1. Popcorn Parmigiana, 2. Fairy Bread Popcorn, 3. Chocolate Popcorn, 4. Salty & Sweet Smokey BBQ Popcorn.
This summer, whether you are enjoying the easing of restrictions, holidaying and visiting friends and family, or relishing the peace of a staycation, one thing is a given: most of us have a little extra downtime. Sydney summers mean long (so very long) school holidays and stifling weather that makes it hard to think about turning the oven on to prepare hot food & complicated meals. And if you're like me, you're also looking to tighten your financial belt after the silly season blowout.
Enter homemade popcorn. Delicious, nutritious (hello, high fibre wholegrain!) and cheap. It's the perfect companion to an evening watching a movie, a rainy afternoon playing board games, a quick and impromptu snack when guests - or late night hunger - descend without warning.
This week we've been busy in the Village test kitchen coming up with some scrumptious popcorn flavourings. We worked tirelessly, testing batch after batch of hot, buttery popcorn gussied up with a variety of spices and flavours. Here are our finalists. You're welcome.
It's days till Christmas! Come Saturday, some of us will be brimming over with holiday spirit, others will be counting the minutes til it's over. To be frank, I think I have a foot in both camps!
If you're hosting a get-together or looking for inspiration for your Bring-a-Plate event, I hope I can give you a recipe that will be crowd pleasing in every way.
Sweet Potato with Pecans and Maple Syrup ticks so many boxes: it's a modern, lighter twist on a time-honoured Northern Hemisphere favourite - Candied Yams. It's vegetarian and gluten free. The ingredients make it feel festive to the max - once you inhale the scent of the cinnamon, maple, butter & sweet potato you'll want to dive in.
It's an easy recipe too, with very few ingredients. Make extra. You'll want to dig into the leftovers right up until New Year's eve!
These simple little biscuits are easy and fun to make, even more fun to decorate and make a lovely little gift - they're little hugs disguised as a present!
The silly season is almost upon us - how did that happen?! With that in mind, we wanted to give you a recipe that will help grease the post-lockdown rusty wheels of socialising and hospitality.
Homemade Lavash - or flatbread crackers are a quietly genius way to spruce up your cheese platter. They also make the perfect offering to take to holiday get-togethers, and they're a lovely gift for friends, colleagues and school teachers. To the receiver they have the sparkly allure of being an impressively complicated thing to make, but they're really not! Whether you're a novice in the kitchen or an old-hand, Lavash crackers require a very small set of both skills and ingredients.
Let's do this.
MIX, WAIT, SHAPE & BAKE. That's all that's required for the most beautiful, golden crusty homemade loaf. Your nearest and dearest will think you've spent weeks nurturing a starter then half a day kneading and resting the dough. There is no need to tell them that you produced this wondrous bread on a spur of the moment whim, or that it took a mere 10-15 mins of your time to put together.
Your secret is safe with us.