Dinner

Make Your Own Dumplings From Scratch

Who can resist a delicious serve of dumplings, especially when they’re filled with fresh vegetables and a chilli sauce – yum! Rather than heading out for dinner each time, make them from scratch at home. It’s actually easier than it sounds.

RELATED: Meat-Free Mondays – Mushroom Recipes with Chilli Sambal

Ingredients

2 cups white flour

1.5 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup warm water

Method

  1. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder into a small bowl.
  2. Add the water as you stir, then the oil. Keep mixing until the mixture has combined into a fine paste. Feel free to add any type of filling you like, or simply cook them without one.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop up each bit of the mixture, then drop it into a chicken or beef broth.
  4. Steam for 3-5 minutes or until the dumplings begin to rise to the top of the water.

Image via Mamas Southern Cooking

Classic Beef Nachos Recipe

Nachos are a summertime staple since they’re so quick and easy to make, plus are easily altered to suit dietary requirements.

We have tracked down the perfect traditional nachos recipe which takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, and tastes great when paired with a side of tequila shots!

RELATED: Neil Perry’s Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef
2 (16oz) cans refried beans
2 8 oz cans of black olives, diced
1 small jar pepper rings 
taco seasoning
1 bag round tortilla chips
2 bags shredded mexican-style cheese
large jar of salsa

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF)
  2. Spread a layer of chips on the bottom of a baking dish, enough to cover the bottom to a layer of 2-3 chips deep.
  3. Mix 1.5 cups of salsa and refried beans in a bowl. Microwave bowl long enough to heat beans and spread bean mixture on chips, add a layer of shredded cheese and cook until it melts.
  4. Cook ground beef, drain, and add 1/4 cup of taco seasoning and just enough water to make it not dry.
  5. Remove pan from oven, add ground beef, and another layer of cheese then heat in oven again to melt cheese.
  6. Remove pan from oven, add a layer of salsa, black olives, and pepper rings. Top off with more cheese and heat until it begins to melt.

Recipe via Open Source Cook, Image via Taste

Homemade Pesto Gnocchi With Green Beans Recipe

If you’re looking for a quick and nutritious dinner recipe, why not try this yummy pesto gnocchi with green beans?

The meal itself takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep late-night snacking at a minimum.

RELATED: Famous Gnocchi Recipe by Matt Moran

Serves 2

Ingredients

350g potatoes

125g plain flour

1 egg

1 cup green beans

1.5 tablespoons pesto sauce

Parmesan to serve

Salt

Method

  1. Wash and peel potatoes, then boil for 15-20 minutes in hot, salty water. Remove, then mash and leave to cool in a bowl.
  2. Once the potatoes have cooled down, season with salt. Add the flour and one egg, then mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Keep mixing until the dough is smooth, then cut it in half. Divide it into small pieces, then press down over each side with a fork.
  4. In the meantime, cook steam the green beans for 3-5 minutes so they’re still rather crunchy (and any other greens you want to add).
  5. To cook the gnocchi, boil a large pan of salty water and cook until they float to the top.
  6. Warm the pesto in the microwave or over a hot stove, then serve over the gnocchi with green beans.

Image via Pink Basil

Healthy Mushroom and Spring Greens Stir-Fry

If you have a few leftover green vegetables, why not create this easy stir-fry which takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Make the most of what’s in the fridge and throw a few of your favourite ingredients into the mix for a tasty dish that won’t leave you feeling hungry afterwards.

RELATED: Chicken Cashew Stir Fry Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 small onion (sliced)

1 tbsp root ginger

2 cups mushrooms

1 spring green cabbage

1 cup sliced broccoli

6 scallions (sliced)

2 tbsp red wine

1 tbsp soy sauce

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large wok and add the finely chopped garlic, ginger and onion. Cook for about a minute until brown.
  2. Stir through the mushrooms and cabbage, then add the spring onions and broccoli. Cook for a few more minutes and then add the red wine and soy sauce.
  3. Serve immediately on its own, or boil some white rice or flat noodles on the side.

Image via Season With Spice

Shaved Prosciutto and Grilled Peach Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for something easy but delicious to whip up for dinner, this grilled peach salad will do the trick. Served with a vanilla, balsamic dressing, the recipe is a balance of sweet and salty and is perfect for when the warmer weather strikes.

RELATED: Easy Chicken and Leek Pie

Ingredients

Dressing

½ vanilla pod

150ml balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

Salad

2 semi ripe peaches

pinch of ground cinnamon

2 lebanese cucumbers, sliced lengthwise with a peeler

1 bunch watercress, picked and soaked in cold water

2 small radicchio lettuce, washed

200g finely sliced prosciutto

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and cracked pepper

Method

  1. For the dressing, combine ingredients into a small saucepan and reduce by a half. Set aside to cool.
  2. Halved the peaches and remove the seed.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  4. On a hot grill pan or BBQ, sear the peaches for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces. Layer ingredients onto a board.
  6. Drizzle with vanilla balsamic, olive oil and cracked pepper.
  7. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread.

Recipe courtesy of Minchinbury 

Salmon With Papaya Salsa Recipe

Serves 4

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 avocados, diced

2 cups papaya, peeled, deseeded and diced

150g cherry tomatoes, quartered

1¼ cups brown rice

Olive oil

4 salmon fillets

Method

  1. Combine avocado, papaya and cherry tomatoes in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat fry pan and add oil. Cook salmon skin-side down for 4-5 minutes before turning and cooking for about 4 minutes or until still slightly pink in the centre.
  3. Meanwhile, cook brown rice in rice cooker or according to the directions on the packet.
  4. Serve salmon on top of brown rice and top with salsa. Season to taste.

Prosciutto and Rocket Pizza Recipe

Create this guilt-free Friday night pizza recipe which is sure to be loved by the entire family. The dough is also made with one cup wholewheat flavour to keep things relatively healthy and light.

Season with some fresh baby spinach and chopped avocado for extra flavour!

RELATED: 5 Healthy Snacks In Under 5 Minutes

Ingredients

1 cup wholewheat flour

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 egg yolk

50g fresh yeast

1 cup milk

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp sugar

3 tbsp basil pesto

150g sun dried tomatoes

5 slices prosciutto

200g mozzarella cheese

Fresh rocket

Method

  1. Deposit the milk into a pan, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Then add the yeast and sugar until the mixture has completely melted. Set aside for a few minutes, and let it cool down.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg yolk, and yeast mixture. Knead the dough until everything has properly combined. Brush with a touch of canola oil, and place back into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside so the dough can rise. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180ºC (320ºF), and line a tray with baking paper.
  4. Roll out the dough on a flat surface lightly dusted with flour. Then add the pesto sauce, tomatoes, prosciutto and mozzarella. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the base is golden brown. Decorate with rocket and avocado slices.

Image and Recipe via Taste Your Life

Irresistible Beef Ragu Recipe

Tired of the same old beef dish which is not only out-dated but also lacks flavour? This delicious beef ragu recipe is made with fresh veggies, a pinch of Parmesan cheese, and is so filling you won’t be going back for seconds (even though you’d like to!)

RELATED: Healthy Baked Asparagus Fries Recipe

Ingredients

1kg beef brisket, cut into 4 pieces

 plain (all-purpose) flour, for dusting

 ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil

 1 brown onion, thickly sliced

 3 cloves garlic, peeled

 1 cup (250ml) dry red wine

 2 cups (500ml) beef stock

 1 cup (250ml) water

 400g cherry tomatoes

 4 bay leaves

 2 tbsp tomato paste

 1 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar

 400g caserecci+ pasta

 Sea salt and cracked black pepper

 ½ cup basil leaves

 Finely grated Parmesan, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC), then move onto the beef. Dust it lightly in flour and remove any excess by shaking it softly.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over a hot pan on high heat. Cook the beef for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown and crispy. Remove from the pan, and set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce the heat back down to low, then cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes or until it starts to brown slightly.
  4. Increase the heat back to high, and add the wine before mixing well with a wooden spoon. Wait for the mixture to reduce before adding stock, water, tomatoes, bay leaves, tomato paste and some sugar.
  5. Place the beef into a pan, and roast in the oven for 2 hours (depending on your oven this should be the average time).
  6. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan filled with water until al dente. Drain, then toss with sauce, salt, and pepper. Season with basil and Parmesan cheese.

Image and Recipe courtesy of Donna Hay via Domayne

Tried And Tested: Philips AirFryer Fish And Chips

We’ve had the privilege of giving the Philips Airfryer a try, and it has single-handedly revolutionised the way we view ‘fatty’ foods. My personal favourite treat is sweet potato fries but the airfryed Fish and Chips are also right up there for me. Basically, the Philips Airfryer works by using Rapid Air technology to make tasty air-fried food without the fat. The fast-circulating hot air cooks food with up to 80% less fat than a traditional deep fryer. Personally, the thing I love most is that it’s completely fuss-free and so easy to clean once you’re done using it!

Airfryed Fish and Chips

Ingredients

200 g white fish filet (tilapia, cod, pollack)

30 g tortilla chips

1 egg

300 g (red) potatoes

1 tbsp vegetable oil

½ tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the AirFryer to 180°C.
  2. Cut the fish into four equal pieces and rub with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Let the fish rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Grind the tortilla chips very fine in the food processor and transfer the ground tortilla chips to a plate. Beat the egg in a deep dish.
  4. Dip the pieces of fish into the egg one by one and roll the pieces of fish through the ground tortilla chips so that they are completely covered.
  5. Scrub the potatoes clean and cut them lengthwise into thin strips. Soak the potato strips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry with kitchen paper. Coat them with oil in a boil.
  6. Insert the separator in the AirFryer basket. Position the potato strips on one side and the pieces of fish on the other.
  7. Slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 12 minutes and fry the potatoes and the fish until they are crispy brown.

Image via flickr.com

5 Cheap Dates In Sydney Under $50

Getting a second date can often be difficult to achieve, especially if the atmosphere isn’t that great to begin with. Avoid breaking the bank with these five fun date ideas which won’t have you maxing-out those credit cards after all. 

Glebe markets

Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Road 

Dress: Casual (Birkenstocks + boyfriend jeans will suffice for a day in the sun).

Drop by Glebe markets early on a Saturday morning to sample some gourmet foods, shop-up a storm from vintage as well as up-and-coming designers, and relax on the lawn and listen to some live music.

Gelato Messina

Where: Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Pyrmont (The Star), Bondi, Parramatta

Dress: Anything you want! Dress up your outfit with some cute ankle boots

With now 5 locations across Sydney, there’s no better time to grab a cup (or cone) of delicious dessert than at Gelato Messina. Keep your eyes peeled for the specials board, which features yummy concoctions around for a limited time only!

The Winery

Where: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills

Dress: Leather skirt, cute clutch and a smart blazer with fun accessories

The Winery is the perfect meeting place for that first date – food and drinks are modestly priced and it’s just a stones throw away from the CBD. Be sure to try the giggly rose if you want something arty to post on Instagram (next to your hot date of course).

Picnic

Where: Blackwattle Bay Park, Cockatoo Island, McKell Park, Mrs Macquaries Chair

Dress: Jeans, shorts, handbag, and make sure to wear flats

What better way to enjoy the Sydney spring weather than to have a picnic outside! Pack your snacks (and wine), bring along the trusty picnic blanket and get to know your date in a relaxing setting.

Urban Pasta

Where: Barrangaroo, Walsh Bay

Dress: Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Food trucks have become one of the biggest trends of the year, with hundreds of people lining up for a taste of street food. Catch the next Urban Pasta food truck between 12-2pm for delicious cup of pasta.

Image via Beyond Burke Street

5 Cute Date Ideas in Melbourne

So here’s the scenario: Recently met someone you liked through mutual friends, on Tinder or just the old fashioned way – but have no where to go? This week, we’re focusing on cute date ideas in Melbourne. Whether you like strolling in the art gallery or just enjoy a glass (or two) of red wine, below are just a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.

National Art Gallery of Victoria – 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Be sure to head over to the NGV for some exclusive exhibitions during the month of August. Browse the late modern and contemporary art pieces with your date, and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop on your way out!

Naked For Satan  285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Located in Fitzroy and featuring delicious Spanish cuisine, Naked For Satan is known throughout the city for its Pintxos and Walnut Croquettes. Open every day of the week, take your date out for a delicious assortment of flavoursome tapas meals.

Top Paddock  658 Church Street, Richmond

Fancy a breakfast or brunch date instead? Top Paddock boats a large selection of scrumptious muesli, hotcakes and their Instagram-worthy presentation. Open from 7am-4pm.

Secret Garden Bar  7/60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

For a night-out without the extra calories, definitely drag your date to Secret Garden in St Kilda for some amazing sugar-free cocktails. Relax on one of the many daybeds, and indulge in some live music.

Studley Park Boathouse  1 Boathouse Road, Kew

Ditch the drama from the city and go for a simple yet romantic boat ride in Studley Park. With complete views of the Botanic Gardens, this is the perfect date for anyone who loves to be outside with nature.

Image via A Table For Two

Authentic Ukrainian Borscht Recipe

My buba (grandmother in Ukrainian) brought this recipe with her after fleeing her homeland after WWII. At 90 plus, she’s still well known for her soup, that eats more like a meal. Loaded with veggies and jam-packed with goodness, it actually tastes best on subsequent days. Most people make a big batch so they can freeze it, feed the entire mob around or have a ready-made meal for several days.

Ingredients 

5 litres of water

2 lamb shanks

2 diced onions

4-5 cloves of crushed garlic

2 diced beets or a can of sliced beetroot

2 diced carrots

3 sticks of diced celery

4 diced potatoes

3 diced tomatoes or a large can of diced tomatoes

1/4 finely grated cabbage

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp vinegar

1/4 cup fresh copped parsley

1/4 cup fresh dill

3 bay leaves

black pepper and sea salt to taste

Garnish

A sprig of dill for garnish

Sour cream

Method

  1. Place lamb shanks and chopped onion in an extra large 10+ litre saucepan.
  2. Add water, onion, garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, sugar, black pepper and sea salt to saucepan.
  3. Cook on high until water boils, then lower to a simmer and cook until meat separates from the bone. This may take several hours. Remove the bones.
  4. Add remaining vegetables, except dill and parsley. Stir vegetable through mixture and cook for another 30-45 minutes. (If using canned beetroot and tomatoes, add the entire can, including the juice).
  5. Add dill and parsley and cook for a remaining 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with a sprig of dill and dollop of sour cream.

Tip

Serve with warm bread for the ultimate traditional Ukrainian experience.

Image via air.news.gr/cov/-/NEO-KOSTAS/Mundial-Faghta/Russia-Borscht.jpg

By Kim Chartres 

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Easy BLT Pasta Recipe

Not only is this fresh pasta dish easy to recreate, but it will surely make for a filling dinner at the end of a long day at work. Throw in some avocado before serving for an extra bit of taste, since this will bring a twist of flavour to the classic BLT.

Ingredients

1 pound bacon (sliced)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 pound cherry tomatoes (cut in half if large)

1 pound penne pasta

1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

4 cups fresh baby spinach

Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Heat up a pan over medium heat and cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and allow to cool down.
  2. Prepare the penne pasta, and put aside one cup of pasta water to create the sauce.
  3. Add the olive oil and sauté the tomatoes and garlic are they are soft.
  4. Drain the pasta, then combine the tomatoes, garlic, and baby spinach into the same pot.
  5. Stir well until the baby spinach begins to wilt, then add the Parmesan cheese before sprinkling over the bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe and Image via Number 2 Pencil.

Beet And Black Bean Burger Recipe

Vegetarians rejoice! This beet and bean burger is an easy, tasty, healthy meal for you and the kids. Black beans are a great source of fiber and protein, and beets are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The burger has a nice texture and makes a great balanced meal when served with salad.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 large red beets (1 pound), diced

½ cup brown rice (raw)

1 yellow onion, diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 juiced lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp parsley

1 teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon thyme

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Slices of Provolone cheese to serve

Method

  1. To cook rice, bring a pot of water to the boil and add rice and a pinch of salt. Simmer for approximately 35 minutes. Drain and put aside.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with oil to grease. Cook diced onion, then stir in beets. Cover and cook until beets are tender, stirring occassionally. Add garlic and cook for further 30 seconds.
  3. Empty the drained black beans into a large bowl and mash them a bit. Add the cooked rice, beet/onion mixture, lemon juice, olive oil and parsley, coriander and thyme. Combine. Add salt and pepper if necessary. Add the flour and stir until flour is completely mixed.
  4. Heat a skillet over high heat. Add some olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Using clean hands, scoop a handful of mixture and flatten into a burger-pattie shape in your hands. Place patties in pan and reduce to medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place provolone cheese on hot pattie to melt.

To serve, place beet and bean patty between wholemeal burger buns and add your choice of salad. Tomato and lettuce recommended.

Bon Appetit!

Avocado, Walnut And Pumpkin Salad Recipe

Salad isn’t just for summer. This yummy, warm pumpkin salad is just enough to heat you up from the inside out.

Serves 4

Ingredients

500g butternut pumpkin, deseeded, peeled, cut into 2cm cubes

Tin of beetroot cubes

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

100g baby spinach leaves

1 avocado, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup crushed walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on the tray and drizzle with half the oil.
  2. Season pumpkin with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Place spinach, beetroot and avocado in a large serving bowl. Add the pumpkin.
  4. Drizzle all with vinegar and the remaining oil.
  5. Gently toss to combine, then sprinkle with walnuts.
  6. Serve immediately.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

Date Night Ideas For Your Anniversary

If your anniversary is right around the corner or simply just planning something special for a loved one, ideas can be difficult to come by since there is so much variety on hand. As always, the key is to pick something which you will both enjoy, but that doesn’t mean sticking to the same old date-nights that you’re used to. Below are just a few suggestions to inspire your own special evening together.

Drinks

An anniversary doesn’t have to mean losing your head and all of your money. As long as you’re both having fun, isn’t that the best gift of all? If no parties are up for a big night, consider drinks and a bite for an ideal way to celebrate the special day. Indulge in delicious cocktails, and a variety of dishes which are best shared.

Longrain – 85 Commonwealth Street, Sydney

Dinner

A dinner date is probably the most popular way to celebrate an anniversary, although this doesn’t imply that it’s dated or boring in any way. There is nothing better than a personalised menu for your big night, and Sokyo at The Star lets you create a variety of Asian-fusion dishes which no doubt everybody will enjoy. Before you sit down for some dinner, grab some delicious cocktails at Sokyo Lounge which are exclusive to the bar.

Sokyo Japanese Restaurant, Level G, The Darling 80 Pyrmont Street, Sydney

Degustation

For a one-of-a-kind dining experience definitely try a degustation course which is perfect as an anniversary gift. Small courses of meals are made with great care and allow guests to taste the chef’s signature dishes in one complete sitting. Often matched with delicious wines that help to bring out the flavour of the meal, and usually consist of eight or more small dishes in one night. A truly unique experience that combines delicious taste and beautiful presentation into one dish.

Quay Restaurant – Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal 5 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Image via Vardaan

By Felicia Sapountzis

5 Ways To Avoid The Dreaded Red Wine Lips

Winter has hit and the odd glass or two of red wine goes down a treat in the chillier weather. A few glasses of wine later and a quick trip to the bathroom, you notice your lips are stained with splotches of red and purple; you’re clearly suffering from a case of red wine lips. Anyone can fall victim to such a wine travesty from wine connoisseurs to the classiest of wine drinkers.

Let’s be honest, red wine lips are not pretty, nor do you want to blatantly admit to your boss the next day that you’ve had a big night on the red wine when he/she notices the red stains on and around your lips. The wine stain evidence can be hard to scrub off your precious wee kiss makers so here are 5 ways to avoid the dreaded red wine lips.

1. Constantly applying lip balm or lip-gloss is an easy one, as 9 times out of 10 you’ll have a stick of lip balm in the bottom of your handbag. By regularly applying the lip balm you’ll be creating a barrier between your lips and the wine, avoiding the stain. Just make sure to brush your teeth when you get home so all traces of red wine are brushed off of those too!

2. Red lipstick! If you can’t beat it, match it. This trick is perfect to cover up the evidence if you’re already well into the bottle of red wine and you have a spunky date across from you. You’ll look smart, sexy and your date will be stopping at nothing to get those lips closer to them.

3. Brushing your teeth, tongue and gently exfoliating your lips prior to drinking will smooth the surfaces of your lips and mouth to which wine pigments might cling. It’s not promised to last more than one glass, but it’s better than nothing. Plus make sure you do this tip at least an hour before you plan to drink wine otherwise you’re going to have some very nasty tasting wine! Toothpaste and wine do not mix well with each other!

4. This one’s a double whammy. Drink lots of water! The water will help wash away the traces of wine on your lips and in your mouth, plus it’ll also help lessen the wine headache the next day. If you have the option of sparkling water the carbonation in the water will help scrub those pearly whites even further.

5. Wine Wipes come in cute little compacts of 20 wipes and a mirror. The orange blossom flavoured wipes help to remove traces of wine on the lips and teeth in one easy swipe. The flavour of the wipes has been specially designed to not interfere with your palate during wine tasting too.

This article is written by Casey Ewers who is more commonly known for her wine blog, Travelling Corkscrew. If you need any tips & tricks on all things to do with wine, connect with Casey today!

Oven-Baked Salmon With White Bean Puree Recipe

If you feel your body is needing a little detox (without going overboard), this recipe is perfect for packing in all the goodness and taste that your crave while being 100 per cent good for you. A great dinner or even weekend lunch recipe that the whole family can enjoy.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

4 salmon fillets (120g each)

Salt and pepper

1/2 lemon, juiced (plus lemon wedges to serve)

White Bean Puree

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

400g can white beans, drained

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Combine garlic, parsley and olive oil. Arrange the salmon on the tray and spread the garlic mixture evenly over the fish. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all white bean puree ingredients into a blender and blitz until desired consistency.
  4. Plate a large spoonful on four plates. Place salmon on puree, drizzle with lemon juice and serve with lemon wedges, a garden salad and vegetables.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

Mediterranean Haloumi Salad Recipe

What’s for dinner? Something quick. Check. Healthy. Check. Easy to prepare. Check. Child-friendly. Check. And, most importantly, tastes good. Check. This Mediterranean-style salad will fill the hungriest of bellies on hump day.

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 Roma tomatoes, sliced

100g chargrilled red capsicum, sliced

100g chargrilled zucchini, sliced

Handful of small black olives, halved and pitted

1/2 small red onion, finely sliced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

250g haloumi

Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Combine tomatoes, chargrilled capsicum, chargrilled zucchini, olives and onion in a large bowl. Drizzle with half the olive oil, season well and set aside. Divide between 4 bowls.
  2. Thickly slice the haloumi. Heat a frying pan over a high heat and cook haloumi in batches for a minute on each side until golden.
  3. Add the cooked haloumi to each bowl, drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle over basil.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

Black Bean Burgers Recipe

These aren’t so much burgers as tasty, Southwest-accented black bean sandwiches. The patties get nicely crisp on the outside but remain soft on the inside. Top with grilled onions, arugula leaves, avocado and salsa.

Ingredients

3/4 cup spelt flour

1/2 small tomato, plus additional sliced tomato for serving

1/4 small red onion, plus additional sliced onion for serving

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp packed fresh oregano leaves

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3 cups cooked, well-drained black beans, divided

Fine sea salt to taste

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

6 hamburger buns (sprouted wheat, gluten-free, vegan, or other preferred type), cut sides lightly toasted

Wholegrain mustard, for serving

Green or red leaf lettuce leaves, for serving

Sliced avocado, for serving

Method

  1. Cover a baking sheet or large platter with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, tomato, onion, garlic, oregano, coriander, cumin, cayenne, and half of the beans and pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining beans and salt to taste. Divide the mixture equally into six balls, arranging them on the prepared baking sheet or platter.
  3. With dampened hands, flatten each ball into a patty about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in each of two medium skillets over medium heat. Carefully add three patties to each skillet (it helps to use the parchment or waxed paper to flip a patty into your hand, one at a time, then carefully place it in the skillet). Cook until well browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Serve the burgers with mustard, lettuce leaves, sliced onion, sliced tomato, and sliced avocado. Serve hot.

Recipe by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.

Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

This easy chicken recipe is full of vibrant flavors. If you don’t care for chicken thighs, use skin-on chicken breasts instead. Serve with an avocado and tomato salad or black beans and rice, and it might just become your new favourite meal.

Serves 6

Ingredients

8 chicken thighs, skin on

2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 7 limes)

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 180° to 300° C. Season chicken generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brush chicken lightly with 1 tablespoon oil and grill, with lid closed, about 5 minutes per side or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 75° C.
  2. While chicken cooks, heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. In a large glass baking dish, combine garlic mixture and lime juice; season with black pepper.
  3. Place cooked chicken thighs in glass dish, turning to coat chicken with lime mixture. Tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

From Southern My Way: Food & Family (Gena Knox Media) by Gena Knox.

Dîner en Blanc Sydney Takes Over Bondi Beach

On Saturday 30th November, Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach transformed into a spectacular shade of white, as the surprise location for secret global party Diner en Blanc.

3,000 guests dressed head-to-toe in white flocked through the streets, gathered on the sand, and began unpacking tables, chairs and decorations right on the beach for a once-in-lifetime picnic.

Described as a ‘fancy flash-mob picnic’, the idea behind Diner en Blanc is for insiders to dress in white, BYO tables, chairs and food, and gather at various meeting points across the city. This year’s Sydney Diner en Blanc, the second time in the city, collected guests on buses, strategically circled around various locations across the CBD to sway the speculations until finally arriving at the iconic Bondi beachfront.

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“Sydney has so many amazing locations, we wanted to take Diner en Blanc out of its urban context and closer to nature this year,” said co-host Antoine Bessis. “A picnic on one of the world’s most iconic beach sounded great on paper, it proved in fact even more spectacular.”

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Guests wined and dined on picnic favourites, from cheese platters, dips and breads, to gourmet hampers of cold meats, salads and sweet treats, topped off with delicious bottles of Champagne and wine – white, of course – although some dared to drink red and spent the night trying to avoid a serious spillage mishap.

Attendee numbers have doubled since Sydney’s first Diner en Blanc event last year, so finding a location big enough to accommodate was definitely a challenge – in fact it took eight months of planning to secure the space.


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“The evening was a spontaneous epicurean and elegant feast with friends, old and new. A truly spectacular and magical way to rediscover the beautiful public spaces that Sydney has to offer,” summed up Antoine.

A truly magical experience, with guests standing on chairs and waving white napkins and sparklers in the air. Others danced to music, with many there to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and even engagements (how romantic!).

We can’t wait to see what Diner en Blanc has in stall for Sydney in 2014. Visit  sydney.dinerenblanc.info for information about signing up for next year’s Diner en Blanc.

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