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Grandma recipes from Australia

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 15:41

One of the best things about growing up has to be visiting your Grandparents.  The door opens and there’s a rush of sweet aromas from a freshly baked treat and one grandmas’ recipes is almost cool enough to eat.  Traditional Australian recipes ranged from banana cake to lemonade scones, jam drop cookies and brownies and they’ve all been captured in this delightful recipe collection.

Gluten Free Banana Cake – Copha

Lemonade Scones – Copha

Coconut Jam Drop Cookies – Copha

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies – Copha

Love these recipes? Check out the rest of Copha’s free cookbook collection. With a huge array of desserts and sweet treats, you’ll find ideas for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Cooking!

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Green pea recipes to put a spring in your step

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:13

We have fond memories of podding fresh green peas at the kitchen table with mum or nanna. It’s now a real treat to buy fresh peas in the pod ready to relive the podding ritual. Now’s the time to look out for fresh green peas at your local grocer or supermarket. To further inspire you to cook with green peas, we’ve put together this little collection of green pea recipes. Enjoy!

How to pick, store and pod green peas

According to Sydney Markets, you should select plump green peas with bright green intact pods. Once picked, green peas rapidly deteriorate and lose sweetness as the sugars convert to starch. The pod protects the delicate peas so remove just before cooking. For optimal flavour, cook peas on the day of purchase.

Kids especially love podding fresh green peas so get the whole family involved in this fun and memorable task. Simply use your thumbnails to pry open the pod lengthways and remove the peas.

Health benefits of peas

There are a lot of vitamins and minerals packed into these little green gems. They are high in fibre, a good source of plant-based protein as well as important antioxidants.

Green pea recipes to put a spring in your step

Some of these recipes call for frozen peas but you can simply substitute for fresh green peas. As with the frozen variety, you don’t want to over-cook them.

 

One pot bacon, broccoli and pea linguine – Perfect Italiano

 

Vegetable fritters with poached eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Summer vegetable tart with mixed beet salad – Australian Eggs

 

Mashed peas with poached eggs – Foodbank

Easy “on-the-go” heathy breakfast muffins – Australian Eggs

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5 of the best carrot recipes

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:09

Carrots, along with onions, are one of the hardest working veg. They play an unsung yet essential part in a lot of everyday meals. You’ll find carrots hidden in soups, sauces and pies and casseroles. But carrots can also be the star of the show in dishes such as roasts, salads and even sweets such as carrot cake or muffins. Here are five of the best carrot recipes for you to try now.

To peel or not to peel?

You don’t really need to peel carrots. Rather keep the skin on. Give them a good wash and scrub to remove any residual dirt before chopping or cooking.

Not only does it save you time and added organic waste, a lot of the fibre and nutrients are present in the skin. Why throw away all that goodness if you don’t have to.

6 of the best carrot recipes

There’s a real sweet pleasure in crunching your way through a fresh carrot straight from the fridge (sensitive teeth aside). But single serves aside, try carrots, chopped, cut into ribbons and whole roasted in these delicious recipes.

Honey Glazed Roast Carrots – Western Star

 

Maple Roasted Mushroom and Carrot Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Carrot, tomato and chicken quinoa salad – Sydney Markets

 

Creamy carrot and coriander soup with parmesan toasts – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Carrot Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting – Western Star

 

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6 different omelette recipes to try now

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 13:53

 

An omelette makes for an easy meal, whether for dinner or a simple breakfast. A lot of people think that making an omelette is tricky, I mean, if it’s the measure of a good chef, then how is a home cook supposed to nail it? Right? Don’t stress. If you watch this how to make an omelette video, you’ll see it’s actually a lot easier than you think.

Omelette tips and tricks

• Do you add milk? You can add milk, cream or even a little water for a dairy-free version. Some chefs recommend not adding anything but some grated frozen butter that will melt into the omelette as it cooks.

• How many eggs? It depends on how big you want it. A 2-egg omelette is good for one person as a light meal.

• Non-stick is best. This is one time you really need a non-stick pan. You don’t want to be scraping egg that’s stuck to the pan.

• Don’t overcook. The omelette should still be a little wet on the inside as it will continue to cook off the heat. You want the eggs to be creamy, not rubbery.

Different omelette recipes

Now that you’ve nailed the basic omelette, you can now try these different omelette recipes with tasty fillings.

Mushroom and Tomato Omelette – Australian Eggs

 

Fluffy Omelettes with Wilted Kale, Goat’s Cheese and Pine Nuts – Australian Eggs

 

Mushroom Soufflé Omelette

 

Herb Omelettes with Wilted Spinach and Smoked Fish – Australian Eggs

 

How to Make an Omelette

Asian Prawn and Chicken Omelette – Australian Eggs

 

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

 

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Why avocados make great desserts

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 16:51

Avocados and desserts, the perfect match

Whether you’re looking for a raw food treat or just want to replace dairy in your baking, avocados are the perfect fruit. Avocados add creaminess and a delicate flavour to bliss balls, cheesecake, fudgy brownies, muffins and slices. Here’s why avocados make great desserts.

The good fat

As well as creaminess, avocados add good fat to desserts, making them healthier.

The healthy fats in avocados help you absorb essential fat-soluble nutrients (such as vitamin E), reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, help maintain heart health, promote healthy skin and are great for the waistline.

Avocados also contain a brain-loving bundle of nutrients that help put you in a good mood, boost your energy levels and fight fatigue. So it’s a treat for you, and your mood.

Must-try avocado desserts and treats

Get your avocado fix in these deliciously sweet recipes.

Avocado Lemon Pound Cake – Australian Avocados

 

 

Raw Avocado Slice

 

Avocado Cheesecake

 

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

 

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Slow-cook your way to tender roast lamb

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:45

 

How to cook lamb shoulder in the oven

It’s one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd this winter. And surely one of the tastiest. We’ve combined two of our great loves korma curry and slow cooked lamb to create this crowd-pleasing dish.

Simply rub store-bought korma simmer sauce over a lamb shoulder (you can either opt for bone in for extra flavour or boned for ease of carving) and leave it in the fridge overnight to marinate. Of course if you’re short on time, don’t stress. We’ve made this with a short 1 hour marinating time and it still tasted wonderful, just not as intense.

Set and forget

Because a lamb shoulder needs a little more coaxing before it offers up meltingly tender meat, you need to get the lamb in the oven for a good 3 hours at a low heat. Add a little water to the roasting dish before you pop it in the oven to give it a bit of moisture. And because temperatures vary from oven to oven, if you see that the lamb is browning a little too much too fast, cover it with foil.

Right, now you can go about your afternoon while the oven, the lamb and the curry sauce work their magic.

But wait, there’s more

You don’t want to forget about the creamy curried lentils that help complete this dish. After 3 hours, take the lamb out of the oven and scatter around a chopped onion, some brown lentils and stock. Now cover the lot with baking paper and foil and back into the oven it goes for another hour. That’s all it takes for those hard lentils to transform into a creamy, tasty accompaniment to the lamb.

That’s it, enjoy 

Sounds easy right? Still not convinced? Watch the step-by-step video and you can’t go wrong. And click through to the recipe below.

Korma Marinated Lamb Shoulder with Spinach Lentils

 

*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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9 budget winter meals

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 17:31

Hearty winter dinners don’t have to be big on cost to be big on flavour. So many everyday ingredients punch well above their weight when it comes to taste. And if all else fails, just add bacon. Never fear. Here are our pick of the budget winter meals that will see you through the last of the cold weather.

Budget Pantry Staples

Of course when it comes to cooking on a budget, it helps to have your pantry and fridge stocked with a few essentials.

Dried pasta – you often pick up a bag of dried pasta for as low as $1. Stock up on a few varieties when you see it on special.

Shredded cheese – This will keep in the fridge unopened for a while, so pick some up to make a deliciously cheesy bake with leftovers.

Eggs – If you’ve got a carton of eggs in the fridge, you’ve got a meal. These protein powerhouses are great whisked up into scrambled eggs or an omelette. Or combine it with cheese and leftovers for a fabulous filling frypan frittata.

Chicken thigh fillets – considerably cheaper than breasts, chicken thighs lend themselves to curries and other winter fare as they can stand up to longer cooking times without drying out. Plus, they’ve also got double the iron of chicken breasts. Winner winner chicken thigh dinner!

Bread and butter – or spreadable. Seems obvious, but don’t waste your 2 day-old loaf leftovers. Combine it with butter and cheese to make toasties or savoury or sweet bread and butter pudding.

Simmer sauces – next time you’re in the Asian aisle, pick up packet or two of simmer sauces mix it up and get a mild one or something with a little spice. It will happily hang in your pantry until you need a quick, easy and tasty dinner.

9 budget winter meals to try tonight

Sri Lankan Coconut & Cashew Chicken with Saffron Rice – Passage to India

 

Speedy Skillet Pasta Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Mushroom Ragu with Creamy Polenta

 

Tempura Nuggets Sushi Bowl – Steggles

 

Cheesy Bacon and Mushroom Bread Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Tofu and Green Vegetable Pad Thai – Passage to Asia

 

Frittata Caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta – Australian Eggs

 

Cheesy Bolognese Jaffle – Western Star

 

Carbonara – Australian Eggs

 

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The greatest pressure facing home cooks today

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:28

Most of us have been there, you get home from work, you cook a delicious meal and more than half of it (if you’re lucky) gets left on the plate by the kids after they’ve pushed and poked at it a couple of times. Unsurprisingly that’s why recent research shows that 91 per cent of people with kids at home aim for empty plates when they cook dinner.

My kitchen goals

With all the cooking shows flaunting fabulously plated food, you would think that it would inform what the home cook is trying to achieve. However recent stats tell a different story. Only 2 percent of home cooks aim for a picture-perfect plate when making dinner.

In fact more than 70 per cent of people agreed that the key to a home-cooked meal being perfect is it tasting delicious. And who can blame them.

But for the home cook, overwhelmingly is the desire to achieve empty dinner plates and for all members of the family to be satisfied by the meal.

Dinner gets personal

If you’re looking to incentivise your family to eat everything on their plate, how about rewarding them with their own personalised plate. Perfect Italiano have a special offer for customers to create a Free personalised plate.

You can choose from 7 modern plate designs and lots of different colour combinations, as well as adding messages such as “Cooked specially for …” or “Extra cheese for …”. Perhaps a twist on that infamous Dirty Harry phrase is more your style: “Go ahead, melt my day …”

Here’s one we created

Half the fun of Perfect Italiano’s create a plate promotion is playing around with the designs and colours. Here’s where we landed when we tried it out. Which design will you go for?

If you’re looking for meals guaranteed to result in empty plates all round, try any one of these easy cheesy weeknight dinners:

*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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5 reasons to Host a Roast this July

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:34

There’s something special about the way a roast draws people together. Whether it’s a Sunday roast with the family, or hearty winter roasts with all the trimmings to share with friends, a roast signifies togetherness. This July, thanks to the Steggles Host a Roast for children’s charities initiative, the humble roast is even more powerful than before.

Why host-a-roast? 

Winter is the perfect time to make a roast dinner as it warms the house with those tantalising smells and is a great way to while away a Sunday. But if you need convincing, here are 5 reasons to Host a Roast.

  1. Spend ‘quality time’ with the family around the table away from technology.
  2. Say thanks to the cook of the house with a night off to enjoy a delicious roast.
  3. Take the opportunity to try a new roast chicken recipe, sides included.
  4. The perfect excuse to catch up with friends.
  5. Help a child in need – Steggles donates 30 cents from every Family Roast chicken sold in the month of July to help Aussie kids in need.
Host-a-Roast for charity with hearty winter roasts like this recipe

Sticky Orange Roast Chicken

Check out the easy step-by-step video on how to make this Sticky Orange Roast Chicken

*DISCLAIMER:  Steggles is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All opinions in this article are our own. For further information on Steggles’ range of products, visit the  Steggles website.

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Embrace the #UglyPerfect in meals

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 17:36

Perfect-looking meals have graced our social feeds and magazine covers for years. But according to new research, Aussie cooks are now rejecting the pressure of picture-perfectness in favour of flavour in their mid-week meals.

That’s why Perfect Italian, teamed with viral vlogger Tanya Hennessy, are encouraging Aussies to embrace the ugly in their delicious dinner creations with an #UglyPerfect movement.

What is #UglyPerfect?

Perfect Italiano has launched the #UglyPerfect movement to celebrate the taste of real food and the beautiful mess of real life. It’s all about enjoying those less-than-perfect looking meals – the gooey, the stretchy and the overflowing dishes – that grace Aussie dinner tables daily.

Celebrity blogger and comedian Tanya Hennessy is helping to kick off the movement with her signature tongue-in-cheek and realistic approach to life.

“I’m both busy and attractive, but not the best chef, so cooking HAS to be easy and of course have cheese involved. I think so many people feel pressure to create meals that look Instagram fancy. But that’s not for me. My theory is if it looks like a two out of ten, I bet it tastes like a ten out of ten,” says Tanya.

Why now? 

The trend for imperfection is on the rise, and influencers like Tanya are sharing more raw and real content than ever before. Make-up free faces, unedited swimwear shots are starting to appear on social feeds and now this #NoFilter movement is making its way into the way we present food with imperfect produce and imperfect looking meals gaining popularity.

Research also shows that the home cook is also ready for a change. A huge 86 per cent of home-cooks aim for empty plates or everyone satisfied at dinner time over a picture perfect plate. About 70 per cent of people surveyed also agreed that the key to a home-cooked meal being perfect is that it tastes delicious.

How do I get on board? 

Perfect Italiano and Tanya are encouraging Aussies to embrace the ‘ugly’ in their delicious creations – the bubbling over lasagnes, gooey mac and cheeses with slight overcooked edges and to share these overflowing moments of cooking joy and #UglyPerfect creations on Facebook.com/PerfectItalianoAU or via Instagram @Perfect_ItalianoAU 

Try these deliciously imperfect recipes and join in the #UglyPerfect movement today!

 

*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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What to make with leftover Bolognese sauce

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:47

Is there anything more satisfying than finding a large container in the freezer filled with Bolognese sauce? It’s like all your Christmases have come at once. Sure you could boil up some pasta quick sticks while it reheats and dinner’s done. What else can you do to make if feel like a more interesting meal? Here are some recipe ideas on what to make with leftover bolognese sauce.

Tips on how to store and thaw

Before we get into all the delicious ways you can upcycle your leftover Bolognese sauce, let’s chat about how to store, defrost and reheat that pot of goodness.

  • Divide the Bolognese into 3 to 4 cup portions and freeze in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • You can also refrigerate the Bolognese in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before adding to your next meal.
The Bolognese sauce recipe to try now

Have a look at the video then jump onto the recipe to make a big batch of Bolognese to use in these fab recipes.

Basic Bolognese Sauce

Here are 4 fabulous leftover bolognese sauce recipes. You’re welcome. 

Speedy Skillet Pasta Bake

 

Bolognese Pasta Bake

 

Cheat’s Frypan Lasagne

 

Leftover Spaghetti Bolognese Bake

 

*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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Best apple recipes to eat now

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:56

There’s just so many great dishes to make with apples, almost as many as there are varieties. It’s a remarkably versatile fruit that works its magic in sweet and savoury meals alike. No matter which variety of apple, you can’t go wrong with this guide to the best apple recipes to eat now.

How to store: fridge vs fruit bowl

This debate all depends on your kitchen conditions. Storing in a fruit bowl is suitable when the conditions are cool and dry. If you choose this method you must also be aware of the other fruits in the bowl. For example you wouldn’t want to store ethylene producing fruits like apples, pears and avocados with ethylene sensitive fruits like bananas.

If you feel as if your fruit is beginning to over-ripen, put it in the crisper section of your fridge. You will also want to store your apples in the fridge if the air temperature is hot or you simply want to enjoy your fruit nice and cold.

Preparation:

Depending on what you wish to do with your apples, here a few 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.

Salads or slaws: When using in salads or slaws, keep the skin on for extra crunch. Then, simply cut in half and remove the stem and seeds, place on its flat side and use a large utility nice to cut thin slices.

TIP: Put a small amount of lemon juice on fresh cut apple pieces to stop them from browning.

How to peel and core apples

If you do need to peel and core apples, here’s a handy step-by-step video.

Nutrition
  • High in Vitamin C and B
  • Fat free
  • High in dietary fibre
  • Low GI
Ideas for cooking with apples

Start with a simple flavour combination like apple and cinnamon or apple and pork and you already have something fabulous. Put these combinations into action with great recipes and you have a winner.

Apple and Berry Crumble with Orange Custard

 

Gluten Free Apple and Almond Pancakes – Australian Eggs

 

 

Avocado, Chicken and Cabbage Nourish Bowl – Australian Avocados

 

Traditional Hot Apple Pie Jaffle – Western Star

 

Roast Cauliflower and Egg Salad with Avocado Dressing – Australian Eggs

 

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