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7 spots in your kitchen that you’re forgetting to clean

2 hours 26 min ago

Even if you keep your kitchen clean, there is a good chance that you have just missed a couple of spots. These spots can be easily overlooked when cleaning.

Fear not, these parts of the kitchen can be easily cleaned with warm, soapy water and a little elbow grease.

Spots in your kitchen that require cleaning 

Fridge meat compartment: be sure to clean monthly with warm, soapy water or whenever you see spilled meat juices.

Fridge vegetable compartment: clean this compartment monthly, with warm soapy water.

Can opener: this device can hold onto to germs, so wash and dry in the dishwasher or by hand with warm soapy water, after every use.

Blender gasket: after each use, disassemble the bottom of the blender and clean and dry the parts separately. This will prevent the build-up of gunk and mold.

Knife block: shake out the crumbs and loose debris, then use a small brush to clean the knife slots with warm, soapy water. Dry thoroughly. Clean your knife block once a month and be sure to clean and dry knives before putting them back in the block to avoid buildup of mold.

Rubber spatulas: especially if it’s a two piece spatular, be sure to seperate the top and handle. Wash and dry in the dishwasher or by hand.

Fridge ice dispenser: empty the ice bin and wash the bin with warm, soapy water monthly.

 

If you keep these spots in your kitchen clean your kitchen is sure to sparkle even more.

 

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5 reasons you need to eat more wholegrains

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 16:04

You’ve heard it all before – choose wholegrain bread over white. Eat more brown rice. Cook wholemeal pasta. And though you might think you do okay in the wholegrain department, according to the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council  a whopping 59% of Australians are not eating enough whole grains.

That means we’re missing out on fabulous health benefits, including:

  1. Less likely to develop heart disease
  2. Assist in weight management
  3. Less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  4. Less likely to develop bowel cancer
  5. Reduce the risk of high blood pressure

The daily target for whole grains is 48g which is the equivalent of 3 slices of wholemeal bread, 6 heaped tablespoons cooked brown rice or 3 heaped tablespoons of uncooked oats. As a nation, we’re only averaging less than half this target.

Now that we’ve got your attention, here are some recipes that will give your whole-grain levels, and your health, a boost:

 

Lemon and pepper chicken nourish bowl – Lilydale

 

Roast Beetroot, grilled chicken and grain salad – Perfect Italiano

 

Pear and oat slice – Australian Pears

 

Wholemeal Peanut Butter Chia Pancakes – THE GOOD NUT

 

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

 

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Irresistible one-pan butter chicken

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:41

One-pan or one-pot meals really are miracle meals. Quick to assemble, quick to cook and only one pan to wash afterwards, ideal for busy weeknights.

This irresistible one-pan butter chicken with cauliflower is certainly a recipe to add to your repertoire. Full of saucy goodness, thanks to Passage to India Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce. Start by simply browning the chicken, add the veggies, pour in the sauce, cook and serve. This dish is a winner when your trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry.

Serve your meal with roasted cashews, coriander and steamed basmati rice.

One-pan butter chicken with cauliflower recipe to try 

One-pan butter chicken with cauliflower – Passage to India

 

 

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

 

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7 insanely delicious ways to use ricotta cheese

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:07

If you’ve just cooked something with ricotta and there is still some left in the tub, don’t throw it away. Ricotta is a cheese that works for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. Is there anything ricotta can’t do?

7 ways to use ricotta

Stir-through pasta

Pasta is a quick and easy family meal, great for weeknights. With Perfect Italiano’s new Ricotta Pasta Stir Through all you need to do is simply stir and heat through the cooked pasta and you’ve got a quick and healthy dish on the table.

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara – Perfect Italiano

 

Lasagne

Instead of béchamel sauce in your lasagne, try using ricotta. This lighter option is great for those looking for a hearty meal without all the guilt.

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Lasagne – Perfect Italiano

 

Pasta bakes

Ricotta is a great cheese for bakes and pasta bakes. It’s light flavour won’t over power other ingredients in the bake but simply give the dish a gorgeous creamy texture with a hint of cheesiness.

Baked Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells – Perfect Italiano

 

 

Fritters

Ricotta is a great binding ingredient for fritters. Corn fritters with ricotta is the perfect combo.

Ricotta, Leek and Corn Fritters with Zucchini Noodles – Perfect Italiano

 

Dessert

Yes, ricotta can be used in dessert. Quite frequently do you find ricotta in a dessert blended with fruit. The taste of sweet fruits, combined with ricotta’s mild flavour and texture is perfect.

Baked Ricotta and Raspberry Puddings – Perfect Italiano

 

Pizza

Another winning combo is ricotta on top of pizza. Ricotta is a tasty addition to any pizza and you only need a small amount, so great for scraping the last bits of ricotta from the tub.

Pumpkin, pine nut and ricotta pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

Pancakes

Adding ricotta to pancakes makes for an incredibly fluffy pancake with a custard like middle.

Ricotta Pancakes with Berries and Cream – 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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The best cuts of meat for slow cooking

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:22

There really is nothing more comforting than coming home to the scent of a slow-cooked meal, ready to tuck into.

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 meat soften up nicely when slow cooked, creating melt-in-your-mouth meals for wintry seasonal feasts. Although, there are some cuts of meat that come out on top.

 

Overall beef becomes its most tender when allowed to slowly cook for hours at a time, lamb shanks and shoulders are cuts of meat that don’t need to be a laborious weekend cooking project, pork shoulder is one of the cuts of meat that performs particularly well for slow cooking and chicken is a no-fuss slow cooking ingredient; you can leave the bone in your chicken thighs and watch the meat slide off it once cooked.

Now your well-equipped on what meat to use in your slow cooker its time to cook. These beautiful and delicious slow cooker and slow cooked recipes are perfect for weeknights or lazy weekends.

Slow cooker recipes to try 

Slow roasted lamb shoulder with lemon, garlic and rosemary – myfoodbook cooking school

 

Indian Style Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks – Passage to India

 

 

Greek Style Lamb Shanks – Breville

 

Italian-Style Chicken – Breville

 

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

 

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How to peel and core apples

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:52

What’s not to love about apples? They’re colourful, sturdy and extremely versatile. They’re a healthy snack on their own but are delicious when cooked.

When you have apples stocked in the kitchen, a sweet and warming apple pie or crumble isn’t too far away. Not to mention a flavoursome  apple stuffing to accompany crispy pork belly or apple and cinnamon muffins served with a hot cuppa.

These favourites are just part of the reason we love cooking with apples and luckily enough, with so many varieties available to us in Australia – we can buy them year round.

Although before cooking or eating an apple there a few techniques to know when it comes to preparing an apple. Such as peeling and coring.

In the following video, follow these simple steps to prepare an apple. Plus you will see a handy apple lunchbox hack also.

How to peel and core apples 

 

Depending on what you wish to do with your apples, here a few more preparation methods:

Juicing: Amazingly, many juicers will take whole apples, making it nice and easy to make fresh fruit juice. If not just cut the apple in quarters.

Sweet desserts: Some recipes will call for cubed apples, others for nice thin slices. Whichever way, start by peeling the skin, then using a spoon or apple corer to remove the seeds and stem. Once seedless, slice or cube your apple into pieces of your choosing.

Apple recipes to try 

Traditional Hot Apple Pie Jaffle – Western Star

 

Weet-Bix Apple Fritters – Foodbank

 

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins – Western Star

 

Satay Coconut Chicken Breast Skewers with Green Apple Coleslaw – Lilydale

 

Tuna Apple Bites – Foodbank

 

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

 

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5 things to know about lemons

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:33

For the love of lemons, this zesty yellow citrus is available all year-round but 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.

Not only are lemons great for cooking, they actually can be very useful in other elements of the kitchen.

Useful things to know about lemons 

Choosing the perfect lemon

When picking a lemon, don’t be afraid to give it a little squeeze before tossing it into your cart. Pick the lemons that have a little give when you squeeze them, the juicier lemons will always give a little.

Freeze extra lemon zest 

Adding lemon zest to your meals is a nice way to add zingy, fresh flavours of lemon to your dish without the acidity of the juice. Keep any extra zest in the freezer until needed.

Want longer lasting lemons? 

Instead of storing lemons in the fridge or on the kitchen bench, they’ll keep even longer in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge.

Deep clean a wood chopping board 

To give your chopping boards a natural clean, all you need is half a lemon, salt and elbow grease. Simply apply the salt to your chopping board, squeeze a little lemon juice out of the lemonhalf and then rub down the chopping board with lemon. Let it sit for 5 minutes then rise with a clean wet sponge.

Clean your microwave 

If you’ve been avoiding cleaning your microwave, this all-natural trick is going to make your life easier. All you need to do is squeeze some lemon juice in a jug with water, add the lemons and microwave. As the liquid boils, it condenses on the sides of the microwave, loosening any food or gunk. The lemon juice is a natural cleaning agent, then all you need to do is wipe it all down with a clean cloth.

 

Lemons are really a miraculous fruit. For more lemony goodness, try these stunning recipes.

Lemon recipes try try 

Lemon Meringue Pie – Fairy

 

Lemon and herb ricotta spaghetti – Perfect Italiano

 

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

 

Ricotta, Lemon and Mozzarella Cannelloni Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Lemon, Chicken, Bacon and Farfalle Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

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

 

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Spice scale: how to choose the right curry for your family

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:38

Curry is one of the most popular meals that families will enjoy during the week. Full of spice, flavour and hearty ingredients, curries can cater to any flavour preference.

If you’re feeding little ones, a mild curry such as butter chicken or korma is perfect. Or if your eager for some hearty solid spice, a vindaloo is your best choice.

Although sometimes knowing which curry is hotter than the other can be a challenge. Which is why, with our help from Passage to India, we can introduce the Spice-O-Meter!

This page from our new Winter Foodbook, will solve all of your curry dilemmas. Use this scale to check the level of spice in your chosen curry.

 

Now you know the spice level of each Indian curry, it’s time to get cooking. With Passage to India Simmer Sauces, making curry has never been easier. Also each sauce package will give you it’s very own spice scale, so you can choose the right curry for your family.

Try any of the following delicious recipes using Passage to India Simmer Sauces.

Must-try curry recipes 

Lamb Rogan Josh with yoghurt and spinach – Passage to India

 

 

Spicy Vindaloo Beef Ribs – Passage to India

 

One-pan butter chicken with cauliflower

 

Korma Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce cups – Passage to India

 

Mince and Chickpea Curry

 

 

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

 

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World Cup food: 7 snacks for watching the world cup

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:25

The Fifa World Cup has officially kicked off! So what that really means is, another excuse to eat delicious food.

You can’t watch a soccer game without a tasty bite-sized delight in your hand. After all, you will need fuel to barrack for your team.

Have a look at these easy snacks, that you can whip up in under 30 minutes.

World Cup snacks 

Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese jaffles 

The ultimate comfort food jaffle. This jaffle is also great way to use up any leftover Mac ‘N’ cheese.

Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Jaffles – Western Star

 

Mini Hawaiian Pizzas

The perfect size pizza for a quick snack whilst watching a game.

Mini Hawaiian Pizza – Foodbank

 

The Fat Avo Tostada

A slightly gourmet toastie. This avo tostada includes bacon, brie and avocado. Delicious.

The fat avo tostada – Australian Avocados

 

Mediterranean 4 Cheese Pull-Apart Loaf 

A decadently cheesy pull-apart loaf, great for sharing.

Mediterranean 4 Cheese Pull-Apart Loaf – Perfect Italiano

 

Rare roast beef, pear and creamy blue cheese toastie

Another brilliant toastie. The pear on this toastie goes beautifully with rare roast beef and blue cheese.

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

 

Mushroom and Cheese Melt Rolls 

The classic dinner roll has had a makeover. Try these mushroom and cheese melt rolls to keep you fuelled during the World Cup.

Mushroom and Cheese Melt Rolls – Australian Mushrooms


Pears and Sour Cream in Butternut Cookies Cases 

If you have a sweet tooth, these bite-sized pear and sour cream in butternut cookie cases can be in your hand in 20 minutes.

Pear and sour cream butternut cookie cases – Australian Pears

 

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 best jaffle

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:50

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 for toasting, two slices of your favourite bread, melty cheese.

The most familiar is the traditional ham, cheese and tomato jaffle. It’s a family favourite – but there is so much more to be created. Sweet or savoury, filled with delicious sauces or even last night’s leftovers – it’s time to start getting creative.

Tips for a better jaffle 

Bread: shouldn’t be any thicker than 1.5cm, 2cm at most, per slice. Otherwise it’s only the bread that toasts. It’s recommended to use a block loaf for those even triangles and crunchy edges.

Golden outside: for that perfect golden glow and crunchy outside of the jaffle add a small amount of Western Star Spreadable. There is no need for spreadable inside, the weight of the jaffle machine and hot ingredients will help your sandwich stick together.

Cheese: a jaffle is not complete without cheesy, oozy goodness, but there really are no rules when it comes to your choice of cheese. A cheese slice will give you that perfect coverage but you can try Swiss or brie, if your stepping up your jaffle game.

Avoid spillage: keep the edges clean by avoiding overhang. If your jaffle is a little saucy, try keep the ingredients towards to centre.

 

Must-try jaffle recipes

Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Jaffle – Western Star

 

Traditional Hot Apple Pie Jaffle – Western Star

 

 

 

Cheesy Bolognese Jaffle – 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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How to freeze leftover chicken

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:54

Whether your cooking in batches or have leftovers, any chicken that is not going to be eaten immediately can be packed away in the freezer, ready for a later meal.

Whether it be chicken breast, thigh or a whole chicken, the best way to freeze is to shred the chicken into pieces.

Shedreding the chicken instead of leaving it in whole pieces will allow it the thaw more quickly. Freeze the chicken in one cup portions and label the package with the date and any spices or flavours that the chicken was cooked in.

These single servings are perfect for weeknight meals. You can throw the frozen chicken straight into a quick soup, pasta, and even a stir-fry.

Also if your cooking a frittata or salad it’s best to thaw the chicken first.

Easy chicken recipes to try 

Chicken and Corn soup – Foodbank

 

Chicken and mushroom tacos – Australian Mushrooms

 

Butter Chicken – Western Star

 

 

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

 

Roast Chicken Asian Slaw Buns – ZoOsh

 

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

 

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

 

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War on plastic

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:55

With the recent announcements from Woollies and Coles around plastic packaging and the reduction of food waste, here are 5 ways you can help reduce the amount of single use plastic items that are negatively impacting our environment and our wildlife.

Woolworths has committed to phasing out plastic straws and plastic packaging in fruits and vegetables by the end of 2018. Woollies will also be offering a new reusable shopping bag with a lifetime replacement offer for customers to purchase in an effort to phase out plastic bags.

Image cred: Samantha Manchee/AAP

Meanwhile, Coles will remove the excessive plastic wrapping from fruit and vegetables – starting with its ‘Kid-size Bananas’ packs.

Both are also pledging food waste initiatives.

Although it may seem like a drop in the (plastic-polluted) ocean, there are ways that everyone can make a difference:

  • Keep a number of reusable shopping bags dotted around the place you’re likely to reach for when you shop ie in the car and in the pantry, so you have less excuse for forgetting them. Though my husband’s latest lament is that he left them in the car. Humph!
  • Unless really necessary for carrying multiples of small fruit ie grapes, cherries etc try to avoid putting your fruit and veg into the supplied freezer bags. Alternatively, use the mushroom bags for packaging. Or, if you’re ever that organised, try to reuse freezer bags.
  • Concerned that fruit and veg will go off if not kept in a freezer/plastic bags in the fridge? Invest in lidded containers of varying sizes for keeping leaves, fruit and veg. Keep an eye out for when they’re on sale in supermarkets. Bonus of this is you also get a neater fridge!

Image cred: Shutterstock

 

  • To try and reduce food waste and to cut down on your shopping bill, do a quick inventory of what you already have in your pantry pulling any older items to the fore so that they’re used first. May seem obvious but who hasn’t discovered expired sauces or ingredients hiding in the dark depths of their shelves?

Image cred: Shutterstock

 

  • If your fruit or veg is looking on the turn – ie overripe and black-spotted bananas the kids have shunned, neglected veggies in the crisper drawer, whip them out, do a bit of quick prep, peel, chop and place them in airtight containers in the freezer ready to add to soups, smoothies, or other meals. Now, all you need to do is remember they’re there!

 

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Must-try mince and chickpea curry

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:28

As the weather cools, it’s also time to welcome in a new array of winter recipes. Cue hearty curries, soups, casseroles, pasta bakes etc. This Winter there is one recipe that you must try.

This mild mince and chickpea curry is no doubt going to become a regular dinner in your household. Super flavoursome, but with a mild spice which is great for kids. Served on naan or roti, this curry is just what the family needs to warm-up after a long day.

This curry is made even easier with Passage to India Mild Mince Curry simmer sauce. This simmer sauce will be your new best friend when it comes to quick curry recipes and getting dinner on the table.

Have a look, and see how easy this mince and chickpea curry is…

Mince and Chickpea Curry recipe to try

Mince and Chickpea Curry – Passage to India

 


 

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

 

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Broccoli coffee may be the next big thing

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:23

Coffee is getting yet another “millennial” makeover. In the past year or so we’ve seen beetroot lattes, pumpkin lattes, turmeric lattes and mushroom lattes come and go. It’s now time to welcome a new veggie coffee twist…broccoli coffee.

Yes, this is correct. Scientists at CSIRO have developed a broccoli powder that can be used in coffee or mixed into foods, like smoothies. According to CSIRO and the agriculture group Hort Innovation, two tablespoon of this powder contain about one serve of broccoli.

Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd said in a press release “Research sows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this”.

Not only is this new powder good for your health, but it will do it’s part for the environment. Bunches of broccoli deemed too imperfect looking for shops are being ground up into the powder. No waste here!

The powder is being made from broccoli that is not shop front worthy – Image cred: Nine.com.au

 

So not only will you get a caffeine kick from your morning coffee, but a serving of veg too. Winning!

 

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How to make a better pasta bake

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:12

Pasta bake, in all of it’s one-pot glory, ticks every single box. Not only is this family favourite food the ultimate veggie smuggler recipe but it is perfect for feeding fussy eaters and is second to none when it comes to comfort food. Oh, and if you’ve ever asked the question, can you freeze pasta bake – the answer is yes!

But before you decide what pasta bake you would like to cook, you must know these following tips which will help you to achieve the perfectly cooked pasta, a flavoursome sauce and to create the all important, bubbly and golden top.

Tips to a better pasta bake 

Use the right pasta 

Making the perfect pasta bake recipe starts with the type of pasta you choose. Think about a pasta that will keep all of the saucy goodness in your dish. Try a ribbed penne or fussili (spiral pasta), these have grooves that will soak up the great flavours of your sauce.

Undercook your pasta 

To avoid mushy baked pasta, be sure to undercook the pasta in its boiling phase. Because the pasta is going into hot sauce in a hot oven it’ll continue to cook when it’s transferred to the oven, so this way you will achieve the desired consistancy.

Let your pasta bake rest

Okay so it’s slightly hard to not serve up the baked goodness that is, your pasta bake, straight away. However, it’s important to wait approximately 5-10 minutes. This gives the sauce time to settle and slightly firm up. The result, your pasta bake will hold shape, and you won’t see the sauce separate from the other ingredients.

How to get a thick pasta sauce 

Like any baked dish with sauce, the consistency of the sauce will thin when placed in a high oven-heat. It is better to have a thicker sauce, that will thin in the cooking process, than a sauce which will cause your dish to fall apart when served.

TIP: To thicken a sauce quickly with cornflour, use one tablespoon of cornflour with equal parts water and mix together in a small bowl until it is smooth and free of lumps. Then, slowly add this mixture to your sauce while stirring constantly.

Don’t just hope for the best; Taste as you go

As there can be a lot of components to certain pasta bakes it is important to taste as you. Ensuring your sauces are well seasoning and your pasta should be tasty, with an extra firm bite

Don’t forget the cheese 

The best way to achieve a beautiful golden top for your pasta bake is to use a blend of cheeses. On its own, cheddar will become too oily, mozarella will not create a strong flavour, and parmesan will be slightly too sharp. However, a combination of the three will balance out each of these characteristics and create a perfect golden top.

TIP: To add a bit of crunch to the top of your pasta bake recipe, sprinkle a thin layer of breadcrumbs on top of your cheese before baking.

Pasta bake recipe to try 

Chicken, leek and pea pasta bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Cheesy Mushroom, Bacon and Veggie Pasta Bake – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

Sweet Potato Pasta Bake with Spinach and Pine Nuts – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Tuna, tomato and mozzarella fusilli bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Italian Meatball Fusilli Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

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

 

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

 

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How to peel and core pears

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:31

Pears are an extremely delicious and versatile fruit to cook with. They pair with both sweet and savoury dishes, and add a great flavour.

But before cooking, there are some simple steps when it comes to preparing a pear, such as peeling, coring and knowing how to check if a pear is ripe.

Have a look this quick video to see how easy it is the prepare a pear.

How to peel and core a pear 

 

Once your pear is prepared try one of these pear-fect recipes. Great for families and entertaining.

Pear recipes to try 

Pear pavlova nests with chocolate – Australian Pears

 

Chocolate pear loaf – Australian Pears

 

 

 

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

 

Pear and oat slice – Australian Pears

 

Baked pears with mascarpone – 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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Crazy for Doughnuts

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:44

No matter how your prefer your doughnut, whether it’s old-school cinnamon, original glazed, baked, fried, with or without sprinkles, I’m sure you’d agree that doughnuts are seriously delicious!

To celebrate Doughtnut Day (Friday 1st June) we’ve hand-picked some of the best doughnut-inspired clothes and accessories that are sprinkling the world with a ‘hole’ lotta love.

Choose from doughnut-covered socks, DIY doughnut sunglasses, round doughnut towels and more.

Must-see Doughtnut attire

DIY Doughnut Sunglasses – Studio DIY 

Why not make your own doughnut sunglasses to celebrate Doughnut Day?

Image cred: Studio DIY

 

Doughnut Circle of Life singlet – Skreened 

When you can’t eat them, wear them.

Image cred: Skreened

 

Doughnut Round Beach Towel – Chapter 24 

Just when you think a doughnut couldn’t appear anywhere else, you can now purchase a doughnut towel. Amazing!

Image cred: Chapter 24

 

Doughnut manicure – Brit + Co 

Match your nails to your food. So sweet.

Image cred: Brit + Co

 

Doughnut Socks – The Sock Drawer 

Doughnut holes are the only hole we want in our socks.

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So now that your doughnut craving is through the roof the only thing to do is to eat more ‘hole’ foods. Start with this delicious  doughnut muffin recipe.

Jam Doughnut Muffins – IXL

 

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Get ready to warm up with our new Winter Foodbook

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:22

With the cool chill in the air and coats and boots have been pulled out, it’s time to revive your recipe repitoure and say good bye to those Autumn meals, and say hello to a new winter menu.

Which is why we welcome the arrival of the new Winter Foodbook, which is full of hearty, cheesy, warming and decadent recipes to be enjoyed throughout winter.

With toasty jaffles, must-try winter sides, cheesy pasta bakes and tray bakes, hearty curries and of course sweet treats. The new Winter Foodbook includes recipes that the whole family will love.

To get your copy of the book, you can download the ebook now or complete the survey and get your very own printed version delivered to you. Find more information below.

Toasty Jaffles

Crispy bread, hot and oozy filling, steam coming out of the jaffle oven. Ode to this toasty jaffles chapter.

Cheesy Bolognese Jaffles – Western Star

 

Traditional Hot Apple Pie Jaffle – Western Star

Winter Sides

The perfect selection of dressed-up winter sides, which can accompany any roast or steak.

Roast sweet potato medley with rib-eye steak – Australian Sweet potatoes

 

The ultimate sweet potato mash – Australian Sweet potatoes


 

Cheesy Bakes

It doesn’t get more wintery than a cheesy bake. The perfect solution for a fuss-free, weeknight dinner. Plus one tray means less washing up.

Creamy sweet potato and cauliflower bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Tuna, tomato and mozzarella fusilli bake – Perfect Italiano 

Hearty Curries

Spice up your dinner routine with this collection of authentic, mild and fiery, hearty curries recipes.

One-pan butter chicken with cauliflower

 

Mince and chickpea curry – Passage to India

Sweet treats

Complete your winter feast with an after-dinner indulgence. Whether you’re craving something fruit or chocolaty there’s a recipe to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Waffles with ice cream and pears – Australian Pears

 

Pear and Almond mug cakes – Australian Pears

 

 

 

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What’s in season this Winter

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:04

Once again it’s time to welcome in a new season…Winter! When welcoming a new season it’s also time to say hello to a fresh selection of fruits and vegetables which are at their seasonal best.

Que hearty root vegetables, sweet citrus, plump strawberries, golden pumpkins plus many more.

Just think of a decadent lemon meringue pie, a gorgeous pumpkin pasta bake and even a winter crunch salad with egg, roasted pumpkin and crunchy prosciutto.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying fresh produce. During June, July and August you will find the following produce readily available in your supermarket or green grocer.

Plus other benefits of eating in season is the produce taste better and it’s budget friendly, because the farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce due to the crop being in season, so the cost will go down. Also eating in season means the produce has a higher nutritional value, as they’re being consumed closer to harvest.

Fruits Vegetables Must-try wintery recipes 

Baked Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells – Perfect Italiano

 

Roasted pumpkin, brussel sprouts and prosciutto with egg – Australian Eggs

 

Lemon Meringue Pie – Fairy

 

Chicken, leek and pea pasta bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Tofu and Chicken Laksa – Lilydale

 

Cheese and greens filo pie – Western Star

 

Pear Tarte Tatin – Australian Pears

 

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Stock you pantry with these items for successful 30 minute meals

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 14:04

A well stocked pantry can be your secret weapon for getting dinner on the table quickly and efficiently. But you must have the “right” ingredients to make this a reality.

With having basic supplies on hand, you’ll be equally prepared for quick families dinners or last-minute dinner for friends.

These basic ingredients are often used in most recipes and can be brought and stored for long periods. These items are usually fairly inexpensive, have a long shelf life, and can be used and combined with other ingredients in many ways.

The list includes several basic items, with a few notable omissions. We’d like to think that most people will have the following on hand: salt and pepper, flour and sugar. Without these items, many 30 minute meals are doomed from the start, so if you’re just starting to build a pantry, make sure you always have these items as well.

Must-have pantry items 

Canned beans

Beans are a great way to bulk up meals. They can be easily tossed into soups, salads or ground into different dips. They’re a hearty ingredient that will last a long time in your pantry.

Oil 

Keeping a variety of oils on hand is important because a lot of recipes require different oils. Plus oil is usually the start to most meals when cooking.

Canned tomatos 

Keeping canned tomatoes in the pantry allows for great quick pasta sauces, meat dishes and soups.

Coconut milk

A can or two of creamy coconut milk can make any meat into a curry in a snap. Plus it’s great for thickening or in desserts.

Pasta and rice 

You can never go wrong with having pasta and rice lying around in your pantry. Either on is a great base or pair for many family meals and can dressed up or down the way you like it.

Stock 

Any kind of stock is very important to have on hand as it is one of the best ingredients for quick dinners. Great for soups, casseroles or other hearty meat based dinners.

 

30 minute recipes to try 

Easy four cheese spaghetti carbonara – Perfect Italiano

 

 

Avocado Lentilicious Salad – Australian Avocados

 

Fried rice with boiled eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Mushroom and Ancient Grain Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

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