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The Weekend Series: recreate your favourites with these DIY food projects
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The Weekend Series: recreate your favourites with these DIY food projects

Sure, you can whip up a mean spaghetti bolognaise and don’t burn down the house when cooking Sunday roast. In the words of Her Royal Highness Shania Twain, ‘that don’t impress me much’. We love getting DIY in the kitchen, getting outside our comfort zone and making popular substances from scratch. Ever tried your hand at making jam? What about cheese? Don’t panic – making these items is not outside your skillset, all you need is a good recipe. We’ve found five that will give you enough guidance to take your cooking game up a notch. more

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The Weekend Series: warm your belly with a dose of baked cheese goodness
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The Weekend Series: warm your belly with a dose of baked cheese goodness

After you’ve exhausted your repertoire of cheese toasties, cheesy bakes and cheesy pastas, where do you go for a sure-fire cheese-based winter warmer? For us, we’ve started straight-up baking our cheese. No, we’re not just scooping up melted cheese with our fingers (though it’s not outside the realm of possibility) – we’re getting sophisticated with it. Take our advice – fire up the oven, grab a wheel of something tasty, and get ready to witness the unbrielievable spectacle of a freshly baked cheese wheel in all its ooey-gooey splendour. more

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The Weekend Series: warm up with some hearty winter cocktail recipes
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The Weekend Series: warm up with some hearty winter cocktail recipes

We've already broken out our jackets and winter hasn't even officially arrived. Good thing we're prepared. We’ve already enlightened you to some divine belly-warming eats and clued you in to some chill-proof cottages, now it’s time to sit back and sip on something that will spread warmth throughout the rest of your soul. It’s pointless having a liquor collection if you’re not interested in forming a solid repertoire of cocktails, and not all cocktails need to be minimalist concoctions. Winter is about indulgence, baby. If you’re looking to snuggle up on the couch next to someone special or simply want to unwind with a nice drink after a long day, these winter cocktail recipes are just the ticket. more

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The Weekend Series: five hearty pasta recipes to warm your bones this winter
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The Weekend Series: five hearty pasta recipes to warm your bones this winter

Sure, having a fit rig to strut the sand with come summer is great and all, but what good will abs do when the mercury plummets? This chilly season we’re advocating for the winter bod – that extra bit of cushion that keeps you warm when conditions outside become abominable. Pasta is winter food – through and through – and there’s no dish we’d rather eat for dinner when rugged up and cosy. If you’re keen to jump on the winter bod movement, try these five warming recipes that will keep you from hibernating. more

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The Weekend Series: five ways to step up your garlic bread game
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The Weekend Series: five ways to step up your garlic bread game

In the words of Belinda Carlise, “They say in heaven, carbs come first. We’ll make heaven a place on Earth”. We’re pretty sure those are the exact lyrics, and if they’re not, when we’d like to start a petition to make it so. What we’re trying to say is that carbs give us heavenly joy. On the carb deliciousness hierarchy chart, garlic bread sits pretty much at the top and it’s easy to see why – you’ve got toasted bread, moreish garlic butter and plenty of opportunities to mix it up. If you're ready to step your garlic bread game up to the next level, we've found find variations that are sure to make your stomach flip with excitement. Bring on the garlic breath! more

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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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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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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 payday 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 Guzman y Gomez burrito 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 cocktails to help you through every festive situation
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The Weekend Series: five cocktails to help you through every festive situation

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 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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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