Rachel Finch and her team at BODY by Finch have worked hard to create delicious recipes that allow you to enjoy your favourites with some of the guilt removed. This is their version (which they've kindly allowed us to share here) of the classic ANZAC biscuit which is quite a bit healthier than the standard but still delicious.
The latest cookbook from the Country Women's Association of NSW (CWA) has just been released. With tried and true recipes for a perfect sausage roll snack, a succulent Greek-style roast chicken for dinner or honeycomb cheesecake slice for dessert, Everything I know about cooking I learned from the CWA is the perfect kitchen companion, in a deceptively small format. Our team made and ate the cashew brownies so try them for yourself.
Chapatis are made using a soft dough comprising Atta flour, salt and water. Atta is made from hard Gehun (Indian wheat, or durum). It is more finely ground than most western-style wholewheat flours. Traditionally, roti (and rice) are prepared without salt to provide a bland background for spiced dishes.
Originating in Bangladesh, Paratha is a traditional bread of the Indian subcontinent that can be made plain or with sweet or savoury fillings. A combination of the words Parat and Atta meaning layers of flour bread, it is served with many meals.
Xôi mặn is a wonderful filling dish that can be eaten at any time of the day but is most often eaten around breakfast or as a morning snack. The glutinous rice base can be topped with a range of options from savoury to sweet, however Xôi mặn refers specifically to the savoury version.
Jiu Cai Dumplings are Chinese New Year Dumplings and made to help ensure good fortune for the year ahead. They can also be a way to bring the family back together and are seen as a reunion dumpling that the family prepares together on Chinese New Year's Eve.
The traditional bread of the Indigenous Australian Aboriginal people, Bush Damper has survived generations as a staple diet for the nomadic lifestyle. Easy to make, cook and transport, damper was originally made with flour from the Lomandra Longifolia plant and cooked over an open fire. It is a dense filling bread that can be combined with both sweet and savoury meals.
Naan-Afghani is part of the everyday Afghan cuisine. Served in long oval flat loaves, it is often topped with various seeds which denote the occasion. The more expensive the seed, the more special the occasion.
This recipe is a mainstay of the Pesach (or Passover) meal on the Jewish Seder. It is one of many courses that those around the Seder table consume on one of the commemorative nights of Pesach. It is always regarded as a challenge to make a light matzo ball! Those who have experienced many Passovers will know that it is wise to stop at one with your soup as they are very filling and there is a lot of food to come.
Thandai is a cool and refreshing drink that is made during the Indian festival of colours called “Holi” celebrated during the month of March. Thandai is made with a mix of dry fruits, seeds and a few spices. The word “thandai” means that which is cooling and is derived from the Hindi word “thanda”. Madhu and her team at Ma India Cooking School are preparing for Holi this week and here's one of their favourite recipes.
The team at Sydney restaurant Bodhi (which incidentally hosted the FoodFaith launch) have shared one of their favourite Chinese New Year recipes - The Lucky Bodhi. A vegan take on a traditional Singaporean dish perfect for sharing with friends and family.
The perfect summer salad for the festive season from one of Australia's favourite chefs, Matt Moran. Guaranteed to add colour and cool to your festive offerings! Matt says he loves the salty-sweet combo of this salad – it’s the perfect cool down on a hot day. From Matt Moran's Australian Food by Matt Moran. Murdoch Books. RRP $45.
This traditional German cake was invented by monks in Franconia, Germany in the 13th Century and resembles gingerbread. It is a perfect end of year treat for festive occasions that offers something a little bit different to puddings and pavlovas. From Rita Newell, who has been baking this recipe since the 1950s.
This recipe from Summerfruit Australia is only a little naughty! (How naughty can you be if there is fruit involved!?) A perfect dessert for hot days and nights that can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a cool treat.
This delicious vegetarian recipe is from well-known New Zealand chefs, Michael King and Lisa King. From the cookbook Food for Good. Funds from each book purchased go towards a social enterprise initiative called Eat My Lunch which benefits children from low-decile schools in New Zealand.
This delicious cool, dreamy and spicy concoction is from acclaimed Indian chef, Madhu Arora, who runs Ma Indian Cooking. Madhu says many of the recipes she teaches are based on those handed down over the generations. Madhu's classes integrate various regional cuisines, principles of Ayurveda and a holistic cultural experience. This lassi drink is a savoury version but is still very refreshing.
“I adore sponge drops,” well-known Kiwi chef, Al Brown, writes in Eat Up New Zealand, a cookbook celebrating the Pacific country’s culture and food. Brown serves as a culinary ambassador for NZ Trade and Enterprise. He credits friend Ngaire Callaghan for sharing the secrets to this recipe that we reproduce here courtesy of Eat Up New Zealand. Publishers, Allen & Unwin (RRP A$49.99).
This soft and buttery chick pea recipe is from acclaimed Indian chef, Madhu Arora, who runs Ma Indian Cooking. It is a wonderful part of any Thali vegetarian platter. Madhu says many of the recipes she teaches are based on those handed down over the generations and her grandmother’s recipes are particularly special to her. Madhu's classes integrate various regional cuisines, principles of Ayurveda and a holistic cultural experience. "Ahimsa" which means non-violence on every level, is one of the key cultural principles which has inspired her cooking and classes.
This recipe, by Tony Cui, of Lane Cove's Suzie's Restaurant, is influenced by his experience in some of Sydney's most highly-acclaimed restaurants. Tony says his experience growing up in China opened his eyes to enjoying a multitude of cuisines as, with both parents so busy working, he was encouraged from the age of 12 to eat out every day.
This recipe is from Saranne Chait, Catering Manager at Sydney's Montefiore Home. Saranne is a well-known cookbook writer and caterer who was a household name in South Africa's Cape Town. This recipe offers an indulgent twist on classic Rosh Hashanah ingredients. On Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, sweet foods are eaten to symbolise sweet and good things to aspire to. Photo credit: Nadine Saacks.
This unique and delicious relish was created by caterer, Bernadette Kennealy from Bern the Chef. It is based on a traditional Polynesian recipe and Bern has added two of her favourite ingredients - lime leaves and coconut vinegar. She says people "go nuts" for this relish. Bern says that her Irish Australian roots are open to the new flavours of Australia and she sources the lime leaves from local sources.
Pani Puri means "water bread" and is a popular street snack in India. The fried puffy outside cradles a tangy spicy mixture which can be balanced with chutney. There are many different fillings and chutneys which can be used but our recipe from Shruti Joshi would be hard to beat!
Chelsea Abraham from Bespoke Catering offers this scrumptious Turkish Lentil Soup, handed down from her grandmother. A vibrant orange from the red lentils, it can have added pizzazz with haloumi and/or fried onion. And, of course, traditional toasted Turkish bread makes it extra delicious!
Melanie Karagezian from Cafe Geo in Lane Cove, NSW, makes an incredible Middle Eastern-based Za'artar bread inspired by happy memories of her childhood. Melanie says this is a popular Armenian and Lebanese dish but the aromatic Za'artar spices add to many dishes from the Middle Eastern region. This vegetarian dish is very versatile as a breakfast, lunch or snack wrap.