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Family Recipes

Traditional Beef Lasagne

 

Making a lasagne is a labour of love, one where the rewards are evident in every mouthful. This classic lasagne recipe is hearty, comforting and will leave you wanting more!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Meat Sauce:


• 700 grams ground beef mince
• 300 grams ground pork mince, or beef
• 1 tablespoon olive oil 
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1 carrot, finely diced
• 1/2 capsicum (red or green)
• 4 cloves garlic cloves,minced
• 700 grams Passata
• 410 grams crushed tomatoes
• 3 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 small handful of fresh basil, torn
• 1/2 teaspoon sugar, (if desired)
• Salt and pepper, season to your tastes

 

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Party Sausage Rolls

Makes approx. 18
INGREDIENTS

 

400gr Beef Mince

500gr Sausage Mince
1 carrot, peeled & grated

2 eggs
2 Cups Fresh Breadcrumbs
⅓ Cup (80ML) Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper
500g or 3 Ready-Rolled Sheets Puff Pastry
2 Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten

Sesame Seeds to Sprinkle

 

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Flavoursome French Omelette

Made in 15 minutes, this classic French Omelette can be enjoyed anytime of the day and is very simple to make.

 

A true French Omelette is just eggs and butter, no filling, but we have added a few more simple ingredients to give it that extra oomph!

 

This recipe makes 4 omelettes.

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 tbs chopped fresh tarragon (plus extra leaves to garnish)

• ⅓ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (plus extra to garnish)
• 4 medium eggs
• 2 tablespoons of shaved Parmesan cheese
• 2 knobs of unsalted butter
• 8 slices of leg ham

 

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Baked Meatballs

A sure crowd pleaser, these simple-to-make meatballs are tender and full of flavour!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 1 500 gr lean ground beef

• 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
• 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
• 2 garlic cloves minced
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
• 3 Tbsp. ketchup
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 1 Tbsp. parsley minced (or about 1/2 Tbsp. dried)

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Fresh Blueberry Scones

These mouth-watering scones are bursting with juicy blueberries and are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of your favourite hot beverage!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 250g strong (baker’s) plain flour

• 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 50g unsalted butter, chilled, diced, plus extra to serve
• 50g caster sugar
• 1 punnet (125g) Fresh Blueberries
• 175ml buttermilk

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This comforting Slow Cooker Beef Stew is perfect for cold winter days. It fills you up and gives you that warm, cosy feeling. Best of all, with a little effort in the morning, this slow cooker meal greets you at the end of the day with a ready-to-eat feast and a smell to soothe the soul!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 1 kg Chuck Roast (or meat of your choice), diced into 1 inch pieces

• 1 Tbls Olive oil
• 3 medium potatoes, diced
• 4 medium carrots, sliced
• 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
• 1 stalk celery, chopped
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• 1 ½ cups low-sodium beef or chicken broth
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
• 1 Tbls cornstarch
• 1 Tbls water
• 1 tsp each of fresh thyme and rosemary
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp pepper (adjust to your taste)
• Toasted Ciabatta bread, to serve

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Charming Chicken Parmigiana

 

There are many different variants of Chicken Parmigiana recipes in the world, but this one is our favourite! Crispy well-seasoned chicken, a flavourful tomato sauce with a kiss of sweetness and of course, lots of melty cheese. It’s easy, simple and classic

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 3 Chicken breasts halved horizontally
• 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
• 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
• 1/4 cup plain flour
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon milk
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1 brown onion, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed, extra
• 700g bottle tomato passata (passata=Italian Tomato sauces)
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus extra to serve
• 1/2 x 250g ball buffalo-style mozzarella, sliced
• 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
• Salad leaves and chips, to serve


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Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

 

Bring the flavours of Italy into your home with this traditional Italian cannelloni.. Bellissimo!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

SAUCE:

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 garlic clove , finely chopped
• 1 small onion , finely chopped
• 800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
• 1 cup water (swirl in tomato can to clean out)
• Handful fresh basil leaves , torn

FILLING:

• 250 g / 8 oz frozen chopped spinach

• 500 g / 1 lb ricotta
• 1/3 cup grated parmesan
• 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
• 1 egg
• 3/4 tsp salt + pepper to taste
• 1 large garlic clove , minced
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
• 1/2 tsp salt and pepper , each

CANNELLONI

• 18 – 22 dried cannelloni tubes, or fresh lasagna sheets (rolled into tubes)

• 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella
• More basil , for garnish

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Baked Donut Pretzels

Made with a sweet dough, shaped into a pretzel, baked in the oven, then coated with a mixture of caster sugar and cinnamon…Deliciousness at its best!..


INGREDIENTS


• 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
• 1 cup warm water
• 1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp Caster Sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 3 cups all-purpose flour + up to 3/4 cup more if needed
• 2 cups water
• 4 tbs baking soda
• 1 tbs coarse salt, for sprinkling on top
• 6 tbs salted butter, melted additional Caster Sugar to roll pretzels in (Sprinkle some cinnamon with the Caster Sugar if desired)


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Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Stew

 

Healthy and flavoursome, this soul-warming stew is made with succulent chicken and savory veggies and is very easy to put together. Serve with crusty bread for the perfect mid-week meal the whole family can enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 1 tbsp. olive oil

• 1 kg chicken thighs
• 1 brown onion chopped
• 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
• 2 carrots half lengthways and cut into discs
• 2 potatoes peeled and diced
• 1 cup frozen peas
• 2 Roma tomatoes diced
• 2 tablespoons spelt flour
• 400 ml 2 cups boiling chicken stock
• Sea salt and black pepper
• 1 tablespoon thyme or oregano or mixed Italian herbs
• 1 zucchini, diced

• 4 white button mushrooms, cut in halves
• ¼ broccoli, cut into small pieces

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ANZAC BISCUITS

 

ANZAC biscuits are the most well known biscuit recipe in Australia. ANZAC stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps” and these biscuits are traditionally made to commemorate ANZAC Day on the 25th April each year. Lest we forget

 

INGREDEIENTS

 

• 1 cup (150g) plain flour

• 1 cup (80g) Desiccated Coconut
• 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
• 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
• 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
• 125g butter
• 2 tablespoon golden syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda

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Mini Easter Meringue Nests

 

These super cute meringue nests make the perfect individual dessert for Easter and double up as Eggsellent decorations!

 

INGREDEIENTS

 

For the Pavlova

• 6 extra large egg whites
• 300 g (1½ cups) caster sugar
• 1 tablespoon cornflour/corn starch
• 1 teaspoon vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Chocolate Cream:

• 250 ml heavy/whipping cream
• 100 g 4oz dark chocolate


For Decorating:

• 1 pack Cadbury mini eggs

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Easter Brioche Bread Bunnies

 

These cute little bunnies are made with a soft and delicious brioche bread that is easy to make & easy to work with. The kids will love giving you a hand in the kitchen making them for Easter. Perfect as a breakfast treat or as part of your Easter Feaster!

 

INGREDEIENTS

 

• 2½ cups flour (all purpose)

• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2½ tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1 zest lemon
• 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
• 1 large egg (room temperature)
• 2 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• ½ cup + ½ tablespoon full cream milk (room temperature)

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Classic Veal Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks)

 

Osso Buco is an Italian dish and literally means “hole in the bone” referring to the marrow hole in the centre of the veal shank bone.This tender and flavoursome Veal Osso Buco, is made in a traditional sauce and is topped with a fresh, zesty Gremolata. A low maintenance dish with sensational results and tastes even better the second day! Serve alongside a creamy saffron risotto, mashed potatoes, creamy polenta or your favourite pasta for an ultimate comforting meal.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 4 thick Osso Buco steaks = Veal shanks cut into four pieces 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick (3 to 4 cm high) (ask your local butcher or supermarket)

• 1 medium onion

• 50g (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter

• 50g (1/3 cup) of all purpose flour

• 100ml (1/2 cup) of dry white wine

• 600ml (2 cups) of chicken or beef broth

• 1 tablespoon of tomato paste

• 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

• Pinch of salt

• Freshly ground black pepper

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Saffron Risotto (Risotto alla Milanese)

 

Saffron gives this classic, earthy Risotto its beautiful bright golden colour. An Italian culinary classic from Milan, this Risotto alla Milanese, is one of the simplest, yet most luxurious and satisfying rice dishes! Perfect on it’s own, or makes a nice accompaniment to your main course

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 500g (17.6 oz) Risotto rice (such as Arborio)

• 60g (4 tbsp) butter

• 30g (2 tbsp) beef marrow

• 2 L (8 1/3 cups) beef broth

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 1 pinch of Saffron, dissolved in 240 ml (1 cup) of broth

• Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, as needed

• Salt, as needed

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Oven Roasted Chestnuts

 

There is something about enjoying roasted chestnuts on an Autumn’s afternoon, they just give you that warm, cosy feeling. Kind of like a baked sweet potato, they have a slightly spongy texture with an incredibly sweet and nutty flavour.

 

Chestnuts are also healthy and nutritious. They are packed with essential antioxidants that support heart health, even after roasting!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

~ Chestnuts! Use as many as you like, Make sure they are shiny and firm to the touch

 

~ Water, The chestnuts are going to get boiled before getting baked!

 

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Lunch Box Treat: Banana Bread

No need to add extra sugar here, this delicious, moist banana bread is naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and sultanas!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 125g Self-Raising White or Wholemeal Flour

• 1 tsp baking soda/ bicarbonate of soda

• 1 tsp Cinnamon

• 1 tsp Nutmeg

• 1 tsp Ginger

• 100g Sultanas

• 50g Butter or Coconut Oil, melted

• 2 tsp Vanilla Essence

• 1 Egg, whisked

• 3 RIPE Bananas, mashed

 

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Homemade Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Quench your thirst with this refreshingly zesty homemade lemonade

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)

• 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)

• 1 cup lemon juice

• 2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)

 

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Zucchini Fritters

Easy to make, low calorie, and the perfect way to sneak in some veggies for the kids!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 3 cups of grated zucchini

• 1 tsp salt

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 large egg, beaten

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Yoghurt Sauce:

 

• 1 cup plain yoghurt

• 1 clove garlic, minced

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp olive oil

 

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Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks

Solve the dinner dilemma with this fast and fresh oven-baked recipe that creates a succulent, flavoursome chicken feast which is sure to become a favourite!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 8 chicken drumsticks

• 1/4 cup (60ml) soy sauce

• 1/4 cup (90g) honey

• 1 tbs rice wine vinegar

• 2 tbs oyster sauce

• 2 tbs English mustard

• 1 tsp Chinese five spice

• 2 tsp sesame seeds

• 2 tbs sunflower oil

• 2 bunches choy sum or bok choy, stalks and leaves separated

• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1 tbs grated ginger

• 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced

• Lime wedges, to serve

 

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Festive Gingerbread Cookies

“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man! I’m the gingerbread man and I’m out of the pan!” Creating these gingerbread cookies are a merry activity the whole family can enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 10 Tablespoons (2/3 cup; 145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

• 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar.
• 2/3 cup (160ml) unsulphured molasses
• 1 large egg, at room temperature

• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

• 3 and 1/2 cups (438g) all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
• 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
• Optional: Easy cookie icing or Royal Icing

 

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Christmas Meal Idea: Homemade Cheese Ravioli with Napolitana Tomato Sauce

Learn how to make homemade Italian style Ravioli, it’s easier than you think and perfect for the holidays!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Ravioli

 

 

• 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 6 large eggs
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 tablespoon olive oil  

 

Filling  

 

• 450 grams ricotta cheese

• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten

• 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano

• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

 

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Vegetarian Pastry Rolls

A flavoursome pastry treat that is very easy to make. A perfect little appetiser, lunchbox snack or party food!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 320 gr ready rolled puff pastry sheet

• 200 gr mature cheddar cheese, grated
• 1 large onion grated
• 200 gr fresh breadcrumbs

• 2 tbsps crème fraîche

• 2 tsps dried mixed herbs
• 2 tsps mustard powder
• 2 tsps paprika

• salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 1 lightly beaten free range egg to glaze

 

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Strawberry Coconut Milkshake

A luscious milkshake that is perfect for warm spring & summer days! If preferred you can substitute the coconut milk with regular milk, either way you’ll be satisfied with this refreshing, dreamy drink!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries

• 2 cups of coconut milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional, or to taste)

• water to thin if needed

 

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Leftover Makeover ~ Beef Quesadillas

These tasty Quesadillas can be made with tender pieces of leftover prime rib roast, beef mince or steak of your choice ~ (See our Succulent Standing Prime Rib Roast recipe here

They are truly the ultimate in melty, cheesy, crispy quesadilla greatness! The best thing about quesadillas, is that you can get creative with your fillings ~ Try adding some extra’s, like cooked corn, tomato salsa, red kidney beans, maybe some chilli…the possibilites are endless!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)

• 8 Flour tortillas (8 inch tortillas)
• 300 – 400 grams cooked prime rib roast, (sliced or chunked into easy to eat pieces) or meat of your choice
• ½ cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)

• ½ cup Jack cheese (shredded)

 

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Succulent Standing Prime Rib Roast

Preparing the perfect Prime Rib is very easy! Also called Standing Rib Roast, this impressive cut of beef is melt in your mouth tender and juicy! Here we have a simple recipe, giving you a perfect roast that is nothing short of amazing…and the leftovers make for some fantastic next day meals! For some inspiration see our ‘Leftover Makeover ~ Beef Quesadillas’ recipe here

 

Quick Tip: For a perfect result, bring the meat to room temperature before roasting.

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2.5 kilogram standing rib roast beef

• 2 tablespoon olive oil
• Fresh rosemary and thyme leaves
• Salt & Pepper

 

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Halloween Vanilla Mummy Cookies

These bewitching Mummy Cookies are a SPOOKtacular Halloween treat the whole family can enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

• ¾ cup butter, softened

• ¾ cup sugar
• 1 Egg
• 2¼ cups All purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
• 8¼ tsp salt
• 20 small round candies (to resemble eyeballs)
• White decorating icing (Approx. 8oz)

 

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Easy-Peasy Plum Pie

Plum Pie is one of the easiest and fastest pies to make, and tastes amazing, especially with custard, whipped cream or ice cream on top!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 4 cups sliced fresh plums

• ½ cup white sugar
• ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell (Can be bought from most supermarkets, or use your own favourite homemade pastry)

 

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Kids Recipe ~ Banana’s in Pyjama’s | Frozen Banana Popsicles

School holidays are here and the warmer weather is upon us! Here is a cool, creamy, refreshing treat that is fun to make and tastes amazing!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 4 bananas (peeled, cut in half)

• 2 x 400 g dark chocolate
• crushed nuts
• sprinkles
• desiccated coconut

 

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Fathers Day Breakfast ~ Cinnamon French Toast topped with Fresh Berries

Delicious cinnamon french toast with a slightly crisp outside and fluffy middle, topped with maple and fresh berries– A perfect treat for Dad to wake up to on Father’s Day! Made with just a few simple ingredients and done in under 25 minutes!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 4 slices bread of your choice (brioche, challah or baguette are the best options)

• 2 eggs
• 3/4 cup milk whole milk
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
• 1/4 tsp lemon extract or almond extract, or a little lemon/orange zest

• 1 Tbsp butter for frying, or ghee or coconut oil

 

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Fresh Spring Rolls

Roll into Spring with these refreshingly healthy Spring Rolls! You can have fun with the ingredients, like use more carrot instead of cucumber, or extra cabbage in place of the lettuce, or add something extra like cooked chicken or shrimp!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles

• 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
• ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
• 1 cup torn butter lettuce, ribs removed
• 1 cup very thinly sliced red cabbage
• 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks or sliced into strips
• 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced or sliced
• 2 medium jalapeños, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced (optional)

•¼ cup thinly sliced green onions

• ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

• ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh mint

• 8 sheets rice paper (spring roll wrappers)

 

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Fresh Falafel Wraps

If you’ve never made home-made falafels before then you may be fooled into thinking that they are hard to make, especially as getting the perfect texture is key. You want a lovely moist interior with a delicious, crisp outer layer. However, it is actually super simple to create this recipe!

INGREDIENTS
For the falafels:

• 2 cups split broad beans

• 1 cup chickpeas
• Handful of Parsley
• Coriander
• 1 onion
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1.5 tablespoons falafel spice

• 1 tsp cumin

• 1 tsp ground black pepper

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) A pinch of salt
• 1 tablespoon baking powder (used only before frying) Sunflower oil for frying (enough to fill up your saucepan)

For the wrap:

• Pita bread
• Ready falafels

• Tomatoes
• Cucumbers

• Tahini dressing
• Onion

*Optional: Pink Pickles / Pickled Turnips (Can be found in most supermarkets, or try the online Australian-Lebanese Grocery: https://www.lebanesegrocery.com.au/

 

Tahini Dressing for the Wrap:

• 1 cup yogurt natural or plant-based
• 1/2 cup tahini

• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• garlic clove

• 1/8 tsp cumin powder
• A pinch of salt
• Filtered water in case the dressing is too thick

 

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Succulent Chicken Mignons

These flavoursome chicken thigh fillets are wrapped in smokey bacon and filled with vegetables and garlic butter… A mouth-watering dish that is sure to impress!

(Serves 6)

 

INGREDIENTS

 

• 6 chicken thigh fillets

• 6 long rashers of smokey bacon rashers
• 2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
• ¼ of a capsicum
• ¼ on an onion
• 125g butter – chopped
• 2 teaspoons of mustard
• 3 cups of chicken stock (I use a gluten free one)

YOU WILL NEED

• Toothpicks
• Kitchen mallet

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Apple Fritter Rings

These classsic Apple Fritter Rings taste amazing, are simple to make and are very addictive…we challenge you to stop at one!

 

INGREDIENTS

 

FOR FRYING

• 2 cups vegetable oil

FOR THE CINNAMON SUGAR

• ¼ cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

FOR THE FRITTERS

• 1 ½ cups flour

• 3 tablespoons sugar
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• ⅛ teaspoon salt
• 1 cups milk
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
• 1 egg

• 1 tablespoon oil
• 4 medium apples peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch thick rings

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Kids Recipe ~ Yum Yum Balls

So super simple to make using just 4 ingredients and a few fun steps!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups of crushed plain biscuits (Such as Marie biscuits or Weet-bix!)

• 1 cup of desiccated coconut
• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
• 395g tin of sweetened condensed milk
• Approx. ½ cup of extra desiccated coconut for rolling

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Creamy Rice Pudding

This Rice Pudding is so creamy with the perfect texture and sweetness. It requires only a handful of ingredients and a little patience to make this old time favourite dessert

 

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup short grain white rice

• 1⁄4 cup sugar
• 3 cups milk
• 1 cup cream
• 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
• 2 inches piece vanilla beans, split open (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

• Cinnamon Powder, to serve

• Fruit Compote, to serve

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Steamed Mussels in White Wine and Garlic sauce

A bowl of fresh steamed Mussels is so striking with their bluish colour shells and orange meat, it’s a wonder that something so elegant can come together in just fifteen minutes!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 tbsp butter

• 3 shallots peeled and minced
• 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
• 1 tbsp dried chilies
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 cups white wine
• 2 pounds mussels ,rinsed and cleaned
• 3 tbsp fresh parsley minced
• 1 lemon

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Lunch box Treat: Mince Meat & Cabbage Stuffed Rolls

Sometimes it’s the simplest of ingredients that make for the best recipes. This handy little meat & cabbage pocket calls for simple pantry staples and are a great lunchbox treat!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups warm water

• 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
• ½ cup white sugar
• ¼ cup margarine, softened
• 1 egg
• 2 teaspoons salt ( For the dough)
• 7 cups all-purpose flour
• 500gr lean ground beef
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 6 cups shredded cabbage
• 1 teaspoon salt ( For the filling)
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ cup melted butter

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Fresh Blueberry Scones

These mouth-watering scones are bursting with juicy blueberries and are the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of your favourite hot beverage!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 250g strong (baker’s) plain flour

• 2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 50g unsalted butter, chilled, diced, plus extra to serve
• 50g caster sugar
• 1 punnet (125g) Fresh Blueberries
• 175ml buttermilk

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Winter White Bean Soup

This bean soup is easy to make and budget-friendly. It tastes and smells amazing and it’s ready in just 20 minutes!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cans (28oz – 800 grams)cannellini beans or white beans, drained

• 1 medium-size onion, diced
• 1 celery stalk, diced
• 1 large carrot, diced
• 1-2 garlic cloves, diced or pressed
• 1 cup (7 oz – 200 grams), frozen spinach * (optional)
• 2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
• 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
• 1 Tbsp tomato paste
• 1/3 cup (80 ml) white wine
• 1 sprig Rosemary
• 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth or hot water
• 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
• 1/2 tsp fine salt, plus more to taste
• 1/8 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste

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Antipasto Platter

This antipasto platter is a combination of Italian meats, cheeses, vegetables and breads, all arranged to create a fabulous appetiser display. The perfect showpiece for any gathering, or lunch and it takes just minutes to put together!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 800 grams assorted cured meats such as salami, prosciutto & pepperoni

• 500 grams cheese sliced or cubed, such as provolone or asiago
• 1 cup small mozzarella balls, boconcini, plain or marinated in olive oil and herbs
• 1 cup olives
• 2 cups grilled and/or pickled vegetables such as pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, marinated beans
• 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
• 1 cup raw vegetables cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumber
• 2-3 cups assorted breads focaccia, breadsticks, crostini
• fresh herbs for garnish
• sauces such as bruschetta or olive tapenade optional

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Banana Split!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 medium banana, peeled and split lengthwise

• 1 scoop each vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream
• 2 tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping
• 2 tablespoons pineapple chunks or 1 tablespoon pineapple ice cream topping
• 2 tablespoons whipped cream
• 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
• 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
• 2 maraschino cherries with stems

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Lunch Box Treat: Pizza Muffins

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cup self-raising flour

• 1 1/2 cup milk
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 cup grated cheese
• 2 tbs parmesan
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 2 tsp Italian dried herbs
• 1/2 cup salami diced
• 1/2 cup olives diced
• 1 cup passata
• 1/4 cup olives *extra
• 1/4 cup cheese *extra

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Fried Potatoes with Bacon ~ Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside…so satisfying!

(Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup bacon(225 g), diced
• ½ cup yellow onion(75 g), diced
• ½ cup vegetable oil(120 mL)
• 3 potatoes (such as Bintje) boiled whole until just tender and cut into quaters
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon pepper
• 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

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Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

INGREDIENTS

 

SAUCE:

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 garlic clove , finely chopped
• 1 small onion , finely chopped
• 800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
• 1 cup water (swirl in tomato can to clean out)
• Handful fresh basil leaves , torn

FILLING:

• 250 g / 8 oz frozen chopped spinach

• 500 g / 1 lb ricotta
• 1/3 cup grated parmesan
• 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
• 1 egg
• 3/4 tsp salt + pepper to taste
• 1 large garlic clove , minced
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
• 1/2 tsp salt and pepper , each

CANNELLONI

• 18 – 22 dried cannelloni tubes, or fresh lasagna sheets (rolled into tubes)

• 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella
• More basil , for garnish

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Mother’s Day Treat ~ Mini Donut Cake Pops

INGREDIENTS

• 1/2 vanilla cake, cut in chunks

• 2-3 tbsp vanilla frosting
• 1/2 bag of light brown candy melts*
• 5-10 pieces of orange candy melts*
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 12 Lollipop sticks or Icy pole/Popsicle sticks
• 1 cup powdered sugar/confectioners sugar
• 1 tsp milk
• Pink food gel
• Sprinkles, for decoration (Any colour)
• Desiccated Coconut, for decoration Thin ribbon, for decoration
* (Candy melts can be found in most baking aisles at the supermarket and cake stores)

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Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries & Walnuts

(Serves 4-8)

INGREDIENTS

• 4 pears, such as, Bartlett or Anjou
• 24 fresh cranberries
• 4 tbps chopped walnuts
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more, if needed
• 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more, if needed.

• 4 tsp raw honey

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Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Casserole

INGREDIENTS

• 1 tbsp. olive oil

• 1 kg chicken thighs
• 1 brown onion chopped
• 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
• 2 carrots half lengthways and cut into discs
• 2 potatoes peeled and diced
• 1 cup frozen peas
• 2 Roma tomatoes diced
• 2 tablespoons spelt flour
• 400 ml 2 cups boiling chicken stock
• Sea salt and black pepper
• 1 tablespoon thyme or oregano or mixed Italian herbs
• 1 zucchini, diced

• 4 white button mushrooms, cut in halves
• ¼ broccoli, cut into small pieces

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Sweet Puff Pastry Parcels with Vanilla Pudding & Strawberries

(Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS
For the Pudding:

• 0.7 oz. (20g) cornstarch

• 1 tbsp. sugar
• 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
• 2 tbsp. heavy cream
• seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
• 1 medium egg yolk

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Fluffy, Crustless Quiche

INGREDEIENTS

• 125g ham, chopped

• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 1 1/2 cups (180g) grated Tasty Cheese Block (500g)
• 1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour
• Salt & freshly ground pepper, to season
• 4 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk

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Chicken Caesar Salad, with Homemade Dressing 

INGREDEIENTS

• 1 medium ciabatta loaf (or 4 thick slices crusty white bread)

• 3 tbsp Olive oil
• 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
• 1 Large cos lettuce leaves. Separated

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ANZAC BISCUITS 

INGREDEIENTS

• 1 cup (150g) plain flour

• 1 cup (80g) Desiccated Coconut
• 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
• 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
• 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
• 125g butter
• 2 tablespoon golden syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda

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Classic Pumpkin Soup

INGREDEIENTS

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1 leek, white part only, finely sliced
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• 1kg peeled pumpkin, diced
• 1 large potato, peeled, diced 
• 1L Massel chicken style liquid stock or vegetable liquid stock
• 1/2 cup (125ml) thin cream


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EASTER BRIOCHE BREAD BUNNIES 

INGREDEIENTS

• 2½ cups flour (all purpose)

• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2½ tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1 zest lemon
• 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
• 1 large egg (room temperature)
• 2 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• ½ cup + ½ tablespoon full cream milk (room temperature) 

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CLASSIC SHEPHERDS PIE 

INGREDEIENTS

• 1 tablespoon olive oil)

• 1 brown onion, halved, finely chopped
• 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
• 2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 500g lamb mince 
• Salt & freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons plain flour
• 500ml (2 cups) Massel beef style stock
• 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 (about 200g each) desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped (2 cups) Massel beef style stock
• 40g butter
• 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
• Melted butter, to brush

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Tender Lamb Shanks 

INGREDEIENTS

• 4 – 6 lamb shanks

• 8 eschallots, peeled (Called shallots in many Australian states as well as French shallots)
• 1 cup red wine
• 2 cups chicken stock
• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
• 2 long sprigs rosemary

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Easter Pavlova Nests

INGREDIENTS
For the Pavlova

• 6 extra large egg whites
• 300 g (1½ cups) caster sugar
• 1 tablespoon cornflour/corn starch
• 1 teaspoon vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Just-Like-Nanna-Makes Apple Pie

(Serves 6-8)

INGREDIENTS

• 8 Apples, medium (For a sweeter taste use Fuji or Pink Lady)
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup self-raising flour
• 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 pinch salt
• 2 sheets puff pastry

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CHEESY TORTELLINI ALFREDO

(Serves 4-6)

INGREDIENTS

• 500 grams cheese tortellini (preferably fresh
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/2 cup butter
• 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
• Salt and pepper to taste

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Luscious Chocolate Mousse, in 3 easy steps

(Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS

• 300g Baking Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
• 3 eggs, at room temperature
• 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
• 1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa powder, sifted
• 300ml thickened cream, plus extra whipped cream to serve
• Grated chocolate, to serve Mint leave, to serve

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Mediterranean Chicken & Lemon Rice Pot

(Serves 4 – 5)

INGREDIENTS

• CHICKEN AND MARINADE
• 5 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
• 1 – 2 lemons, use the zest + 4 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 tbsp dried oregano
• 4 garlic cloves, minced

• 1/2 tsp salt

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Mini Beef Burgers

(Serves 12)

INGREDIENTS

• 500g lean beef mince
• 1 large egg, beaten
• 2 tbsp panko or dried white breadcrumbs
• Salt and pepper
• 4 slices streaky bacon (optional)
• 2 medium tomatoes
• 4 cheese slices (cut into quarters)
• 12 small lettuce leaves
• Tomato sauce/ketchup


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Valentine’s Day breakfast pancake treat!

These golden, fluffy pancakes are topped with fresh berries and drizzled with maple syrup, such a comforting way to start this beautiful day!

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups (300g) plain flour
• 2 tablespoons caster sugar
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
• ⅔ cup (160ml) milk
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 2 punnets blueberries
• 1 punnet strawberries 
• Maple syrup, to drizzle 


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Valentine’s Day simple yet succulent Lamb cutlets

INGREDIENTS

• 1/4 cup olive oil
• Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup lemon juice)
• 2 tsp dried oregano or 1/2 cup chopped fresh Oregano
• 4 cloves garlic minced
• 1 tsp salt
• 8 lamb chops
• 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking


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Crumbed Whiting Fish fillets

INGREDIENTS

•6 super fresh white fleshed fish fillets – we used whiting!
•2 cups of panko crumbs
•1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 
• 2 eggs
•300 ml milk
• 1 cup plain flour
• Salt & Pepper


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Baked Donut Pretzels

INGREDIENTS

•2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 
•1 cup warm water
• 1 tbs unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp Caster Sugar
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 3 cups all-purpose flour + up to 3/4 cup more if needed
• 2 cups water
• 4 tbs baking soda
• 1 tbs coarse salt, for sprinkling on top
• 6 tbs salted butter, melted additional Caster Sugar to roll pretzels in (Sprinkle some cinnamon with the Caster Sugar if desired)


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Australia Day BBQ Prawn Skewers

INGREDIENTS

• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped  
• 1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 teaspoons lime juice
• Salt and cracked black pepper
• 750g raw king prawns, peeled, deveined, tails intact
• Lime wedges, to serve
• 3 tsp vanilla extract
• Ready-made aioli or mayonnaise, to serve
•SAXA Pink Himalayan Salt Flakes, to season

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Australia Day Lamingtons

INGREDIENTS

• 500 grams unsalted butter (at room temperature) plus extra for greasing   
• 250 gr self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 
• 250 gr golden caster sugar 
•5 large eggs 
•100 ml milk 
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
• 3½ teaspoon baking powder 
• 250 gr quality dark chocolate , (70%) 
•100 gr icing sugar  •300 gr desiccated coconut 
•1 x 340 g jar of quality raspberry jam

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Christmas Day Delightful Dessert ~ Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

VANILLA CAKE

• 3 cups (390g) all purpose flour 
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• 2 3/4 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 cups (336g) unsalted butter, room temp
• 2 cups (414g) sugar
• 4 egg white
• 3 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups (360ml) milk

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Christmas Eve meal ~ Hearty Lasagne

INGREDIENTS

MEAT SAUCE:

•1 tablespoon olive oil 
•1 onion, finely chopped
• 1 carrot, finely diced
•1/2 capsicum (red or green)
•4 cloves garlic cloves, minced
•700 grams ground beef mince
•1 300 grams ground pork mince, or beef
•700 grams Passata
•410 grams crushed tomatoes
•3 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
•1 small handful of fresh basil, torn
•1/2 teaspoon sugar, (if desired)
•Salt and pepper, season to your tastes

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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

(Serves 5-10)

 

This fresh Tomato Bruschetta is tasty and full of flavour and so simple to put together. Makes for a pleasant lunch or great dinner starter. Did you know,that in italian the “ch” in Bruschetta is pronounced as a “k” sound? Brew-sket-tah


INGREDIENTS

1 Loaf crusty bread, sliced into 10 slices
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1⁄3 Cup olive oil
3 Plum tomatoes, diced (give it some extra vibe by using a variety of tomato colors!)
1 Teaspoon finely diced onion
5 Basil leaves chopped
salt & pepper
1⁄2 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar

 

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Halloween Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

These stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers will take your Halloween dinner to new heights and are so sEERIEsly satisfying!

INGREDIENTS

(Serves 6)
6 Medium orange bell peppers, (get even more creative by using a variety of bell pepper colors!)
500 grams ground beef
1 Egg
4 Slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 Small onion, chopped
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Zesty Lemon Drizzle Ring Cake

INGREDIENTS

(Serves approx. 16)

FOR THE CAKE
3 Cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup buttermilk (low fat is fine)
2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest, packed (see note)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2-1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus more for the pan
3 Large eggs

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