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5 easy ways with parmesan cheese

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 14:53

Whether you prefer it finely grated or thinly shaved, a sprinkle or a handful of parmesan cheese, it can transform any meal. Parmesan adds a burst of flavour to a simple salad or is the perfect finishing touch to any pasta dish.

From a traditional parmesan with a medium strength flavour, to a extra sharp matured parmesan or a sharp Romano parmesan, there is a parmesan for every tastebud.

Have a look at the following ways with parmesan cheese, including easy midweek meals and fabulous entertaining ideas.

Cauliflower pizza with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta 

Not only is parmesan cheese great on top of pizza, it also works as a delicious ingredient within a pizza base. Like this cauliflower pizza base, parmesan is used as a binding agent but also adds that strong, sharp flavour. This cauliflower base is also a great lower-carb option.

Cauliflower pizza with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta – Perfect Italiano

Sun dried tomato and parmesan crumbed chicken strips 

A parmesan crumb, adds a delicious flavour and crunch to meats and veg. This easy sun dried tomato and parmesan crumbed chicken strips recipe makes for a great midweek dinner idea.

Sun dried tomato and parmesan crumbed chicken strips – Perfect Italiano

 

Chargrilled asparagus and tomato fettuccine with king prawns and lemon herb butter 

A sprinkle or handful of parmesan on top of pasta is a necessity. Just a touch of parmesan will transform the simplest of dishes, no matter if your using a milder or stronger parmesan.  Enjoy parmesan on top of this chargrilled asparagus and tomato fettuccine with king prawns and lemon herb butter.

Chargrilled Asparagus and Tomato Fettuccine with King Prawns and Lemon Herb Butter – Perfect Italiano

Garlic and parmesan bread 

There is no better side dish than garlic bread. Enjoy this garlic bread with parmesan for extra deliciousness.

Garlic and parmesan bread – Perfect Italiano

Roasted beetroot, grilled chicken and grain salad 

Complete this roasted beetroot, grilled chicken and grain salad with a sprinkle of shaved parmesan. The strong flavour of parmesan works beautifully with the milder flavours of the salad.

Roast Beetroot, grilled chicken and grain salad – 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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No-bake choc-caramel slice recipe

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 08:39

Who doesn’t love a cheeky little sweet-treat after dinner or a delicious something to munch on when the 3pm slump hits. Sometimes in life, you need a little something sweet.

This easy no-bake choc-caramel slice recipe is guaranteed to be your new favourite treat. Starting with a cashew, coconut, date and oat base, topped with a nutty caramel filling, then completed with a smooth dark chocolate topping. This slice is sure to impress.

With no baking required, make this slice on a Sunday and continue to enjoy it throughout the week. Plus, you can freeze the cut slices for up to 2 months.

No-bake choc-caramel slice recipe 

No-bake choc-caramel slice – Copha

 

*DISCLAIMER: Copha is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Copha and our own opinions. For more information visit the Copha website.

 

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Get ready for World Egg Day

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:15

Delicious protein-rich eggs take us from breakfast to dinner with absolute ease! So it’s only right we celebrate  World Egg Day on October 12 by digging in to some delicious egg recipes. A  day of appreciating the humble egg with worldwide events like festivals, omelette cook-offs and other eggscellent events.

All over the world, eggs are enjoyed in different ways. Aussies love to wrap their laughing gear around an Aussie burger with the lot, the French go “ooh la la” over a mushroom soufflé omelette, Mexicans have landed on a great start the day with huevos rancheros, plus there’s the spicy and colourful biryani from India and, let’s not forget that weeknight dinner hero, the Italian frittata.

So get cracking! Enjoy an egg or two a day and perhaps a tempt your tastebuds with a dish from another country. We’ve come up with a few must-try ideas, that are not only great for World Egg Day but for every day!

AUSTRALIAN Aussie burger with the lot 

Aussie burger with the lot – Australian Eggs

 

INDIANTomato and ginger biryani with eggs 

Tomato and ginger biryani with eggs – Australian Eggs

ITALIAN Frittata caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta 

Frittata Caprese with spinach, tomato and ricotta – Australian Eggs

MEXICAN Huevos rancheros 

Huevos Rancheros – Australian Eggs

 

FRENCH  Mushroom soufflé omelette 

Mushroom soufflé omelette – Australian Eggs

 

 

 

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Spring salads are better with mushrooms

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:11

Salad season is upon us. Big bowls of beautiful veg are the order of the day. So this spring, when you want a satisfying salad in a chop, add some mushrooms. They add a super-boost of nutrients and flavour to your salad in seconds. You don’t even have to peel them first.

Spring salads with mushrooms

Whether you want a light fresh salad or looking for something a little bit heartier, you can’t go past mighty mushrooms. Check out these three recipes for a little inspiration.

Mushrooms and Ancient Grain Salad

Simply slice mushrooms and give them a spin in the pan before tossing into this zingy salad that’s full of flavour.

Mushroom and Ancient Grain Salad – Australian Mushrooms

Lemon and Herb Mushroom Salad

Salads don’t get much easier, or tastier than this. It’s fresh and fast, perfect for a light alfresco lunch or a side to barbecue meats or seafood.

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Zoodle and Mushroom Salad

Try roasting button mushrooms until golden before adding them to your salad. Roasting amps up the flavour of mushrooms and in turn your dish.

Zoodle and Mushroom Salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

 

 

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Cook’s guide to passionfruit

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:00

It’s the fruit that’s synonymous with sunshine and pavlova. Those tantalisingly tart bursts of passionfruit pulp cutting through the sweet meringue crust are what food dreams are made of. But passionfruit has so much more to offer in the kitchen. Read this cook’s guide to passionfruit to find out why we’re so passionate about passionfruit.

Plus check out the surprising health benefits you can enjoy.

How to select and store passionfruit 
  • Look for plump and heavy passionfruit
  • You don’t have to wait for a passionfruit to wrinkle before it’s ready to be eaten
  • A passionfruit will wrinkle because of loss of moisture
  • Skin blemishes rarely have any impacts on the flavour of the fruit inside so don’t be put off by by small scratches or marks
  • When you take your passionfruit home, if you live in cooler parts of Australian keep the passionfruit in the fruit bowl. In the warmers parts of the country store your passionfruit in the fridge
Benefits of passionfruit

As well as being high in fibre – yes, all those seeds make this little fruit pack a dietary fibre punch (on punch, try adding passionfruit to your next summer drink), passionfruit is a good source of vitamin C. Little known is that passionfruit actually provides a decent amount of iron for a fruit.

How to prep passionfruit for cooking

If you’re using passionfruit pulp in a recipe, seeds and all, simply cut the fruit in half and scoop out the seeded pulp. Each medium sized passionfruit will yield about 1 1/2 tablespoons of pulp. For 1 cup of pulp you will need about 12 passionfruit.

If you don’t want seeds in your passionfruit curd for example, you can scoop the pulp into a fine sieve over a bowl and press the pulp and juice through.

Can’t wait to get started? Try these bright and fresh passionfruit recipes now.

Tangy Passionfruit Sauce – Australian Passionfruit

 

Passionfruit Tart – Australian Passionfruit

Eton mess with tangy passionfruit sauce – Australian Passionfruit

 

Passionfruit Yoyo’s – Western Star

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Fuss-free avocado potato salad recipe

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:13

A classic potato salad goes down a treat at any barbecue. It’s the quintessential dish to serve at any summertime dining even with barbecued meats or seafood, and it’s so quick and easy to make.

Have you ever thought of adding avocado to your potato salad? Well if you haven’t, you’re missing out. This avocado potato salad consists of all the staple potato salad ingredients, but also includes avocado. As well as adding a gorgeous green colour and creamy texture, it will take your potato salad to the next level in terms of flavour.

All you need to do is toss boiled potatoes with dressing, add the avocados, chives then season! Serve it up on your favourite platter with extra lettuce leaves for a refreshing crunch. Simple and delicious

Avocado potato salad recipe to try 

Avocado potato salad – Australian Avocados

 

 

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5 must-try 20 minute pizza recipes

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:38

By the time you get to the end of the week, cooking a big meal is the last thing you want to do. It’s Friday, and you want something quick, easy and delicious for dinner. That’s why pizza is a great fuss-free family-friendly dinner idea. It ticks all the boxes and slays hunger fast. So here are 5 must-try 20 minute pizza recipes just for you. You’re welcome!

The following easy pizza recipes are full of amazing flavours and will cater to any crowd. One tip to remember is to use the right cheese. Perfect Italiano’s Perfect Pizza cheese is made especially for pizza. It provides an even spread across the pizza and also gives that gorgeous oozy texture that every pizza requires.

20 minute pizza recipes to try 

Chilli prawn and tomato pizza 

A classic chilli prawn and tomato pizza will certainly impress. This is a great pizza to share with guests.

Chilli Prawn and Tomato Pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

Cauliflower pizza with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta 

Looking for a lower-carb pizza, this cauliflower base pizza is perfect. Topped with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta, this pizza will be gone in a flash.

Cauliflower pizza with pesto, summer veggies and ricotta – Perfect Italiano

 

Baby greens, cherry tomato and prosciutto pizza 

This baby green, cherry tomato and prosciutto pizza is a classic flavour combo that everyone will love.

Baby greens, cherry tomato and prosciutto pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

Ham, olive, asparagus and ricotta pizza 

The blend of ham, olives, asparagus and ricotta pairs beautifully on top of this pizza.

Ham, olive, asparagus and ricotta pizza – Perfect Italiano

 

Chicken and pesto pizza 

A classic pizza topping, chicken and pesto will be thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family…guaranteed.

Chicken Pesto pizza – 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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Easy vegetable fritters with poached eggs

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 09:01

There’s nothing better than finding a delicious meal that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Call it breakfast for dinner or just breakfast at breakfast, but one thing’s for sure, once you try these easy vegetable fritters with poached eggs, you’ll want to eat them for every meal.

Veggie packed with little nuggets of cheese, these fritters will certainly satisfy, especially when topped with a poached egg for extra protein. You can make these fritters up made ahead of time so they’re ready for a quick meal. Plus they’re a great way to use-up any leftover veg. All you need to do is combine the veggies, breadcrumbs, cheese, flour and eggs then fry the until crisp and golden.

Moving on to the poached egg for the final element. Poaching an egg is easier than you think, especially if you follow the simple steps in the following video on how to poach the perfect egg. Whatever your skill level, you’ll nail it. Don’t forget to take a snap of your cafe-style meal of fritters with a perfectly poached egg on top. Enjoy!

 

Vegetable fritters and poached egg recipe to try 

Vegetabe fritters with poached eggs – Australian Eggs

 

 

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5 mushroom recipes we’d like to cook in the new mushroom-coloured Le Creuset

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:58

If you’re a fan of mushrooms and covet good-looking cook-ware that goes from the oven to the table in one fell swoop, then check this out. Le Creuset have just released a brand new colour…Morel! Inspired by the variety of mushrooms beloved by chefs, Morel embraces the warm tones of this fungi with an ombre finish.

Image cred: Sur La Table

Although this gorgeous new range hasn’t hit our shores yet, it has got us thinking about what tasty mushrooms recipes we’d want to make first in this covetable stoneware.

The following collection of mushroom dishes are seriously easy and are absolutely delicious. Its time to get cooking…and start manifesting owning one of these mushroom-coloured Le Creuset pans.

5 must-try mushroom recipes 

Mushroom Chilli Con Carne – Australian Mushrooms

 

Oven baked chicken and mushroom risotto – Australian Mushrooms

 

Mushroom Spaghetti bolognese

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Best Ever Mushroom Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

One-pan Creamy Mushroom Risotto Topped With Crispy Bacon – 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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Budget-friendly easy entertaining recipes

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:43

The October long weekend is the one we’ve all been waiting for. Finally the weather’s warming up and it’s the perfect time to host a little drinks party, backyard barbecue or footy finals get together. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back when it comes to tasty snacks. Here are our go-to easy entertaining recipes that your guests will love. Even better, they’re also easy on the budget.

The thing to look for in an easy entertaining dish is that a little effort goes a long way. That’s why sometimes the simple ideas are the best. Think about when you go to the pub or a bar, a bowl of chips or wedges is always on the order. So why not offer friends and family your own take on a bowl of chips, with a little modern update, make them with sweet potato.

The other entertaining staple is a selection of good dips including that Middle Eastern favourite, hummus. Surprise and delight your guests with a fabulous sweet potato hummus that’s ready in no time.

Roll out these dishes this long weekend or during footy finals season and you’ll be winning!

Sweet Potato Hummus

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Sweet Potato Wedges – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet Potato, chicken and couscous nuggets – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet Potato Fries – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

 

 

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How to cook globe artichokes

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 08:00

Ever thought that a globe artichoke belongs in an exotic flower bouquet rather than in a pot on the stovetop? Of course most of us are more familiar with marinated artichoke hearts in jars than the raw produce. Well it’s time to get up close and personal with this remarkable vegetable. Beneath it’s tough spiky exterior lies a heart of gold. Follow our guide and find out all you need to know about how to cook globe artichokes.

Plus, read on to find out just how good globe artichokes are for you.

How to choose globe artichokes

Globe artichokes only have a relatively short season in grocers and supermarkets so grab them when you see them. They vary in colour from green to green with purple streaks. Look for plump, firm artichokes with tightly packed leaves. You want the stems to be firm and green too.

How to prepare globe artichokes

How you prepare artichokes depends on how you’re going to cook them. Let’s get to the heart of the matter (so to speak!).

For artichoke hearts 

• Cut about one-third from the top of the artichoke to reveal the spikey, hairy choke. Sometime this will be purple, sometimes yellowy-green.

• Tear off tough outer leaves until paler centre leaves are revealed.

• Trim and peel stem, removing any woody leaves around base or choke.

• Use a teaspoon to scoop out the hairy choke in the centre.

• Place in a bowl of acidulated water (water with lemon squeezed into it), to stop discolouration, while you prepare the other artichokes.

• Cook in a pot of salted boiling water with lemon squeezed into it for about 20-25 minutes or until tender and ready to eat.

 

For stuffed artichokes

• Cut about one-third form top of artichoke as above.

• Trim and peel stem as above.

• Use a teaspoon to scoop out the hairy choke.

• Separate the leaves slightly to add a stuffing of herbed breadcrumbs and cheese and bake until tender and golden.

 

For whole cooked artichokes

• Trim and peel stem as above.

• Cook the artichokes in boiling salted water with lemon juice added for 25-30 minutes.

• Peel outer leaves one at a time, dip in a vinaigrette, aioli or other condiment and scrape the base of the leaves through your teeth. Continue enjoying the artichoke leaves until you get to the hairy choke. Scoop out the hairy choke with a teaspoon and eat the delicious heart.

Is artichoke good for you? 

Most definitely! This vegetable is definitely batting above it’s weight when it comes to health properties. It contains a phenomenal amount of antioxidants which can aid in cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, liver cleansing and more. Plus it’s high in dietary fibre – that wonderous stuff. It’s even touted as a bit of a hangover cure. Time to get this on the menu.

Here are a couple of recipes to try…

 

 

Stuffed Artichokes – Breville

 

Chicken and Pesto Pita Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella – Lilydale

 

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The ultimate footy finals bites

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 10:00

With footy finals upon us, it’s time to think about what to munch down on when supporting your team. You don’t want to watch a nail-biting footy final on an empty stomach so having some satisfying snacks at arms reach is essential. We’ve got you covered with the ultimate footy finals bites that are as easy to make as they are to eat.

Have a look at the following footy snacks, that will give you all the energy you need to barrack for your team.

Avocado loaded sweet potato fries 

With only four ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this avocado loaded sweet potato fries recipe. Top your fries with cheese, smashed avocado and sour cream.

Loaded avocado sweet potato fries – Australian Avocados

Garlic prawn pizza

A pizza is the ultimate finger food! Pick up a slice of this garlic prawn pizza without missing a penalty.

Garlic prawn pizza – DeCosti Seafoods

Lemon coconut slice 

If you have a sweet tooth this lemon coconut slice is a real winner. This trending slice will certainly impress all who try it.

Lemon coconut slice – Copha

Mushroom arancini

How could you say no to mushroom arrancini? These golden balls of goodness will give you all the energy you need to see you through to the end of the game.

Mushroom Arancini – Australian Mushrooms

Pear, salami and cheese skewers 

It’s a cheese platter on a stick! These fuss-free pear, salami and cheese skewers are easy and portable. Just don’t wave them around if your team scores a try!

Pear, salami and cheese skewers – Australian Pears

Guacamole: 3 ways 

Why have one guacamole when you can have three? Enjoy three different flavours, try a Thai guacamole, a mild kid-friendly guacamole or a hot and fiery guacamole.

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Eggsellence Awards – Nominate your favourite restaurant or cafe

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:19

Get cracking Australia! Nominate your favourite restaurant or cafe’s egg dish in the Australian Eggsellence Awards for your chance to win big!

Australian Eggs has launched a national campaign to uncover Australia’s best egg dish on World Egg Day on Friday 12th October. The first ever Australian Eggsellence Awards asks Aussies to nominate their favourite restaurant and give the restaurant or cafe the chance to cook their dish for a panel of acclaimed judges including celebrity chef Manu Feildel, and restaurant critics Anthony Huckstep and Elizabeth Meryment.

How can I enter the ‘eggsellent’ egg dish at my favourite cafe? 

Until September 30, Australians nationwide can submit an egg dish that has stood out to them as being creative, beautifully presented or for knocking out their tastebuds. The head chef from each of the restaurants nominated will be put in the running to be shortlisted to a top five.

On World Egg Day, the chefs of the shortlisted five dishes will battle it out for the winning title of the Australian Eggsellence Awards 2018 in a live cook-off in Sydney. The public will be invited to taste the dishes alongside the official judges.

Simply share a photo on Instagram using #EggsellenceAwards and tag the restaurant location or submit online at  https://eggsellence.australianeggs.org.au/entry before Sunday 30th September.

I hear there’s an ‘eggsellent’ inducement to enter 

There certainly is. As well as getting your local cafe or restaurant instant cred and a claim to fame, egg lovers who nominate their favourite dish will have the chance to win a whopping $1,000!

Rowan McMonnies, Managing Director at Australian Eggs, says: “With Australians eating nearly 17 million eggs every day it’s exciting to embark on this journey to find Australia’s best egg dish. The rise of café culture and food fashion has changed perceptions of how and when eggs can be eaten so we are expecting a stream of nominations from across Australia”

“Eggs are a big part of our culture, from eating egg soldiers as children to making the grandchildren’s birthday cake, we consume them almost every day. As we launch the Australian Eggsellence Awards we want to hear about everything from simple eggs on toast to inspired new egg creations; so get nominating!”

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Easy Caesar salad with hot smoked salmon recipe

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:49

A classic and easy Caesar salad is a great addition to any barbecue, picnic or casual dinner party. It’s a great dish to share around the table. Plus a Caesar salad pairs beautifully with any grilled piece of meat or can be enjoyed on its own.

This stunning healthier Caesar salad is your new favourite summer salad! With classic Caesar ingredients included such as, baby cos lettuce, soft-boiled eggs, hot smoked salmon, parmesan and of course a Caesar dressing.

There is a slightly different element to this Caesar, instead of the usual croutons, we’ve added crunchy seed crisps. These add that necessary and delicious healthier crunch to the salad. This seed crisp also is perfect to eat as a snack, or can be a great accompaniment to your next cheeseboard, instead of crackers.

Healthier Caesar salad with hot smoked salmon recipe to try 

Caesar salad with hot smoked salmon – Australian Eggs

 

 

 

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How to make herb butter

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 10:01

If you have leftover herbs, don’t let them go to waste. Use them to make delicious herb butter. Making your own herb butter from scratch is extremely easy and can transform any simple meal. Plus herb butter will keep in the freezer, ready to slice and use for up to 6 months.

Adding herb butter to steak, fish or veggies will automatically give that dish a spruce-up of extra flavour. They’re also a great condiment for barbecues – think chargrilled corn cobs or crusty bread – and other dining occasions. Your guests will be begging you for the recipe.

Check out the video below and have a look at how easy it is to make your own herb butter. With three different flavours to choose from; dill and lemon; chive, garlic and parsley and chilli and parsley.

How to make herb butter from scratch 

Tips to remember 
  • To set, place herb butters in freezer
  • In between uses, keep the butter in freezer
  • Cut into a small disk before serving, as this will allow the butter to soften faster
Herb butter recipes 

Herb butters – myfoodbook cooking school

 

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Cherry coconut cheesecake with chocolate crackle base recipe

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:00

In the mood for something fruity, chocolatey and down-right delicious! Look no further. This cherry coconut cheesecake with a chocolate crackle base is simply divine.

This no-bake cheesecake is a wonderful dessert for dinner parties or any other celebrations. With its classic chocolate crackle base, topped with a smooth cherry coconut layer, this cheesecake is sure to impress.

To finish off the cheesecake, top with an extra drizzle of choc, then of course, chocolate coated cherries. Once served, if there is any leftover, be sure to keep it in the fridge.

Cherry coconut cheesecake with chocolate crackle base recipe 

Cherry coconut cheesecake with chocolate crackle base – Copha

 

*DISCLAIMER: Copha is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Copha and our own opinions. For more information visit the Copha website.

 

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Easy avocado cabbage salad recipe

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:25

It’s time to freshen up your spring salad menu with an exciting new recipe that celebrates the season. How about trying an easy avocado cabbage salad.This colourful bowl of goodness showcases creamy avocado, crunchy cabbage and cucumber and vibrant juicy tomatoes.

For a nourishing salad that will hit the spot at any time, all you need to do is chop, shred and toss all the ingredients together. Then just add finishing touches of fresh mint and coriander leaves. Dress it all in a deliciously zingy dressing.

This easy salad is a great side for barbecues, package up for a picnic, or enjoy it for your weekday lunch. Serve it with your favourite protein.

Easy avocado cabbage salad recipe to try 

Avocado and cabbage salad – Australian Avocados

 

 

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How to pick, store, ripen and cook with pears

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:20

A perfect pear is a thing of beauty. A casual cluster of pears on a dish on your dining table looks, well, good enough to eat. And eat you should, because this gorgeous fruit not only looks good but delivers on flavour. Especially when its just ripe. Slightly crunchy but ever so juicy. And you don’t need to limit yourself to eating pears as they come, add them to salads, cakes and savoury bakes and see them shine.

Before you start cooking with pears, here’s some tips about how to store, ripen prepare and cook with them. Plus all the delicious health benefits.

How to pick

When picking a pear, keep your purpose in mind. If you are purchasing pears for a future recipe, choose one that is firmer to ensure it isn’t too soft when the time comes.

If you simply want to pick a pear for immediate eating, lightly press the pear on its stem. You want it to give slightly but not be too plush. Also have a look for any large bruises. A pear has tender flesh, so a bruise particularly on a softer fruit will indicate over ripeness.

How to store

To ripen a pear, store out of direct sunlight at room temperature. To speed up the process keep your pears in a brown paper bag. Once ripened, it is best to keep your fruit in the fridge.

How to ripen

But before you pluck a pear form the fruit bowl and get disappointed that it’s still too hard to enjoy, in the infographic below, you will find tips on how to ripen a pear, an easy way to test if a pear is ripe, the different pear varieties and when each pear variety is in season. If you didn’t know much about pears before, you’ll be an ex-peart after viewing this guide.

How to cut

Wash pears lightly in cool water and pat down with a dry cloth removing any moisture. Depending on what you wish to do with your pear, these are the two main preparation methods.

  1. Slicing – This style is great for salads, tarts, pizza or sandwiches.
  • Cut pears in half lengthways with a large utility knife
  • Using a melon baller, remove the core by scooping from the top of the pears stem to the bottom
  • Then lay the pear on its flat side, cutting slice widths of your choosing

2. Segmenting – This is great for poaching, roasting or glazing pears.

  • Start by peeling pears
  • Cut pears in half lengthways and then once again lengthways with a large utility knife
  • Using a melon baller, remove the core by scooping from the top of the pears stem to the bottom
Health benefits of pears

A pear is the perfect snack. High in fibre and low-GI, a pear will keep you feeling fuller for longer and is brimming with vitamin C.

 

Pear recipes to try 

Peanut butter and nut pear wedges – Australian Pears

 

Chocolate pear loaf

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Pear and super grain salad – Australian Pears

 

Mini sponge cakes with pears and salted caramel sauce

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Pear and Brussel Sprout Slaw – Australian Pears

 

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5 easy picnic finger food recipes made to share

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:28

For the love of spring! The weather is warming and the days are getting longer which means the outdoors are calling. Picnics are a great way to enjoy good food, catch-up with friends and family and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

For a successful and easy picnic you need food to be transportable, to not require refrigeration and food that isn’t too messy to eat. Trust us, there is nothing worse then trying to eat something messy when you’re sitting cross-legged in a park, on the beach or in any public area for that matter.

Keeping it simple and easy is very important when it comes to picnic food, but you don’t need to sacrifice taste. Have a look at the following easy picnic finger food recipes that are ideal for sharing.

Melting moments

Sit back and relax with a melting moment and a hot cup of tea from the thermos.

Melting Moments – Fairy

Tomato and goats cheese tart

A lovely tomato and goats cheese tart is a great picnic lunch idea, as you can make it ahead of time. Plus it can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Tomato and Goats Cheese Tart – Fairy

Raspberry coconut slice 

The ultimate afternoon delight! After a day of fun in the sun, enjoy this classic raspberry coconut slice. Guaranteed, it will be gone in a flash.

Raspberry Coconut Slice – Fairy

Cheese and bacon pull-apart 

You won’t be able to resist this cheese and bacon pull-apart. Easy to transport and a great snack to eat at a picnic.

Cheese and bacon pull-apart loaf – Fairy

Nut-free super-seed oat bars 

Make a batch of these nut-free super-seed oat bars the day before your picnic for a fuss-free, nutrient-packed snack that both kids and adults will love.

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*DISCLAIMER: Fairy is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This article features content sourced from Fairy and our own opinions. For more information visit the Fairy website.

 

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Quick avocado beetroot dip recipe

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:02

There is nothing better than kicking back on a weekend to a cold beverage and some delicious nibbles. A selection of dips and crackers is perfect to share with friends and family, and a great way to keep guests satisfied until the main course.

This stunning and quick avocado beetroot dip is no doubt going to be a true winner. The vibrant colour of the beetroot and the creaminess of avocado makes for a show-stopping dip. Simply process all of the ingredients and top the dip with extra avo, feta and dill. Then serve with veggie sticks and croutons. This dip also is a great lunchbox snack.

Avocado beetroot dip recipe to try 

Avocado beetroot dip – Australian Avocados

 

 

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