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Five winter warmers to eat before spring arrives
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Five winter warmers to eat before spring arrives

You can feel it in the air – winter is leaving us. Whether you react to this news with sadness or jubilation, the fact of the matter is that in a few weeks your favourite winter warmer recipes will be shelved until next year. Before the chill disappears completely, make sure you have had your fill of hearty meals. We’ve put together some classic meals to whip up this weekend. more

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Start your morning on the right note with sweet potato cinnamon bread
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Start your morning on the right note with sweet potato cinnamon bread

Bread. It’s the unsung hero of nearly every cuisine on the planet. We love bread, we'd marry bread if we could. Making bread at home in an immensely satisfying exercise, especially when you nail it. Jude Blereau’s new cookbook Wholefood from the Ground Up features a brilliant recipe for healthy sweet potato cinnamon bread, which is perfect when enjoyed as is, or topped with some of your fave foodstuffs. We’ve got the easy-to-follow recipe here for you to try at home this weekend. more

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Warm your bones with beef tallow-roasted onions with fresh rosemary
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Warm your bones with beef tallow-roasted onions with fresh rosemary

Spring is so close we can almost taste it, but before we get to warm our bones in the sun there are still a few cold evenings to make the most out of winter cooking. Jennifer McGruther is a food educator that has come forth with a new cookbook Broth & Stock, which is filled with pages upon pages of filling and nourishing recipes for broths and stocks and some classic dishes that use them. We’ve selected the unique beef tallow-roasted onions with fresh rosemary to try before spring arrives. more

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Serve up a comforting slice of pork and fennel lasagne
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Serve up a comforting slice of pork and fennel lasagne

When we're cold and feeling a little under the weather, our cravings tend to always swing towards Mediterranean food. Wait, who are we kidding? No matter the temperature or our health status, we always crave Mediterranean food! Fitzroy institution Alimentari has long celebrated the delicious cuisines of the region, and owners Linda and Paul Jones have decided to share some of their sumptuous deli favourites in their new cook book. Also titled Alimentari (which translates to good food and camaraderie), the book features recipes to take you from breakfast through to dessert, including chickpea coriander fritters, felafel and kibbeh wraps, and this recipe for pork and fennel lasagne. more

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Get a taste of London with Shannon Bennett's bubble and squeak
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Get a taste of London with Shannon Bennett’s bubble and squeak

There is something about London that no other city has. From Mayfair to Southwark, the English capital has a certain je ne sais quoi that cannot be replicated. Shannon Bennett knows exactly what it is – class. In his personal guide to London – aptly named Shannon Bennett's London – Shannon takes us on a journey through the boroughs of the city, sharing his favourite places to stay and eat in each. While you're planning your perfect London itinerary, you can try your hand at some of Shannon's travel-inspired quintessential English recipes, such as venison wellington, classic fish and chips, and this recipe for bubble and squeak. more

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Warm up with a Wild Canary's twice-baked pumpkin souffle
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Warm up with a Wild Canary’s twice-baked pumpkin souffle

Despite the on again, off again temperatures of Brisbane’s winter, it’s always a good idea to stock your recipe collection with dishes that are hearty and heart-warming. Pumpkin is one of the best ingredients for adding thickness to any winter meal, and a souffle is a great creative way to incorporate it into an impressive dish. For Dine Out Brisbane, Wild Canary is using Lockyer Valley pumpkin in its heavenly souffle. Head chef Glen Barratt has given us the recipe to pass on to you, so you can sample the fare from the comfort of your own table. more

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Serve some Southern hospitality with campfire green beans
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Serve some Southern hospitality with campfire green beans

Do you know why Southern American food is so popular? Because it's hot damn delicious, that’s why. Mississippi-born and UK based chef Brad McDonald walks the talk when it comes to getting down and dirty with hearty Southern fare, largely attributing the story and culture of modern American food to its Creole and Cajun roots. Deep South reads like an autobiography interjected with vibrant and rich recipes designed to deliver authenticity with a modern edge. Inside the book you’ll find all the fixings to make you feel like you’ve been transported to mama’s kitchen. From pickles and preserves to shrimp and grits (yee-haw!) there’s a rollicking list of the finest Southern recipes to try, including this Campfire Green Beans banger. more

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Fancy up your steak with Paul West's meaty marinade
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Fancy up your steak with Paul West’s meaty marinade

Steak without a marinade is like a suit without a tie – it’s fine and all, but you can’t help but wonder how much better it would be with that extra special touch. River Cottage Australia’s very own Paul West is in town for the upcoming Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail, and has imparted a marinade recipe designed to seriously level up your standard meat game. Paul's penchant for local produce and farming comes through in his recipes, with this particular sample rooted in simplicity that will let your steak speak for itself. Whip it up, chuck it on and let the flavours do all the talking. more


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Lick your lips for some tasty Mai Thai chicken thighs
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Lick your lips for some tasty Mai Thai chicken thighs

When we think of American barbecue, we usually conjure up ideas of big burly bearded blokes enveloped in smoke over hot coals. Well think again, dear readers – Irish gals Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn claim they are the real barbecue experts. In 2012, the girls said goodbye to the daily grind and took off on a six-month roadtrip from California to Tennessee, eating their way through the best barbecue joints in the southern United States. Collecting insider secrets and recipes along the way, Samantha and Shauna gained enough knowledge to create The Hang Fire Cookbook, filled with a bunch of hot tips on how to make great barbecue. With everything from the basics for home smokers and different types of wood, to what rubs, cures and brines work best with each type of meat, The Hang Fire Cookbook will get you set up to be a barbecue king ... or queen. You'll find a plethora of… more

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Eat Mediterranean with a slice of healthy moussaka
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Eat Mediterranean with a slice of healthy moussaka

According to local dietitians and nutritionists Lisa Peterson and Desi Carlos, the secret to healthy eating isn't a secret at all – it's as simple as adopting the Mediterranean diet. Over the past two years, Lisa and Desi have worked hard to create delicious and nourishing recipes, modifying traditional family treasures to be healthy, calorie-controlled meals. The result is their first cookbook, Mediterranean Eating: Cook – Eat – Live, which features recipes, meal plans and scientific research proving the Mediterranean diet's ability to reduce incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s whilst simultaneously increasing longevity of life. You'll find crowd pleasers like this healthy moussaka, as well as salads, meat dishes, savoury pies and more. more

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Treat your tastebuds to oat biscuits with soft blue cheese and carrot and orange jam
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Treat your tastebuds to oat biscuits with soft blue cheese and carrot and orange jam

We're pretty blessed to have the Scenic Rim right on our doorstep. A veritable smorgasbord of produce, the region is brimming with a bountiful selection of fruit and veggies, cheese, wine, olives and more – basically all of our favourite things. To celebrate the verdant region and its incredible producers, renowned local chef Brenda Fawdon has partnered with Christine Sharp to create Eat Local: Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim in conjunction with Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. The book journeys through the region, documenting the authors' conversations with the producers and their families, as well as more than sixty recipes using wholesome ingredients inspired by the farmers, growers and makers of the Scenic Rim. This recipe for oat biscuits with soft blue cheese and carrot and onion jam originally used Towri Sheep Cheeses' Roquefort-style Blue Ewe. more

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Munch on crunchy filled risotto croquettes
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Munch on crunchy filled risotto croquettes

Risotto croquettes, or arancini, are like the perfect food surprise. With their golden crispy exterior, your mouth begins to water at the thought of the satisfying crunch that awaits. But the true magic comes when you take that first bite – that warm oozing cheesy gift that lies beyond the rice. Hungry yet? Then maybe you should make a batch of your own. Sicily is renowned for its arancini – you'll find a multitude of sizes and fillings almost everywhere you go. In her latest book, Flavours of Sicily, Ursula Ferrigno explores Sicilian cuisine at its finest – from vibrant to light soups and pasta dishes, and of course, arancini. more

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Sweeten up your weekend with homemade marshmallow
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Sweeten up your weekend with homemade marshmallow

Marshmallows are the kinds of sweet treats that tend to conjure up childhood memories, perhaps of perfecting the art of the campfire toast (must be crispy but not burnt on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside), or a classic game of chubby bunny. For chef Jane Lawson, these "airy pillows of fanciful delight" reminder her of the milkbar lolly counters of her childhood. In her latest book, Milkbar Memories, Jane presents an ode to her childhood dreams, with a collection of nostalgic recipes that defined growing up in 1970s Australia. From the maltiest of milkshakes to sausage rolls, musk sticks and potato scallops, Milkbar Memories features more than 120 recipes that your mother probably wouldn't have approved of. more

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Feed your inner carnivore scotch fillet with eggplant puree and miso butter
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Feed your inner carnivore scotch fillet with eggplant puree and miso butter

It's officially winter, which means it's time to loosen that belt buckle and settle in for some good old-fashioned comfort food. But if you're not willing to sacrifice health for comfort, nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has your back. In her new book Seasons to Share, Jacqueline presents 130 nourishing recipes, recreating delicious favourites that usually forget health for taste. You'll find warming winter recipes such as slow-cooked beef brisket with smoky homemade barbecue sauce, crispy pork belly with pear chutney, and this mouth-watering recipe for scotch fillet with eggplant puree and miso butter. more

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Whip up a decadent rose and poppy seed cake
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Whip up a decadent rose and poppy seed cake

Nothing beats a beautifully baked cake for afternoon tea, but many of us are discouraged by the thought of opening the oven to a flat and flavourless disaster. Baking needn’t be a stressful exercise and Lucy Cuffin’s recipe for a delicious rose and poppy seed cake is not only a sure-fire winner at tea time, but also remarkably easy to master. Serve this to your neighbours or family and let the compliments roll in!  more

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Get experimental with some Coffee Pickle Pour Over Mushrooms
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Get experimental with some Coffee Pickle Pour Over Mushrooms

Coffee and mushrooms typically aren’t two ingredients that are paired together, but Freddie Janssen isn’t a typical cook. Freddie has pickled some earthy, umami-rich mushrooms with a coffee-imbued vinegar mixture. After a day the mushrooms are ready to serve, and go great on charcuterie boards, pizzas and sandwiches. This recipe is the ultimate test for those that enjoy home pickling and fermenting. more

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Warm up with hearty cauliflower cheese with crispy maple syrup pancetta
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Warm up with hearty cauliflower cheese with crispy maple syrup pancetta

Comfort food comes in many forms, but if cheese is involved then you can rest assured that you’ll be feeling content after chowing down. The traditional cauliflower cheese is the ultimate comfort dish but James Martin has gone to another level by adding crispy maple syrup pancetta to the mix. James has done away with the lumpy cheese sauce and has added a crunchy topping that will make this dish a favourite at dinner, especially as the cool change keeps us indoors. more