Recipes: Best Salmon Mains

When it comes to healthy fish, we all know salmon is the top contender. Being an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps reduce risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, it might get a bit boring to just serve salmon plainly. Here are a few ideas to spice up your salmon dinners…

 

Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles by Chopstick Chronicles

As the salmon is marinated overnight with miso, mirin and sake, this dish will bring deep Japanese flavour to the table.

 

Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe

Hop on the health train with this recipe! The lightly seared salmon is paired with kale and tahini, carrots and Greek yogurt-based sauce.

 

Salmon Gratin by Contemplating Sweets

Make your salmon more indulgent with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and milk-based sauce.

 

Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The blend of walnuts and salmon skin creates a texture to remember.

 

Quick Salmon Patties by Zen and Spice

If you don’t have the fresh kind, this is a great way to peruse canned salmon. Put them in burger buns, serve with rice or eat as is!

 

Salmon Quiche by Frugal Mom Eh

It’s a great comfort food all-around – egg-y, creamy but still full of nutrition. Experiment with the depth of the quiche for thicker, more fulfilling portion.

 

Pan Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce by Eatwell101

Fragrant and rich in flavours, this will be a big hit at dinner parties.

Black Star Pastry Opens A New Branch in Sydney’s East

Black Star Pastry has opened its fourth branch in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, complete with two-level café and an open kitchen.

The 500-square-metre factory floor will house all of the cakery’s production, with high end tools such as an ultrasonic robot cake cutter and an egg splitting machine.

The upgraded infrastructure will enable the team to increase production and expand the menu to include a new range of savoury pies and other items. “Up until now if I wanted to do any creative work I’d have to get in at four in the morning and get out before the main guys turned up; it’s been very restrictive on our creativity,” said Christopher Thé, director at Black Star Pastry. “We have this back log of all these things we want to do.”

More new stuff are expected to arrive at this location soon, including a café menu consisting of salad bowls and bento boxes as well as dessert-wine matchings.

Black Star Pastry Moore Park opens every day at 210 Bent Street, the Entertainment Quarter.

Event: Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, Sydney

For a week this month, you can enjoy scrumptious Taiwanese food from some of Taipei’s best chefs.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney presents Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at their Café Mix.

Guest chefs from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei will be presenting their signature dishes such as Gua Bao, spicy hotpot, and oyster omelette. Taiwan’s signature sweets will also be present in the form of fruity bubble teas and a traditional Taiwanese dessert station.

Taste of Taiwan Food Festival menu will be available at lunch and dinner from October 20-28 for $55 per person.

For more information, visit Shangri-La Hotel’s website.

October 20-28 | Café Mix, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Recipes: Best Tofu Dishes

Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Crispy Baked Tofu by Cookie and Kate

This simple recipe requires only four ingredients. Perfect for party nibbles, or simply serve with rice.

 

Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls by Delish Knowledge

Paired with fresh chopped vegetables and peanut-lime sauce, these rolls are healthy without sacrificing the taste.

 

Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches by She Likes Food

BBQ doesn’t have to be all meats and steaks. Sloppy but tasty!

 

Spicy Ramen with Tofu by Pinch of Yum

The firm tofu will absorb the flavours of the thick, spicy miso soup. Paired with the soft boiled egg and the sleek ramen noodles, this dish is heaven in a bowl.

 

Silken Tofu Panna Cotta in a Cherry Chocolate Sauce by Exceedingly Vegan

Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.

 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding by Kathy Patalsky

Another dessert recipe using silken tofu. The recipe takes less than seven ingredients – simple and practical enough for even the absolute beginners to follow.

Gelato Messina Launches VHS Gelato Cake for Father’s Day

Have no idea what to gift your dad for Father’s Day? Why not a VHS-shaped ice cream cake?

To celebrate the holiday, Gelato Messina has launched a limited edition offering of VHS tape-shaped gelato-chocolate cake.

The cake, which is chocolate-orange flavoured, is layered with vermouth gelato, almond crunch, Negroni gel made with Archie Rose gin, and blood orange mousse. For the final touch, an edible VHS chocolate layer tops the cake – what’s not to love?

You can order the cake here – but be quick, it has sold out in numerous locations.

Recipes: Best Citrus Desserts

If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…

Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake by Broma Bakery

Who says citrus is only good for summers? This beautiful cake will freshen you up and fulfil your daily vitamin C requirement.

 

Light Key Lime Cheesecake Shots by Sprinkle Bakes

The small size of the shots make this great for dinner parties.

 

Shortbread Lemon Tart by Taste and Tell Blog

It’s like lemon slice bars, but in a wheel that you can share… or eat on your own.

 

Orange Creamsicle Truffles by Homemade Hooplah

This sweet confectionery is not just fancy, but also easy to make!

 

Grapefruit French Macarons by La Fete de Emily

For those advanced in baking, try your hands at these delicate macarons.

Gingered Pomelo Sorbet by Gourmet Creative

End your dinner with a healthy, refreshing touch of pomelo!

Event: Sweet Expo, Sydney and Melbourne

Whether you’re a baking aficionado or just have a sweet tooth, this event is for you.

Sweet Magazine presents Sweet Expo, a two-day exhibition dedicated to all things cake decorating and baking. You can shop the latest kitchen gadgets and cake decorating tools, learn from renowned decorators and pastry chefs at demos, and eat your way through with chocolates, coffee and baked goods from artisan and specialty producers. You can also get some inspo from masterpieces of sugar and cake on display for the Sweet Expo competition and get your vote in.

Tickets start from $19 a day per person, and entry for children under 12 is free. For more information, visit Sweet Expo’s website.

August 26-27, 9.30am-4pm | Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Olympic Park

November 18-19, 9.30am-4pm | Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale