Cooking + Recipes

Barbecue Brunch. Six Utterly Delicious Ideas

Barbecue Brunch. Six Utterly Delicious Ideas

A barbecue brunch is the perfect way to start the weekend regardless of whether it’s just you or if you invite over a few friends. Brunch is without a doubt one of the best meals of the day, especially on the weekend. It’s a time when you can eat and drink at a leisurely pace and really enjoy catching up. Adding a barbecue brunch into the mix just makes sense because it gets you outdoors to sample the subtle smoky flavor that only a charcoal grill can create. If you like the sound of a brunch barbecue, but you don’t…

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

I’m a Mexican food tragic, since visiting Austin,TX, several times and being exposed to their DIVINE Mexican and Tex/Mex food. So I wanted to share with you some of the easiest Mexican recipes ever so you can enjoy a slice of southern hospitality at your house. Whether for now or later to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Oct 31, here you’ll find the easiest Mexican recipes for; Chicken Quesadillas Mexican BBQ Corn Cobs Pulled Chicken Taco New Orleans Prawns, and Smokey BBQ Beans McCormick Grill Mates have two Tex-Mex style sauces perfect for your Mexican food feast. The following…

Handy Kitchen Helpers from Breville

Handy Kitchen Helpers from Breville

Who doesn’t like a little extra help in the kitchen? Handy kitchen helpers from Breville make the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, entertaining or fresh coffee in the morning. Bake, blend, and chop your way to kitchen appliance nirvana. Just released are some new kitchen helpers from Breville that will make perfect gifts. Living in a ‘cafe society’ being able to make your perfect brew at home is becoming de rigeur for coffee-lovers. Two new coffee machines with quite different price points will enable you to experience your desired coffee-fix without compromising on quality. The first ‘connected’ Nespresso…

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

In a world seemingly dominated by Thermomix and Kitchenaid you could be forgiven for believing key food prep tools have to have an electrical plug! In fact, the most important tools in any kitchen are still professional kitchen knives! Used over and over again each day for tasks such as dicing, slicing, chopping, crushing, mincing, spreading and carving this one tool remains the prime investment for any kitchen. I had a wonderful interview on my 88.9FM Hills Radio show this week with Karina Kealy from Zwilling JA Henckels, and I learnt a few interesting facts about knives. For example, there…

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

I am not the chef in our household so, for me, the more gadgetry the better. Pottering in the kitchen is fun but if you can look vaguely professional while you sip wine and throw ingredients around all the better; especially when it comes to the actual presentation and all important taste test. So I was intrigued to see the new PL8 Professional Mandoline which has just received an international endorsement for outstanding design, acknowledgement of benchmark safety features and an ability to produce highly impressive waffle slices in seconds. This has got to be top of the home cook’s…

Get Poppin’ Everyone’s Fave Low-Fat Healthy Snack

Get Poppin’ Everyone’s Fave Low-Fat Healthy Snack

Now that winter is taking hold, it’s a great time to stay inside, light the fire and watch movies all afternoon while it rains outside. Perfect. And the perfect low-fat healthy snack is back. Popcorn! It’s a perennial favourite vintage snack food and friend of the movies. And now it’s even EASIER to make. And I’m NOT talking about high salt, high fat, pre-packaged microwavable popcorn that often contains high levels of additives and fake flavourings. No, the Chef’n Pop Top Popcorn Popper prepares popcorn without using any fat enabling users to add their own flavourings. You can regulate your…

Peppered Strawberry Pizza

Peppered Strawberry Pizza

Who doesn’t love strawberries? They are packed with anti-oxidants, can replace a ‘sweet treat’, are healthy, plump, juicy, ruby-red and delectable. Whether they re dropped into champagne, dipped in chocolate, wrapped in a fluffy pancake or decadent on a cheese platter, strawberries will brighten up any plate. Did you know that a cup of slice strawberries contain ONLY 54 calories? They are guilt-free and perfect fro the whole family. Slice them onto cereal or porridge, chuck a handful in a smoothie with milk, yoghurt and a banana, pop them in the kid’s lunches, or dice with apple and orange for a…

Five Delicious Persimmon Recipes

Five Delicious Persimmon Recipes

Are you familiar with the sometimes sweet and always versatile Persimmon? They are a great source of vitamin c & beta carotene plus Persimmons are high in fibre and fat free. So how do you recognise a good Persimmon and how can you use them in delicious Persimmon recipes? There are two main Persimmon varieties; sweet (non-astringent) and original (astringent). Sweet varieties are approx. 10cm in diameter and orange in colour from pale to deep red-orange. Sweet persimmons have a refreshing, sweet flavour and are best eaten crunchy and firm, like an apple. The original persimmon is larger and more…