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!

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!

Egg Free Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Egg Free Banana Bread

Recently a friend came over for morning tea, having a new bub I find it next to impossible to get out of the house, let alone have the time to whip up a morning tea treat! After rummaging through the cupboards I decided I had almost enough ingredients to make banana bread. I was down the eggs, but, I’d make it work. And, work it did! This is one of the fastest, easiest and tastiest banana breads I have ever made. Cafe style, moist and moreish. YUM!

Ingredients 

  • 3 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 banana – halved length-ways
  • 2 cups sf flour
  • 1/2 tsp bi carb soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 180℃ and grease a loaf tin with a little olive oil.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, mix wet ingredients together in a medium bowl. Fold wet and dry ingredients together until combined just combined.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin, place decoration banana on top, and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

fresh rhubarb

February Loves

A monthly roundup of the best foodie finds.

Barilla, Gluten Free Pasta – tastes as good as the real wheaty deal but suitable for the coeliac’s among us. Dont worry folk, Barilla’s got your back. Barilla Spaghetti Gluten Free RRP $4.07.

Barilla Gluten Free Pasta

Barilla Gluten Free Pasta

Five Tastes, Thai Red Curry Paste – as a general rule I’m pretty skeptical of curry pastes from a jar, however this is the shiz. Real ingredients, no weird shit and honest flavours. Try it with chicken breast or my favourite, slow cooked beef. Five Tastes Thai Red Curry Paste RRP$4.14.

Five Tastes Thai Red Curry Paste

Five Tastes Thai Red Curry Paste

Five Tastes Thai Red Curry Paste

Slow cooked beef in Five Tastes Thai Red Curry Paste

Jazz Apple Sparkling Apple Juice – tastes like you’ve just bitten into an apple, YUM.

Jazz Apple Sparkling Apple Juice

Jazz Apple Sparkling Apple Juice

McDonalds, Big Mac Sauce – one upon a time my friend made me go to drive through McDonalds so she could purchase an unholy amount of Big Mac sauce for her to smoother on her upcoming meals. I have now learnt that she mustn’t have been the only person doing this as Micky D’s have announced that they will be selling their famous sauce in store, but for a limited time only so hurry in! In addition to the small tubs, McDonalds have released 200 500ml bottles one of which will be auctioned off on eBay with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities. McDonalds Big Mac Sauce 25ml, 50¢

McDonalds Big Mac Special Sauce

McDonalds Big Mac Special Sauce

Rhubarb – in season and amazingly delicious. Don’t just think sweets, try a spicy rhubarb relish with grilled pork or fish tacos with rhubarb and coriander salsa.

fresh rhubarb

Rhubard – Image: http://www.lolaberry.com

Pea and Persian Feta Bruschetta

Persian Feta and Green Pea Bruschetta

Pea and Feta Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an exercise in getting the basics right; balancing the flavour, and texture of simple ingredients to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

The flavours of my Pea and Persian Feta Bruschetta are perfection. The creamy peas, are accentuated with fresh mint, then hit with the sharpness of garlic, parmesan and lemon, and finished with crunchy bread and smooth Persian Feta. So good.

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of sourdough bread
  • 2 cups of McCain Peas
  • ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 2 tbs of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic – crushed or grated
  • 250g of Persian Feta
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh mint sprigs and lemon cheeks to serve

Pea and Persian Feta Bruschetta

Method

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add McCain Peas and cook 3 minutes or until tender.  Scoop peas out of the pot, into an ice bath to cool. Drain. The ice bath will help the peas retain their bright colour, juiciness and plumpness.
  2. Add McCain Peas, mint leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan and garlic to a food processer and blitz for 1 minute or until roughly crushed. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Preheat a chargill pan over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of bread with oil and chargrill, in batches, for 3 minutes each side.
  4. Spread pea mixture over grilled bread and serve scattered with Persian Feta, mint leaves and lemon cheeks.

Enjoy!

Bagel Crisp Nachos

Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos

Bagel Crisp Nachos

Did you know that Abe’s Bagels – Bagel Crisps contain 70% less fat than regular crisps? And, their scrumptious flavours contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Hells yeah! Meaning now you can have your crisps, and eat them too.

While chomping on these crisps, I thought I would try something different with my crisps, rather than cracking a packet and plonking on the couch or serving them with dip. Enter, Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos; by replacing the standard nacho corn chips with bagel crisps not only will you be reducing your families fat intake, but the sturdy nature of the bagel crisps gives you superior scooping power as your crisp wont buckle under topping pressure or go soggy. Win.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 brown onion – halved and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs of oil olive
  • 420g tin of four bean mix – rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup of tomato paste
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of Moroccan spice mix
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of tasty cheese
  • 1 avocado – diced, to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves, sour cream, and sweet chilli sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 2-3 minutes until onion begins to soften.
  2. Add beef mince, bean mix, tomato paste and herbs. Cook, using a fork to break up the mince, for 3-5 minutes or until beef mince is browned and herbs are fragrant.
  3. Add water and allow to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  4. Pile Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps on an oven proof serving dish, top with beef and bean mix, top with cheese and grill under a medium grill to melt and brown.
  5. Top with fresh coriander leaves and diced avocado, and serve immediately with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

Enjoy!

Multi Coloured Cauliflowe

In Season – September

Multi Coloured Cauliflowe

Nourish the Roots – Coloured Cauliflower – http://bit.ly/1A0KuDi

Spring sprung and there’s a new crop of fruit and vegetables coming into season and onto your plates this September. This month, you’ll find some interesting fruit and vegetables on your green grocer’s shelves and will attain the best value and quality by cooking with:

Fruit

  • Blood Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Mandarins
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Red Papaya
  • Rockmelon
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelo

Vegetables

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoflower – a Broccoli x Cauliflower hybrid
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chilli
  • Chinese Greens
  • Gai Lan
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach
  • Shallots
  • Vine Sweeten Mini Caps – the tiny colourful capsicums

Remember, if there is a specific ingredient you’d like to know how to use,m or dish you’d like to know how to make, just pop it in the comments section below.

Enjoy!