Welcome to the First Edition of Monthly Foodie Faves! Consider it a giant bookmark of things discovered, tried and recommended for August.
In this edition find out how to get your hands on $2 cookbooks by celebrity chefs, how to prolong the life of your spices, what is coconut oil and how to use it, which canned tuna is best and discover over 25 cool kitchen tips. Plus, find out how to style your dishes like a pro and which in-car game has got the kids and grown ups alike entertained for hours.
1. The $2 Cookbooks are back!
As part of the Taste Food Month, the $2 mini cookbooks are available for purchase (in NSW only) with The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, featuring recipes from recently released cookbooks by Australia’s favourite chefs. How is that for great value? There is a new book out every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until September 6, 2012 and there are 15 mini cookbooks to collect. Ask your newsagent for copies of Jamie’s, Maggie’s, Donna’s you might have missed earlier this week, and don’t forget to grab Manu’s mini cookbook today.
2. Crave Sydney Festival program is out Today!
Pick up The Sydney Morning Herald on August 18 for the full 52-page festival program, including special offers on the World Chef Showcase, tickets to new events such as the Talks and Thoughts program and World Chef Showcase exhibition; plus Breakfast on Bondi, Night Noodle Markets and more.
3. How to plate food like a stylist
4. Handy kitchen tips: If you are after environmentally-friendly kitchen advice, check out Home Life’s 15 eco-friendly kitchen tips. For time-savings tips on how to de-seed a pomegranate in 10 seconds, or peel an egg without peeling it, check out this list.
5. Storing spices: To help your spices last longer, visit Awanthi’s handy guide to storing spices.
6. Sustainable tuna in pure olive oil: After reading David Gillespie’s other book, Big Fat Lies, I had decided to pay better attention to the types of oils we eat. I have always been using olive oil and butter in cooking and baking, so that was a tick. One area I haven’t really thought about oils has been canned fish. I wanted sustainable: pole-caught and in pure olive oil, as most brands use an oil blend. Safcol is one of the very few brands that makes tasty sustainably fished tuna in pure olive oil. And, to my surprise, I found that Woolworths (yes, yes, the supermarket giant) makes exactly that too: sustainable, pole-caught tuna in pure olive oil. Both are pretty affordable and definitely a better choice when it comes to tuna.
7. Coconut oil…
I have recently started to use organic coconut oil in cooking as well as baking. Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. It has many healing properties and despite being a saturated fat, it is actually good for you. And for your pet: giving coconut oil to your pet is an excellent health decision and can improve your pet’s quality of life, because coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi. Find out the best 5 uses for coconut oil here. Or visit CoconutOil.com, the Internet’s oldest resource for published research on the health benefits of coconut oil.
Scroll down for 7 delicious coconut oil recipes.
8. Julia Child’s 100th Birthday!
9. Highly addictive car game: Spotto might not sound like much, but it’s oodles of fun! You can tweak the rules to your liking, but basically everyone inside your car should be on the lookout for yellow cars. When you see one, with its engine on and moving, shout out “Spotto!”. For every moving yellow car you spot you get 1 point. The person with most points at the end of the drive wins. We’ve added a couple of extra colours to the mix: for moving orange, shout out: “Orangutan!” for 1 point and for bright green try, erm, something that’s green and rhymes with “Spotto!” for a massive 2 points. Fun fun fun!
10. Moving a blog can be frustrating: Maureen, who together with her husband John is behind the nifty printable recipe ‘card’ I’ve been using on the blog lately, posted a fantastic article about her experience with completely redesigning and moving her blog. I giggled as I relived my recent frustrations of the move through hers. Another great tutorial for starting your own self-hosted blog was recently penned by Jennifer.
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7 Must Try Coconut Oil Recipes