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Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests
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Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests

There is something deeply satisfying and nostalgic about a warm fruit crumble, especially in the cooler months. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser to roll out at a dinner party (now we're allowed to have them) and, even better, its super simple to make. The next time you're on dessert duty, whip up one of these five simple-yet-delicious crumble recipes – just don't forget to pick up a tub of ice-cream on the way. more

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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less
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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less

A lot can happen in 20 minutes, but when it comes to meal time 20 minutes is the difference between hungry and hangry. We’ve all been there – you have the very best intentions of meal planning and prepping and yet all of a sudden it’s dinner time and there’s no dinner to speak of. Before you reach for your phone to order takeaway, take a peek at these simple-yet-delicious meals you can rustle up in 20-minutes or less, which is probably faster than a delivery driver anyway. more

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Comfort-food alert – five creamy potato bake recipes to satisfy your winter cravings
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Comfort-food alert – five creamy potato bake recipes to satisfy your winter cravings

Let's not beat around the bush here. Potatoes are king. They are delicious is every form and nothing can beat them. We love them mashed, we love them hand cut into chips, we love them expertly sliced and arranged into perfect potato layers. Simply the phrase 'potato layers' brings a joyous tear to our eye – so you can imagine the effect the addition of cream and cheese in a potato bake has. You've likely already nailed your mum's basic potato bake recipe, so we're here to take your tater love to the next level. Think additions of smoky bacon and garlic, carnivore-fooling vegan bakes and a special indulgent treat called at tartiflette. You'll thank us later. more

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Ginners are winners – five gin-based cocktails to make on World Gin Day
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Ginners are winners – five gin-based cocktails to make on World Gin Day

Okay, the fact that we’ve got World Gin Day (aka Saturday June 13) marked on our calendars probably reveals far too much about our lifestyles. That being said, we firmly believe some responsible cheer can do wonders for our morale after another week of lockdown. Although restrictions are starting to ease and bars will soon be slinging drinks once more, it’s always nice to have a little stash of spirits on hand at home when you’re in the mood to celebrate or entertain. If your mixology skills have become rusty, break out a bottle of gin (or splash out and get one if your cabinet is dry), and try your hand at concocting these five gin-based cocktails. more

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Low and slow – easy but delicious slow-cooker and slow-roast recipes
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Low and slow – easy but delicious slow-cooker and slow-roast recipes

Just in case you haven't been outside and missed the memo – it's officially winter, which means two things – mulled wine and soul-warming comfort food. Meat roasted low and slow until it pulls apart with just a nudge, mountains of creamy mashed potato, pasta bakes aplenty and curries, so many curries! Winter food is one of the true joys of the season and when it comes to comfort cooking, the slow cooker is everybody's best friend. The set-and-forget nature of it means that with just a little prep in the morning you can come home to a cockle-warming feast and best of all, there's only one pot to clean! If you're keen to up the ante on your slow-cooking game, we've found five hearty, winter dishes that will bring you copious amounts of joy. Don't have a slow cooker? Fret not, friend – we've also included a ridiculously tasty slow-roast recipe you can whack in the oven.   more

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No mess, no fuss – easy but delicious one-pan, one-tray or one-pot meal recipes
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No mess, no fuss – easy but delicious one-pan, one-tray or one-pot meal recipes

Being confined to our homes for the last couple of months has lead to a lot more cooking and, for a while there, we really embraced our extra time to expand our recipe repertoire. We're starting to get to the point, however, where we're pretty tired and craving something delicious, but super easy. Not just when it comes to prep, either – we also don't want much to clean up. To help you maximise on flavour and your free time, we've found five one-pan, one-tray or one-pot meal recipes so you can skip the washing up and get back to your Netflix binge. more

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Celebrate the Paniyiri Greek Festival at home with this sweet honey puffs recipe
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Celebrate the Paniyiri Greek Festival at home with this sweet honey puffs recipe

In 1976 a group of passionate Greek Australians sought to share their storied cultural traditions with the people of Brisbane. Four decades later and Paniyiri Greek Festival has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival. As far as success stories go, this one is pretty amazing. Following the cancellation of this year's festival due to strict social-distancing restrictions, the fine folks behind Paniyiri Greek Festival decided to move their celebrations online this Sunday May 24. To help you experience one of the most colourful and flavoursome cultures at home, the've also shared their mouth-watering honey puffs (loukoumades) recipe. These sweet balls of goodness are a traditional Greek dessert that somewhat resembles the golden crispy-meets-fluffy texture of a doughnut. Once fried to perfection, the puffs are… more

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Five hearty pasta recipes to warm your bones and soothe your soul
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Five hearty pasta recipes to warm your bones and soothe your soul

Sure, having a fit rig to strut the sand with post-iso is great and all, but what good will abs do when the mercury plummets? This year we’re advocating for the quarantine bod – that extra bit of cushion that keeps you warm when conditions outside become abominable. Pasta is comfort food – through and through – and there’s no dish we’d rather eat for dinner when rugged up and cosy at home. If you’re keen to jump on the quarantine bod movement, try these five warming recipes that will make your iso experience like the food equivalent of a big, warm hug. more


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In crust we trust – five easy pie recipes perfect for winter baking
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In crust we trust – five easy pie recipes perfect for winter baking

Whatever genius invented the pie deserves to be showered with eternal praise – seriously. Close your eyes and conjure the mental image of a flaky and buttery exterior encasing the mouth-watering ingredients within. It’s enough to have us levitating with serene joy and the aroma of a pie fresh out of the oven is like an intoxicating perfume. Sorry, were we drooling? Forget about that. Pie is what we are here to discuss and with the winter months approaching (and most of us locked inside with plenty of time on our hands) there’s no better time to have a crack at making one. What’s your flavour? Do you prefer sweet or savoury? No matter your preference, we’ve rounded up five easy pie recipes here for you to try. more

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Sweet freedom – five picnic recipes to celebrate restrictions easing this weekend
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Sweet freedom – five picnic recipes to celebrate restrictions easing this weekend

In case you haven’t heard, some of Queensland’s stay-at-home-restrictions are easing as of this Saturday May 2, just in time for the long weekend. This new freedom is still heavily in line with social-distancing measures, however you are now permitted to venture outdoors for a picnic with members of the same household, or one other person if you live alone. The weather forecast for the weekend is looking pretty darn perfect for a (safely distanced) outdoor spread, so we’ve found five delectable picnic recipes to help you celebrate this little taste of freedom. more

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Crank the oven and get ready to bake – Arnott's has released its Monte Carlo recipe
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Crank the oven and get ready to bake – Arnott’s has released its Monte Carlo recipe

If you had visions of using this time in isolation to shred with home-based workouts and clean eating, we suggest you click away now. If, however, you've come to the conclusion that life is short and isolation is made inherently better with delectable baked goods then we have some excellent news – Arnott's has released a home-inspired version of its lauded Monte Carlo biscuit recipe. Delicious on its own or dunked in a cup of tea, the Monte Carlo is a culinary icon and for good reason. If you're keen to give it a crack, don your apron, crank the oven to 170°C and let's bake, baby! more

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Join the Legacy Anzac Biscuit Bake Off with this macadamia and maple Anzac granola
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Join the Legacy Anzac Biscuit Bake Off with this macadamia and maple Anzac granola

We know that Anzac Day is going to be very different this year and it's heartbreaking to know we can't commemorate in our usual fashion. This also means that for charities such as Legacy, it's the cancellation of their peak fundraising activities. To keep the spirit alive, Legacy has turned to the digital realm with the launch of its inaugural Legacy Anzac Biscuit Bake Off. Joining the virtual bake off is easy – simply register as an individual or team, make your best Anzac biscuits (or Anzac biscuit-inspired delights) and share photos and videos of your creations to inspire donations. Legacy Anzac Biscuit Bake Off is open from now until Sunday May 3, so you better get baking! If you're in need of a little inspiration, you're in luck. Legacy Brisbane has worked with a number of its widows, children, staff, volunteers and supporters, gathering their Anzac recipes to create a free… more

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Smaklig måltid – Ikea has released its iconic Swedish meatballs recipe!
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Smaklig måltid – Ikea has released its iconic Swedish meatballs recipe!

Every trip to Ikea has a few absolute must-dos – finding the funniest-sounding item names, pretending you live in one of the display units (we see you, 500 Days of Summer), picking up at least five unnecessary items that your shopping partner tells you to put back … but one tradition reigns supreme above all. We’re talking, of course, about the procurement of Swedish meatballs. Due to Ikea journeys being off the table (or SKOGSTA if you want to get technical) for the near future, the generous powers that be have decided to hand over the recipe for this iconic dish. more

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The Weekend Series: five rustic recipes to watch Game of Thrones by
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The Weekend Series: five rustic recipes to watch Game of Thrones by

Winter is coming and Game of Thrones is back. After a long hiatus, the record-smashing series returned last week with an emotionally charged Season 8 premiere, in what is set to be the beginning of the end. After nearly a decade of dragons, swords and power struggles, the series will wrap up at the end of this season – meaning every episode is ripe for a GoT viewing party. Keep the chills at bay with these five bone-warming dishes that are easy to share among friends and the perfect accompaniment to your next GoT gathering. more

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The Weekend Series: celebrate spring with these five batch cocktail recipes
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The Weekend Series: celebrate spring with these five batch cocktail recipes

Hallelujah – spring is finally here! While we’re still a few days from fully shedding all of our layers, there’s no better time to blow the dust of our cocktail cabinet. Spring is the perfect entertaining season, and the best way to entertain is with some ice-cold batch cocktails. Picnics, garden soirees, intimate dinner gatherings – not only is it convenient to have the party juice already prepared, but you can save the hassle of clearing fridge and esky space for errant six packs and wine bottles. Break out the punch bowl and wash out the pitchers, it’s batch cocktail season baby! more

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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 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. For some of us, iso living has ignited a new passion for cooking and creating – and what better ingredient to experiment with than taters? 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