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Mango Daiquiri

With summer in full swing and mangoes and limes in abundance, it’s the perfect time to whip up this delicious cocktail.

It’s super-easy to make, and the only equipment you need is a blender or food processor (or a NutriBullet if you have one). I like to think there are health benefits to this summery cocktail, but regardless, drinking it is a highly pleasurable experience.

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Panzanella Salad of Mixed Tomatoes

With tomatoes in abundance right now, it’s the perfect time to make this Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes.  We make this in our Italian Long Lunch cooking class when tomatoes are at the height of their season, and it is always a winner.  There are a number of variations where ingredients such as onion or anchovies are added, but I like to make it simplistically with just the additional of fresh basil.  The success of this salad relies on the quality and variety of the tomatoes, so choose a selection of different types and colours. And like all Italian cooking, always use quality ingredients including good vinegar, the best extra virgin olive oil you can afford and fresh garlic and basil. As well as being utterly delicious, this salad is also a great way to use up stale bread (nothing is wasted in the Italian kitchen).

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Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts)

With the start of the New Year just a couple of days away,  I felt it appropriate to share my recipe for a traditional Dutch food – Oliebollen.  Enjoyed as a New Year’s treat in The Netherlands, Oliebollen (translated “Oil Balls”) are essentially deep fried balls of dough, similar to a doughnut. As my husband is Dutch and I lived in the Netherlands for 3 years, cooking a batch of these irresistible morsels is a ritual I have been doing for many New Year’s Days.
Happy New Year and wishing you health and happiness for 2019.

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Festive Tropical Trifle

The traditional trifle gets a makeover with this tropical version which combines a coconut custard with panettone (Italian sweet bread) and fresh mangoes. And what would a trifle be without a little booze, so in keeping with the tropical theme we have used white rum. This luscious dessert is perfect for your Christmas table, and can be made the day before so all that needs to be done on the big day is to tuck in and enjoy.

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Honey & Smoked Paprika Roasted Nuts

These addictive sweet, spicy, salty nuts will go down a treat this Festive Season. They were a big hit in our Christmas Cooking Class last weekend, and as well as being a cinch to prepare they make a wonderful gift. Use a selection of nuts – almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, macadamias, etc – just make sure they are not already roasted. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, and the nuts will keep fresh for a week stored in an airtight container.

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Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta & Mint

This colourful and refreshing salad is perfect for summer. We make this in our A Modern Australian Christmas Feast Cooking Class and it is always a winner! All the ingredients are in season and readily available at this time of year. If you are entertaining, everything can be prepped in advance and all that needs to be done at serving time is assemble and dress. Enjoy.

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Indonesian Stir-Fried Green Beans in Coconut

We here at Noosa Foodie love to cook by the seasons, and Green Beans are plentiful and of excellent quality right now. This dish, which features on the menu in our Indonesian Banquet Cooking Class, is a delicious and nutritious way to prepare them and can be enjoyed either as a side dish or a vegetable based main dish. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

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Mango Lassi

With summer almost upon us, the thought of preparing something to eat in the heat and humidity all seems like too much hard work. When hunger strikes in these conditions, the perfect solution is a big refreshing drink that not only quenches the thirst but also satisfies the appetite.

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Brownie Balls

I’ve just returned from a week at Eden Health Retreat in the beautiful Currumbin Valley. Apart from the pristine environment, plethora of activities and fantastic facilities, one of the highlights was the food.  There was no going hungry in this health retreat as we were spoilt with breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner each day – all nourishing and balanced, lovingly prepared and definitely delicious. Creating nutritious food that tastes amazing is one of my favourite challenges, and with this in mind this week I share with you my recipe for Brownie Balls. If you are endeavouring to clean up your diet and fill your body with healthy foods, these scrumptious little morsels will hit the spot if you have a chocolate craving.

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No-Knead Rosemary and Olive Bread

Who doesn’t love homemade bread, but really – how many people have the time, energy or inclination to knead the dough or the patience to wait for it to rise? You will fall in love with this recipe, in which the dough is mixed up in a matter of minutes, requires zero muscle-power and happily rises overnight in the fridge.  I teach this recipe in my Modern Australian Christmas Feast cooking class, as it is the ideal bread to bake on for Christmas Day where you are hard pressed finding a baker open. All you need is a little organisation (ie 5 minutes of your time to mix the ingredients the night before) and lashings of good butter or olive oil to serve.

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