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Chewy Almond Cookies

11/01/2018 (Last Updated: 26/02/2020)

A simple recipe for Italian style almond biscuits, these Chewy Almond Cookies are delicately sweet and packed with the rich flavour of roasted almond. Hot baked cookies ready in less than 30 minutes? Yes please!

Chewy Almond Cookies Recipe - Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. These sweet treats are the perfect biscuits with a tea or dessert. | wandercooks.com

These are not your average almond bikkies.

In fact, I’d almost argue they’re the end result of what would happen if chewy amaretto biscuits and crunchy nutty baklava got together and had delicious cookie babies.

Oh yeah!

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Christmas/ Dessert/ Recipes/ Snack

Pain d’epices Recipe – French Spice Bread

12/10/2017 (Last Updated: 24/02/2020)

A classic french spice bread, this pain d’epices recipe is made with rye flour and a warming blend of ground spices sweetened with honey. Learn how to make your very own pain d’epice cake at home.

Slices of french spice bread on a cooling tray next to a dish of butter.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • This recipe for French spice bread is super easy and very quick to make. No special ingredients or appliances necessary, and no need to wait for the dough to rise.
  • Pain d’epices recipe takes the cake (pardon the pun) for sheer aromatic deliciousness. Open that oven door and we promise the aroma of ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your house and set your tummy grumbling. Take a slice, slather with butter and serve with a glass of milk or a hot cup of tea. Bliss.

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Dinner/ Recipes/ Snack

Sate Lilit – Balinese Minced Pork Satays

22/06/2017 (Last Updated: 19/02/2020)

Introducing Sate Lilit: These bite-sized Balinese morsels are going to change your life. Made with minced pork (or tuna or chicken), these easy Balinese Satays are packed with a mouthwatering Balinese spice paste known as Basa Genap. If you’re ready to head on over to FLAVOUR TOWN, read on!

Sate Lilit - Balinese Minced Port Satays - These bite-sized Balinese morsels are going to change your life. Made with minced pork (or tuna or chicken), these easy Balinese Satays are packed with mouthwatering basa genap.

If you’re a regular reader of Wandercooks you’ll know we’ve just returned from an edible adventure through Bali. Safe to say we’re still on a foodie high after those 12 epic days of binging on as much street food as we could handle, so we couldn’t resist sharing another tasty Balinese discovery.

Without further ado, enter Sate Lilit. 

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Recipes/ Snack

Italian Strawberry Muffins Recipe

17/05/2017 (Last Updated: 26/02/2020)

These easy homemade Italian Strawberry Muffins are super moist and filled with fresh strawberries, and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. They’re like ME-TIME in a patty pan. Just add a hot mug of coffee or tea. 😉

Strawberry Muffins Recipe - These easy homemade muffins are filled with fresh strawberries, super moist on the inside and can be made in minutes with your KitchenAid. | wandercooks.com

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Sometimes the smallest things can set off a bout of homesickness. Thankfully though, sometimes the simplest things can cure it. These super easy Strawberry Muffins were our 30 minute cure during a rather strong bout of homesickness while we were overseas, so we thought we’d share their delicious goodness in case you need a sweet little pick-me-up too.

Wandering through the middle of South East Asia was a heck of an adventure.

We were so lucky to see, try and taste so many zany new foods, but the longer we travelled, the more we started to miss…

Familiar things…

Comforting things…

Flavours that reminded us of home when it all got a bit too hard.

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Dinner/ Recipes/ Snack

Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand-Rolled Sushi

30/03/2017 (Last Updated: 14/01/2020)

This is the EASIEST way to make sushi at home! All you need to make Temaki Sushi (aka “hand-rolled” sushi), is yakinori seaweed, sushi rice and your favourite fillings such as carrot, cucumber and cod roe. Wrap them up into a roll or cone shape and you are done! 

A close up of three handmade sushi rolls on a plate.

Why We Love This Recipe

Temaki sushi is the easiest way to make sushi at home. We love it because there’s no need to stress over using a special bamboo sushi rolling mat or having perfect rolling / slicing skills. This is a super fun / no-fuss way to make sushi your way – quickly and easily – with your favourite filling ingredients, ready for dipping in soy sauce and wasabi.

And if you have a rice cooker, such as Tefal’s 45-in-1 Rice & Multi Cooker, it’s even easier. Simply pop your rice and water in the bowl and cook with the press of a button!

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Recipes/ Snack

Matcha Hot Cross Buns Recipe

23/02/2017 (Last Updated: 29/10/2019)

This Matcha Hot Cross Buns Recipe fuses traditional Japanese flavours with the classic European Easter treat. With matcha green tea, sweet red beans and plenty of mixed spice, they’re the perfect sweet treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Matcha Hot Cross Buns Recipe - Easter is here, so why not try Japanese style Hot Cross Buns? Fluffy, slightly sweet with a touch of spice and azuki beans. | wandercooks.com

We’re on a pre-Easter high after sending out last week’s Koulourakia recipe – seems like you guys really enjoyed the chance to get creative with your baking!

We were chatting to our friend Joy over at Homestead Lovers earlier this week and told her all about our little experiments with sumac spice, which we used for a little citrus burst in our Koulourakia.

Joy was telling us all about the dehydrated citrus powders she’s created, and it got us thinking about how we could each mix our favourite flavours through old-fashioned/traditional Easter recipes.

One thing let to another, and we decided to hold our own little pre- Easter Challenge!

Below we’re sharing the results of our latest baking experiment for this moreish little Matcha Hot Cross Buns recipe. ❤️

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Lunch/ Recipes/ Snack

Mentsuyu Recipe (Cold Soba Noodle Dipping Sauce)

20/01/2017 (Last Updated: 31/10/2019)

This Mentsuyu Recipe (Cold Soba Noodle Dipping Sauce) is ready in minutes! Made from soy sauce, mirin, sake and dashi powder, it’s a super refreshing dipping sauce for a hot summer’s day.

Noodles being dipped in cold mentsuyu noodle sauce.

Why We Love This Recipe

We love having a batch of Mentsuyu sauce in the fridge so it’s always on standby whenever we get hungry! It’s so refreshing to dip cold soba noodles in the chilled mentsuyu sauce, especially in summer. But you can also enjoy it warm, poured straight over a batch of freshly cooked noodles. 

This mentsuyu recipe uses dashi powder for a quick and easy alternative to making real dashi stock. 

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Recipes/ Side Dish/ Snack

Oysters Three Ways

22/12/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

Oysters Three Ways is our go-to for a quick 5 minute party starter – Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done, and just in time for Christmas!

Oysters Three Ways - These are our go to 5 minute party starters - Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done. | wandercooks.com

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Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s three days til Christmas already…???? But it’s actually perfect timing, since today we’re sharing our Oysters Three Ways!

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my parents have celebrated Christmas with a seafood and sparkling wine brunch, which is just what you need before a massive roast feast.

(P.S. If you’re looking for Christmas deliciousness, check out our list of Edible Christmas Presents!)

Alongside Wanderdad’s beloved king prawns mum would serve up her piece de resistance – smoky Oysters Kilpatrick straight from the oven. The smell of that heady mix of Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and bacon always evokes those special mornings; torn wrapping paper strewn around the room, laugher and cheers and fun.

Since then our wandering adventures have led us experiment with the humble oyster, so today without further ado, let us present three of our favourite oyster recipes from our trip!

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Christmas/ Recipes/ Snack

Sparkling Red Wine Gingerbread Cookies

18/11/2016 (Last Updated: 14/01/2020)

https://www.thekitchn.com/inside-the-spice-cabinet-mace-99715These Sparkling Red Wine Gingerbread Cookies will definitely get you on Santa’s good list this year. Packed with tingling spice, cook them til they’re soft and chewy or crunchy and crumbly – your choice!

Sparkling Red Wine Gingerbread Cookies - Spices in gingerbread and mulled wine go hand-in-hand, so why not mix them together? This decadent biscuit is going to win your Christmas dinner this year.

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Okay yeah, you might be looking at that title and thinking, ‘Oh cool, gingerbread cookies with a sip of sparkling wine, sounds delish. I’ll take it.’

Oh we do love your style!

BUT.

We decided to skip the sip step, and pour our sparkling shiraz straight into the gingerbread dough.

Why, you ask?

Because we’re curious. Because we love to experiment, and because we love adding wacky and wonderful creations to our repertoire.

And also because…

Why not? 😀

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Recipes/ Snack

Italian Butter Cookies (Lingue di Gatto)

03/11/2016 (Last Updated: 25/10/2019)

Crispy crunchy, super thin and delicately sweet: We dare you to stop at just one of these Italian Butter Cookies.  Only four ingredients and a super easy recipe stand between you and these tasty little morsels, which go amazingly with coffee or tea, smothered in chocolate, or dished up with ice cream. Ooooh yeah.

Italian Butter Cookies (Lingue Di Gatto) - Thin and crispy, these moreish biscuits are perfect with a cup of tea or mid-morning snack. | wandercooks

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These little Italian biscuits are the bomb. With a name that translates to tongue of the cat (or even cat languages, if you trusted google translate 😛 ) how could you resist?

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