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Yogurt cheese on toast

Yogurt cheese on toast

Labna, also spelt labne, labneh or labnah, is a drained yogurt-based cheese popular on mezze platters in Middle Eastern cuisine. It can be drained for longer than 24 hours; the longer it is drained, the firmer it will become. Labna will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
The Perfect Boiled Egg

The Perfect Boiled Egg

A perfect soft-boiled egg has a firm but tender white and a runny yolk, with no cracks in the shell to allow the white to seep out.

Spicy Vegetables with Eggs

Spicy Vegetables with Eggs

Quick and easy to prepare, this dish is an ideal midweek dinner but the colourful ingredients make it perfect for a celebratory meal, too. Originating in North Africa, it is also known as chakchouka.
Sweet potato cupcakes

Sweet potato cupcakes

The natural sweetness of the sweet potato means you won’t need to add much sugar – so this is a perfect guilt-free snack or kid’s lunchbox treat.
Easy Minestrone

Easy Minestrone

Here’s a tip from Italian cooks: there are really no hard-and-fast rules or secret ingredients when it comes to making minestrone, so long as it contains beans, pasta and an abundance of vegetables.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Stew

Slow-cooker Black Bean Stew

This dish is similar to feijoada, a traditional Brazilian black bean stew. You can use canned beans, adding them to the slow cooker during the last 2 hours of cooking. Serve with steamed rice.
Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

French peasants devised this dish to deal with a tough old rooster – they slowly simmered it with onions, herbs and good red wine to render the gamey meat flavoursome and tender. If you don’t have fresh thyme, use a good pinch of dried mixed herbs. Chopped parsley can be stirred into the sauce just before serving.
Pressure-cooker Goulash

Pressure-cooker Goulash

Paprika is the signature spice in this famed Hungarian dish, and is sold in various grades of heat and sweetness. If possible, use Hungarian paprika here. Using a pressure cooker brings the meat to tenderness in no time at all. Serve with rustic farmhouse bread and perhaps some sour cream.
Which Pot to Cook What?

Which Pot to Cook What?

It is important for dishes that need to cook for a long time, that your pot or pan has a good-quality heavy base to distribute the heat evenly.

Fish and Potato Hotpot

Fish and Potato Hotpot

This simple, vegetable-laden stew comes with some added extras – a dollop of yogurt on top and toasty croutons to give a tangy crunch to every lovely mouthful.
Feeding pet

What Not To Feed Your Pet

A treat for you could be trouble for them.

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Although a one-pot dish on its own, this tagine is superb with the quick and easy couscous recipe given below. If you can’t find dried cherries, use dried or frozen cranberries instead.
Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

In Italy, slow-cooked bolognese is traditionally made with pork and veal, but here kangaroo is used as it is extremely lean. Substitute any lean meat if kangaroo is not available.
Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Roasted Capsicum

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Roasted Capsicum

The tomatoes, capsicum and white wine in this recipe are classic foils for many types of seafood. You can substitute any firm-fleshed white fish for the scallops or use crab instead of the clams.
Pasta Presto

Pasta Presto

Pasta is easy to prepare and you can make it special with toppings of fresh herbs and a drizzle of good olive oil or a sprinkle of shaved hard cheese. Here are more quick ideas.

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