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Bake a gluten-free lime and coconut island cake for a good cause

Look, we know you are trying to be healthy. But hear us out. You need to eat cake – it's for a good cause! If that isn't the best excuse to indulge in some spongey, sugary goodness, we don't know what is. Monday August 31 marks the official date of the Australian Red Cross's Big Cake Bake, which encourages Australians to gather with friends, family or workmates to share in an array of baked goods and raise funds for the Red Cross. Money raised from the bake off will go towards supporting people across the country who are in need of assistance. One of this year’s ambassadors, gluten-free superstar Rowie Dillion of Rowie's Cakes, has shared her recipe for lime and coconut island cake, which is sure to be a standout on any Big Cake Bake table spread. more

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Whip up a divine pomegranate souffle with rose and raspberry cream

The Weekend Edition team is certainly guilty of finding any excuse to indulge in dessert. Someone’s birthday? Cake. Hot day? Gelato. Weekend? Homemade sweets. This divine recipe for light and fluffy pomegranate souffle captures the flavours of India while also being a dessert worthy of dinner party appreciation. Teamed with a rose and raspberry cream, it’s the perfect treat for any season. UK chef Anjum Anand recommends using 150 ml ramekin dishes if sticking to the cooking times detailed below. This recipe makes four, but can be doubled for more guests. more

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Nibble on pork belly crackling with hot sauce

Inspired by the long strips of pork crackling served in paper bags from car boots in Puerto Rico, this recipe from Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart is an absolute cracker. The preparation of both the crackling and the optional Hartsyard hot sauce may take a little time, but the end result is certainly worth it. Taken from the pair's new tome Fried Chicken & Friends: The Hartsyard Family Cookbook, this recipe is one of many finger-licking American-inspired recipes from the team behind award-winning restaurant Hartsyard. Serve these tasty little morsels as a daytime snack or dinner side. more

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Throw some kaffir lime leaf grilled chicken on the barbecue

If you’ve ever tried to replicate the flavoursome fare found in street stalls and restaurants across Asia at home, and failed, you probably haven’t tried following the recipes from Leanne Kitchen and Antony Suvalko’s new cookbook EAST. From snacks and soups to salads, curries, rice and noodles, the tome offers up a huge selection of Southeast Asian dishes. This dish of kaffir lime leaf grilled chicken is ideal as a snack or a side, preferably teamed with classic nuoc cham Vietnamese dipping sauce. more

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Serve up a Turkish-style eggplant moussaka

The foundations of the perfect Turkish meal are herbs, spices and fresh produce, with a helping of good company thrown in as well. Born in Ankara, Sevtap Yüce is no stranger to the colourful cuisine of Turkey, which she shares in her latest cookbook, Turkish Fire. Taking you on a culinary journey through morning, noon and night, the book features a number of traditional recipes from simple street food to elaborate share dishes, such as this recipe for patlicanli musakka, or eggplant moussaka. more

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Chow down on a Huxtaburger wagyu cheeseburger deluxe

Imagine, if you will, cradling a rotund, American-style burger in your hand – feel the squishy bun in your fingers, watch the melted cheese drip and catch the smell of wagyu beef in your nostrils. This is the kind of grub dished up day in, day out at the massively popular Huxtaburger outlets across Melbourne. Co-owner and chef Daniel Wilson is now sharing some of his best-kept burger-mastery secrets in his new cookbook, starting with this standard burger from which all others derive. Grab your apron and frying pan, and get flipping this weekend. more

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Tuck in to a warming breakfast curry

Winter days often call for hot, hearty dishes – ones that have done their time in the slow cooker or stovetop, fusing flavours to create the ultimate comfort-food fare. The belly-warming repasts found in Whole Food Slow Cooked, the new cookbook from food writer Olivia Andrews, are exactly the kind of meals we love to indulge in on chilly days, never mind during unwelcome cold snaps. This recipe offers the option of using either slow cooker or stovetop to create a wholesome breakfast curry, which boasts poached eggs atop a medley of spices and vegetables. more

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Slurp up Thai broth with ‘rice’ noodles

As coughs and sniffles strike all over office spaces, public transport and family homes this winter, we’re hoping to use the power of wholesome, nutrient-dense food to nourish our bodies and ward off any nasties. A cold night at home is the perfect opportunity to brew your own pot of hot soup, full of natural ingredients and clean coconut water. This Thai broth boasts fine threads of zucchini instead of rice noodles, and is completely vegan, dairy- and gluten free. Created by Botanical Cuisine’s Omid Jaffari, it’s one of more than 150 recipes found between the covers of raw, a new cookbook that lets you in on the secrets to creating gourmet raw cuisine every day. more

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Nosh on a pizza-style puff pastry tart

How many times has the calendar hit Monday and you’ve found yourself swearing by healthy-eating resolutions but demanding simplicity? Or invited all your mates around for a mighty weekend brunch, then wasted days poring over incomprehensible recipe books? Anna Barnett’s new cookbook Eat The Week guides home-cooks through their daily meals, offering recipes catered to different moods and days of the week, from carb-loaded feasts to light, zesty dishes. This recipe sees cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto and basil loaded on top of puff pastry to form the perfect daytime snack or morning-after indulgence. Vegetarians can swap the prosciutto slices for mushrooms. more

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Indulge in warm chocolate, almond and pistachio biscuits

The simple pleasure of biting into a freshly baked biscuit, still warm from the oven, is one of the many little gifts winter brings. Get those chilly hands working in the kitchen this weekend and whip up a divine batch of chocolate, almond and pistachio biscuits from the magical mind of one of the country’s most experienced patissiers, Jean Michel Raynaud. This quick and easy recipe has been taken from Jean’s very first cookbook, The French Baker, which hit stores last month. Please note all ingredients must be at room temperature. more

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Indulge in figs and raspberries with steeped lemon cream

If you’ve ever experienced the leisurely indulgence of brunch in New York City, there’s a good chance you’re acquainted with Prune. The Lower East Side institution was opened by self-taught cook turned James Beard Award-winning chef Gabrielle Hamilton 15 years ago, and now her new cookbook Prune is giving fans an insight into the wonderful woman’s mind. Written in Gabrielle’s distinctive voice, with as much encouragement and scolding as you might experience were you a line cook in her kitchen, the cookbook encompasses 250-plus recipes including Prune favourites. This recipe for figs and raspberries with steeped lemon cream is sure to be a winner at your next dinner party or picnic. more

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Bite into a Peruvian pork sandwich

With a landscape varying from coast to mountains and rainforests, Peru's cultures, cuisines and ingredients differ greatly across the country. Unexpected and diverse, Peruvian food is underpinned by Incan origins, with strong use of corn, chillies and potatoes – 4000 varieties of which are grown in Peru. Over time, immigration to the country has seen traditional dishes enriched and adapted to fuse influences from Spanish, Chinese, African, French, Japanese and Italian cuisines to create modern Peruvian food. The newest addition to Phaidon's national cuisine series, Peru: The Cookbook by Gastón Acurio showcases dishes such as ceviche, stuffed potatoes and this recipe for sánguche de lechón (pork sandwich) to create a definitive guide to Peruvian home cooking. more

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Plate up a honey-roasted pumpkin, borlotti bean, broccolini and hazelnut salad this long weekend

Humble legumes often get overlooked when thinking of fun and exciting ingredients to cook with, but they are in fact an extremely versatile addition to both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as being full of protein, low in GI and packed full of nutrients that are really ace for your insides. On a mission to change the way we look at and consume legumes, Australian nutritionist and food writer Chrissy Freer has released her latest cookbook, Superlegumes: Eat Your Way to Great Health. With more than 85 recipes ranging from double choc bean brownies to this recipe for honey-roasted pumpkin, borlotti bean, broccolini and hazelnut salad, you’ll be itching to introduce more legumes to your cooking repertoire. more

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Spread some Scandinavian pate with fennel jam and hazelnuts

Although here in Queensland our temperatures don't quite drop to those of northern Europe, its still nice to cosy up indoors and pretend its actually cold outside. When the weather is too bitey for your sensitive skin to handle, gather a group of your favourites, bunker down and share in a Scandinavian feast. Chef, food stylist and photographer Simon Bajada celebrates the cuisine of the northern region in his new book, The New Nordic, showcasing the earthy, clean and subtle-but-complex flavours of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The book features classics such as Swedish meatballs, Danish smørrebrød and this recipe for pate with fennel jam and hazelnuts, alongside stunning photography of Scandinavian landscapes to transport you right there. more

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Lunchtime feasting on lamb and herb salad

If you’re an inner-city dweller who uses your small abode as an excuse for not growing your own food, then new cookbook Courtyard Kitchen is for you. Author Natalie Boog guides readers through the process of growing their own herbs and potted fruits on balconies, courtyards and window boxes, from selecting the best plants for your space to information on seasons and plant care, before dishing up more than 80 recipes using those home-grown goodies. This divine dish snips rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander, tarragon, basil, mint and rocket from the garden and throws them into the salad bowl alongside lamb backstraps for the perfect lunchtime salad or dinner side. more

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Graze on a plate of Italian burrata e fagiolini

Sweet, ripe figs, creamy burrata cheese and blanched green beans make the perfect share plate for a late afternoon snack with a glass of wine. This ensemble will transport you to the home kitchens and trattorias of Italy, where simple dishes focus on the perfect composition of flavours, colours and textures. Find this recipe and plenty more snacking inspiration in Luca Lorusso and Vivienne Polak’s new cookbook Sharing Puglia, which showcases the culinary delights of Italy’s southern coast. Invite a few friends around this weekend, stock the cellar and throw this merry mix on the table. more

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Celebrate tea time with coffee and cardamom biscuits

As the temperatures drop and the hoodies come out of exile, we start pining for cosy weekends at home, pottering around in the kitchen cooking up comfort foods. Executive chef and cookery writer Lucy Cufflin is the queen of the baked good, thanks to many seasons catering for ski chalets. Her latest cookbook, Lucy’s Bakes, is a collection of more than 200 recipes encompassing everything from sourdough to chocolate fudge cake. This nut-free recipe for coffee and cardamom cookies is the perfect cure for weekend chills. more