DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CRACKLE COOKIES! 2

November 24, 2014

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There pretty much are NO WORDS for these. THAT’S how heavenly they are!

Well….  I guess there are SOME words, otherwise this would be a silent blog post… or a wordless one rather…

In any case, let’s keep this simple….

These Donna Hay Bikkies are….

AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS

Soft AND Crunchy.

Rich and Chocolately.

EASY to make.

LOVED BY ANYONE AND EVERYONE.

The perfect Christmas (or anytime!) gift!

I first came across these biscuits / cookies (which you can find by clicking on this sentence!!) when my friend K made them for me last December, She packed them tight into the most stunning jar and decorated it with holly and a gorgeous sticker ‘card.’ I felt very special being on the receiving end of such a thoughtful home-made gift but I felt even MORE special as I bit into my first one and realised how insanely good they were!

I will link to the recipe again HERE (CLICK ON THE WORD HERE OR ON THIS SENTENCE AND the link will take you to a blog that lists the method and ingredients!) I didn’t use the food dye when I made them, so mine weren’t red, but do as you please! It doesn’t affect the end result! Also, another tip, be GENEROUS with the icing sugar that you roll the balls in just before baking. If you want that real white vs dark contrast on your final cookies, you need to pack that stuff on – see my pics below!

ENJOY!

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PHOODIE’S CANDY CANE TRUFFLES 3

November 17, 2014

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY BESTRECIPES.COM.AU

If you ask me, food is the best gift that you can give.

Flowers or food?

FOOD.

Booze or food?

FOOD.

Jewellery or food?

FOOD.

It’s a no brainer from where I stand. Food wins every time.

Ever since I was a wee lass, Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year. And I love nothing more than spending a day in the kitchen with the ones I love baking, cooking, smashing up a storm.

These Candy Cane truffles scream Christmas from the rooftops and with the mint chocolate combo they are hard to say no to!

ENJOY!

Other Christmas edibles include this DELICIOUS gingerbread, these gorgeous and simple tarts and the INFAMOUS PHOODIE’S Rocky Road Wreath!

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INGREDIENTS

900 grams good quality dark chocolate

270 ml thickened cream

Candy Canes, crushed – for rolling the truffles in (you can also use cocoa, desiccated coconut, peanuts, the list goes on!)

METHOD

1) Place the cream and the chocolate in a medium sized pan and cook on the stove over a low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate has melted and ingredients have combined.

2) Remove from heat and whisk to ensure no lumps then transfer to a baking paper lined tin (mine was 26cm x 20 cm, but it doesn’t really matter, any small baking tin will do.) Place in fridge to set (approximately 2 or so hours or until firm.)

3) Place Candy Canes in a food processor and blitz under desired consistency is reached. I like it to be similar to sand but some people prefer larger pieces. Transfer Candy Cane crumbs to a bowl. (Note: they tend to stick together a bit so keep a small spoon close by to break them apart as necessary.)

4) Remove the set chocolate mixture from the fridge and place a heaped teaspoon (I actually use about two teaspoons worth because I prefer mine larger) of chocolate mixture at a time into the palm of your hand. Roll it into a ball and then coat it with candy cane crumbs. Set aside on a baking paper lined tray. Repeat until all chocolate mixture is used up. Store in a tupperware container in the fridge for up to 8 days.)

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This month’s theme for BESTRECIPES.COM.AU’s “Home Cook Hero” is CHRISTMAS GIFTS – How perfect are these Candy Cane Truffles as an entry?! For more information on the campaign, read below:

Do you love cooking and sharing new recipes? At Best Recipes we love to share Australia’s best recipe creations and so we’re looking for Best Recipes Home Cook Hero. Each month we’ll be setting a new recipe theme to find the best home cooks and all you have to do is share your favourite original recipe with us. You’ll have the chance to win great prizes and be announced as Australia’s Home Cook Hero!

This month, we’re looking for the Home Cook Hero with the best Christmas gift recipe! To be in the running to be the Home Cook Hero for November, SUBMIT your best original Christmas gift RECIPE. Enter between November 1 – 30, 2014 to WIN $1,000 and have your recipe published in Super Food Ideas magazine. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

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PHOODIE’S ROASTED TOMATO, BURRATA AND ROCKET PIZZA 0

November 9, 2014

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY WOOLWORTHS GOLD

Light.

Simple.

Crispy.

Pizza the way it should be.

Forget heavy, complicated toppings. When making pizza I definitely prefer to bring it back to basics.

Good quality basics.

In this post I have used a Woolworths Gold authentic hand rolled sourdough pizza base, topped with a tomato pizza sauce, plus some baby tomatoes (roasted and fresh), rocket and gorgeous Woolworths Gold Burrata (I put some on before the pizza went in the oven and some when it came out!)

My husband is pizza OBSESSED (and very fussy I might add) and he was mighty impressed with my efforts. So ten points to me.

And the best part? It took me less than 2 minutes to whack it together!

ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS

1 x Woolworths Gold sourdough pizza base

10 Cherry Tomatoes – halved

150 grams Burrata

1 handful of Rocket

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

METHOD

1) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Scatter half the cherry tomatoes and half of the burrata evenly over the pizza base and place pizza in oven (could that be any easier!?)

2) When golden and crispy (abouttttt 10 mins!) remove from oven and scatter with the second half of the tomatoes, the second half of the burrata and top with the handful of rocket and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

YUM!

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And if you want to take this delicious meal to the next level, in addition to the ingredients listed above, you could top the Pizza with this SPECTACULAR “Created with Jamie” Lemon and Thyme butterflied lamb leg. Simply cook according to instructions on the packet and then slice thinly. Make the pizza as directed above and as soon as it comes out of the oven,  generously scatter lamb pieces over it. Top with the rocket. YUMMMM!

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“THE BEST PUMPKIN SALAD EVER” BY PHOODIE 6

November 3, 2014

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This salad got its name from, well, from ACTUALLY BEING, the BEST Pumpkin Salad EVER!

I mean it really is that simple.

Make it.

Eat it.

CRY from joy,

Repeat.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups walnuts

1 teaspoon brown sugar

6 cups Pumpkin – cut into approx 3cm pieces (This is about a large baking tray’s worth of pumpkin)

Olive oil and Salt – to drizzle and sprinkle on pumpkin

6 large brown onions

3 tablespoons Olive oil and 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar – for onions

3 generous handfuls of rocket

150 grams Goat’s Feta

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, to dress salad

METHOD

1) Scatter walnuts on a baking paper lined tray and sprinkle sugar over the top. Place into a preheated 200 degree celsius oven until nuts are roasted. This will take abouuuuuuut 10 – 15 minutes but DO NOT TURN AWAY as they can burn easily! It may take you less time if you have a “hot oven” like me. (As in my OVEN is hot, not me!)

2) Chop pumpkin into 3cm pieces and scatter over baking paper lined tray. Drizzle with Olive oil and scatter with salt. Bake in a 200 degree celsius oven until all pieces are cooked through. This should take approximately 40 minutes, but check it along the way! (Allow it to cool slightly before adding to the salad!)

3) Finely slice your onions and chuck ‘em into a large pan with the olive oil. Turn heat on to LOW. I repeat. Turn heat on to LOW and continuously mix onions around until they become caramelised! It really is that easy….. but it DOES take some time…. so when I say CONTINUOUSLY mix onions I don’t mean for your hand NOT TO STOP, I mean to just keep mixing them on and off over the time it takes for them to caramelise. It can take up to 30 minutes or so, look at my snaps below for a guide as to what you are aiming for! Once they are ALMOST caramelised, toss in the tablespoon of balsamic and stir through.

4) Now it’s time to layer your salad! Get your serving bowl and chuck in some rocket, sprinkle some nuts, scatter some (cooled) pumpkin, and  throw over some onions. Repeat.Top salad with the gorgeous feta (crumbled) and dress with a good splash of both the oil and the balsamic.

ENJOY!

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PHOODIE’S ASIAN SALMON WITH FRESH HERB + MACADAMIA TOPPING 8

October 26, 2014

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Did you know that Brain Cancer kills more children than any other disease?

The cause for it is unknown, it cannot be prevented and treatment options are few.

Pretty frightening, hey?

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the largest dedicated fundraiser for Brain Cancer research in Australia and a HUGE increase in research funding is needed to accelerate new treatments and improve survival. Their mission is bold; To Increase five-year survival to 50% within ten years.

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PHOODIE’S BUBBLE GUM ROCKY ‘WIZZ FIZZ’ ROAD 10

October 23, 2014

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY WIZZ FIZZ

The little red spoon.

Who could forget it!?

Certainly not me… or my sister… or brother…. Every Saturday night my grandparents used to take us to the same “Chocolate shop” (I mean do these things even EXIST anymore!? Apart from in small country towns and Switzerland!?) and we would each get to select one thing to take home and guzzle down before bed. And time after time after time we would always choose Wizz Fizz.

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PHRANKENSTEIN’S BRAINS (AKA GUACAMOLE!) 0

October 14, 2014

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I wasn’t going to bring you guys a Hawlloween post this year.

It’s not that I am not into it, I totally am! I mean WHAT’S not to like about dressing up and shovelling chocolate down ya gob!? It’s just that, as always, and like everyone, my time is limited and it appeared to me (via a Facebook survey that I ran) that most of you wanted the Pumpkin Salad post instead of a Halloween one.

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PHOODIE’S COCONUT, OAT AND ROASTED HAZELNUT BREAKFAST MUFFINS (WITH HOMEMADE ‘NUTELLA!’) 1

October 7, 2014

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY VITASOY COCONUT MILK

Long time Phoodies will know that Coconut and I go back a LONG way. Pretty much since I was a newborn, I have been OBSESSED with anything and everything that comes from, is related to, smells like, or is a form of this precious wonder of nature. Coconuts even score a special mention on the “About Me” section of this blog! In addition, they appear on all of my profile descriptions across Social Media. It’s pretty fair to say I LOVE ‘em!

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