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5 must-try desserts to satisfy dad’s sweet tooth

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:27

With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about dad, and most importantly what you are going to cook him. If your dad has a sweet tooth then you’ve come to the right place.

Whether he loves chocolate or prefers fruity desserts, these recipes will certainly impress.

Desserts to satisfy dad’s sweet tooth 

The original chocolate biscuit cake 

If dad is a chocolate lover then this cake is for him! No baking required, simple assemble, chill then enjoy. Every bite of this cake is like stepping into chocolate heaven.

The original chocolate biscuit cake – Copha

 

Lemon meringue pie 

Why not test your skills and treat dad to a lemon meringue pie? This classic pie is a winner.

Lemon Meringue Pie – Fairy

 

No-bake choc-caramel slice

With a crunchy nut base, irresistible date ‘caramel’ filling and smooth chocolate top, this no-bake choc-caramel slice will be gone in a flash!

No-bake choc-caramel slice – Copha

 

Pear tarte tatin 

Not only is this pear tarte tatin incredibly stunning and delicious, it is a lot easier to make than you think. Serve this to dad with a generous dollop of cream.

GET THE RECIPE

 

Sweet potato churros with cacao dipping sauce 

Try something different this year and surprise dad with these sweet potato churros and cacao dipping sauce. This is a great dessert for sharing.

Sweet potato churros with cacao dipping sauce – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

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The ultimate brekkie bagel recipe

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:17

This is a fact in most households, mornings can be chaotic. But that does’t mean you have to sacrifice a nourishing and hearty breakfast. Seriously, that store-bought muffin isn’t going to keep you powering until lunch.

With a little prep and planning, and a cheeky 20 minutes, you can wake up happy knowing breakfast is an easy task rather than a chore.

This brekkie bagel is not only easy to assemble, but it can be enjoyed on-the-go or when you get to work. All you need is to have all your ingredients ready. Simply assemble with avocado, chutney, ham and egg, bake, and top with rocket. It’s that simple. Then wrap the lot in foil to take with you.

These brekkie bagels are also great for weekends if you have to rush off to weekend sport and need something the kids can munch on in the car. Plus with Father’s Day around the corner, these brekkie bagels would make for a delicious breakfast in bed idea for dad.

Brekkie bagel recipe to try 

Brekkie Bagel – Australian Eggs

 

 

 

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What to eat to improve gut health

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:51
We’re excited to present the first of our special guest blog series… This article, on the importance of gut health, is by Accredited Practising Dietitian, Lauren Atkins of OnCore Nutrition. 

Nobody likes the C-word. The link between diet and cancer is becoming more clear and it is estimated that 30-35% of cancer-related deaths are linked to diet. The good news is, we have more control over reducing our risk of cancer than we think. There is some promising research that gut health can assist with cancer prevention and even unlock some secrets to treatment success. It’s well established that diets rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, and lower in red and processed meat are protective against cancer.

Gut microbiome and your health

Can the right balance of gut bacteria help to reduce our disease risk? Science linking the gut environment with health and chronic disease risk is growing. This includes studies that suggest our microbiota can alter our susceptibility to cancer, so listen up…

When our gut microbiome is out of whack, the bad bacteria release toxins that cause DNA damage and inflammation in the colon which stimulates the growth and spread of cancerous cells. These cells multiply and can spread to other vital organs and tissue. Compare this to a thriving healthy community of superhero bugs (batman, if you will), which have been shown to reduce inflammation, modulate DNA damage, maintain our gut barrier function, enhance digestion and absorption and produce by-products involved in tumour suppression. I know which ones I’d want more of.

The impact of a healthy gut microbiome on cancer development, growth and spread may in some part be linked to the other ‘good fats’ – short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). When our friendly gut microflora ferment resistant starch and fibre (prebiotics) from our diet, they produce SCFAs.These have been linked to reduced risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disease. The variety and quantity of microflora present in our gut influences the amount of SCFAs we produce and diet is one of the most important determinants of gut microbial diversity. So eat not just for you, but for your Batman bugs too! Our bugs help in the fight

Having a healthy gut is vital for ensuring we get the most out of what we eat. In order to achieve optimal nutrition from our diet, it’s important we keep our gut party pumping!

Probiotic bacteria in our gut feed off prebiotic fibre in our diet. So filling up on plant-based foods that pass through our gastrointestinal tract undigested will provide a banquet for our Batman bugs to feast on. Good sources of prebiotics include the skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and legumes. To add to my hard sell, all of these fibre-rich foods also tend to be rich sources of various phytochemicals (if the good bugs are Batman, these guys are Robin!).

Top tips to improve gut health and reduce your cancer risk!

1. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits (and don’t ditch the skin!). Go for 2 fruit and 5 veg per day (a good guide is to fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies at each meal) and eat a rainbow. The prebiotics, antioxidants, micronutrients and phytochemicals will all help to reduce your risk of becoming one of those nasty stats!

2. If fruit and veg are your rainbow, nuts and seeds are the pot of gold. Add a small handful of nuts and seeds to your daily routine and always choose wholegrain breads and cereals. The closer they are to their natural state the better.

3. Choose lean proteins, limit red meat to less than 500g per week and don’t forget your omega-3 rich fish (salmon, sardines, trout, herring, flathead, tuna). And if the fins don’t tickle your fancy, talk to an Accredited Practising Dietitian about taking an omega-3 supplement.

4. Chill your grill. Avoid overcooking or charring meats. This process can produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that can increase cancer risk.

5. Swap out nitrates, nitrites and other preservatives found in processed foods and deli meats for herbs and spices. Nitrates and nitrites can increase cancer risk. Herbs and spices such as curcumin (turmeric), ginger, cloves, garlic and tea can reduce your risk. Simple.

6. Include fermented and probiotic-containing foods such as yoghurt, kefir, kombucha and miso. Pump up your party.

7. And last but definitely not least, maintain a healthy weight. Seek the support of an Accredited Practising Dietitian on this one. It can reduce your cancer risk significantly.

Tailor your plate, reduce your risk. 

Green Shakshuka – Australian Eggs

 

Avocado and Salmon Poke Bowl – Australian Avocados

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Dukkah chicken nourish bowls – Lilydale Chicken

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Tofu Miso Soup – Australian Eggs

 

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5 surprising health benefits of oranges

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:06

We all know oranges are top of the fruit pops when it comes to vitamin C, but there’s so much more to this half-time hero than you know. We look under their skin – or indeed on their skin – to uncover the many surprising health benefits of oranges and what they really mean to you.

The benefits of oranges
  1. Immune Boosting: Oranges have the highest level of antioxidants, including that all important vitamin C, of any fruit. These antioxidants may help protect your cells from damage and protect you from cancer, can boost your immune system and can help fight infection – to name a few.
  2. Weight Control: it’s a nutrient dense but low-calorie food, plus the high fibre content helps you stay fuller longer.
  3. Healthy Skin: Those antioxidants that oranges are so full of can help reduce damage to your skin and help keep you looking younger longer.
  4. Stress Reducing: And relax… approximately 1 large orange contains close to 15% of your RDA of vitamin B-1 or thiamin, which helps your body deal with stress, and the folate content helps with fighting depression.
  5. Lowers blood pressure: Oranges are high in potassium, low in salt and are a good source of hesperidin, which helps to improve blood flow.
Are blood oranges healthier? 

Special mention goes out to blood oranges. They contain all the nutrients found in oranges however the ruby red colour of the flesh, which gives blood oranges its name, is a sign that it contains that extra-special nutrient called anthocyanin, which may help fight inflammation and cancer.

What about orange peel?

Don’t bin the skin (or the peel in this case). It contains almost double the amount of vitamin C, plus other beneficial flavanoids. You can use all parts of the orange in cooking, including the peel, in everything from cakes and desserts to savoury dishes.

Indulge your orange crush in these delicious recipes.

Prawn and fennel salad – Zoosh

 

Candied Chestnut, Blue Cheese and Fennel Salad

 

Grilled Spatchcock with a Salad of Beetroot Orange Watercress and Baby Herbs – Game Farm

 

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Must-try raw avocado slice recipe

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 16:15

Although desserts and baked goods are delicious, sadly we can’t go gorging on rich and decadent treats every day. To solve that problem, we’ve created a better-for-you recipe so you can get your sweet fix without the guilt.

This stunning raw avocado slice is full of rich and mostly un-refined ingredients. Perfect for a tasty snack or after-dinner treat. The base includes a blend of raw cashews, oats, dates, cacao powder and coconut oil. The gorgeous green filling, and star of the slice, gets its green goodness and good fat from the avocados, plus shredded coconut, coconut sugar, native and coconut oil. To finish off the slice, a smooth choc-top is added, which will then set in the freezer.

Another benefit of this raw slice, is that it requires no baking at all, so no need to turn on the oven. Winning! Once the slice is set, simply slice into small squares ready to be enjoyed.

Raw avocado slice recipe to try 

Raw Avocado Slice – Australian Avocados

 

 

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

 

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7 different takes on the humble cauliflower

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:51

For the love of cauliflower! This humble veg has made it’s way into the top trending vegetables list and it’s not going anywhere!

Not only is cauliflower trending but it is on of the most versatile veg in your fridge. It’s also an excellent low-carb and gluten-free substitute for pasta, rice, pizza bases plus many more.

Here are some must-try mouth watering cauliflower recipes:

Roasted cauliflower steaks with mushroom sauce

Instead of meat, why not try a cauliflower steak? This recipe is perfect for vegetarians or meat-eaters wanting a light dish for dinner.

Cauliflower steaks with mushroom sauce by Australian Mushrooms: GET THE RECIPE 

 Roasted cauliflower and carrot with creamy curry dressing 

There is nothing better than roasted cauliflower! Especially with a creamy curried dressing, like this recipe.

Roasted carrot and cauliflower with creamy curry dressing – ZoOsh

Chilli and lime roasted cauliflower nachos

This irresistible chilli and lime roasted cauliflower nachos recipe is an ideal dish to serve at dinner parties or enjoy with the family on the weekend.

GET THE RECIPE HERE

 

Cream of cauliflower soup with garlic crumbs

As we move into the cooler months, this cream of cauliflower soup with crunchy garlic crumbs will certainly become a family favourite for Autumn and Winter. Using cauliflower in soup adds a great creamy texture.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Garlic Crumbs – Foodbank

Nutty cauliflower rice

For a low-carb option try cauliflower rice. This super simple and quick to make rice alternative pairs beautifully with curries, meats, and veggies.

Nutty cauliflower rice – THE GOOD NUT

Cauliflower, chorizo and ricotta pizza

Not only does cauliflower make a great pizza base but it tastes wonderful on top of pizza. When cooked, the cauliflower adds a lovely and crispy texture to the pizza.

Cauliflower, Chorizo and Ricotta Pizza – Perfect Italiano

Coconut chicken curry with cauliflower rice and coriander pesto

This warming coconut chicken curry served with cauliflower rice and coriander pesto is a wonderful family dinner idea to try during Autumn and Winter.

Coconut chicken curry with cauliflower rice and coriander pesto – Lilydale

 

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What is fennel and how do I cook with it?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:39

You may have seen fennel – a bulbous white vegetable with feathery green fronds – rocking around in the supermarket and wondered what it is. For many, this thought would be quickly followed by; what does fennel taste like? And, if we’re not wrong, you’re also wondering how to cook with it too. Right?.

It’s all good, we’ve got the answers to all your questions about this versatile vegetable, plus some delicious recipes to try it in. Keep reading and we reckon you’ll be adding it to your shopping trolley next time you’re in the supermarket.

What is fennel?

Fennel is a vegetable. It was originally cultivated for its seeds (and still is), which are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The bulbous white part of the vegetable is now used in cooking just as much as the seeds. And the fronds, which are very similar to dill, are also used as a garnish.

What does fennel taste like?

The bulb of the fennel is crunchy when eaten fresh and has a very light anise flavour. The bulb is extremely flavoursome when roasted, braised or added to a gratin. The fennel fronds taste slightly more aniseed-like and, like dill, are lovely when sprinkled on fish or in salads. Fennel stems are hollow and aren’t as good to eat as the rest of the vegetable.

How do you prepare fennel?

Trim the base and the stems from the bulb, then, depending on how you are cooking it, you can very finely slice the bulb to use fresh in salads. Thickly slice it to use in gratins or braises. Or cut it into wedges to roast it.

What are the benefits of fennel? 

The bulb contains high levels of vitamin C, as well as wonderfullly beneficial phytonutrients such as anethole, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a very good source of fibre, folate and potassium.

Now that you know what fennel is, try it now in these easy and great-tasting recipes. 

 

Roast Chicken with pear lemon and fennel seed stuffing – Lilydale

 

Prawn and fennel salad – Zoosh

 

Salt-Roasted Pork with Fennel and Pear Salad – Australian Pears

 

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The best way to store strawberries

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:20

It’s that wonderful time of year when we are blessed with an abundance bright-red strawberries. They’re sweet, tender and bursting with flavour and, better still, they’re great value. So like us, you probably have a crisper drawer full of punnets.

Whether you’re ready to devour a whole punnet in a sitting or have recipes ready to put the strawberries to good use, knowing how to store them properly is the key. Remember strawberries are delicate and should be treated with care.

3 rules for storing strawberries 

Leave the stem on as long as possible: when you’re ready to enjoy your strawberries you can then remove the stem but keep your stems on for as long as possible as this prolongs shelf life.

Wash as you go: although it is very tempting to wash your strawberries as soon as you get home from the grocery store, you should only wash your strawberries right before eating them. If you wash them as soon as you bring them home they can soak up every bit of moisture, which is what turns them mushy and also wet berries will more likely become mouldy faster.

Don’t let one berry spoil the whole bunch: if you notice one strawberry going mouldy, remove it immediately. Mould can spread extremely fast, remove the spoiled berries before it ruins the rest of the batch.

3 best places to store strawberries

Store on the countertop: if you are using your strawberries the day you bring them home, there is no need to put them in the fridge. You can leave them at room temperature on the kitchen counter.

In the fridge: if you don’t plan to eat your strawberries the day your bring them home, the best place for them is in the fridge. Remove the berries from their original container and store them whole and unwashed. In a partially closed lined container, with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture

In the freezer: if you choose not to use your strawberries in the next few days, you can freeze them. Ensure you remove the stems, halve or slice them and then freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Store in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. These frozen strawberries are perfect to be added into smoothies.

 

Now go get yourself some gorgeous strawberries and try these scrumptious recipes.

Strawberry recipes to try 

Spicy strawberry and jalapeno salsa – Cobs

 

Watermelon, Strawberry and Feta Salad – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Burrata with Strawberry and Basil Salsa – The Dairy Kitchen

 

Pear and Strawberry Smoothie – Australian Pears

 

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5 easy Middle Eastern recipes to try

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:28

The flavours of the Middle East were predicted to be one of 2018’s hottest trends and true to form, it’s been popping up on cafe and restaurant menus. Home cooks are also embracing Middle Eastern-style cooking.

With it’s bold flavours and spices Middle Eastern food has a lot to offer when it comes to variety and the types of dishes you can create. Popular recipes such as hummus and falafels, make for great snack ideas or party appetisers, though Middle Eastern cuisine has a lot more to offer.

Luckily, you probably already have a few commonly used ingredients or spices for Middle Eastern cooking in your kitchen right now, or you can easily grab them at your local supermarket.

Here are a few easy Middle Eastern recipes to get you started.

Easy Middle Eastern recipes 

Mushroom and halloumi falafel 

This easy mushroom and halloumi falafel recipe is great served as finger food. Or you can easily turn it into a meal and serve it on pita or in wrap with hummus and tabbouleh.

Mushroom and Halloumi Falafel – Australian Mushrooms

 

Turkish bread with spicy lamb and eggs 

This extremely flavoursome Turkish bread with spicy lamb and eggs is the perfect family dinner idea. Or cut it into smaller pieces and serve it as a party starter. The savoury mince can also be enjoyed on rice or quinoa, if there’s any leftover.

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Middle Eastern Quail and couscous salad with garlic sauce 

Try something different and cook this lovely Middle Eastern quail. Served with a colourful couscous salad and garlic sauce.

Middle Eastern Quail with couscous salad and garlic sauce – Gamefarm

 

 

 

Avocado hummus

This easy hummus recipe has a delicious avocado twist. Serve with broken up pita breads or veggie sticks for a great snack or appetiser.

Avocado Hummus – Australian Avocados

 

Marinated mushroom tabbouleh salad 

Full of fresh ingredients, this marinated mushroom tabbouleh salad is a wonderful side salad or serve it with your falafels in a wrap.

Marinated mushroom tabbouleh salad – Australian Mushrooms

 

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Guide to Purple Sweet Potato

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:38

Sweet potatoes are one of the darlings of the vegetable patch at the moment – they’re delicious, nutritious and there are so many tasty ways to get it into your diet. Gaining in popularity is the purple sweet potato variety with its white skin and pretty purple flesh, so we thought we’d give you the low down on what it is, what it tastes like, all the benefits of eating it, and how to cook it.

What is purple sweet potato?

Also known a white skin purple flesh sweet potatoes or just purple-fleshed sweet potatoes, the purple sweet potato is prized for its naturally occurring purple flesh. You won’t find it as easily as regular gold sweet potato, instead look out for it at your local green grocer or farmer’s market. Also, don’t confuse purple-fleshed sweet potato with red sweet potato, which has purplish skin but white flesh.

Purple Sweet Potato Vs Red Sweet Potato

What does purple sweet potato taste like? 

The purple-fleshed sweet potato has a slightly sweeter flavour than the regular variety. However you can use it in all the same ways you use regular sweet potatoes – it just adds that extra pop of colour!

What are the benefits of purple sweet potato?

Purple sweet potato boasts all the delicious health benefits of sweet potato including the antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and promotes eye health and a strong immune system. It’s also bursting with vitamins.

But wait, there’s more… that eye-catching purple pattern isn’t just pretty, it hints at the presence of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to reducing dementia and maintaining brain health.

Oh, and don’t forget it’s high in fibre, too.

How much purple sweet potato makes a serve? 

According to Australian Sweet Potatoes, one serving of sweet potatoes is 150g. This is about a small to medium-sized sweet potato. One serving provides 100% of an adult’s daily intake of vitamins A and C.

Can I eat the skin of purple sweet potato? 

Most definitely. It contains important nutrients including fibre so don’t bin the skin! Just remember to wash before cooking.

Here are 4 sweet potato recipes in which you can swap in purple sweet potato as you like.

Sweet Potato & Broccoli Frittata

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Hasselback sweet potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet Potato Toast Toppers

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Stand and stuff sweet potatoes – Australian Sweet Potatoes

 

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Easy nasi goreng tray bake recipe

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:04

Nasi goreng is a traditional Indonesian fried rice breakfast, served with all the sweet, salty and spicy favours of Asia, and topped with an egg of course. Although it’s traditionally served for breakfast, it’s also perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.

So it’s time we introduce our Nasi Goreng Tray Bake. All your tray bake dreams come true with this dish featuring a tasty combo of chicken and rice, seasoned with sambal oelek and soy. This dish is full of flavour and is great for sharing around the table.

All you have to do is simply combine all the nasi goreng ingredients, crack in your eggs and bake in the tray. Then complete the dish with fresh cucumber, tomato and coriander. Sneak in a little chilli if you want to spice things up.

This tray bake is no doubt going to become a weekly dinner favourite in no time.

Nasi goreng tray bake recipe to try 

Nasi Goreng Tray Bake – Australian Eggs

 

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How to freeze leftover herbs

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:24

Not sure how to use up leftover herbs and scared they’ll go to waste. Just freeze them! A handful of fresh herbs is one of the simplest things to preserve in the freezer. Although there are a few tips to remember to make the most of your herbs.

Tips for freezing herbs 
  • Freeze with a little oil: Prevent freezer burn and any browning by adding a little oil to the zip-lock bag you’re freezing the herbs in. Plus the herbs will infuse the oil and in turn will add lovely flavour to your meals.
  • Label your herbs: Avoid the ol’ is that parsley or coriander dilemma by labelling each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside. It helps if you have a few different herbs in the freezer.
  • Start with a flavour base: Most meals call for oil to start with, so take your herb and oil blend out of the zip-lock back and use it as the base of your dish.

Have a look at our video, and see how easy it is to freeze those leftover herbs, noticing that we are using zip-lock bags not ice-cube trays. This method will allow you to choose the amount of herbs needed instead of a whole ice cube.

Recipes to try with herbs 

Zucchini, herb and pancetta frittata – Perfect Italiano

 

Green Shakshuka

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Lemon and Herb Ricotta Spaghetti – Perfect Italiano

 

 

Beef Bourguignon – Wester Star

 

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5 vegetarian meals that make meat-free Mondays easier

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:57

Meat-free Mondays is growing in popularity and has become a weekly event for most households. There are now so many great-tasting and hearty vegetarian meals that make eating meat-free easy.

Sure meat-free Monday rolls off the tongue easily, but you can pick any day to go vego. The important thing to remember is that meat is not your only source of protein – there are a variety of ways you can boost vegetarian meals to ensure you’re getting all you need.

The following recipes are full of nourishing and hearty ingredients, which will easily satisfy any meat eater.

Hearty meat-free recipes to try 

Mushroom and lentil bolognese 

This mushroom and lentil bolognese is a tasty and nutritious alternative to your regular bolognese. The lentils and mushrooms work beautifully together to create a great flavour and texture.

Mushroom and Lentil Bolognese Sauce – Australian Mushrooms

 

Ricotta, lemon and mozzarella cannelloni bake 

You won’t get any complaints from the meat eaters in the family when you serve up this cheesy bake. The blend of ricotta, lemon, mozzarella and cannoli is perfection.

Ricotta, Lemon and Mozzarella Cannelloni Bake – Perfect Italiano

 

 

Cheese and greens filo pie 

This Greek-style pie is an easy and delicious way to eat your greens. Plus it’s a moveable feast that makes a great leftovers lunch – it’s even better the next day.

Cheese and greens filo pie – Western Star

 

Avocado, spinach and basil pesto spaghetti 

This creamy pasta dish is a rich blend of avocado, spinach and basil pesto. Full of heathy fats and fibre, this dish is sure to hit the spot.

Avocado, Spinach and Basil Pesto with Spaghetti – Australian Avocados

 

Mushroom korma curry 

Curries like this korma curry are crisper drawer saviours. You can add as many vegetables you would like. Butternut pumpkin, red capsicum and zucchini are all great additions to this recipe. Finish off this curry with a sprinkle of cashews and coriander.

Mushroom Korma Curry – Australian Mushrooms

 

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Quick and easy Asian dinner recipes

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:07

It’s time to put the takeaway menu down. You can prepare fast, fresh and delicious Asian meals in the comfort of your own home with our easy Asian dinner recipes.

Asian food is so diverse and so delicious. Full of fresh and zingy flavours and usually quick to cook, making these meals great contenders for weeknight meals.

With the help from Passage to Asia stir-fry sauces, you can whip up your favourite Asian dish in no time. Choose from a classic Pad Thai, satay chicken or a speedy Teriyaki noodle dinner, these sauces are full of authentic flavours, creating aromatic and tasty meals that will suit any family.

Have a look at this page from our Global Favourites Foodbook and discover where all your favourite Asian dishes originated. Cooking with Asian flavour has never been so easy.

 

 

 

Easy Asian dinner ideas to try 

Teriyaki beef noodles

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Katsu pork with pear and carrot slaw – Passage to Asia

 

Chicken satay skewers with gado gado

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*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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7 things to eliminate from your kitchen right now

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:45

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where everyone comes together at the start and end of each day. As a consequence, it’s also the place that ends up with the most clutter, especially in the drawers or cupboards. If you have been putting off cleaning out your kitchen for a long time, it’s time to do a pre-spring spring clean! Don’t know where to start? Well here’s our guide to the things to eliminate from your kitchen.

When cleaning your kitchen, use the same principles you use for your wardrobe. Do the test, have you used this in the past year? If not then it really should go.

Here are our pick of the 7 things to eliminate from your kitchen right now!

Cracked or unused mugs and glasses
If you haven’t used a mug or glass in over a year and it’s cracked all broken, it’s time for it to be moved on. Make room for all the things you actually use in your kitchen everyday.

Old Sponges
If you don’t remember the last time you changed your kitchen sponge, then it’s probably a good idea to chuck it. You may be spreading more germs then you’re cleaning.

Broken Tupperware
Tupperware and other plastic containers always seems to get out of hand, no matter how hard you try to keep them organised. Trying to find that matching lid is like finding matching socks. Now’s your chance to get rid of old, cracked or discoloured containers taking up excess room, as well as any that don’t have lids.

 

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Old water bottles
Another space eater! Having plastic water bottles can be handy, but the older they get the more bacteria they hold on to, especially kids bottles that have been chewed and scuffed. As with all plastics, recycle responsibly when disposing.

Anything dated that’s stuck on your fridge
If you keep invites, shopping list, unpaid bills etc on the front of your fridge, purge and get rid of the events that have passed. Now, doesn’t that look better. If you’re feeling the love, you might even give it a quick wipe down. Now you’ve got a fresh fridge ready for more fun invites.

Busted drawer organisers
There’s no point keeping a drawer organiser that is not doing it’s job anymore.

Old appliances
If you’ve inherited an old food processor from a relative or old housemate, or got a hand mixer missing a blade, or what about that bread maker you haven’t used in forever – remove it from your kitchen now. If it’s still good, bring it to a charity shop otherwise, bye bye!

So, what are you waiting for, get in there and be ruthless – eliminate those things from your kitchen right now. You’ll be thanking us when you discover all that extra room in your cabinets.

 

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How to make fluffy scones

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:52

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked scone finished off with a dollop of fresh cream and jam, served with a hot cup of tea or coffee? This is one seriously good combo. When made correctly, scones can be epic! And yet, as simple as they seem, learning how to make fluffy scones can take a bit of fine-tuning. Here are some common scone-baking mistakes that home bakers often make …

Want to make fluffy scones? Here’s 5 top secrets you need to know
  1. Don’t overwork the dough: when you overwork your dough, your scones can come out tough and chewy, rather than that desired light, fluffy texture. The trick is to use light pressure and only the work the dough until it just comes together.
  2. Don’t use room temperature or warm ingredients: the number one trick to remember when making scones, which is often forgotten, is to start with cold ingredients – cold butter, cold eggs and cold cream. This is the secret to the flakiest scones. Using cold ingredients prevents the butter from melting before your scones are baked. Instead, it heats up when the scones are in the oven and creates a super-flaky, oh-so delicious end result.
  3. Don’t forget to chill the dough before baking: to really ace your scones, it helps to chill your dough again before it’s baked. Using cold ingredients does help, but your hands can warm up the dough when you’re working with it.
  4. Don’t bake scones ahead of time: if you have a brunch or morning tea planned, it is very tempting to bake the night before to have everything ready, but scones are really the best when they are fresh and warm out of the oven. Although, if you do prefer to get ahead, shape the dough into scones and leave them in the fridge overnight, ready for baking the next day.

Now you know what NOT to do when making scones, try these super-delicious and fluffy scone recipes!

Scone recipes to try

Buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Scones

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Pumpkin scones – Western Star

 

Sultana and Cinnamon Scones-Western Star

 

 

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5 must-try classic Aussie desserts

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:19

Australia has a rich and delicious heritage of sweets and bakes, thanks in part to the Country Women’s Association and grandma’s recipe books. But whether you’ve grown up with these Aussie classics or are discovering them for the first time, they’ll definitely make you smile with delight.

Here are our 5 favourite iconic Aussie desserts you simply must try.

Aussie dessert recipes 

Honey joys 

You don’t need a birthday party to bust out these favourites. With just 4 ingredients, these sweet cereal bites are a tasty lunchbox snack for kids, and your inner child.

Honey joys – Copha

 

Chocolate crackles 

The classic chocolate crackle has lasted the test of time and is still the star attraction at birthday parties to this day. They’re also super fun and easy to make and will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Rocky road 

Rocking around since 1853, rocky road was created as a way of on-selling confectionary that spoiled during the long trip from Europe. Local nuts and chocolate were mixed in to disguise the spoiled ingredients. These days it’s risen to greater heights and features a delicious mix of marshmallow, nuts, candied cherries and popcorn.

Popcorn rocky road – Copha

 

Anzac biscuits 

Named for the Aussie soldiers they were originally sent to, Anzac biscuits were created by wives and women’s aid groups as sweet sustenance, and because they were less likely to spoil during transportation abroad. These days, Anzac biscuits have become an indelible part of life for many Australian and New Zealanders, especially on Anzac Day.

Anzac biscuits – Fairy

 

Raspberry coconut slice

A true slice of nostalgia, this raspberry coconut slice takes you right back to your grandmother’s baking. Pop the kettle on and enjoy this simple and delicious treat with a freshly brewed pot of tea.

Raspberry Coconut Slice – Fairy

 

 

 

 

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30 minute teriyaki beef noodles recipe

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 17:06

There’s something about a big bowl of noodles that is just so comforting and satisfying! Plus they’re fantastically easy to cook and can bulk up any stir-fry or soup.

If you love noodles, then you’ll love these teriyaki beef noodles. Super tasty and can be on the table in 30 minutes. This dish is made even easier with Passage to Asia Teriyaki simmer sauce. All you need to do is prepare your veggies, slice your beef and then stir through your sauce.

This recipe is perfect for weeknights and will suit every family. After you try these teriyaki noodles you will be making them every week.

Teriyaki beef noodles recipe to try 

Teriyaki beef noodles – Passage to Asia

 

 

 

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