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Dinner ideas for when it’s too hot for the oven

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:00

The last thing you want to be doing on a hot day is turn the oven on to cook dinner. The thought of making it hotter sounds pretty awful. It’s very possible that before you have had time to contemplate that thought, your keys are in your hand and you’re off to the local air-conditioned pub for a parmigiana and a cool cider.

Yes, we’ve all been there. Nothing says night off cooking quite like a blistering 40°C Aussie Day. But put down the keys, we’ve got some cool recipes for those hot summer nights.

Dinner ideas for when it’s too hot
  • Easy cold pasta salads are a great family dinner
  • Simple salads with a vegetarian protein, such as chickpeas or lentils
  • Think pita breads and flatbreads or wraps
  • Serving meals in lettuce cups for a light summer dinner idea
  • Cold cuts and fresh seafood, such as already cooked tiger prawns
  • Antipasto plates or pick-n-mix plates of dairy, meats and veggie sticks
Easy recipes to try 

Chicken satay skewers with gado gado – Passage to Asia

 

Avocado and cabbage salad – Australian Avocados

 

Lemon and Garlic Prawn Spaghetti – De Costi Seafoods

 

Lemon and pepper chicken nourish bowl – Lilydale

 

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Top food trends to watch in 2019

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 09:00

As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in the new year, we can also look forward to brand new and exciting flavours and dishes try. What’s going to be the new cauliflower rice or sriracha chilli sauce, and will kombucha still be the go-to ‘soft’ drink? We’ve searched the web to see what’s predicted to be the top food trends to watch in 2019.

Top food trends in 2019 

Pacific rim-inspired flavours 

Flavours from Asia, Oceania and the western coast of South America are set to become even more popular. Items such as guava, dragonfruit, and dried shrimp and shrimp paste are ones to keep an eye out for.

Shelf-stable probiotics 

Fermented kimchi and various pickled foods, touted for their gut health benefits, have been on the rise for a while now. However soon probiotics are going to be added to muesli’s, oats and other everyday products.

‘Fat’ products rising 

We’ve seen a rise in the keto diet in 2018 which involves eating more ‘fats’. This will continue to grow in 2019 with even more options to integrate fat sources into your diet. Think chicken chips, meat snacks like beef jerky as well as a new wave of ready-to-drink ‘bulletproof’ vegan coffees made with coconut butter or oil.

New healthier frozen treats 

Look-out for interesting new ice-cream flavours made with avocado, hummus and tahini.

New-ways with seaweed 

Seaweed has been mainstream for quite some time but in 2019 ingredients like seaweed butter and kelp noodles will start to be added to menus and be available in grocers and possibly in supermarkets.

Hemp, revamped 

Hemp has been hot topic of late and is now available mainstream to use in cooking as oil and seeds. The hemp product range will only continue to grow.

Faux meat snacks 

While plant-based foods have been around for quite some time, it seems that even those who traditionally don’t identify as vegan or vegetarian are now exploring plant-based snacking. This means that items such as veggie jerkies and faux bacon snacks will pop up in groceries stores.

Empowering purchases

As we know some brands support environment causes and animal welfare, but 2019 will see a growth in more people-focused causes. Such as employing more female farmers, open-hiring polices plus much more.

Eco-friendly packaging 

As we’ve seen our supermarket giants switch from plastic bags to no bags, this momentum will continue to grow with more environmentally conscious initiatives such as eco-friendly packaging of products.

Gourmet snacking 

Snacking will apparently take a turn towards upgraded artisanal and healthier version of nostalgic childhood snacks. More snacks will also be geared toward people on the Keto diet.

Bring on 2019!

 

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Reasons to eat more apricots

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 08:03

The apricot is one amazing fruit. This small yellowish-orange flesh fruit with a thin skin and soft flesh is both sweet and tart tasting, plus it packs a punch when it comes to its nutritional benefits. Don’t let its small size fool you. Read on to find out the many reasons to eat more apricots.

These little delights make for a wonderful addition to desserts, jams, dressings, salads and plenty of savoury dishes.

Here are 5 reasons to eat more apricots 
  1. Just 100 grams of apricot will give you 12% of vitamins A and C and 6% of potassium that you need daily.
  2. Apricots are great for digestive health. They’re full of fibre to break down fatty acids and enhance digestion.
  3. With their high levels of vitamin A and E, apricots are great for improving both skin and hair health.
  4. Apricots have considerable amounts of minerals needed for healthy bones. Such as calcium, manganese, phosphorus, copper and iron.
  5. Apricots can boost immunity. Full of antioxidants such as vitamin C, apricots may help to build a strong immune system and reduce the impact of summer colds.

Now you can see how powerful these little fruits can be, it’s time to get cooking.

Ways to eat Apricots 

Nectarine and apricot coconut chia puddings – Australian summer fruit

 

Apricot Frozen Yoghurt – Summer Stonefruit

 

Classic apricot chicken 

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Apricot turnovers with sugared puff pastry – Australian Summer Stonefruit

 

Apricot, white chocolate and coconut cookies – Western Star

 

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New Year’s Eve last-minute appetisers

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 09:00

Christmas day is sorted. Tick. Leftovers have all been eaten. Tick. It’s now time to get ready to party like it’s 2018! And we’re here to help with these crowd-pleasing last-minute appetisers for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve your way

Whether you’ve got plans for a big NYE party, a quiet gathering of close friends, or a picnic at a local firework vantage point, you need some quick and easy finger food recipes to graze on. And maybe a cheeky cocktail or two to see you into the new year.

These last-minute appetisers that we’ve chosen for you are simple to make at the last minute and will make any celebration taste better. Choose from everyone’s favourite mini sausage rolls, fresh finger food in the form of watermelon bites or a vegetarian’s delight of mushroom fries.

New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating the old and welcoming in the new. And these recipes will help you do just that.

Happy New Year! from myfoodbook.com.au

Crowd-pleasing appetiser recipes 

Portabella Mushroom Fries

 

Watermelon cubes with feta, olives and mint – Sydney Markets

 

Avocado hummus

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Healthy Sausage Rolls – Western Star

 

Pear, brie and prosciutto wedges – Australian Pears

 

 

 

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How to make the most out of watermelon

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:00

What better than a crisp triangle of watermelon to munch on as a fresh summer snack. As Aussies, this tradition starts early on in life. But our relationship with watermelon has now blossomed into something far more fruitful than a simple slice. Here’s how to make the most out of watermelon in sweet and savoury recipes.

We now love this summer fruit in Mediterranean-style salads, as a refreshing sweet pizza base and even as a quick and easy appetiser.

See below for our ultimate seasonal guide to all things watermelon, including how to cut and store this wonderful fruit.

When is watermelon in season in Australia?

While you can usually find watermelon throughout the year in Australian green grocers, it is at it’s seasonal peak from October – February.

How to cut watermelon
  1. Cut the whole watermelon in quarters
  2. Working with one quarter at a time, cut the melon into 2 cm wide slices
  3. Lay individual pieces of watermelon on their flat side
  4. Cut away the green rind carefully by drawing the knife close to the white rind
  5. Chop melon into 1cm cubes and enjoy
What’s the best way to store watermelon?

Watermelon should always be stored in the fridge. Once cut, wrap the cut side tightly with cling film. Try to replace the cling film each time you re-wrap your watermelon.

Alternatively, you can store cut pieces of melon in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Watermelon recipes to try 

Watermelon cubes with feta, olives and mint – Sydney Markets

 

Watermelon salad with feta and mint 

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Watermelon pizza with white chocolate and pistachios – myfoodbook cooking school

 

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How to make the most of your Christmas leftovers

Sat, 12/22/2018 - 09:00

Every year, we tell ourselves not to go overboard and buy crazy amounts of food for Christmas Day, but this never seems to happen. At the end of the day, you find yourself with copious amounts of leftovers.

All the family go home with containers full of food, and for days we eat extravagant Christmas food (not that we’re complaining).

So instead of settling for a simple ham sandwich or turkey salad, we’ve collated our best recipes that you can use up all your leftovers with. From your Christmas ham and turkey, to your roast veggies and even your desserts. Don’t let these delicious ingredients go to waste.

Ways to use-up Christmas leftovers 

Frittatas and slices: a frittata or slice is the perfect way to use up any leftover veggies and meats. Simply chop up all your ingredients and add to your egg mixture and you’re ready to go. Frittatas are perfect if you’re feeling like a lighter meal, especially after the Christmas feasting.  

Salads: why not add your leftover roast veg, or sides to a salad? Throw in any leftover herbs and even add a little chopped up cheese or nuts leftover from the nibblies.

Fritters: why not use up your Christmas leftovers for breakfast the next day? Fritters are very forgiving and can consist of any combination of veg and meats. Throw in a bit of leftover cheese and herbs and voila!

Toasties/Jaffles: what better than a super-easy Christmas ham toasted sandwich on Boxing Day? Seriously quick and easy way to use-up those leftover Christmas meats.

Desserts: Use up any fruit or baking ingredients to make some delicious treats. Christmas pudding can easily be turned into truffles, or stirred through bought vanilla ice-cream and frozen to make a festive ice-cream. And smashed pav will be perfect as an Eton mess. Just add extra berries. Yum!

Leftover recipes to try

Bubble and squeak turkey fritters with poached egg – Australian Eggs

 

Frittata Caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta – Australian Eggs

 

Hash brown ham and egg nests 

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Christmas pudding truffles – Western Star

 

Ham, cranberry and camembert French toast – Australian Eggs

 

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Last-minute Christmas recipes

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:00

There is no need to fret if you’ve left your Christmas menu planning to the last minute. You can still have an impressive feast, especially with these last-minute Christmas recipes.

With Christmas only a few days away, check out these easy Christmas meals that can be whipped up with little effort. Don’t worry, they still deliver on taste and wow factor. Remember Christmas Day doesn’t need to be stressful, and there are no hard and fast menu rules. Think outside the turkey to meats like lamb, which is actually a little easier to cook.

Last-minute Christmas recipes to try 

Classic pavlova with lemon curd and kiwi fruit 

If you’ve never made a pav before, then this classic pavlova recipe is a great one to start with. Topped with zingy lemon curd and kiwi fruit. And if you really need a last-minute dessert solution, you could cheat and use a bought pavlova base. Shhh! It can be our secret.

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Rosemary, garlic and lemon roast lamb

This easy roast lamb recipes with rosemary, garlic and lemon would make for a great meat option if you’ve run out of time to pick up a turkey or ham.

Rosemary, garlic and lemon roast lamb – Western Star

 

The new devilled egg 

These retro wonders, are the perfect fuss-free appetiser to kick-start Christmas Day.

The new devilled egg – Australian Eggs

 

Best German potato salad 

This trending German potato salad is seriously easy but tastes even better. This salad will certainly impress on Christmas Day.

Best German potato salad – Australian Eggs

 

Summer fruit trifle in a glass 

This easy summer fruit trifle, the perfect fuss-free dessert for Christmas. All you need to do is buy the fruit, cream, custard and mini jam rolls then assemble.

Summer fruit trifle – myfoodbook cooking school

 

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How to prepare mangoes this summer

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 08:00

The sweet smell of ripe mangoes heralds the start of the long Australian summer. Their ready availability during the summer months, combined with their versatility, makes mango one of the most popular summer fruits. In the below video, we show you how to prepare mangoes to get the best out of them.

Enjoyed in combination with other seasonal fruit or simply on their own, mangoes are exotic and deliciously juicy. Use to accompany seafood, add to salads, layer in desserts or use in fresh smoothies, mangoes are in season and the perfect fruit to bring you into the summer months.

How to select a mango

Select firm, bright mangoes with a distinct pleasant aroma. Avoid mangoes with black or soft spots.

How to store mangoes

Ripen at room temperature. Store ripe fruit in the vegetable crisper or in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  Use within 3 days.

How to prepare mangoes video

This video shows you how to peel, slice and dice mangoes.

What are the health benefits of mangoes
  • Great source of Vitamin C
  • Good source of beta carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A
  • Source of dietary fibre
Ways to use mango

Incredible as a sweet addition to savoury dishes such as  salads, perfect as a breakfast addition in smoothies and smoothie bowls and ideal for summer desserts. Try sweet ideas like trifles, gelato and of course, one of the best ways to use mango;  pavlova!

The following recipes show you just how easy it is to add mango to your favourite dishes.

 

Mango prawn salad – De Costi Seafood

 

Mango and passionfruit meringue nests – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

Mango and White Chocolate Cheesecake – Sydney Markets

 

The Avo-licious Pig – Australian Avocados

 

Lime Mascarpone and Mango Tart – Western Star

 

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Bubble and squeak turkey fritters with poached eggs

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 09:00

So as you wake on Boxing Day think about all the tasty leftovers sitting in your fridge. You can transform that leftover turkey and roast vegies into a delicious new meal. Why not turn it into hearty brunch like bubble and squeak turkey fritters to enjoy after a lazy lie in?

These bubble and squeak turkey fritters are just the thing, and they pack a full flavoured punch to wake up your tastebuds on Boxing Day. Top them with a perfectly poached egg for the ultimate meal. And best of all, they’re impressive enough to serve up to friends or family you’re catching up with after Christmas.

Plus they’re so easy to make. All you need to do is combine your mashed up roast veg with shredded leftover turkey, toss in a whisked egg, season and cook. Then be sure to finish off with a poached egg.

Bubble and squeak turkey fritters with poached egg recipe 

Bubble and squeak turkey fritters with poached egg – 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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Make the most of leftover Christmas pudding

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:32

Do you get a little bored from trying to eat your way through leftover Christmas pudding or cake? Well, you don’t have to. Simply turn those leftovers into new, delicious desserts and sweet treats. Here’s our tips and recipes on how to make the most of your leftover Christmas pudding. As they say, the proof is in the pudding recipes.

Ways to use-up leftover Christmas pudding 

Ice-cream: why not use up your leftover christmas pudding or cake in ice-cream. Whether you choose to make your ice-cream from scratch or use a store bought one. This delicious ice-cream can be kept frozen for New Year’s Eve to bring a festive flavour to the event or enjoy it on Boxing Day.

Trifles: trifles are the perfect way to use up leftover Christmas cake and pudding. Use the Christmas pudding as the base of your trifle, and then you can even use up any leftover custard, fruit and other delicious ingredients that make a perfect trifle.

Truffles: who doesn’t love a good truffle during Christmas time. These bite-sized treats also make the perfect gifts. Leftover pudding makes for a tasty and extra moist truffle. Plus it’s just so easy to do, the kids will love squishing it and rolling it into balls.

Freezing: if you choose not to do anything with your Christmas pudding, don’t throw it away. Christmas pudding can be frozen for up to 3 months. Cut the pudding into individual portions and wrap each piece tightly with plastic wrap, then put the slices in a resealable bag before freezing. Make sure you defrost the pudding pieces overnight, then when you’re ready to eat, make sure the pudding is piping hot all the way through.

Leftover Christmas pudding or cake recipes to try 

Christmas pudding truffles – Western Star

 

Christmas Truffles – Western Star

 

Chocolate and pistachios Christmas cake log – Western Star

 

Christmas cake ice cream bombe – Western Star

 

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Easy hash brown ham and egg nests

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 09:00

As we creep closer and closer to Christmas Day, it’s one thing to be thinking about your Christmas menu but we’re already thinking about how to use-up all those tasty leftovers.

Christmas ham, turkey, roast veggies and other dishes can easily be turned into a whole other meal or snack on Boxing Day. Even the leftovers from your cheese board can be given a new life. These seriously easy hash brown ham and egg nests are the perfect idea to use-up leftover Christmas ham.

These tasty hash brown nests would make for a fuss-free Boxing Day breakfast or snack to enjoy throughout the day. All you need to do is grate your potatoes, dice up the ham and toss in some cheese. Add an egg to each nest and sprinkle with extra ham and cook. So easy and seriously delicious.

Hash brown ham and egg nest recipe 

Hash brown nests with ham and egg – Australian Eggs

 

 

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Foodie Christmas tips to remember

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 09:00

It’s time to answer those SOS Christmas foodie calls. We’ve collated a collection of answers to solve a mix of Christmas food dilemmas and how to smoothly sail through the silly season.

Christmas food tips to remember 

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

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

Plan you tableware: be sure to have enough plates and bowls for serving and dining. If you prep which dish is going where you can be sure you’re got it covered.

Create a Christmas playlist: Christmas Day is not complete without some holiday hits. Every great party has its own playlist, so start collecting some classic hits plus some new tunes for everyone to enjoy. This is a great thing to get your older kids involved in.

Cater for everyone: whether one of your guests is vegetarian, vegan or allergic, be a great host and provide dishes that cater for them. You don’t want anyone missing out.

Plan the timing for recipes: once you’ve had a mental run-through the recipes, figure out how much time each recipe needs and where you’ll need to cook it. You might also want to think about space in the fridge or freezer if there are any chilling components. Don’t be caught short.

Make what you can in advance: whether you make your stuffing or sauces in advance, this will help save time on Christmas Day and allow you to focus on the main courses. And, let’s face it, taking time to enjoy the meal yourself.

Enlist helpers: don’t be afraid to ask for help when preparing your Christmas feast. Plus its far more fun with help. Pour some bubbles and put on some festive music and cook away.

Leftovers: have a supply of zip-lock bags and containers to store any leftovers, or to package it up in a doggy bag for guests to take home with them.

 

Christmas recipes to try 

Chicken and pork terrine with egg centre – Australian Eggs

 

Gingerbread and caramel trifle 

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Wild rice, dukkah egg and pomegranate salad – Australian Eggs

 

Rosemary, garlic and lemon roast lamb – Western Star

 

Classic pavlova with lemon curd and kiwi fruit 

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How to make chicken and pork terrine

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:00

With the warmer weather comes picnics, barbecues and other al fresco dining events. With these occasions in mind, you need recipes that are easy, can ideally be made-ahead of time and meals you can eat cold.

A terrine is the perfect option. This hearty dish is traditionally served cold making it the perfect lunch or dinner during summer. Plus it’s make ahead. This irresistible Chicken and Pork terrine with egg centre recipe is certainly one to try. Wrapped in streaky bacon, this tasty terrine will be gone in a flash. Check out the above video for a step by step on how to make Chicken and Pork Terrine for your Christmas feast.

One tip to remember is you can store the cooked, cooled terrine in the tin for up to a week in the fridge. Or if you like you can freeze it for up to 2 months. Remove the terrine from the tin, then wrap in baking paper and plastic wrap. Allow to defrost in the fridge overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

How to make Chicken and Pork Terrine with Egg Centre

Chicken and pork terrine with egg centre – Australian Eggs

 

 

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How to preserve summer fruits

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:54

We’re lucky to be at the peak of summer fruit and stone fruit season. But there’s always that question of what to do when the fruit starts to turn. Make a jam or relish of course! Not sure where to start? Trish Davison, owner of The Bear and the Ladle and producer of award-winning condiments, gives us the low down of how to preserve summer fruits.

Getting started

My main advice is to be prepared with all the correct ingredients and equipment are ready at hand. The process can be a little labour intensive and time-consuming but it will also be a fun, enjoyable and quite a ‘zen’ foodie experience. Plus, if you get everything right up front, you can enjoy the results for 6, 8 or even 12 months.

 

 

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Fun gifts for foodies

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:00

Do you have a kris kringle to buy for, or looking for small gifts for foodies in your life? Well look no further. We’ve scouted round the internet to find you some quirky and fun foodie or kitchen-themed gifts for you to choose from. Whether young or old, you’ll find something in here to surprise and delight.

Fun gifts for foodies
  1. If the glove fits: When you’re reaching for that roast chook, turkey or pork this Christmas, do it in style wearing these  Oven Mitts by Blue Q. Choose from a number of funny and sometimes ‘adults only’ quotes and retro designs, they’re the perfect combination of form and function. Get them for your sister or brother-in-law and pop them under the tree for a fabulously fun foodie gift.

Hard to Find

 

2. Sweet socks: Sure they’re the ubiquitous Christmas item for hubbies and out-of-favour relatives, but some socks, like these  Delicious Donut Odd Socks, $36.99, are definitely keepers. They’re bright, fun and oh so sweet and come in a box that’s similar to a box of real doughnuts. Which colour will you pick?

Yellow Octopus

3. Room for a spoon: Is there anything the avocado can’t do? It’s awesome on toast, it boosts your good fats, it will add creaminess to savoury and sweet dishes alike, and now, it even offers up its unique design as a spoon rest. Yes, we love this very handy but very cute  Avocado Spoon Rest, $51. Get it for a friend but keep it for yourself.

Hard to Find

4. Odour-free Fridge: Do you love a good stinky cheese but hate the way the smell permeates your fridge and everything in it? Or perhaps you know someone else who’s in need of a little refrigerator odour eater. Well then meet Cool Mama Ingenious Fridge Deodoriser, $19.99. This little lady packs a powerful punch against any pungent smells in your fridge. Simply put baking soda into her head and pop it into the fridge and Cool Mama will absorb and eliminate odours effortlessly.

Yellow Octopus

 

 

 

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Why you need to eat more radishes

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:30

More and more we’re seeing the pretty red and white of radishes in salads, pickles and salsas. Especially for summer and the festive season, radishes add a peppery sweetness and fresh crunch to your sides or mains. But radishes also add a healthy dose of nutrients to your meals too. Here’s why you need to eat more radishes.

How to use radishes in cooking

Preparing and using radishes in cooking couldn’t be easier. In fact, they don’t need any cooking at all. They’re at their best simply thinly sliced or cut into quarters.

Radishes come in bunches and are in the fresh produce section of the supermarket. When you’re buying radishes, look for bunches with bright red radishes that are firm, not spongey. You also want leaves that are bright green and not too wilted. Radish leaves are also edible and are great mixed with other greens in salads.

The many health benefits of radishes

These little bulbs pack a nutritious punch. They’re rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, making them great immune boosters. Radishes are surprisingly high in fibre and aid in digestion by helping your system to produce bile. This also helps protect the liver and gall bladder.

The red skin of radishes, which is completely edible, hints at the presence of anthocyanin. This is a powerful antioxidant that provides a growing number of health benefits.

Radishes also help to purify the blood and act as a detoxifier, removing toxins from the liver.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite with all the benefits, here are some delicious recipes to try…

Avocado, Chicken and Cabbage Nourish Bowl

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White Fish and Nectarine Ceviche – Summer Stonefruit

 

 

Karaage Chicken with Pickled Salad and Jasmine Rice – Lilydale

 

Summer Vegetable Tart with Mixed Beet Salad

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Win a years supply of Mars Bars through Google

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:11

It seems to be an odd paring but confectionary giant Mars has teamed up with tech giant Google, to give curious Australian’s a chance to win years supply of Mars Bars.

This partnership is all to do with the The Sticky Searchuations campaign and celebrating the strangest questions people ask Google. With Mars rewarding those who are first to good search a specific ‘How to’ question.

Seems easy, but according to Suzannne Morrision, marketing director at Mars Wrigley “Multitudes of Aussies head to the internet for answers to their awkward life questions. For Google searches of thing that are a little left of field, and sometimes surprisingly common, we’ve hidden a year’s supply of Mars Bars that are redeemable with a quick click”.

Mars have released a ‘Dealing With It’ list, which will reveal some of the most obscure questions that Australian’s have searched for. So its time to get your thinking caps and get searching, a year’s supply of Mars Bars awaits you.

 

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Show-stopping Christmas sides to try this year

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:50

When you’re doing a Christmas with all the trimmings, often the side dishes need to be as tasty and enticing as the main. Think gorgeously golden and crispy roast potatoes, a fresh and crunchy salad or a hearty tray bake stuffing.

Whether you’re serving ham, pork, turkey chicken, seafood or lamb, this series of show-stopping sides will take your Christmas menu to the next level of deliciousness.

Sides are also great to add to or turn into a meal on Boxing Day, if there is any leftover.

You won’t want to sideline the following recipes. They’ll definitely impress on your Christmas table.

Christmas sides to try this year 

Wild rice, dukkah egg and pomegranate salad – Australian Eggs

 

Garlic roast potato and sage wreath 

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Crispy bacon and onion stuffing tray bake – Western Star

 

Buttery Herb Roasted Potatoes – Western Star

 

 

Beans and cherry tomatoes with pine nut butter – Western Star

 

Honey Glazed Roast Carrots – Western Star

 

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How to make watermelon salad

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:00

Salads are ultimate summer dish. They’re light, refreshing and can also make for a wonderful accompaniment to barbecued meats and seafood.

Salads are also so easy to make and are relatively fuss-free. You can have fun with the variety of gorgeous fruits and vegetables that are in season. Watermelon just screams summer, but it also is a great addition to the base of a salad.

The sweet watermelon works wonderfully in the salad with the salty olives and feta.  And it just takes a little prep and you have a delicious salad ready in just10 minutes.

All you need is one quarter watermelon, feta, red onion, olives, lemon, olive oil and fresh mint to bring it all together. Guaranteed, once you make this salad you’ll be making it again and again. Sing it with us: “Watermelon, watermelon, I love, you love watermelon.”

Easy watermelon salad recipe to-try 

Easy watermelon salad with feta and mint – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

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Fuss-free seafood recipes ideal for entertaining

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:00

Nothing says Aussie summer like a huge seafood feast. Whether you’re having a barbecue, dinner party are or are hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, having a trusted seafood dish at hand will certainly make for an even tastier menu.

Seafood is also extremely versatile. Whether you prefer prawns, squid or whitefish, these options can be dressed up or down to fit the occasion.

Buying prawns that are already cleaned will help cut your prep time in half. And why not make life easier for yourself by getting ready crumbed fish that you can cook up in no time. Perfect for those hot Australian summer days.

Check out the following collection of seriously easy and fuss-free recipes to try at your next summer alfresco event.

Fuss-free seafood recipes to try 

Garlic prawn pizza – DeCosti Seafoods

 

Mango prawn salad – De Costi Seafood

 

 

Salt and pepper squid with greek salad – De Costi Seafood

 

Italian prawn tomato tagliatelle – De Costi Seafoods

 

Prawn buddha bowl – De Costi Seafood

 

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