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Easy guacamole recipes: 3 ways

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:42

With the long weekend and Easter just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about all the delicious food that is going to be consumed!

Whether you have a busy weekend planned or catching up on some much needed rest these three guacamole recipes are sure to hit the spot when your in need of little snack.

You can choose from a lovely and fresh Thai guacamole or, if you need to feed little ones the kid-friendly guacamole is perfect. Finally if your in the mood for some spice, the fiery guacamole is for you.

Or try all three, you won’t regret it.

Guacamole: 3 ways 

Guacamole: 3 ways – Australian Avocados

 

 

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5 tips for mastering the butter cake

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:37

The classic butter cake has been a go-to for kids birthday cakes for years. This delicious cake leaves you never short of options. Butter cakes can move from simple to sophisticated with the addition of rich icing, filing, extra layers and decorations.

Butter cakes also lend themselves to a variety of flavours such as, lemon or lime, orange, chocolate swirls and even a shot of espresso.

Firmer than sponge cakes, you can experiment with shapes and designs for the butter cake which makes then an ideal cake for celebrations.

High in fat, the butter cake will keep for several days and making the cake in advance will allow for the flavours to improve. Un-iced, a well-wrapped cake bake cake will keep will in the freezer for 1-2 months.

With a simple butter cake, there are a few tips to remember to master the butter cake.

Tips to master your butter cake 
  • Butter must be soft, not melted: if you take your butter straight from the fridge you must soften it so you can cream the butter and sugar. A tip is to cut the butter unto small cubes and gently microwave until soft.
  • Sifting the dry ingredients is essential: sifting the ingredients helps aerate the mix and prevent lumps. It will also help you avoid beating the air from the creamed eggs, butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time: when adding the eggs to the butter and sugar mix, be sure to add them one at a time. Adding them all at once can lead to a spilt mix.
  • Burnt cake: if you have unfortunately burnt your butter cake, you can save it. Simply trim off the edges with a sharp knife then decorate the whole cake in icing sugar or butter cream icing.
  • Cake top has split: this can happen if your oven is too hot or you keep opening the door during. If the spilt bothers you, again drench your cake in icing sugar or butter cream icing. Just remember a split won’t affect the taste.
Butter cake recipes to try 

Beurre Bosc Pear and Almond Butter Cake – Australian Pears

 

Best Butter Cake – Western Star

 

Vanilla Butterfly Cakes – Western Star

 

Giant Wagon Wheel Cake – The Dairy Kitchen

 

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

 

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7 facts you might not know about the pear

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 21:42

The humble pear is truely a versatile fruit. Delicious in both savoury and sweet recipes. The pear is also a nutritional powerhouse, providing benefits that can maintain good health and prevent diseases.

Your tastebuds and body will love being nourished by the pear but these following fascinating pear facts will nourish your mind also. Some might surprise you.

Fun facts of pears 
  1. The pear has a very ancient history, there is evidence that even our prehistoric ancestor were already growing and eating pears as food.
  2. There are over 3,000 varieties of pears existing in the world today.
  3. Like apricots and plums, pears are a member of the rose family.
  4. They were given the nickname “butter fruit” in the 1700’s because of their soft, buttery texture.
  5. Pears grow on pear trees that reach 10-17 metres tall and are normally harvested when they are green, before they ripen.
  6. Pears cannot be judged by the colour of their skin. Although a few varieties of pears change from green to yellow as they ripen, others do not change colour at all. The best way to determine ripeness is to check the par of the fruit near the stem. If the flesh gives when you press it gently, then the pear is ready to eat.
  7. Pear wood is useful in making furniture and kitchen utensils, as well as smoking meats.

 

The pear is seriously a powerhouse fruit, so now try any of these delicious pear recipes

Must-try pear recipes 

Chocolate pear loaf – Australian Pears

 

Roasted cinnamon and maple pear chips – Australian Pears

 

 

Chutney, leg ham, pear and Swiss cheese toasties – Australian Pears

 

Pear and oat slice – Australian Pears

 

 

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

 

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Must-try Mexican filled sweet potatoes with eggs

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:57

Looking for something quick and easy, delicious and nutritious for dinner? Look no further, these irresistible stuffed Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes with eggs are the ideal dish for weeknight eating.

This veggie-packed meal makes for a great meatless Monday dinner idea. Full of delicious ingredients such as onion, kidney beans, corn, tasty cheese, capsicum and spinach. Also not forgetting the added bonus of fried egg on top for extra protein.

Simply bake your sweet potatoes whole and then stuff with this tasty blend of Mexican flavours.

Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes with eggs recipe 

Mexican Filled Sweet Potatoes with 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 out more about Australian Eggs. 

 

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6 easy side dishes that pair with any piece of meat

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 10:50

So you have found pieces of steak in the freezer or have a few chicken breasts ready to be used. Protein sorted, but you need something else to serve with your piece of meat.

Deciding what to serve alongside your main can be tricky, but these following veggie-heavy sides are easy to whip up and complete your main meal.

Side dishes to pair with your piece of meat 

Perfect crispy roast potatoes 

There is nothing better than a roast potato. Warming, delicious and easy. Serve these crispy roast potatoes with your favourite piece of meat and greens.

Perfect crispy roast potatoes – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

Bacon, peas and mushrooms 

Spruce up the humble pea with bacon, mushroom and perhaps some butter for flavour. This easy side is super simple and delicious.

Peas, bacon and mushrooms – Australian Mushrooms

 

Hasselback sweet potatoes

If you prefer the golden sister of the regular potato these hasselback sweet potatoes are a must-try. They pair beautifully with chicken, lamb, beef and even fish.

Hasselback sweet potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Fresh asian slaw

A crunchy asian slaw will freshen up any meal and is a lovely accompaniment to any piece of meat.

Asian Slaw – ZoOsh

 

Classic mashed potato

Instead of roasting your potatoes, mash them! Blended with milk and butter, this creamy mashed potato recipe is a classic staple side in most households.

Classic mashed potato – myfoodbook cooking school

 

 

Beans and cherry tomatoes with pine nut butter 

This is a simple side dish to prepare last minute. The beans, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts are a delicious combination to pair with your chosen piece of meat.

Beans and cherry tomatoes with pine nut butter – Western Star

 

 

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Fonterra announces Proud to be a Chef winner

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:04

Fonterra’s Proud to be Chef mentoring program has been running since 1996, which gives aspiring apprentice chefs from all over Australia the opportunity to win a world class International Culinary Scholarship.

This year 32 apprentice chefs participated in 4 days of culinary experiences such as workshops, masterclasses with industry leaders and dining in prominent restaurants. The final challenge was a cook-off at William Anglis Colleage and a presentation night in which several finalists where honoured with special awards.

The $7,500 Fonterra Proud to Be a Chef International Culinary Scholarship for 2018 was awarded to Rebekah White from The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay, NSW.

Image: Winner Rebekah White

Fonterra’s Foodservice Executive Chef Peter Wright said “Rebek was very well organised and a natural born-leader. Over the four days of mentoring, people’s true colours shine through and Rebekah was so impressive that the decicion to award her the scholarship was unanimous from all the judges”.

Image: Rebekah’s winning dish

Other awards such as the Best Savoury Dish at the cook-off event went to Sam Lawrie from Long Chip, Sydney, for his miso butter ramen. The award for Best Sweet was to Josh Nickl from Gumnut Patisserie in the NSW Southern Highlands for a cheesecake with mango gel.

This program will continue to “create culinary leaders of tomorrow through the recognitions, profressional development and ongoing support of today’s apprentices” says Foodservice Channel Marketing Manager, Kym Gill.

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It’s time to celebrate Meatball day!

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:07

Although this is an American Food Day it’s definitely worth celebrating because…meatballs are delicious!

Meatballs have taken the side seat to spaghetti for a long time, which is why meatball day was created. A holiday that is celebrated annually on the 9th March.

This unofficial holiday is a day to celebrate these little orbs of goodness. So if you prefer your meatballs with spaghetti, enjoy Swedish meatballs or even a meatball sub, this special day is for you.

In preparation for Meatball Day, one New York restaurant is serving up an Italian meatball dish that will cost you $100. Shockingly the hefty cost will get you just one meatball and a glass of wine.

This high-priced meatball dish is a special twist on the restaurants Kobe beef meatballs which normally sell for $13. “This special version is made of wagyu beef and winter truffles, stuffed with truffle caciocavallo cheese and foie gras, topped with creamy shallots and champagne sauce”, the NY Daily News reports.

The ultimate meatball sensation – Image cred: Davios Restaurant

 

Unfortunately with this restaurant being on the other side of the world, instead why not make your own meatballs at home. This super comforting meal is a fantastic dish for the whole family to enjoy. Plus meatballs are even better the next day.

Meatball recipes to try 

Italian Meatball Fusilli Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

Herb Pork Meatballs with Cheesy Topping – Perfect Italiano

 

If you would like more meatball recipe, click here.

 

*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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Seasonal feature: cucumber

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:37

Cucumbers have a lovely, fresh and light flavour. They are crisp and crunchy and are an ideal addition to salads, sandwiches and appetisers. The cool cucumber will freshen up any recipe.

Next time your picking up a cucumber, remember these simple tips.

How to choose a cucumber
  • Be sure to choose a cucumber without blemishes or soft spots. This can indicate they have started to rot. Look for a cucumber with dark green colouring and without any yellow spots.
  • You should avoid any cucumbers that have wrinkles, this shows the have been stored for too long at high temperatures and have lost their moisture.
Best place to store cucumbers
  • Surprisingly, cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the fridge. When stored at room temperature, cucumbers thrive and last longer. When stored in the fridge they are prone to become water-soaked, start pitting and see accelerated decay.
  • But if you wish to chill your cucumber, limit to no more than 3 days. Also to note that cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes certain foods to ripen very quickly.
  • Keep your cucumbers on the counter, but be sure to keep them seperate from bananas, tomatoes, melons, which are all high ethylene producers.
Cucumber recipes to try 

Lebanese Lamb Pizza – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Cucumber Salmon Rolls – The Dairy Kitchen

 

 

 

Dukkah Chicken Nourish Bowls – Lilydale

 

Salmon and avocado poke bowl – Australian Avocados

 

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

 

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5 easy peasy zucchini recipes

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 15:37

The good old slice or frittata is an ideal quick dinner, make-ahead lunch or fulfilling snack idea. Plus you can pack the slice or frittata full of hidden veg which is great for the little ones.

The zucchini is a fabulous vegetable that pairs beautifully in slices and frittatas. It’s a great veg that adds density and substance to every dish.

A zucchini slice and frittata can be enjoyed on it’s own or pair it with your favourite side salad, plus it can be enjoyed warm or cold. A zucchini slice or frittata, is the dish that just keeps on giving.

These five easy yet delicious slice and frittata recipes will certainly keep the family happy but also require little effort in the kitchen which is ideal for those busy weeks.

Zucchini slice and frittata recipes to try 

Zucchini, herb and pancetta frittata 

This super easy and flavoursome zucchini, herb and pancetta frittata is ideal for a quick family dinner.

Zucchini, herb and pancetta frittata – Perfect Italiano

 

Zucchini and bacon slice

This slice includes simple flavours which is ideal for the kids. Pack this slice into their lunch boxes for a fulfilling snack or lunch.

Zucchini and bacon slice – Western Star

 

Zucchini, capsicum and artichoke rice slice 

With the added element of rice, this satisfying zucchini, capsicum and artichoke rice slice is delicious served warm or cool and will keep in the fridge for up 2 days.

Zucchini, capsicum and artichoke rice slice – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Cheese and vegetable rice slice 

This simple cheese and vegetable rice slice, is a wonderful vegetarian slice option. This slice is also great for little fussy eaters.

Cheese and vegetable rice slice – Foodbank

 

Zucchini ribbon frittata 

This stunning zucchini ribbon frittata can be made for guests, if your after an easy and casual dinner party dish. Or it also makes a great portable office lunch.

Zucchini ribbon frittata – ZoOsh

 

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

 

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Quick Vietnamese chicken salad

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:04

If you have already fallen off the “bring your lunch to work everyday” band wagon, fear not. There are still plenty of easy make-ahead recipes out there, that are ideal to take to work or to be enjoyed if your out and about.

This quick and easy Vietnamese chicken salad is a must-try recipe. In 30 minutes, this fresh and vibrant chicken salad can be whipped up and ready to be enjoy.

This salad is ideal for dinner or lunch, or pack it up and take it outside whilst the weather is still nice.

If you are taking this salad to work, a little tip is to dress your salad right before you are ready to eat. It allows for a much fresher and crisper salad.

Vietnamese chicken salad to try  

Vietnamese Chicken Salad – Lilydale

 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Lilydale is a contributing  recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. All recipes are contributed by Lilydale and any opinions are our own.  For further information on Lilydale’s range of products, visit the  Lilydale website.

 

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How store and prep Brussel sprouts

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:13

Brussel sports have been the disowned veggie for a very long time. But these little green sprouts have become loved again and you could say slightly trendy.

Brussel sprouts are members of the cabbage family and have the same ability to be enjoyed raw in salads or slaw, or turned tender and delicious when cooked.

Long are the day of overcooked, soggy Brussel sprouts.

If your ready to introduce these fabulous little sprouts in to your dinner routine, here is what you need to know when it comes to preparing this veggie before cooking.

What to remember with purchasing, storing and preparing Brussel sprouts 

Purchasing: look for Brussel sprouts that feel firm. Avoid leaves that have holes or are shrivelled, wrinkling or withered. Some dried or yellow outer leaves are okay, but the leaves should be tightly layered together.

Storage: store your fresh unwashed Brussel sprouts in a zip-top bag in the fridge. Try to prepare the sprouts within 3 days of purchase, as they tend to lose sweetness as they age.

Preparing: first step is too trim the stem with a sharp knife, then peel off and discard any outer leaves that are yellowed or blemished. You can then steam the sprouts whole or cut in half. Cutting the sprouts in half makes them ideal for roasting.

Now you know what to do with a Brussel sprout, try these fantastic recipes next time you feel like having a little sprout.

Brussel sprout recipes to try 

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

 

Roasted sprouts with bacon and caesar – ZoOsh

 

 

Lemony sprout salad with maple almonds – ZoOsh

 

Crunchy Nourish Bowl – Cobs

 

Pear and Brussel Sprout Slaw – Australian Pears

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

 

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