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The Weekend Series: Spud studs – five fab potato-based recipes for festive feasting
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The Weekend Series: Spud studs – five fab potato-based recipes for festive feasting

When it comes to versatility, the potato reigns supreme as one of the most beloved and adaptable foodstuff. French fries, mashed potato, potato bake, roast potato, potato gems, hash browns – without potatoes our lives wouldn’t be nearly as good. It’s that time of year when we meet up with friends and family to celebrate the festive period, which usually entails a lot of food-centric gatherings. If you are strapped for ideas but are flush with spuds, then put them to good use with these five potato-based recipes that will be sure-fire winners at the table. more

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Slam-dunk your tastebuds with Press Club’s signature Space Jam cocktail
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Slam-dunk your tastebuds with Press Club’s signature Space Jam cocktail

If the mere mention of Space Jam doesn’t immediately fill you will an overwhelming sense of nostalgic joy, you’re probably a monster (or a robot, or a robot monster). The live-action/animated sports comedy starring NBA hero Michael Jordan and a motley crew of Looney Tunes characters is a legitimate cinematic masterpiece, so it’s no wonder that it has been a source of inspiration for many. In fact, beloved Brisbane bar Press Club named its signature cocktail for the movie – and these guys know their cocktails like Lola Bunny knows her way around the court. To celebrate the launch of its first-ever ticketed New Year’s Eve event, Press Club is handing over its coveted Space Jam recipe. This sparkling concoction is deceptively easy to make and will impress your pals more than Jordan landing a three-pointer right on the buzzer. more

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The Weekend Series: embrace the cob life with five baller cob loaf recipes
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The Weekend Series: embrace the cob life with five baller cob loaf recipes

The humble cob loaf is having something of a powerful resurgence at the moment and to be honest we couldn’t be more thrilled. This simple but effective culinary number is pretty much the social equivalent of a puppy – if you show up to any sort of event with a cob loaf, you’re going to be the star of the show and everyone is going to want to be your best mate because you are an individual of fine taste. So revered is the cob loaf that the New South Wales town of Wellington has created a whole festival dedicated to it! Fear not if you can’t make it – we’ve rounded up five delicious and not-so-common cob loaf recipes so you can recreate the vibe at home. more

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The Weekend Series: binge mode – what to eat when you are devouring your favourite shows
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The Weekend Series: binge mode – what to eat when you are devouring your favourite shows

Here’s the deal – no movie night is complete without snacks. Are we all in agreement? Good. The same goes for a solid Netflix binge, though if we’re being constructive humans, we need to acknowledge that a party-sized bag of corn chips is not the most glamorous option. Sorry guys, but it’s true. It’s time to dust off the crumbs and put some effort in! If you’ve got some pals coming around for a weekly Bachelorette episode party, or if you’re keen to snuggle up with your loved one and the latest blockbuster, do so with some creative snacks that will be as much of a talking point as the movie or episode (or season) you’ve chosen for the night. more

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Start your morning right with an egg and bacon galette
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Start your morning right with an egg and bacon galette

They say getting out on the wrong side of the bed is a sure-fire way to start your day on the wrong foot. Well, for us our day starts off poorly if we haven’t had a decent breakfast. Sure, muesli and fruit is great, but in the colder months we find something warm to be preferable. Katrina Ryan from The Golden Pig Food & Wine School contributed to the gargantuan anthology The Great Australian Baking Book, which features great savoury day starters such as Katrina’s delicious recipe for egg and bacon galettes with caramelised onion. more

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Blow away the winter blues with a comforting old-school cheese toastie
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Blow away the winter blues with a comforting old-school cheese toastie

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s gotten a bit cold recently. Chilly weather begets cravings for comfort food, but its important not to settle for just any dish because it’s warm. If you are looking to jazz up your winter warmers, we suggest you start with the humble toasted sandwich. Chefs Eat Toasties Too by Darren Purchase is a great resource for anyone that wants to flex their culinary muscles but want to start small. This book can help you turn your grilled cheeses into gourmet, golden-crispy gob fillers, and you can’t go wrong with the old-school cheese toastie. Say goodbye to hunger and say goodbye to the winter chill – we’re moving to toastie town! more

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The Weekend Series: beat your broke-ass blues with these pre-pay day meals
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The Weekend Series: beat your broke-ass blues with these pre-pay day meals

'Twas the night before pay day and all through the pantry, nothing to eat – just bare cabinetry. It’s a grim scenario that we’ve all experienced before – we’ve blown out our budget on UberEATS and online shopping, leaving our dinner options slim and sad. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. There are ways to make the final few meals before payday bearable – you just have to get creative! Take stock of your paltry staples, have a crack at these ingenious recipes and compliment yourself on your resourcefulness. more

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The Weekend Series: desk lunches that don’t suck courtesy of Lettuce Lunch
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The Weekend Series: desk lunches that don’t suck courtesy of Lettuce Lunch

There’s nothing worse than being (figuratively) chained to your work desk all through lunch. Whether it be because of tight deadlines or simply a mountain of work that must get done, sometimes it’s not feasible to go out for lunch when you want. Desk lunches are an unfortunate necessity of office life, but it’s rarely a source of culinary inspiration. If your desk neighbour is giving you some fierce food envy with their freshly bought lunch or you are sick of your bland sandwiches and tinned tuna, we suggest improving your meal prep game. We recruited the services of Carlton Talbot of Lettuce Lunch to give us some killer recipes to try. Lettuce Lunch is a thriving recipe repository that educates thousands on nifty vegetarian meals that are perfect for work. Without further ado, here are five lunch boxes that’ll be the talk of the office – we guarantee it. more


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Make friends with this killer kale salad
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Make friends with this killer kale salad

Yeah, yeah, we know. Raw kale salad doesn't sound very killer. But trust us on this one – if your kale salads have been bad in the past, it's because you haven't learnt to massage your kale. Help it relaaaxx into deliciousness and it will change the way you look at the leafy vegetable forever. This is just one of the many hot tips Dale Pinnock, aka The Medicinal Chef, offers in his new book How to Cook Healthily. The cookbook is full of tasty and healthy recipes to help you to kickstart the new year, and introduce nutritional dishes into your weekly kitchen routine. In addition to this killer kale, sweet potato and cherry tomato salad, you'll find Chinese-style roast chicken, feel-good fish fingers, goji berry cheesecake and much more. more

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Munch on sesame crunch chicken tacos with cos, avocado and zesty crema
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Munch on sesame crunch chicken tacos with cos, avocado and zesty crema

It’s really hard to go past good Mexican food – the sheer vibrancy in both colour and flavour is a feast for the eyes and the tummy combined. Plus, what’s not to love about foods you can eat with one hand? Chef Paul Wilson has focused firmly on feel-good eats in Taqueria, a cookbook that features tacos, salsas and cocktails as the main event. In Taqueria, Paul explores regional flavours and specialities whilst playing with flavour, proving that there’s so much more to this country’s cuisine than lime and jalapenos. The book celebrates taco culture, showcasing the art behind these little parcels of love. What better way to say hola to Mexican cuisine than with a good old favourite like the taco? Far from humble, this recipe for sesame crunch chicken tacos with cos, avocado and zesty crema will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about Mexican food. more

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The Weekend Series: five festive cocktail recipes to help spread joyous cheer
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The Weekend Series: five festive cocktail recipes to help spread joyous cheer

The holiday season is ideal for bringing people together, spending time with your loved ones and celebrating the connections you’ve made throughout the year. If you are a serial entertainer, this is either the happiest time of your year or the most stressful. The fun part about Christmas catering is the cocktails, but any seasoned host will know that a your trusty Passion Pop punch won’t tantalise everybody’s tastebuds (no matter how much fruit you put in it). We’ve made a list of cocktails to cater for some specific groups and situations that you might encounter over Christmas. more

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The Weekend Series: five festive last-minute recipes for Christmas lunch
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The Weekend Series: five festive last-minute recipes for Christmas lunch

Hey, we don’t want to alarm you but as of the publication of this article there is ten days until Christmas. If that sends you into a full-blown panic-spiral we’re sorry, but we also want to assure you that it’s okay – there is still time to get your shopping done. Of course, there’s more to Christmas Day than just giving (and receiving) sweet presents – there’s a large food component that is equally important. If you’ve promised to bring a dish to contribute to the annual feeding frenzy but are short on time, we’ve decided to give you your Christmas present early. Here are five easy recipes for dishes you can throw together at the eleventh hour to bring to Christmas lunch this year. more

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Cool off this summer by whipping up a tall glass of Stone’s Paradise Punch
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Cool off this summer by whipping up a tall glass of Stone’s Paradise Punch

Queensland summers are a whole lot of hard work – every time you have to go outside it becomes a chore to operate and being sweaty for the vast majority of the day is not appealing. At the end of a hot day (or even in the middle of one) it's nice to be able to cool off with a refreshingly chilled drink. When that drink happens to be a cocktail, we start thinking that maybe summer isn’t all bad. Stone Restaurant and Bar in South Bank has recently unveiled a new summer cocktail menu, filled with mixtures that will help ease your heatstroke. For times when we couldn’t even fathom going outdoors, Stone has graciously gifted us the recipe for one of their fanciest summer cocktails – the Paradise Punch. This fruit-topped drink is perfect for sunshine sipping, and is easy to make! more

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Feast on Ristorante la Famiglia's al prosciutto e rucola focaccia
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Feast on Ristorante la Famiglia’s al prosciutto e rucola focaccia

Focaccia – the often-neglected cousin of pizza – is coming back into vogue thanks to the fantastic work of the kitchen staff at Ristorante La Famiglia. Every Wednesday the restaurant cures the hump-day blues by offering a range of freshly baked focaccia for a song. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the family recipe used for Ristorante La Famiglia’s excellent dough and now you can have a go at whipping up your own at home with a hearty helping of prosciutto, fior di latte and rocket as topping. more

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Drool over Eataly's pancetta, chicken and sausage rolls
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Drool over Eataly’s pancetta, chicken and sausage rolls

If you have never had the pleasure of stepping inside the wonderland that is Eataly, we're sorry, but your life is lacking. The giant marketplace is a mecca for Italian food, packed full with restaurants, food and beverage counters, a bakery, retail items (there's a whole isle dedicated to pesto) and a cooking school. It's honestly a dream come true. So needless to say, we were pretty excited when we heard Phaidon was releasing a cookbook dedicated to contemporary Italian home cooking in collaboration with Eataly. Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking features 250 recipes that take a modern approach to Italian cooking and eating, which dishes such as caper, anchovy and oven-baked tomato risotto, pasta with cavolo nero pesto and clams, and this recipe for pancetta, chicken and sausage rolls. Buon appetito! more

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Get a little spicy with Chinese fish in chilli sauce
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Get a little spicy with Chinese fish in chilli sauce

From the simplicity of spring rolls to the complex flavours of Sichuan dishes, there's a lot to love about Chinese food. It is one of the world's most-enjoyed and oldest cuisines, and highly regarded Chinese authors Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan have joyously celebrated it in their gilt-edged compendium China: The Cookbook. The book explores more than 650 authentic traditional recipes from 30 distinct regions of China, including staples such as hot-and-sour soup and chicken in black bean sauce, and lesser-known dishes such as Lai Wan-style congee and laughing doughnuts. This recipe for fish in chilli sauce comes from the Sichuan region – so you can be sure it will get your heart racing. more

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Kick off seafood season by whipping up a chargrilled spicy prawn salad
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Kick off seafood season by whipping up a chargrilled spicy prawn salad

When it comes to Brisbane’s culinary elite, Luke Nguyen is among the cream of the crop. Not only is he the proprietor of the popular eatery Fat Noodle and Sydney’s Red Lantern, he is also an accomplished television personality. As a regular presenter on SBS, Luke has been able to bring the tastes of Asia into our homes, and his latest show Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia is his best and most hunger-inducing show yet. Alongside the series itself, Luke has released a companion cookbook, chock-full of the tantalising flavours and heady aromas Luke discovers in his travels among Asia’s backstreets. If you love the varied tastes of Asian street food, then you’ll love this chargrilled spicy prawn salad – plucked directly from the pages of Luke’s latest culinary compendium. more

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Jump out of bed for avocado and kimchi toast
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Jump out of bed for avocado and kimchi toast

We're not sure what it is about avocado on toast, but it's something we just never seem to get sick of. Every now and then, however, we like to spice it up a bit. So when we found this recipe for avocado and kimchi toast from Julia Turshen's Small Victories cookbook, we got pretty excited. Julia is no stranger to great recipes – she has co-authored and developed recipes for a number of incredible books, including Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good and Mario Batali's Spain ... A Culinary Road Trip. She understands that becoming a confident cook means taking pleasure in each small victory and celebrating them, which is what Small Victories is all about. As well as featuring more than 95 recipes and hundreds of variations, the book also teaches the basic lessons of cooking and the potential inspiration that can come from each small victory. So the next time you get that boiled egg just… more

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You do win friends with goats cheese brulee salad
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You do win friends with goats cheese brulee salad

We know, we know. The general rule is you don't win friends with salad. But we promise that this is the kind of salad that will definitely have your friends knocking on your door. This delectable salad presents beautifully, combining the vibrant colours of red and yellow beetroots and watercress with the pièce de résistance in the centre – an oozing round of bruleed goats cheese just waiting to be dipped into. The recipe comes from Anna Gare's newest cookbook Delicious Every Day, which features more than 100 'mostly healthy, always tasty' recipes, the majority of which are preservative, additive and gluten free. more

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New potatoes in their skin with sage butter will ensure you win at dinner
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New potatoes in their skin with sage butter will ensure you win at dinner

Mmm ... potatoes. Mmm ... beef. Mmm ... beef and potatoes. Two of the most comforting ingredients around combine to create the ultimate comfort-food cookbook titled (wait for it) – Beef & Potatoes. The book comes from the genius that is Jean-François Mallet, who has dedicated the entire book to recipes highlighting both beef and potatoes, and the glorious pairing of the two. Inside you'll find delicious delights such as fillet steak with truffles and foie gras, paprika beef and potato croquettes, and this drool-worthy recipe for new potatoes in their skin with sage butter, just to name a few. Enjoy. more