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Strawberry, Spinach and Bacon Salad Recipe

Strawberry and bacon might seem like an unorthodox pairing, but trust us, this is one delicious recipe! Combining freshly chopped strawberries, baby spinach and a warm bacon dressing, it is the perfect spring salad to enjoy in the sun on a lazy Saturday morning.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

4 cups spinach

2 cups strawberries, chopped

¼ cup onion, diced

1 package of bacon (10 pieces)

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp dijon mustard

Pinch of salt and pepper

Method

For the dressing

  1. In a large skillet, chop up the bacon and fry until crispy. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  2. Pour bacon grease into a small pot.
  3. Add onion and sautee.
  4. When the onion is clear, add the sugar, apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard.
  5. Heat the mixture on low heat, whisk while heating.
  6. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Add the crumbled bacon.

For the salad

  1. Chop up the strawberries and add them to the spinach in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour the dressing on top, toss, and serve warm.

Image and Recipe courtesy of Vivian and Me

April 23, 2015

5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just a few sleeps away, indulge your partner in a themed breakfast or even brunch recipe.

Our guide gives you quick and easy ways to create a delicious meal which is perfect if you haven’t decided to exchange gifts this year. A few heart-shaped pancakes never did anyone harm, right?

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Pink cinnamon scrolls

Just about the perfect scrolls you will ever have, and the best part – they’re pink! Use white and pink icing sugar to create a sweet texture which will won’t last until midday. We warned you!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

French toast

Who doesn’t love French toast, nutella and love hearts? Use a cookie mould to shape your french toast before baking in the oven or over a hot pan. Strawberries and nutella are an extra treat which count as a cheat meal, right?

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Red velvet pancakes

Possibly one of the best ideas we’ve ever seen. Take a conventional red velvet recipe and alter it to create some yummy cupcakes. The cream-cheese icing makes for the finishing touch to a sweet breakfast recipe.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Pink hot chocolate

Simply sprinkle pink and red icing sugar with cream over the top of your usual hot chocolate. Yum!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Bacon hearts

For the true bacon lovers, take a single rasher of bacon and curve the ends into a heart shape. Grill or bake until crispy, and serve with a poached egg and avocado.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Those are just a few of our favourite breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day. Comment below with some of your must-haves!

Images via House Hunt, Rachel Schultz, Simply Kierste, Recipe By Photo, Love From The Oven, Something Swanky

February 13, 2015

Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata with Rocket and Pear Salad

The onset of winter may seem like an excuse to hibernate indoors, but there are plenty of reasons to stay active during the cooler months, from running festivals and cycling races to obstacle and orienteering challenges. To create the Sweet Potato and Bacon Frittata, sauté the sweet potato, bacon and onion before adding to the egg and milk mixture and baking for 25 minutes. Simple to make in advance and transport, this dish provides the ultimate protein punch to top-up energy levels.  

Sharon Natoli, director of Food & Nutrition Australia and member of the Egg Nutrition Council said:

“Eating a variety of nutritious foods can aid in recovery after exercise and help you to achieve your fitness goals, whether you’re training for a fun run or a marathon. A protein-based meal combined with a source of carbohydrate after a workout will give your body the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild.” 

Serves

Cost per serve $3.10

Preparation time 10 mins

Cooking time 30 mins

Frittata 

Ingredients

8 eggs

½ cup low fat milk

1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 onion, diced

80g bacon eye, diced

Pepper to taste

Spray oil

Rocket and Pear Salad

Ingredients 

1 bag rocket leaves

1 pear, thinly sliced or shaved with a vegetable peeler

½ cup walnuts, crumbled

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add milk and whisk.
  3. Spray an ovenproof pan or dish with oil, place onto the stove and heat.
  4. Add sweet potato, onion, bacon and sauté lightly. Add the egg mixture. Stir and place into the oven for 25 minutes or until cooked.
  5. In the meantime, place rocket leaves onto a plate, sprinkle with pear and walnuts, drizzle with oil and vinegar, season with pepper.
  6. Remove frittata from oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes, remove from pan and cut into portion size triangles.
  7. Serve with rocket salad on the side.

Cooking tips

For a twist, try smoked salmon, potatoes and dill or asparagus, goat’s cheese and whole almonds.

June 11, 2014

Ham and eggs and Easter

In this frenetic age in which we live, we seldom have time to settle down and enjoy a scrumptious plate of bacon and eggs or ham and eggs.Over Easter we will have plenty of time with four blissful days off work. Bacon or ham and eggs are great for breakfast or brunch and make a delicious high tea meal in the evening. Here are two great ham and eggs recipes. Eggs Benedict is so decadent and the Leg Ham with the spicy Eggs has a nice twist.

Eggs Benedict with Ham

Serves 1

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 eggs

2 slices of bread

2 slices of leg or cameo ham

Hollandaise sauce:

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup of butter

2 tsp lemon juice

Method

  • Cut the butter into thirds.
  • Place egg yolks and 1/3 of the butter in top of a double boiler, and cook over hot, but not boiling water until butter melts, stirring quickly.
  • Add the next 1/3 of the butter still stirring. The mixture will start to thicken, then add the last 1/3 of the butter.
  • When the butter is melted remove the pan from the hot water, and stir quickly for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, a teaspoon at a time, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat again over hot water, stirring constantly. When heated remove immediately.
  • Toast and butter bread, top with a slice of fried ham.
  • Poach eggs and place on top of ham then top with Hollandaise sauce. 
March 8, 2002