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Christmas/ Dessert/ Recipes

Bolo Rei – Portuguese Christmas Kings Cake

03/12/2019

Hailing from Portugal, Bolo Rei or Portuguese Kings Cake, is a light and fluffy traditional Christmas cake filled with fruit and nuts. Super easy to bake at home, get ready to make your Kings Cake “crown” this holiday season!

Bolo Rei or Kings Cake on a wooden block ready for Christmas.

Why We Love This Recipe

Bolo Rei just screams Christmas, from the smells of the port-infused fruit to the glace cherries on top.  We love that it also tastes as good as it looks. It’s definitely a standout on the table at Christmas – just like an edible wreath!

The great thing about Kings Cake is the lightness of the cake, it’s not heavy like a traditional English fruit or Christmas cake, it’s more on the side of a sweet bread with delicate spiced flavour.

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Breakfast/ Recipes

Easy English Crumpet Recipe

20/11/2019 (Last Updated: 13/03/2020)
 

Making crumpets at home is so much easier than you think! With this easy English Crumpet Recipe you’ll be drinking tea and nibbling crumpets at breakfast in no time. Now to choose your favourite crumpet toppings!

Plate of fresh crumpets with butter and honey.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • What is breakfast without crumpets? There’s something oh-so-delicious about a hot toasted crumpet slathered in butter and honey (or butter and vegemite!). Add a hot cup of coffee or tea and you’ll be ready for the day ahead!
  • Make this crumpet recipe in advance and store your crumpets in the freezer for later. Then simply pop them in the toaster for a minute or two until golden and crispy. Yum!

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Dinner

Cevapi Balkan Homemade Sausage Recipe

17/10/2019 (Last Updated: 22/10/2019)

Cevapi is a simple Balkan Sausage recipe popular in Bosnia and Serbia. These homemade beef sausages are filled with delectable herbs and spices such as parsley, paprika, salt and pepper. 

Plate of Balkan beef sausages with lapinja bread and ajvar spread.

Why We Love This Recipe for Cevapi

Cevapi or Bosnian Finger Sausages use simple ingredients that are easy to mix together so you’ll have tasty homemade sausages in no time.

We love that Cevapi can be made as a big batch – you can double or even triple the recipe and freeze them to cook when you need.

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Breakfast/ Recipes

Kaya Jam – Sweet Coconut Spread Recipe (Seri Kaya)

10/10/2019

Quick 15 minute homemade Kaya Jam is here transform your breakfast! Malaysian Seri Kaya is a sweet coconut jam recipe made without pandan leaves, perfect to slather on hot buttered toast.

Slice of toast with kaya coconut spread and Jar of Kaya Jam in background.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Kaya jam is a delicious coconut spread best enjoyed when slathered all over crispy hot buttered toast. For the ultimate South East Asian breakfast experience, serve it with a piping hot coffee. (P.S. For more coffee or tea inspo, check out our Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Malaysian Teh Tarik (pulled tea) recipes.)
  • You can easily whip up this simplified kaya jam  in less than 15 minutes. All you need is coconut cream, eggs and sugar!

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Recipes/ Snack

Slow Cooked Sticky Soy Mushrooms

08/10/2019

These Sticky Soy Mushrooms are slow cooked in a flavour-packed blend of soy, garlic and mirin.  Sticky Soy Mushrooms are perfect as an appetiser or mid-cooking snack, and so easy to make they basically cook themselves!

Mushrooms cooked with a sticky soy glaze.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Slow Cooked Sticky Soy Mushrooms are like little cups of YUM, perfect for an appetiser or a mid-cooking snack.
  • Soaking up every last drop of that umami-garlicky-sticky-soy goodness, they’re guaranteed to fire up your appetite!
  • These mushrooms are so easy and hands-off to cook, they basically cook themselves.

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5 Minute Recipes/ Recipes

Takoyaki Sauce – Super Simple Japanese Sauce Recipe

02/10/2019
 

A super simple recipe for homemade Takoyaki Sauce, PERFECT for drizzling over crispy golden takoyaki (Japanese octopus snacks). Sweet, tangy and oh-so-delicious, this amazing Japanese sauce works well with other Japanese dishes like okonomiyaki savoury pancakes and yakisoba noodles too.

Bowl of homemade Takoyaki Sauce with Japanese takoyaki balls in the background.

Why We Love This Recipe

With a sweet, fruity flavour and classic Japanese umami hit, takoyaki sauce is so delicious you’ll want to drizzle it over anything and everything. It’s super simple and easy to make, especially if you regularly enjoy Japanese cuisine at home. 

This sauce is so versatile you can use it for way more than just takoyaki. Why not try it out as a marinade or basting sauce for meat!

And okay, yes you COULD buy premade sauce at an Asian grocery or import store. But if you don’t have that option nearby or just love tinkering in the kitchen creating your own sauce blends, then this recipe is for you!

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Recipes/ Roundup

15 Inspiring Pumpkin Recipes from Around the World

19/09/2019 (Last Updated: 24/02/2020)

From Laos to Peru this mix of 15 Inspiring Pumpkin Recipes from Around the World are sure to spark some new flavours in the kitchen this fall.

Six different images of recipes using pumpkin as the main ingredient.

Pumpkins seem to be everywhere in the fall/Autumn. They’re cheap, fresh and easy to cook with, so we thought it was time to expand those taste buds and get some new cuisines into the mix with how they cook with pumpkin. It’s quite the versatile vegetable!

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Dessert/ Pumpkin/ Recipes

Pumpkin Pie with Coconut

09/09/2019

Full of spices, this Pumpkin Pie with Coconut is bursting with flavour. No can, just fresh pumpkin and coconut cream! This dairy free pumpkin pie is like a Thai version of this American classic.

Slice of pumpkin pie with coconut on place, with second slice in background.

Why We Love This Recipe

Pumpkin Pie with Coconut like eating gingerbread and a custard tart in a pie. Two of our favourite things! It actually reminds us a lot of the flavours in our Pain d’epices French Spice Cake. Anything with such a good combination of spices is a winner in our books.

It’s also ridiculously easy to whip up and throw in the oven. We do love a hands-off recipe!

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Dessert/ Recipes/ Side Dish

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

22/08/2019
 

Made with homemade buttermilk, these Cornbread Muffins are light and fluffy with a touch of sweetness. Perfect as a side to Chili or just by themselves as a snack or dessert.

Cornbread muffin cut in half with butter and surrounded by muffins in patty pans.

Why We Love This Recipe

These muffins are so quick and easy to make as they use staple pantry items that are whipped together in a single bowl then poured into a muffin tray and straight into the oven. Done! 

We also love the versatility they have. While the muffins are slightly sweet, they can be eaten as both a savoury side dish or dessert. The dish goes particularly well with chili and spicy Southern American dishes.

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