Author: Joanna O'Sullivan

  1. How to host a successful party – without freaking out!

    How to host a successful party – without freaking out!

    Don't freak out. Planning a party does not have to be an intimidating process, even if it seems big and scary. Here is a guide for planning a party stress-free so you can enjoy yourself.

    Create a Concept

    The first step of planning a party is establishing the basics. Will there be a theme? Is there a dress code?

    What time should it start? Begin with the basics; once you have the general ideas down, you're ready to host a party.

     

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  2. Recipe: Asparagus Milanese

    Recipe: Asparagus Milanese

    Asparagus are in season right through Spring so this is the time to get the freshest, juiciest Aussie grown beauties at the very best price.  This dish, originating in Italy was historically a simple celebration of Spring.  That’s because asparagus are one of the first vegetables to break through the soil after Winter and eggs of course have always been a symbol of new beginnings.

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  3. Poor diets now killing more people than cigarettes!

    Poor diets now killing more people than cigarettes!

    According to the recently released results from the Global Burden of Disease Study, poor diets are now causing more deaths globally than tobacco!

    This study is the most comprehensive worldwide observational study of its kind, spanning nearly three decades.  The results show that annually, tobacco is associated with 8 million deaths and unhealthy, poor diets 11 million deaths.

    Of those diet-related causes of death, heart attacks and strokes topped the list, followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes.  Overall, eating and drinking better could prevent 20% of deaths globally.

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  4. Recipe: Stuffed Artichokes

    Recipe: Stuffed Artichokes

     

    Are you one of the many people who have only ever eaten the type of artichoke heart you buy in a jar or see on an antipasto platter?  Perhaps you’re a tiny bit scared of artichokes?  Love the taste but wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to prepping and cooking them?

    We’re here to rescue you from this fate.  In fact, we’re challenging you to get to your local green grocer, pick up some fine specimens and cook up this stuffed artichoke hearts recipe.  Artichokes do look a little freaky as far as vegetables go but they’re actually very easy to cook and this dish is so delicious that we know you’ll be so proud you made it yourself!

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  5. Recipe: Mushy Green Peas

    Recipe: Mushy Green Peas

     

    Simple, tasty, healthy!

    The humble green pea is rather under-rated as a vegetable but this is truly unfair, as peas are impressively high in fibre and protein, rich in powerful antioxidants, all while being low in calories.

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  6. Recipe: Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce

    Recipe: Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce

    Winter’s coming and it’s the time for some scrumptious and intensely satisfying comfort food. Here’s the perfect, restaurant-quality red wine and mushroom sauce you can whip up to enjoy alone or to impress guests at your next dinner party. As with all our recipes, it’s easy and impossible to stuff up!

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  7. Recipe: Easy Anzac Biscuits

    Recipe: Easy Anzac Biscuits

    Today, Anzac biscuits are manufactured commercially and widely available. But we think it’s a shame to buy them when you can so easily create your own superior home-baked version.

    There’s nothing like the aroma of baked oats and golden syrup, mmmm… deee…licious!

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  8. Food Additives to Avoid – What are the dangers?

    Food Additives to Avoid – What are the dangers?

    We’ve all heard about hyperactive kids on red cordial but is this just hyperbole? What are the dangers (if any) of food additives to adults and children alike, and should you be worried about consuming them?

    The answer is yes, you ought to be concerned, especially if you eat a lot of processed food, which is where a large number of food additives tend to lurk.

    What’s alarming though is that additives are now used in healthy foods such as bread, butter, yoghurt, juice and muesli bars; foods that in past decades were additive-free.

    According to the Food Intolerance Network, Australia most consumers underestimate how many additives they eat and nor do they know which foods contain the nasties. The average consumer eats a staggering 20 additives per day!

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  9. Recipe: Minted Green Bean Salad with Yoghurt

    Recipe: Minted Green Bean Salad with Yoghurt

    Here’s a salad that can be appreciated all year round.  It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and we guarantee it’s super easy, even for the most culinary-challenged!

    Enjoy it as a meal in itself (top with chicken or bacon to boost the protein) or serve as a zesty side dish.  The yoghurt and herb dressing make this salad the ideal accompaniment to many Indian or Middle Eastern meals as well as barbequed foods.

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  10. 2019 Hot Health Trend – Plant Based Diet Benefits

    2019 Hot Health Trend – Plant Based Diet Benefits

    The latest buzz in the health world is around “plant-based eating”, with celebrities and sports stars adopting this eating style in droves.  Not just popular in Hollywood, this growing global movement to eat more foods derived from plants and fewer foods from animals is attracting many Aussie fans too. Its popularity comes down to its simplicity and the many health improvements associated with eating plants.

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