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Add this ingredient to spaghetti bolognese

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 15:15

Spaghetti Bolognese, or ‘spag bol’ as it’s affectionately called by Aussies, is generally on high-rotation in most households. It’s a weekly dinner much-loved by most families. Most people would claim to have the perfect recipe for bolognese, swearing by the addition of Worcestershire sauce or other secret ingredient (yes, chocolate is one of them). But all you really need to do is to add this ingredient to spaghetti bolognese for an instant boost of flavour and nutrients.

Just add this ingredient to spaghetti bolognese 

Okay, it’s time to fess up. That secret ingredient is mushrooms.

Adding mighty mushrooms to your bolognese sauce will give an extra element of flavour and added nutrients to your mince. It’s also the ultimate in vegie smuggling too, as the mushrooms can be hidden in the sauce so fussy eaters won’t even realise why their beloved bolognese tastes so good!

Check out this Easy Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe video below and start super-boosting your spag bol now! 

 

Mushroom Spaghetti Bolognese – 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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How to cook green beans

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:48

A bright green, tender crisp green bean can be perfection on a plate when cooked properly. They’re in season right now so you can pick up a big bag of bargain beans for your dinner. Never know how to get them to their eating sweet spot? Here’s everything you need to know about how to cook green beans plus some delicious recipes to try them in.

How to trim green beans

It’s easy to nail the prep of green beans. Simply give them a rinse, line up a small handful on your chopping board, preferably stems all facing the same way, and chop off about 1cm. You can trim both ends if you like but as long as the harder woody tip has been cut off, you’re good to go.

You can also get your kids involved. Give them a pile of beans, and get them snapping off the ends. If you’re lucky, they might even nibble on a few of them while they’re helping!

How to cook green beans

• Boil: Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the trimmed green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green. To stop them from cooking too much and the green turning dull, quickly add them to a bowl of iced water.

• Steam: If you’re more comfortable using a steamer then the blanching method, this is a great way to get a similar bright green result. You may just need to steam the green beans for a about 5-6 minutes for the right consistency.

• Microwave: Place trimmed beans in a microwave-safe bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water to cover the base of the bowl. Cover bowl with a lid or a plate and microwave on High for about 4-6 minutes.

Now that you know how to cook them, here are some dinner recipes to try now. 

Broccolini and Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’ and Chicken Bowls – Sydney Markets

 

Barbecue Mushroom & Lamb Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

Tomato and ginger biryani with eggs – Australian Eggs

 

Prawn buddha bowl – De Costi Seafood

 

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How to store and cook plums

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:00

Aussie summers and stone fruit such as juicy plums go hand in sticky hand. The sweet flavours of these gorgeous stone fruits aren’t just incredible when eaten fresh from the fridge, they also shine through when cooked. Here what you need to know about how to store and cook plums.

It’s often the cooking process that intensifies the sweet, aromatic flavours in the fruit. So if your looking for inspiration around the sunny season, look no further than your fruit bowl.

How to store plums

Choose plums that are blemish free and are firm and shiny. Once you get them home, if they are underripe, store at room temperature in a paper bag. This will help to ripen them. If they are ripe, keep in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer for up to 5 days depending on ripeness.

How to cook plums

We have three top ways to cook and prepare your plums.

1. Grilled 

Grilling stone fruit such as plums, creates a smoky caramelised sensation like no other. Either on the bbq or using a pan, stone fruit is best grilled over a moderate heat.

2. Poached

Poaching intensifies plum’s subtle sweetness, softening it’s flesh just enough to soak up the aromatic flavours in which it has been bathed. From vanilla, to cinnamon and even white wine, the flavour combinations are endless.

3. Roasted

Roasting is an easy and fuss-free way to bring the perfumed flavours of plums to another level. It is also a great way to make the most out of fruit that is slightly underripe.

Health benefits of plums

As with other purplish fruit and veg, the deep skin and flesh colour of plums points to the fact that it contains anthocyanin. That antioxidant powerhouse. Plums are also high in other antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, here are some recipes that make plums shine.

Healthy Plum Slice – Australian Summerfruit

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Plum Shortcakes – Summer Stonefruits

 

BBQ Plum Relish – Australian Summerfruit

 

Plum Upside Down Cake – Summer Stonefruit

 

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Chinese New Year Food

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 23:12

Also known as Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year plays a colourful and important part in the Australian calendar. Join in the celebrations with a recipe that’s steeped in tradition like these tea eggs.

Chinese New Year Food

Chinese New Year is celebrated this year from the 5th February to the 19th with a festival of food, fireworks and fabulous traditions.

It begins with a New Year’s Eve dinner with family. The dishes served are believed to promote health, wealth and happiness.

Each region will have it’s own traditional dishes but there are some common ones such as dumplings, spring rolls, noodles and especially rice or moon cakes.

Tea Eggs with Noodles Recipe

Tea eggs are as steeped in tradition as they are in tea. They are thought to bring fertility, health and prosperity during Chinese New Year. They get their striking marbled effect when boiled, slightly cracked then steeped in brewed black tea.

Tea Eggs with Asian Noodles – Australian Eggs

 

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