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Jamie Oliver abused after launch of The Naked Chef: "I got chased and punched a few times"

<p>Jamie Oliver may be one of the world’s most famous chefs but his climb to fame wasn’t without difficulty.</p> <p>The healthy eating advocate, who now has a net worth of US$235 million, has revealed that he received a lot of hate after his first show aired.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>The Sun</strong></em></span></a>, Oliver said men were abusive toward him after <em>The Naked Chef</em> series aired because he was showing wives and girlfriends that men were able to cook.</p> <p>Oliver said: “When men stopped thinking of me as the competition — after about two-and-a-half years — men would stop wanting to punch me.”</p> <p>“I didn’t realise it was political at the time, but 20 years ago women, en masse, were going to work.</p> <p>“Women and men, husbands, boyfriends were coming home from work, they’d sit down at six o’clock and go ‘Ahh, f***ing tired’, and men across Britain would look at their wives and go ‘What’s for dinner?’ And they weren’t having it. And rightfully so.</p> <p>“They had both done a 12-hour day, their feet both hurt, they’re both contributing to the rent — so I didn’t know it because I was too young and stupid, and I was just enjoying life way too much — but women around Britain made me succeed.”</p> <p>Jamie Oliver explained that the backlash was not only verbal but also physical.</p> <p>“And then that’s why, if you look back in the papers and study it, men hated me for two years, and I got chased and punched a few times, I had loads of abuse. Men f***ing hated me.”</p> <p>Oliver said when the series aired he looked “about one-year-old – almost like a foetus”, which inspired women to tell their parents to cook more.</p> <p>Did you watch Jamie Oliver's <em>The Naked Chef</em> series when it aired on local TV? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Mum shares genius Kmart hack for solving plastic bag ban

<p>A Gold Coast mum has shared a genius $9 Kmart hack for dealing with the nationwide plastic bag ban in supermarkets..<br /><br />Mum-of six Joelle Skinner believes she’s come up with a simple solution so shoppers are never caught out again – and it will cost you just $9.<br /><br />The Kmart cross-body bag is a “super compact, super cute way to solve the reusable bag dilemma”, she writes.</p> <p><img style="width: 437.241px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7819866/kmart1.jpg?width=437.2413793103448&amp;height=500" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c09291c9d5b94bc596212efeea60892b" /><br /><br />Joelle, 36, who shares her 'life and parenting hacks' on her page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jedimumtricks/posts/861262147418040"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Jedi Mum Tricks</strong></span>,</a> wrote: “I found this little bag at Kmart for $9 and the reusable bags were from Woolworths at 99c each.”<br /><br />The thrifty mum said she could easily fit 12 reusable carriers in the cross-body bag which is small enough to fit in a nappy bag.<br /><br />The bag also has zippers both inside and outside to store your wallet and phone.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/570237f3b78f4158bb1fd7c6b063b343" /><img style="width: 437.241px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7819867/kmart2.jpg?width=437.2413793103448&amp;height=500" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/570237f3b78f4158bb1fd7c6b063b343" /><br />Skinner went on to praise the Woolworth reusable bags for being sturdy, well-sized and simple to fold.<br /><br />One of her fans echoed Joelle’s praise, writing she “loves those woollies bags, mine are almost 10 years old and still going strong”.<br /><br />Joelle loves sharing her home hacks, telling <u><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5969001/Never-caught-Mothers-genius-9-Kmart-hack-dealing-plastic-bag-ban.html"><em><strong>Daily Mail Australia</strong></em></a></u> that she finds it to be energising.<br /><br />“Using the creative part of my brain and seeing problems and solving them with hacks makes me feel so good,” she said.<br /><br />“Some people make time for going to the gym for the same reasons, this is what I make time for!”</p> <p> </p>

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Mushrooms recalled from Woolworths, Coles and Aldi due to safety fears

<p>Punnets of sliced mushrooms have been recalled from across the country due to safety fears about the potential presence of large pieces of white plastic.</p> <p>Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) alerted consumer on Friday that 200 gram, 375g and 500g punnets with best before or use by dates up to and including July 19, 2018 are affected.</p> <p>The punnets from Australia's largest supplier of pre-packed mushrooms producer Costa Mushrooms Exchange are on sale in Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and independent supermarkets and greengrocers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.</p> <p>The food recall notice states there is a “potential hazard” if the plastic pieces are swallowed.</p> <p>Customers should return the packs to the store of purchase for a refund.</p> <p>In a statement Costa said: “Following discovery of damage to plastic rollers on a packaging line at its Victorian mushroom production facility, the Costa Mushroom category has issued a consumer alert advising that some punnets of sliced mushrooms could contain large pieces of white plastic, and that the product is being recalled.</p> <p>“As soon as the issue was detected, even though there were no reported incidents, Costa advised food safety authorities of the intention to conduct a recall, and retailers were notified to withdraw the product from sale.”</p> <p>However, Costa has played down safety fears.</p> <p>“While the probability of consumer impact is extremely low, and the large pieces of white inert plastic would be highly visible, consumers who have not used the sliced mushrooms are advised to return the product to the store of purchase to receive a full refund.”</p> <p>The company said bagged sliced mushrooms sold under the Coles, Woolworths, Karidale (Aldi) or Costa brand were not affected.</p> <p>The affected products include:</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.abc.net.au/cm/lb/9992566/data/affected-mushroom-products-as-part-of-national-recall-data.jpg" alt="Affected mushroom products as part of national recall." width="446" height="568" /></p> <p>Find more information at <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/Pages/Sliced-Mushrooms---Brown-and-White---200g,-375g,-500g-punnets.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Food Standards Australia New Zealand</strong></span> </a>food recalls website.</p>

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Maggie Beer shares her surprising secrets for perfect chicken soup

<p>There’s nothing more comforting in winter than a bowl of chicken soup. But despite the winter warmer meal being a classic, it can be a hard to perfect.</p> <p>Step in Maggie Beer, one of Australia’s most beloved cooks. Speaking to <em>9Kitchen</em>'s <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://kitchen.nine.com.au/2018/07/08/20/50/podcast-maggie-beer-chicken-soup" target="_blank">What the F is for Dinner?</a></strong></span> podcast, the 73-year-old grandmother shared her tips for perfecting the bowl of goodness – and the one common mistakes to avoid.</p> <p>Firstly, Maggie likes to use winter vegetables such as fennel, parsnips and swedes.</p> <p>“What you need in winter is heartier vegetables. I love winter fennel, parsnips and the old-fashioned swedes,” she told <em>9Honey</em> food editor Jane de Graaff. </p> <p>As for the herbs, Maggie suggests cooking with chervil instead of parsley. </p> <p>“Parsley has so many antioxidants, it's amazing but chervil is something you only get in winter, it's really great. What you get is this lovely aniseed flavour that picks up these heartier winter veg,” she said.</p> <p>The Aussie chef also likes to roast the vegetables in the oven with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil before cooking them on the stove.</p> <p>“Roasting them extracts more colour and flavour out of them,” she explained.</p> <p>Maggie also advises to add chickpeas or lentils to the soup as it offers “so much more goodness” to the liquid.</p> <p>“But if you're going for barley, cook your barley separately - and add it in the end. Don't cook it in the stock because it would become like a porridge,” she said.</p> <p>Another surprising tip was to use “old” chicken as the flavour gets better with age.</p> <p>“You get good flavour development. If something is only five weeks old, which chicken can be, it's got no chance of having flavour,' she said, adding that she likes to cook her chicken with skin on.</p> <p>“I'd be looking for free range and no antibiotics.”</p> <p>When Maggie is creating a chicken soup, she said she takes her chicken out of the stock to let it rest, before she chops it up. She adds the meat back into the pot after the soup is finished cooking.</p> <p>And the common mistake to avoid? Bringing the soup to the boil.</p> <p>“You'd just toughen the chicken if you boil it. If you do a slow simmer, you get more flavour,” she said, adding that boiling the soup just makes it lose flavour – and can lead to overcooked stock.</p> <p>“One of the ways to test [if the stock is overcooked] is when making any stock with chicken, lamb or beef, if there is no flavour left in the meat around the bone, it's because all your goodness is gone.</p> <p>“I know people might have a go at me because it's bone broth but I'm flavour driven so that's where I'm coming from.'”</p> <p> </p>

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Why guests at Prince Louis' christening were served 7-year-old cake

<p>The royal family celebrated <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/2018/07/first-pictures-of-prince-louis-christening-at-st-james-palace/">Prince Louis’ christening on Monday</a></span></strong> and before the ceremony, Kensington Palace released official details – including the fact that guests would be served “slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.”</p> <p>As you will remember, Prince William and Kate Middleton wed back in 2011 and their wedding cake was a traditional eight-tier fruitcake, comprising of 17 individual fruit cakes, and decorated with roughly 900 flowers and leaves using cream and white icing.</p> <p><img src="https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2018%2F07%2Froyal-wedding-cake.jpg&amp;w=1100&amp;q=85" alt="Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake" style="width: 443px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>The announcement certainly raised a few eyebrows on social media, with many questioning why the Cambridges’ were serving seven-year-old cake and whether the cake was even safe to eat.</p> <p>British custom dictates couple’s serve wedding cake each time their child is christened. That means Late and William will have eaten their wedding cake on four separate occasions by the end of their youngest child Louis’ christening.</p> <p>As to whether it’s safe to consume such old cake, Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle while there are some risk factors, it is probably OK to consume.</p> <p>“If people can get past the taste of it, from a food safety standpoint it’s probably OK,” Benjamin says.</p> <p>See pictures from Prince Louis' chirstening <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/2018/07/first-pictures-of-prince-louis-christening-at-st-james-palace/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>here</strong></span></a>. </p>

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How ripe should bananas be before they’re eaten?

<p>Do you prefer your bananas slightly green, a ripened brown and squishy, or somewhere in between?</p> <p>You will, of course, think there’s only one right answer, but a recent viral image shows the perfect banana is a contentious issue with people holding many different opinions.</p> <p>A new snap on Instagram shared by the account <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/fitness_meals/" target="_blank">fitness_meals</a></strong></span>, depicts a bunch of bananas at different levels of ripeness.</p> <p>The image asks you to pick the “perfect” banana from the bunch – and naturally the question ignited a firestorm of different responses.</p> <p><img id="i-32a52531c011ea69" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/03/09/4DDF091600000578-5912443-image-m-2_1530607842298.jpg" alt="Instagram users were asked to pick their favourite banana from the bunch, with '1' being the most under-ripe (left centre) to 15 being the most brown and over-ripe (just above)" width="450" height="579" /></p> <p>The majority of banana fans said they would pick numbers 8 through 10 from the bunch, as these fruits had no green underripe parts. Some preferred the yellow fruit with a few brown speckles on the skin as seen in number 10.</p> <p>However a few said they liked a number 2 banana, one that is very under-ripe and is greenish-yellow in colour.</p> <p>Which number do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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MasterChef’s Gary Mehigan: “I was scared to meet Camilla!”

<p>If one of the judges on <em>MasterChef</em> was terrified to meet the royals, imagine how the contestants felt having to cook for them?!</p> <p>While the reality TV cooking show has featured many famous guests over the past decade, this week, for the first time in <em>MasterChef Australia </em>’s history, the contestants are faced with a huge challenge – cooking for none other than Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Darwin.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/masterchef/masterchef-gary-mehigan-scared-to-meet-camilla-49553">NowToLove</a></em>, judge Gary Mehigan admitted everyone was shaking underneath their chef aprons.</p> <p>“We were nervous as hell!” Gary admitted. “Our pride and professionalism were on the line. All we could think was, ‘What if the contestants properly stuff up?!’</p> <p>The judge continued, “George and I were probably a lot firmer than we’d normally be and dispensed advice [to the contestants] rather than clues.”</p> <p>On top of the pressure of having to cook for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the contestants “were also cooking outdoors in 37-degree heat and 90 percent humidity”, Gary explained.</p> <p><img width="497" height="420" src="/media/7819541/2-masterchef-prince-charles_497x420.jpg" alt="2 Master Chef Prince Charles"/></p> <p>So, what did everyone think of Prince Charles upon meeting him?</p> <p>“The thing that struck all of us was what a wonderful sense of humour the Princes of Wales has,” Gary shared.</p> <p>“At the royal reception he navigated the room perfectly, spending time with every group in the room.”</p> <p>But when it came to Camilla, Gary admitted he was a little star-struck!</p> <p>“I was a little nervous meeting the Duchess of Cornwall,” the judge confessed.</p> <p>“I should be old enough and wise enough not to be fazed, but it was a slightly surreal experience! She was lovely, obviously, and gave us her full attention.”</p> <p>He continued, “We laughed and talked about food and Prince Charles. My job was to get an idea of what he loved to eat on an ordinary day of the week and when they were travelling.”</p> <p>Are you looking forward to watching Royal Week on <em>MasterChef</em>? Tell us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Chocolate tart

<p>This chocolate tart is rich and sweet and will make a decadent dessert for your next special occasion.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>500g shortcrust pastry (store-bought or your favourite recipe)</li> <li>150g milk chocolate, melted</li> <li>4 eggs</li> <li>50g plain flour</li> <li>75g butter, melted</li> <li>100g caster sugar</li> <li>Icing sugar (for dusting)</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>Line a 25cm tart tin with the pastry (rolled to about a quarter of cm) and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Preheat the oven to 180°C.</li> <li>When the pastry has been chilled, blind bake it for 15 minutes. Then remove the beads/paper and bake for another five minutes.</li> <li>Mix the melted chocolate with the eggs, butter, sugar and flour. Pour this mixture into the tart and bake for eight to 10 minutes, or until just set.</li> <li>Dust with a little icing sugar and serve with a little cream or your favourite berries.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/mini-lemon-tarts/">Love tarts? Try these lemon tarts</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/apple-sponge-cake/">This apple sponge cake is perfect for afternoon tea</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/apple-fritters/">Apple fritters, anyone?</a></strong></em></span></p>

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Chickpea curry

<p>Perfect for dinner through the week, this chickpea curry isn’t just tasty; it’s also healthy, cheap and filling.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Serves:</span></strong> 2</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>1 tablespoon oil</li> <li>1 onion, chopped</li> <li>1 garlic clove, crushed</li> <li>¼ teaspoon salt</li> <li>½ teaspoon cumin powder</li> <li>¼ teaspoon coriander powder</li> <li>¼ teaspoon turmeric powder</li> <li>¼ teaspoon red chilli powder</li> <li>1 fresh tomato, chopped</li> <li>400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed</li> <li>5cm piece root ginger, grated</li> <li>Pinch of garam masala     </li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method:</span></p> <p>1. Heat a deep saucepan (with a lid) and add the oil. Cook the onions and garlic, until the onions are caramelised.</p> <p>2. Add the salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric and red chilli powders. Mix for a minute and tip in the tomato. Cook the sauce until it begins to thicken.</p> <p>3. Add four tablespoons water and stir. Then tip in the chickpeas and mix. Cover and simmer for five minutes. Then add the ginger and the garam masala. Cook for another minute.</p> <p>TOP TIP: Best served with rice.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/beef-and-barley-stew/">Hearty beef and barley stew</a></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/chicken-parmigiana/">Chicken parmigiana</a></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/03/beef-casserole/">Winter beef casserole</a></strong></em></p>

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Why Maggie Beer will never retire

<p>She’s 73 and has more than 50 years' experience in the hospitality industry, but that doesn’t mean Maggie Beer is hanging up her apron anytime soon.</p> <p>"I'll never really retire," she tells <em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/masterchef/maggie-beer-masterchef-australia-favourite-contestant-49114">TV WEEK</a></span></strong>.</em> "I have a lot to do in life, so retirement isn't on the agenda.</p> <p>"I can't imagine not being engaged in life, whatever path I take, until the very end."</p> <p>Despite a very busy work schedule, the popular South Australian cook says she’s in good shape to keep up with it.</p> <p>"I'm in 'rude health', as they say," she laughs. "I'm strong and fit for my age."</p> <p>There is, however, one thing Maggie has had to cut back on.</p> <p>"I now limit my glasses of wine to the weekends," Maggie says with a laugh. "It makes me appreciate wine even more."</p> <p>The grandmother-of-six is back on our screens again as a regular guest judge on <em>MasterChef Australia.</em></p> <p>"That's my absolute go-to show," she says. "I love that these young people have put their lives on hold to follow something they're truly passionate about. I'm so often in awe of their abilities."</p> <p>So who has she got pegged to take out the crown?</p> <p>"I'd never declare a favourite," she smiles. "However, there's an indefatigable nature in Jess [Liemantara, the 19-year-old Melbourne waitress]. She has such a positive energy; so capable, so young."</p> <p>Maggie has also been impressed by NSW social worker Hoda Kobeissi, 32.</p> <p>"Her quiet, gentle nature and assurance with food from her culture really fascinates me," she says.</p> <p> </p>

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The latest Kmart $29 hack fans are going crazy for

<p>It’s the $29 Kmart pie maker that has sent social media users into a tizzy.</p> <p>Why you may wonder (or not)? Not only can it create pies, pizzas and even pancakes in minutes, but a mum has discovered it can create a Nutella filled doughnut in less than 10 minutes.</p> <p><img width="411" height="308" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/e601fabc5bbc2db5de1c2b183b548213" alt="The inside of the doughnut is filled with Nutella." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Posting to the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook page, group member Linda says the discount department store’s $29 pie maker can create the delicious treat in just eight minutes.</p> <p>And that it seems is enough to send a page into meltdown, with the post receiving more than 600 comments of praise and delight.</p> <p><img width="316" height="421" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/7e5774d6579d656209c93aa1d18119e1?width=316" alt="The ingredients will take under 10 minutes to cook. &lt;a class=&quot;capi-image&quot; capiid=&quot;981bcfc2e71c0db2d63a36ce23aaebeb&quot;&gt;&lt;/a&gt;" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Th pie maker, which creates your traditional pie, can easily be utilised to make many other concoctions.</p> <p>Instead of using pastry and mince in the shells of the pie maker, users have shared ways to create other treats by using bread, eggs, flour, pancake mixture and even muffin batter to cook both sweet and savoury dishes.</p> <p>“I’m using my pie maker for cupcakes &amp; muffins more than pies,” one person commented.</p> <p>“I made them too but put maple syrup in the middle,” another added.</p> <p>“Made quiche in mine, school lunch sorted,” one woman suggested for a savory option.</p> <p><img width="399" height="300" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/f82caf78dc962cdd0a1369dbbd6d439f" alt="The pancake pies use batter and a filling of your choice." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Instead of using Nutella, one user put a small piece of solid chocolate into the centre and used pancake mixture instead.</p> <p><strong>How to make Nutella Doughnut:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Makes</span>: 12 doughnuts.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients</span>:</p> <ul> <li>1 cup self raising flour</li> <li>¼ cup caster sugar</li> <li>¾ cup milk</li> <li>2 eggs</li> <li>dash of vanilla essence</li> <li>2 tablespoons vegetable oil</li> <li>60g melted butter</li> <li>Nutella (1 teaspoon for each doughnut)</li> </ul> <p><em>For the doughnut coating</em></p> <ul> <li>1 cup caster sugar</li> <li>1 teaspoon cinnamon powder</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method: </span></p> <p>1. Put self raising flour, melted butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl.</p> <p>2. In a separate jug, add milk, eggs, vanilla essence and vegetable oil.</p> <p>3. Pour mixture in to flour mix, whisking until combined.</p> <p>4. Heat up pie maker, and spoon in mix until it’s just below 3/4 full.</p> <p>5. Gently dollop the teaspoon of Nutella into the centre of each doughnut mix.</p> <p>6. Close the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes. They will be cooked fully when spring to the touch.</p> <p>8. Remove doughnuts from pie maker, brush all over with butter and toss through doughnut coating.\</p> <p><img width="415" height="234" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/77328cd52657021d14f2b38437386416" alt="Some try putting jam or maple syrup in the centre of the pancake pies instead of Nutella." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p>

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Coles and Woolies planning to ban these contentious products

<p><span>As supermarkets around Australia plan to phase out single-use plastic bags later this month, Coles and Woolies are announcing the extra changes that will be coming to stores.</span></p> <p><span>By the end of 2018, Woolworths will stop selling plastic straws and will remove plastic packaging from a further 80 fruit and vegetable lines.</span></p> <p><span>The initiative will see 134 million plastic straws removed from circulation annually.</span></p> <p><span>In a response to environmentally conscious customers, Woolworths has also removed 140 tonnes of plastic packaging from fruit and vegetables over the past year.</span></p> <p><span>“While we’ve made progress in reducing the amount of plastic in our stores, supported recycling labelling initiatives, and made improvements in energy efficiency, sustainable sourcing and reducing food waste, we know that more needs to be done to meet our customers’ expectations,” said Woolworths group chief executive Brad Banducci.</span></p> <p><span>“Today’s initiatives represent further small, but important, steps in our commitment to make positive change happen. We understand the journey towards a more sustainable future has its challenges, but together with our customers and industry partners we are committed to moving our business, our country and our planet towards a greener future.”</span></p> <p><span>Woolworths will be offering a new green reusable shopping bag with a lifetime replacement offer for when the nationwide ban of single-use plastic bags comes into effect.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday, rival Coles announced that the supermarket would remove plastic wrapping from bananas and bunched vegetables, such as kale and silver beet.</span></p> <p><span>The ban follows online outrage from customers after photographs of individually wrapped bananas, sweet potatoes and cucumbers went viral.</span></p> <p><span>“We know that 69 per cent of customers say that we need to actively reduce waste and landfill through recyclable packaging and find alternative uses for waste,” Coles managing director John Durkan said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>Coles also announced a target to make all of their own brand packaging recyclable by 2020 and to donate the equivalent of 100 million meals in surplus food to those in need by 2020.</span></p> <p><span>“By the end of this year we will also connect every Coles store to the vital food rescue program, SecondBite, meaning surplus edible food from every Coles supermarket will be redistributed to people in need,” said Mr Durkan.</span></p> <p><span>“By connecting an additional 130 supermarkets to SecondBite this year, we will also be further diverting food waste from landfill.</span></p> <p><span>“By 2020, we want to provide the equivalent of 100 million meals to Australians in need. Since 2011, we’ve donated around 72 million meals to SecondBite and Foodbank, so we’ve still got 28 million meals to go. Coles has also pledged to label all Coles Brand products with recycling information to help customers know how and where to dispose of their waste.”</span></p> <p><span>Coles will also replace packaging for meat and poultry with packaging made from recycled and renewable materials, and replace fresh produce bags with bags that have 30 per cent recycled content.</span></p>

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Chilli cheese chicken quesadilla

<p>Why not spice up tonight’s dinner with these delicious chilli cheese chicken quesadillas?</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients: </span></strong></p> <ul> <li>3 diced tomatoes</li> <li>1 sliced shallot</li> <li>1 diced avocado</li> <li>2 teaspoons of lime juice</li> <li>¼ fresh, chopped coriander</li> <li>1 ⅓ cup of grated tasty cheese</li> <li>8 flour tortillas</li> <li>1 chopped red chilli, fresh</li> <li>½ BBQ chicken, shredded</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method:</span></strong></p> <p>1. Mix shallot, avocado, coriander, tomatoes, half of the olive oil, and lime juice in a bowl to create a salsa. Add salt and pepper to taste.</p> <p>2. Place half the cheese atop four tortillas. Add chicken and chilli and top with remaining cheese. Use the remaining tortillas to close.</p> <p>3. In a non-stick frying pan the size of the tortillas or larger, heat half a teaspoon of olive oil on medium heat. Add tortilla combination, cook until golden, flip and repeat. Do so with all remaining olive oil and tortillas.</p> <p>4. Divide quesadillas into four quarters each and serve with prepared salsa. You can also use sour cream or Greek yogurt as an additional dip.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><em><strong> <a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/tuna-jacket-potatoes/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tuna, corn and capsicum jacket potatoes</span></a></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/turkey-burgers/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Turkey burgers</span></a></strong></em></p> <p><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/stuffed-capsicums/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Baked stuffed capsicums</span></a></strong></em></p>

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Eggplant and bolognese pasta bake

<p>This hardy eggplant pasta bake is sure to leave your entire family feeling satisfied.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>1 tablespoon of olive oil</li> <li>500g of minced beef</li> <li>1 onion, chopped</li> <li>1 carrot, peeled and chopped</li> <li>1 stick celery, chopped</li> <li>2 garlic cloves, crushed</li> <li>1 small eggplant, cut into 2cm pieces</li> <li>½ a cup of grated parmesan</li> <li>½ a cup of stale breadcrumbs</li> <li>200g of grape tomatoes</li> <li>375g of dried penne</li> <li>1 tablespoon oregano, chopped</li> <li>2 tablespoons of tomato paste</li> <li>2 cans of 400g diced tomatoes</li> <li>1 cup of dry red wine</li> </ul> <p><em>Cheese sauce:</em></p> <ul> <li>1 ½ cups of grated tasty cheese</li> <li>2 cups of milk</li> <li>¼ cup of plain flour</li> <li>60g of butter</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method:</span></strong></p> <p>1. In a saucepan, heat half the olive oil on high heat, add the beef and cook until thoroughly brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.</p> <p>2. Add remaining oil to pan and cook onion, carrot, celery and garlic for five minutes. Once onion is soft, add eggplant, stirring until golden.</p> <p>3. Put the beef back in the pan. Pour in red wine and bring to a boil.</p> <p>4. Lower heat and add tomato paste, oregano and canned tomatoes. Cook for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally.</p> <p>5. Remove the beef, shred coarsely, and place back in sauce. Use salt and pepper to season.</p> <p>6. Boil salted water and cook pasta, drain.</p> <p>7. Preheat oven to 200°C.</p> <p>8. To make the cheese sauce, on medium heat, melt butter and add flour, stirring for one minute. Add milk to mixture and stir constantly. Cook until sauce comes to a boil and remove from burner. Add tasty cheese and half the parmesan cheese, stirring until both cheeses have melted.</p> <p>9. In a sizable bowl, combine beef mix, grape tomatoes and pasta. Pour into baking dish and pour cheese sauce over. Top with remaining parmesan and bread crumbs.</p> <p>10. Bake for 30 minutes or until pasta bake is golden.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/chicken-and-mushroom-pie/">Chicken and mushroom pie</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/pasta-napolitana/">Pasta Napolitana</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/salmon-en-croute/">Salmon en croute with mushroom filling</a></strong></span></em></p>

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Broccoli and rocket soup

<p>This thick, creamy soup is fresh and full of flavour – perfect for a cool night or a rainy day.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ingredients:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li>1 brown onion, roughly chopped</li> <li>1 leek, pale section, roughly chopped</li> <li>2 teaspoons olive oil</li> <li>1 brushed potato, peeled and roughly chopped</li> <li>1 cup rocket, finely chopped</li> <li>2 cloves garlic, crushed</li> <li>½ cup dry white wine</li> <li>1 large head of broccoli, stems included, roughly chopped</li> <li>1 litre vegetable stock</li> <li>Natural yoghurt/sour cream</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Method:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Cook the onion, potato, leek and garlic, stirring for five minutes.</li> <li>Add the white wine to the pan and cook for an additional minute. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer and cook for two minutes.  </li> <li>Add the broccoli and rocket to the pot and bring to the boil again. Turn the heat down and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.</li> <li>Add the soup to a blender and blend until smooth (alternatively, use a stick blender to pulse until smooth). Return to the saucepan and heat over a low setting. Season with fresh salt and pepper</li> <li>Serve with crusty toasted bread and a hearty dollop of fresh yoghurt or sour cream.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/asparagus-soup/">If you like this, you’ll love our asparagus soup</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/clam-chowder/">This New England clam chowder will warm you from the inside out</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/06/cauliflower-mash/">As an alternative to potatoes, try our cauliflower mash</a></strong></span></em></p>

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Coles leaves customers disappointed after forgetting main ingredient in this family favourite

<p><span>Coles is receiving criticism after disappointed customers discovered that the garlic bread they purchased was just a dry, plain bread roll without any filling.</span></p> <p><span>A customer has shared photos of the Twin Pack Garlic Baguette, showing that the garlic and parsley butter promised on the packet is noticeably missing.</span></p> <p><span>One customer took their complaint to Facebook to warn others from purchasing the same item.</span></p> <p><span>“I'm having a hard time locating the ‘garlic and parsley butter’ that it's apparently filled with,” Rebecca Mawhinney explained.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img width="498" height="375" src="/media/7818742/1_498x375.jpg" alt="1 (142)"/></span></p> <p><span>The frustrated customer purchased the garlic bread from a Sydney store only to discover it was missing the key ingredients when she was preparing it for dinner.</span></p> <p><span>Rebecca has been joined with many other shoppers to complain about the disappointing item.</span></p> <p><span>“Wow Coles! Garlic bread ... without the butter or the garlic ... isn't that just called bread? Not happy,” another customer wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“I think your Coles garlic bread is missing something. Damn it! I guess I got what I paid for,” one said.</span></p> <p><span>A Coles spokesperson told <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5781513/Coles-slammed-furious-customers-garlic-baguette-revealed-dry-dough.html" target="_blank"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Daily Mail Australia</span></strong></em></a> the supermarket “pride themselves” on their “quality products”.</span></p> <p><span>“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously,” they said.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img width="497" height="280" src="/media/7818743/3_497x280.jpg" alt="3 (34)"/></span></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><span>“We have contacted the customer and will follow up with our supplier to investigate the matter. </span></p> <p><span>“We encourage customers to return any item that they’re not 100% happy with, to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</span></p> <p><span>Have you had a bad experience with Coles garlic bread? If so, tell us about it in the comments below. </span></p>

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“It kills me”: Gordon Ramsay’s honest confession on MasterChef

<p>When MasterChef contestant Chloe Carroll broke down in tears on Monday night's episode over missing her son's first day of school, acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay offered her a few words of advice.</p> <p>The 51-year-old revealed that he too had made sacrifices to achieve his success, and that it “killed him” to do so.</p> <p>“Chloe, everybody needs to sacrifice to get to the top. That's life. This competition's a phenomenon,” he told Chloe, as her dish faced a tasting from the judges.</p> <p>He went on: “The rewards at the top are extraordinary. I can give you 25 examples of what I've missed with my four kids over the last 10 years. And it kills me.”</p> <p>The British chef concluded that the rewards are worth the struggle. </p> <p>“But you get to a certain level of success in life, and there's a price to pay for that. So park that and continue on that journey,” Gordon concluded.   </p> <p><img width="398" height="278" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/05/28/14/4CB4078C00000578-5779243-image-a-12_1527513929749.jpg" alt="He went on: 'The rewards at the top are extraordinary. I can give you 25 examples of what I've missed with my four kids over the last 10 years. And it kills me'" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" id="i-9c7939190cdff587"/></p> <p>The chef has four children with wife Tana: Megan, 20, 18-year-old twins Jack and Holly, and Matilda, 16. </p> <p> </p>

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Proof supermarket packaging is getting out of hand

<p>Supermarkets might be phasing out plastic bags next month, but a cursory glance around the fruit and veg section of your local Coles or Woolies is all it takes to realise they could be doing a whole lot more for Mother Nature.  </p> <p><a href="http://www.news.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>News.com.au reports</strong></em></span></a> shoppers are getting sick of overpackaging at our nation’s supermarkets, with fresh food items like bananas, apples and even sweet potato wrapped in plastic before being made available to the public.</p> <p>A recent <a href="https://www.change.org/p/woolworths-and-coles-supermarkets-stop-wrapping-small-portions-of-herbs-vegetables-and-fruit-in-plastic-and-styrofoam" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Change.org petition</strong> </span></a>urging Coles and Woolworths to stop wrapping small portions of herbs, vegetables and fruit in plastic and Styrofoam attracted over 300,000 signatures, and Greenpeace is encouraging shoppers to spread the word and post photos of overpackaged items with the hashtag, #ridiculouspackaging.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwoolworths%2Fposts%2F2017257175013070&amp;width=500" width="500" height="529" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Every time you’re out shopping for your weekly vegies, the problem hits you in the face,” a Greenpeace spokesman said.</p> <p>“Rows upon rows of glistening plastic packaging, smothering things like bananas, corn and oranges … as if they didn’t have their own fully biodegradable wrappings.</p> <p>“As Aussies, we love our beaches, our Reef and all the creatures that live in it. We know the dependence on plastic has to end.</p> <p>“It’s time that supermarkets and producers put an end to smothering their fruit and vegies — and our oceans — in plastic.”</p> <p>The Change.org petition was started by Bourke resident Pat Lowe, who says it’s making headway.</p> <p>“Woolworths and Coles have removed tonnes of plastic packaging in the last few months — by June 30, Woolworths will have REDcycle bins in every store,” Mr Lowe said.</p> <p>“Coles will have them available in almost 800 stores Australia-wide.</p> <p>“This means we can recycle plastics right there, in store.</p> <p>“This victory is one that requires vigilance, so please don’t stop looking out for ways in which these supermarket giants can be more environmentally friendly and if you see something, message Woolworths and Coles directly to remind them of their promise.”</p> <p>Woolies and Coles have responded to shoppers, acknowledging there is more woark to be done.</p> <p>“In recent months we have permanently removed plastic wrapping from produce lines such as avocado, organic spring onions, celery, kale and English spinach,” a Woolies spokesman said.</p> <p>“These moves will help save more than 37 tonnes of plastic packaging on a yearly basis and we have plans to do even more throughout 2018.</p> <p>“We’re also working to roll out convenient plastic recycling options for our customers in all supermarkets across the country by June 30 in partnership with the REDcycle program — a closed loop recycling solution where customers can return soft plastics used to package produce and groceries.”</p> <p>Coles towed a similar line.</p> <p>“We are also actively working with our suppliers on more sustainable and recyclable forms of packaging across all products,” a Coles spokesman said.</p> <p>“There are times when packaging is required to protect the product’s freshness and to ensure food safety from farm to home.</p> <p>“For some produce, packaging reduces the incidence of defects such as bruising, crushing and dehydration, resulting in less waste in our stores and for our customers.</p> <p>“For example, a cucumber wrapped in plastic has a shelf life of 10 days. Without the wrapping, it can spoil in just six days, which is a waste not just of the cucumber but all of the inputs that were required to grow and transport it to stores.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10215459452696961%26set%3Da.1279287859775.2042545.1157371230%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="613" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>An Aldi spokesperson also weighed in, <a href="http://www.news.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>telling News.com.au</strong></em></span></a> the German retailer was constantly reviewing packaging to reduce waste.</p> <p>“We are currently working with industry to trial packaging made from other materials in a hope to find a viable and sustainable alternative to single-use plastics,” he said.</p> <p>“As part of these alternatives we also consider the suitability of the packaging from our customer’s perspective.</p> <p>“Some of our fresh fruit and vegetables are packaged in order to reduce bruising and protect the items from customer handling.</p> <p>“This also helps reduce food waste and spoilage.</p> <p>“Our commitment to reduce plastic waste is why all our stores have been completely free of single-use plastic bags since we opened in 2001.</p> <p>“We also recycle 96 per cent of the plastic waste generated in our stores.”</p> <p>What are your thoughts?</p>

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Beef stroganoff

<p>This classic beef stroganoff is the perfect dish for winter.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Ingredients:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>¼ cup olive oil</li> <li>500g rump steak, cut into thin strips</li> <li>1 medium brown onion, cut into wedges</li> <li>2 garlic cloves, crushed</li> <li>250g button mushroom, sliced</li> <li>⅓ cup plain flour</li> <li>300ml sour cream</li> <li>2 tablespoon tomato paste</li> <li>½ cup beef stock</li> <li>2 teaspoon paprika</li> <li>2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley</li> <li>Rice to serve</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Method:</strong></span></p> <p>1. Heat two teaspoons oil in frypan over high heat. Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika in large bowl. Toss a third of beef strips through mixture and place in pan and cook until golden brown. Set aside and repeat with remaining oil and beef. </p> <p>2. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining oil. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook until softened.</p> <p>3. Add tomato paste, stock and sour cream to pan. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.</p> <p>4. Return steak to pan and stir for a minute or two until well combined and cooked through. Garnish with parsley. Serve with rice or pasta.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/02/chicken-and-leek-pie/">Chicken and leek pie</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/potato-and-leek-soup/">Potato and leek soup</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/lifestyle/food-wine/2015/05/beef-and-barley-stew/">Hearty beef and barley stew</a></strong></em></span></p>

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