Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-Cakes

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

 
Join in the fight against animal cruelty by joining in the nommy celebrations of RSPCA Cupcake Day with this delicious treat.

Serves – makes 12 treats that are safe for humans and puppies alike!

Prep – 10 minutes

Cook – 20 minutes

Ingredients – Pupcake

  • 1 cup of McCain Diced Pumpkin – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of ripe banana – mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter

Ingredients – Frosting

  • 2 tbs of peanut butter – softened
  • 3 tbs Greek yoghurt

Pumpkin and Banana Pup-cakes

Method

  1. Pre-heat a fan-forced oven to 180°C and line a 12-cup muffin tray with patty cake liners.
  2. Place cooked McCain Diced Pumpkin, banana, peanut butter and water in a large mixing bowl, and mix well to combine.
  3. Sift flour and cinnamon into McCain Diced Pumpkin mixture and mix to combine. Carefully spoon even amounts into the muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in tray for 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, mix softened peanut butter with Greek yoghurt. Place into a piping bag and pipe directly onto the top of the pup-cakes.

TIP: the pup-cakes will keep for 3 days, refrigerated in a sealed air-tight container. Alternatively, they are great frozen as an icy treat for pups in summer!

Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Corn

Mexican Corn Cobs

Sweet and Spicy Corn

This corn is bad-ass. Crunchy, sweet, spicy, salty, creamy and all together YUM. It can be served as a snack or side to a Mexican feast. However you serve it, the mayo is a MUST, it helps the cheese stick. I know, best sentence ever written, right? My arteries are tightening as I type.

Ingredients – Corn Cobs

  • 1 packet of McCain Corn Cobbettes
  • 50g of butter – melted
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp of sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
  • Lime wedges to serve

Ingredients – Spicy Mayo

  • ½ cup of whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper

Method

  1. Place McCain Corn Cobbettes in a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 8 minutes, or until the corn is tender. Drain in a colander and allow to steam dry.
  2. Meanwhile, for spicy mayo, combine mayonnaise and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. For spice mix, combine cayenne pepper and sweet smoked paprika.
  3. Place melted butter with honey into a small bowl and stir well to combine. Once the Corn Cobbettes are dry brush with a little of the butter and honey mixture. Place on a barbeque or in a preheated grill pan and cook, turning the Corn Cobbettes, until lightly toasted.
  4. Pour the remaining melted butter and honey mixture into a shallow tray. Remove the Corn Cobbettes from the grill and roll in the butter and honey mixture, sprinkle with spice rub and serve with spicy mayo, wedges of lime and topped with finely grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

 

Pea and Lentil Salad

Pea, Bacon and Lentil Salad

Pea and Lentil Salad

How do you make salad better? You put BACON in it! Yes, bacon!

Don’t worry, you can thank me later..

Ingredients – Salad

  • 2 cups of McCain Peas – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 400g tin of lentils – drained
  • 1 red onion – finely sliced in half moons
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • 300g of bacon – diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint – stalks removed
  • 160g of baby spinach leaves

Ingredients – Dressing

  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves – finely chopped

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a pan over a medium heat, add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Remove pan from heat and drain bacon on paper towel.
  2. Place McCain Peas and all salad ingredients into a serving bowl and toss well to combine.
  3. Whisk olive oil with lemon juice, white vinegar, Dijon mustard and finely chopped mint leaves. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently through salad.

Enjoy!

Alana's Pantry, Spicy Sauces

July Loves

It feels like only last week I was typing up my last ‘Loves’ post, although I know it has been awhile. A baby will do that to you! I send my apologies to all who were wandering aimlessly around the supermarket wondering if there was anything new and tasty to try. Never fear, I have rounded up some new and delicious products below for you to chomp on.

Oh, and I promise [fingers may or may not be crossed behind my back] that I will be more diligent with my next ‘Loves’ post.

  • Alana’s Pantry by Alana Lowes, Spicy Sauces, RRP $5.50 each – OMG these sauces are seriously good! Full of flavour, packing a seriously spicy kick, and made with no weird shit. These guys have been getting a definate work out in my kitchen of late. Seriously though, I caught Ben using the Spicy Morocco sauce for 7 meals straight. This includes 2 breakfasts. All of the sauces in the range are delicious, I personally cannot get enough of the Spicy Vietnam. It is a heavenly marinade that takes me instantly to South East Asia. Oh, and for those of you playing along at home you may remember the lovely Alana from season 3 of MasterChef Australia.
Alana's Pantry, Spicy Sauces

Alana’s Pantry, Spicy Sauces – RRP $5.50

  • Carpineto, Dogajolo, Toscano Rosso, RRP $17.00 750ml – is this not one of the most beautiful bottles of wine you have ever seen? I’m not going to lie, I totally judged a bottle by its label and bought this wine because it looked super cool. And, I have never been happier with my slightly superficial tendencies than ever before, because this is seriously a good drop. Big flavours, spicy notes of raspberry, vanilla, coffee and cherry shine through from this terrific Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. The palate is lean and lively with red berry fruits, plum flavours and notes of spice from wood-aging.
Dogajolo Toscano Rosso

Carpiteno, Dogajolo, Toscano Rosso – RRP$17

  • Mamee, Chef Premium Instant Cup Noodles, RRP $2.29 each -remember Mamee Noodles? You know, the ones with the monster on the packet that you’d chomp on dry, from the pack, in the play ground at school? Well, cue nostalgia, these guys and back; and this time it’s with something for us oldies. Their new range, Chef, is perfect for busy adults looking for quick and convenient lunch and snack solutions. They are ready in 3 minutes, which when you have a baby hanging off you is a god send! I was pleasantly surprised with the the flavour of these. They honestly tasted like noodles I have had from market stalls in Asia. Folks, you don’t need to substitute quality for speed! The pastes are made from real ingredients and there is a freeze dried veggie sachet that’s packed with slices of chilli, shallots and other delicious treats like shrimp or tofu depending on flavour. Giving you restaurant quality taste. Available in three delicious flavours; Curry Laksa with Dry Tofu and Vegetables, Tom Yam with Tasty Shrimp and Vegetables, Spicy Chicken Shiitake with Shiitake Mushrooms and Vegetables. Available in Woolworths supermarkets nationally. mamee.com.au | facebook.com/mameechef | #MameeChef
  • TIP: look out for an upcoming recipe on here using the Mamee Chef Noodles to make a super quick and super tasty family dinner!
Mamee Chef Noodle Range

Mamee Chef Noodle Range, RRP $2.29 each

Enjoy!

Christmas Table

Roast Turkey with Mushroom stuffing  

Christmas Table

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas [in July]!

If you’re a fan of giving people the bird, then this killer recipe for stuffed turkey will be right up your ally. This lean, mean, turkey machine is stuffed with mushrooms, cranberries and pecans AND served with all the Christmas trimmings making it perfect to share with a crowd. If you’re not a fan of the big bird, crowds, or you find the task of cooking a whopper like this too daunting then try adapting the recipe for a baked chicken, or even rolled pork loin. YUM!

Serves – 8 people

Prep – 30 minutes

Cooking – 3 ½ hours

Ingredients

  • 3kg fresh or thawed whole turkey
  • 1 packet of McCain Sliced Mushrooms
  • 3 rashes of bacon – rind removed and diced
  • ½ cup of pecans – roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 2 celery stick – finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs of fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tbs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbs of fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 ½ cups of sourdough bread – cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a medium pan over a high heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, bacon, rosemary and thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onion is tender and bacon is golden.
  2. Add McCain Sliced Mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and mixture is dry.
  3. Add sourdough, cranberries, pecans and parsley to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Add McCain Sliced Mushroom mixture to the dry ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add eggs and mix well to combine.

TIP: if you’re making the stuffing the night ahead simply add the eggs to the mixture the following day, prior to stuffing the bird.

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160°C. Wash the bird and cavity and pat dry with paper towel. Stuff the bird with the McCain Sliced Mushroom stuffing, ensuring you leave room for the stuffing to expand, and secure the legs with kitchen twine. Cover the breasts, wings and leg tips with oiled al-foil to ensure they don’t burn during cooking.

TIP: if you have leftover stuffing, wrap it in al-foil and place in the oven for the last 30 minutes of the birds cooking.

  1. Place the bird in the oven and for 55minutes per kg. 30 minutes before the bird is cooked, remove from the oven and remove al-foil and pierce skin with a skewer to allow for self-basting.
  2. Remove the bird from the oven, check that the bird is cooked by seeing that the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the bird reaches 80°C and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with all the trimmings!

Remember: never thaw a turkey on the bench or in the sink. Always thaw in the refrigerator and allow 13 hours per kg.

Enjoy!

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

Beef and mushroom stroganoff – it certainly isn’t diet food, but my god is it delicious.

Strips of beef, smokey paprika, mushrooms and sour cream, served with starchy carbs <3. Can I get a hells yeah?! Super quick to prepare, packed with flavour and creamy enough that everyone will love it. It’s an ideal winter meal, which is why this bad boy is on track for dinner in at my house tonight.

Ingredients
  • 500g of beef rump steak – sliced
  • 1 packet McCain Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 medium brown onion – halved and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1-2 tbs of sweet smoked paprika
  • 500ml Beef stock
  • ¾ cup of sour cream
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs of plain flour
  • 500g Fettuccini, rice or potatoes – cooked
  • Fresh parsley – to serve
  • Salt and pepper
Method
  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant and onion has softened.
  2. Meanwhile, add the plain flour to a medium sized mixing bowl or freezer bag and season with salt and pepper. Add the strips of beef and toss well to coat. Add beef to the fry pan and cook stirring for 5 minutes or until beef is evenly browned.
  3. Add tomato paste and paprika and cook for 2 minutes. Add McCain Sliced Mushrooms and beef stock and cook, simmering for 10-15 minutes or until beef is cooked, mushrooms are tender and sauce has thickened. Add sour cream and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with fettuccini and top with fresh parsley.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry

This vegan dish is rad as a standalone meal or perfect as a side dish to spiced meat, fish or crispy tofu. This is a great warming dish to enjoy in winter. If you can make it ahead and give all the wonderful flavours a chance to develop and blend together. Everything tastes better the next day, right?!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of McCain Cubed Pumpkin – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 400g tin of chickpeas – drained
  • 1 medium brown onion – quartered and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 3 tbs of curry powder
  • 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 1 tbs of peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Toasted chopped cashew nuts and fresh coriander leaves, to serve
  • Basmati rice and/or naan bread, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the curry powder and stir for 1-2 minute or until aromatic. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes or until onion has softened.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to the boil, reduce heat to simmer, stir in McCain Cubed Pumpkin and chickpeas and cook, uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until the coconut milk has reduced. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Divide among bowls, top with coriander leaves and toasted cashew nuts. Serve with basmati rice and/or naan bread.

Enjoy!

Microwave Mushroom Risotto

Microwave Mushroom Risotto

Microwave Mushroom Risotto

In true “Mother” fashion this recipe is a winner as it involves very little prep and even less effort in cooking. Some light cutting work, a few taps on the microwave and boom super simple, flavour packed risotto is yours to enjoy. Delicious on its own, perfect as a side or add some grilled chicken and crispy pancetta for an amazing main. Add it to your repertoire of meals and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of McCain Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 cup of Arborio or Risotto rice
  • 60g butter – chopped
  • 1 brown onion – finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese – grated
  • 1/3 cup of parsley – chopped

Method

  1. Combine 20g butter, onion, garlic and thyme in an 8-cup capacity, heatproof, microwave-safe dish. Cover loosely with paper towel and microwave on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes or until onion is soft.
  2. Add rice and stir to coat. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups of stock, cover and microwave on HIGH (100%) for 5 minutes, followed by 7 minutes on MEDIUM (50%).
  3. Stir in McCain Sliced Mushrooms, cover and microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for a further 7 minutes. Add ¼ cup of parmesan, ¼ cup of parsley and remaining butter, stir to combine, cover and cook for a further 7 minutes on HIGH (100%). Stir, cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into bowls, top with remaining parmesan and parsley and serve.

Enjoy!

 

Mexican Prawn and Corn Salad

Mexican Prawn Salad

Mexican Prawn and Corn Salad

Smokey paprika, sweet corn, spicy chilli and tangy lime combine to make this salad as filling as it is fabulous.

Ingredients – Salad

  • 2 cups of McCain Corn Kernels – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 400g of green prawns – peeled, deveined and tails intact
  • 400g tin of red kidney beans – drained
  • 200g of heirloom or grape tomatoes – halved
  • 1 bunch of coriander – stalks removed
  • 1 small red onion – halved and finely sliced into half moons
  • 1 long red chilli – halved, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • ½ tsp of sweet paprika
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • Lime cheeks for serving

Ingredients – Dressing

  • The juice and rind of 2 limes
  • 1 tbs of fish sauce
  • 2 tbs of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs of sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar

Method

  1. Combine prawns, garlic, chilli, sweet paprika and ½ the olive oil in a bowl. Toss to coat. If time permits, cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to marinate.
  2. Meanwhile, combine McCain Corn Kernels, tomatoes, red kidney beans, coriander, red onion and remaining oil in a large bowl. Place all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk briskly to combine.
  3. Preheat a barbecue or char grill to a medium-high heat, add remaining olive oil, place prawns on the grill and cook, turning, for 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
  4. Divide McCain Corn Kernel salad mixture among serving plates and top with prawns, drizzle with salad dressing, and serve with fresh lime cheeks.

Enjoy!

Crispy Skin Salmon with Mushy Peas

Salmon with Mushy Peas

Crispy Salmon + Mushy Peas, did somebody say heaven?! I absolutely love salmon, so salmon with crispy skin doesn’t stand a chance around me. Paired with super simple mushy peas and potatoes YUM! Oh, and I mention you can have it on the table in 20 minutes?
ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 2 Atlantic Salmon Fillets – approx. 200g each, skin on, scaled and pin boned
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • McCain Mini Roasts Italian Herbs – cooked as per packet instructions
  • Salt and pepper

Ingredients – Mushy peas

  • 2 cups of McCain Baby Peas
  • 2 tbs of thickened cream
  • 1 tbs of butter
  • 2 tsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs of fresh mint – finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic – crushed or grated
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil over medium high heat. Add McCain Baby Peas and cook for 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain McCain Baby Peas and in the same saucepan, melt butter in the cream. Once melted, add McCain Baby Peas, mint, lemon and garlic and mash with a potato masher until chunky with small pieces of peas remaining. Season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, place salmon, skin side up, on a plate. Drizzle with oil and rub salt into skin. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add salmon, skin side down. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until skin is crisp. Turn, and cook, covered for 4 to 5 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Spoon the mashed peas onto plates and top with the salmon, skin side up. Serve with McCain Mini Roasts Italian Herbs.

Enjoy!