Grain-Free Granola

Try your hand at making your own granola with my simple grain-free / gluten-free recipe.  Flavoured with tahini, honey, allspice and vanilla, my recipe is super-delicious: after making this, you will never buy commercial granola again!

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Chocolate Brownies

With Easter nearly upon us, our thoughts are no doubt turning to Chocolate! Given that we all have a little more spare time at the present, it’s the perfect opportunity to try your hand at some baking. This easy recipe I developed for Chocolate Brownies is fool-proof and will ensure success for even the most novice of cooks. Feel free to substitute the walnuts for other nuts such as pecans or macadamias.

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Thai Style Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin, creamy coconut milk and Thai flavourings combine to make a really delicious soup. This freezes well so it’s worth making a double-batch. If you like it hot, add extra chilli!

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Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Day is almost upon us, and to mark this special day why not bake a batch of Anzac biscuits rather than succumb to store bought ones? Everyone loves these tasty treats and they are a cinch to make.

The history of Anzac Biscuits is debatable, but the most likely theory is that they were created by the wives and mothers of World War 1 troops who wanted to provide a treat for their men that could be sent by food parcel. These resilient biscuits travel well and will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.

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Lime & Coconut Muffins

When limes are in season (as they are now), I bake these moreish muffins to serve to our guests at our cooking school life’s a feast. They are super-easy to make (less than 10 minutes to mix up) and freeze really well. Great for afternoon tea, kids lunchboxes or even served for dessert with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of yoghurt!

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Hot Smoked, Rum Soaked Salmon with Mango Salsa

Smoking salmon is easier than you think – all you need is a hooded barbecue and a little patience for the curing process. This dish is a winner is you’re having friends for lunch or dinner, as it can be fully prepared the day before. Quantities can easily be increased and this method can be used to smoke other oily fish varieties such as ocean trout, mackerel, tuna and swordfish. The Mango Salsa pairs wonderfully with the smoked salmon, but if you’re feeling lazy garnish with finger lime pearls, currently in season and available at Noosa Farmers Market.

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Pickled Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are at the height of their season, and this refreshing salad is a delicious way to enjoy them.  It’s ideal served with an Asian meal or alongside a spicy dish, or even as part of a buffet. We serve it our Indonesian Banquet Cooking Class, and it matches perfectly with Chicken Satays and Peanut Sauce.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Fillet of Pork

This dish is a winner in our Italian Long Lunch cooking class, and what’s not to love about pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, flavoured with fresh herbs and oven roasted with white wine and cherry tomatoes? Like all Italian cooking, the success of this dish depends on quality ingredients: free range pork (preferably from a female pig), fresh herbs, good extra virgin olive oil, decent wine (only cook with wine good enough to drink) and a quality salt such as Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes (scroll down for a chance to win a gourmet pack of Murray River Salt goodies). This dish is delicious served with our Panzanella Salad of Mixed Tomatoes.

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Chai Coconut Chia Pudding

After many weeks of festivities and overindulgence, it’s time for this Noosa Foodie to clean up her diet. Whilst I’m a fairly healthy foodie at the best of times, I will be giving up a few of my favourite things for a little while – cheese, wine, coffee, chocolate to name a few – and following a paleo eating regime minus the meat. This Chai Coconut Chia Pudding is a perfect breakfast solution as it’s super healthy, tasty and satisfying. Flavoured with chai flavours of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, it’s delicious served with seasonal fruit (I also like to serve it with a homemade grain-free granola). It’s easy to make too – you just need to be a little organised as it’s best made the day before to allow the chia seeds to gel and the pudding to set.  It will keep up to 5 days in a sealed container stored in the fridge.

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Lime Ice Cream

Limes are in season, it’s humid and too hot to cook, so what’s a Noosa Foodie to do? Make Lime Ice Cream! This tangy, refreshing ice cream is not only extremely delicious but super-simple to make. An ice cream maker is a useful appliance to own if you enjoy homemade ice cream, and you can pick them up inexpensively from department stores and electrical retailers. For those of you that don’t own an ice cream maker, I’ve included alternative instructions in my recipe (it will require a little more work). Regardless, your efforts will be well rewarded!

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