit Australian Avocados

 

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Get to know the best cuts of meat for slow cooking

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:38

After a long day, coming home to the scent of a slow-cooked meal, ready to tuck in to, is a comforting thought. Whether you prefer hearty stews, chunky soups or perhaps gently spiced curries, there are endless slow cooking recipes to select from to suit all tastes and dietary needs. But, when it comes to slow cooking meaty fare, which are the best cuts of meat to use?

The good news is, most types of meats soften up nicely when slow cooked – creating melt-in-your-mouth meals ideal for wintry seasonal feasts; yet, there are some cuts that come out on top.

Here are the cuts of meat that become the most tender, and absorb flavours best, when left to cook in your slow cooker:

 

 

  • Diced trim pork: those who love a flavoursome pulled pork dish will know the virtues of slow cooking pieces of pork that can be used for a wide variety of meals during the week. Pork shoulder is one of the cuts of meat that performs particularly well for slow cooking. Sink your teeth into a Pork Satay Hot Pot, Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sliders,and Carolina Pulled Pork, for example. Fill tacos, wraps, buns and sandwiches with your leftovers.

 

 

Of course, there are also a number of vegetable-based slow cooker recipes to try too: think Kale and White Bean Soup, Stuffed Artichokes, Ratatouille, and Ribollita Toscana. Happy slow cooking! Check out our preparation guide to kick off your slow cooking plans.

Slow cooker recipes to try 

Greek Style Lamb Shanks – Breville

 

Italian-Style Chicken – Breville

 

Moroccan Inspired Beef Cheeks with Preserved Lemon Yoghurt – Breville

 

Easy Peasy Chicken Curry – Breville

 

 

*DISCLAIMER:  Breville is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Breville and our own opinions. Find out more information about the Breville Slow Cooker.

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Three ways with mashed potato

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:43

No wintry warming meal is complete without one important thing: a big bowl of buttery, creamy and fluffy mashed potato. As well as being the ultimate comfort food, mashed potatoes can be jazzed up into something special, with a few extra ingredients. Mashed potato has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and now you can enjoy a variety of ways with mashed potato. To start, all you need is your classic mash potato recipe as a base and, from here, you can either dress it up or enjoy it as is. There really is no right way to enjoy your mash!

Tips to help you create a creamy and fluffy mash 
  • For fluffy mashed potato, use starchy potatoes like desiree potatoes or Dutch cream potatoes.
  • Keep small potatoes whole and cut larger ones into big chunks.
  • To begin the process of seasoning your mashed potato, add salt to the water when cooking the potatoes, then you won’t have to add as much salt later.
  • For even cooking, place your potatoes in a large pot and add cold water to about an inch above the potatoes. Then place on the stove.
  • Remember to bring your butter or cream to at least room temperature, or gently heated.
Tips for storing and freezing mash 

There’s no need to let your leftovers go to waste when mashed potato will keep for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. You can also freeze mashed potato in an air-tight container. To defrost, allow your mash to come up to room temperate then place it in a heatproof bowl, cover with tin foil and place over a pan of very gently simmering water until hot all the way through.

With help from this clever infographic, which you can find in our new Winter Warmers Foodbook, you can create three tasty mashed potato recipes. A simple, buttery  classic mashed potato, which forms the base for the other two variations, a delicious herb and garlic mash, and a cheesy mash. The choice is yours!

Mash recipes

Now, it’s your turn to try these mash recipes. Create whichever suits your fancy: perhaps a traditional classic mash, or a cheesy golden mash … or why not try all three ways with mashed potato?

Classic Mashed Potato – Western Star

 

Cheesy Mashed Potato – Western Star

 

Garlic and Herb Mash – Western Star

 

For more delicious, warming and wintery recipes, have a look at our new Winter Warmers Foodbook 

 

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The ultimate winter cheeseboard

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:43

Unexpected guests, a housewarming party, weekend dinner parties: there is always a perfectly good excuse to devour a cheeseboard. There is something so comfy and cosy about having guests over during the winter months. A warm fire, a good red wine, a dinner menu full of scrumptious comfort food recipes and, most importantly, a winter cheeseboard to start an evening off sounds just about right.

There are really no boundaries to a good cheeseboard – but the essentials include a delicious selection of cheeses and seasonal fruit, which, in winter, fortunately features a tasty section of bites that pair swimmingly well with cheese. Some of these include pears, figs, grapes and strawberries. Also to include on your winter cheeseboard is a selection of nuts – for a bit of crunch – meats and crackers (or bread) to be your cheese-carrying vessel, and your favourite wine to serve with the cheeseboard.

When creating the ulimtate winter cheeseboard, you must remember that there needs to be a good balance of flavours and textures but also to have fun with it, and get creative.

Components you need for the ultimate winter cheeseboard 

This clever infographic, which you can find in our Winter Warmers Foodbook, lays out the perfect parings for your winter cheeseboard. The roasted cinnamon pear chips are a tasty alternative to crackers and pair beautifully with an array of flavoursome cheeses, red wine and grapes; and, if you wish try recreating this board, you could also add quince paste, dark chocolate and a selection of nuts. Your guests will absolutley be asking for more!

 

Roasted Cinnamon and Maple Pear Chips recipe to try 

These roasted pear cinnamon and maple pear chips will be a standout on your next cheeseboard. The pears add that delicious, spiced element  – and in all their seasonal glory, they should not be missed from your next winter cheeseboard.

Roasted Cinnamon and Maple Pear Chips – Australian Pears

 

 

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The secret ingredient to a successful kids birthday party

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:44

Whether you’re having a little get-together with the family, or a larger affair with friends, a kids’ birthday party is all about fun, colour and celebration. Once the balloons have been blown up and the streamers strung, it’s time to share some special treats the kids (and grown-ups) will love. For these occasions, colourful chocolate crackles are the very thing to keep smiles high.

No baking, just a few ingredients and little fuss means more time to celebrate. Watch this video to see how these vibrant treats come to life and why not try out the recipe for yourself!

Chocolate Crackle Popcorn Recipe 

Chocolate Crackle Popcorn – Copha

 

Happy cooking!

 

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Robust rhubarb: brighten up wintry desserts with one vibrant ingredient

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 08:35

If you’ve ever meandered through the fresh food aisle of your local supermarket and wondered, ‘who dyed the celery pink?’ you were probably looking at a bunch of fresh rhubarb – the flamingo of the edible plant world. Bringing together its vibrant pink stalks and deliciously tart taste, rhubarb is your go-to ingredient for brightening up wintry desserts.

How do you select the best rhubarb on the shelf?

Rhubarb season spans through the cooler months, and is at its peak during July; so, it’s best to make the most of this palatable plant in all your winter crumbles, sweet pies and cakes while you can.

When you’re selecting your rhubarb at the supermarket or grocer, look for the bunch with the brightest pinkish-red stalks. Floppy stems, white marks and bruises can indicate that the rhubarb may have been on the shelf for quite some time since it was picked.

How do you store rhubarb?

If you can resist cooking and eating it all at once, wrap your leftover rhubarb tightly (in cling film, for example) and you can keep it in the fridge for around five days.

If you’d like to freeze rhubarb and extend its season that little bit longer, it’s best to cut the stalks into bite-sized pieces, briefly blanch the pieces in boiling water, drain and rinse under cold water, then dry off and pop them in the freezer in a sandwich bag or container. If you want to eat rhubarb all year-round, you could try preserving it in chutneys or jams too.

How do you cook and eat rhubarb?

The first thing to be aware of is that you should never eat the green leaves on your rhubarb stalks (nor feed them to pets), as they are not suitable for consumption and can be toxic. Once you’ve removed the leaves, you’re good to go.

When eaten raw, rhubarb might cause your face to pucker, so we highly recommend only eating rhubarb once it’s cooked.

This pretty ingredient pairs beautifully with sweet ingredients – like sugar, agave nectar and honey, which balance out its tart qualities – as well as citrus fruits and ginger. It shines best when it’s slow-cooked, stewed, poached or baked, and forms a wonderful topper for yoghurts, porridge and simple desserts – especially vanilla ice-cream.

You don’t need to add much liquid when cooking with rhubarb, because it releases liquid as it softens. Cook until it’s juicy and soft for the best rhubarb texture.

If you’d like to get cooking with rhubarb, test these tempting treat recipes

 

Free-Form Apple, Rhubarb and Crumble Tart – Breville

 

Poached Rhubarb and Vanilla Custard Waffle – Breville

 

Rhubarb Custard Tea Cake – The Dairy Kitchen

 

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Bake and go: is oven-baked risotto the best way?

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:10

On a chilly evening, a deeply comforting bowl of creamy risotto can be an idyllic and warming ending to a busy weekday. With a few (sneaky) vegetables thrown in, risottos can be the effortlessly nourishing answer to feeding the family or pleasing all your dinner guests – including the vegetarians, the  gluten-free and kids at your table.

Avid home cooks will be all too familiar with the leisurely process of creating a stove-top risotto, slowly stirring away as you watch your dish spring to life. But, time-poor cooks who love the idea of sitting down to a hot bowl of risotto of an evening might be more enticed by the idea of making an oven-baked risotto, to bake and go.

So what’s better about oven-baked risottos?

A watched kettle never boils, and a watched risotto seems to take just that little bit too long for those with lengthy to-do lists.

Popping an oven-baked risotto in to cook means there’s no need to hang around the kitchen – allowing you time to entertain guests or unwind with the family. Multi-taskers, rejoice! Better yet, all you need is one pot, which, naturally, means less washing up and less fuss for all.

In many oven-baked risotto recipes, the only effort required lies in gently frying any meats or vegetables you’d like to use, combining your ingredients, bringing them to a boil, topping the mixture with cheese and popping your dish in the oven, for around half an hour, to take care of itself. Voila! A simple, hearty and satisfying oven-baked risotto awaits.

Want to try baking a risotto tonight?

Now your turn to try this delicious chicken and mushroom baked risotto recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken and Mushroom Baked Risotto – Perfect Italiano

 

You can find more delicious and hearty recipes, in this year’s Winter Warmers Foodbook

 

 

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