What to cook for Mum this Mother’s Day

You don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay to cook up something special for Mum this Mother’s Day. Here are some recipes you can whip up quickly thanks to small cooking appliances from Bing Lee!

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal made by Mum.  She’ll always have her signature dishes that no one can recreate just the same. Those are the kinds of meals that have a special place in your heart forever.

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But this Mother’s Day it’s your chance to show her your version of love on a plate.

Every Mum loves the thought behind a gesture, so unless she’s asked for a fancy, expensive meal, why not try to impress her with a meal you’ve made yourself? It doesn’t matter if you’re not a kitchen whizz; we’ve come up with a list of recipes that are easy and (most importantly) tasty!

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Put the apron on, because below you’ll find a whole handful of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and did we mention dessert?

Best of all, the small appliances that make these meals are all available now at Bing Lee!

Breakfast in bed

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes (Made with the NutriBullet)

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Ingredients

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 tbs coconut sugar
¾ tsp gluten-free baking powder
1 pinch of salt
⅔ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In your Short Cup, add all of the ingredients. Blend until completely smooth. The longer it sits, the thicker the batter gets, so don’t let it sit for too long.
  3. Scoop desired size of pancake batter onto the skillet and cook until the edges are dry. Flip and cook the other side.
  4. Serve with fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and/or pure maple syrup. Enjoy!

Original recipe from nutriliving.com

Lunchtime luxury

Steamed Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings (Made with the Breville Steam Zone™)

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Ingredients

30 Gow Gee (or Wonton) wrappers
500g pork mince
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
½ cup white cabbage, finely shredded
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
3cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ cup chives, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce

Directions

  1. Thoroughly combine filling ingredients and measure out 1 level tablespoon each. Lay a wrapper in the open palm of one hand and place the filling in the centre. (Keep remaining wrapper under a damp cloth or wrap in cling lm to prevent drying out). With a fine brush dampen the edges with water and fold wrapper over to enclose filling and form a crescent shape. Press edges together to seal. Continue until all filling is used.
  2. Cut out 30x8cm small squares of baking paper and put dumplings on top. Arrange dumplings in batches (sitting on the paper) evenly over the tray leaving enough space so they don’t touch. Cover with the stainless steel steaming lid.
  3. Fill water tank up to the MAX fill line with cold tap water. Press the STEAM button to select HIGH. Press the arrow up to select 12 minutes. Press START.
  4. Meanwhile stir together sauce ingredients and set aside. Serve dumplings immediately with dipping sauce.

Note: Bamboo baskets with lids may be used for steaming the dumplings. Place dumplings on a small square of baking paper before placing into the basket. Close with the lid before steaming. Place bamboo baskets on either side of the steaming tray. Follow instructions from step 3.

As a variation fold wrapper up the sides of the filling and press together so it sticks to the filling.

Original recipe from foodthinkers.com.au

Delicious dinner

Braised Beef Cheeks in Red Wine (Made with the Breville Fast Slow Cooker™)

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Ingredients

3 tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 x 300g beef cheeks
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 sprig sage, finely chopped
1 small sprig thyme, finely chopped
2 cups red wine
¾ cup beef or chicken stock
1 bunch baby carrots, trimmed and peeled
50g green peppercorns, fresh or canned

Directions

  1. Core the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave for 10 seconds. Drain and peel of the skins. Halve, remove seeds and finely chop.
  2. Select SAUTÉ/SEAR function and set the timer for 20 minutes. Press START and allow to heat for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the beef cheeks all over in batches and set aside. Add the remaining oil and the vegetables and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and herbs and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the red wine and cook for 8–10 minutes to reduce, and then add the beef cheeks, stock and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Select SLOW COOK. Set the timer for 6 hours. Place lid on cooker and press START.
  5. Once cooking time is complete remove the lid. Remove the beef cheeks and set aside.
  6. Select SAUTÉ/SEAR function and set the timer for 10 minutes. Press START. Allow to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  7. Cook the carrots in a saucepan of boiling water for 3–4 minutes or until tender. Drain, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Return the beef cheeks to the sauce to reheat and stir through the parsley.
  9. Serve the beef cheeks with the sauce and a few peppercorns sprinkled over alongside the carrots.

Divine dessert

Passionfruit Curd Cheesecake (Made with the Breville Kitchen Wizz™)

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Ingredients

250g packet plain sweet biscuits
125g unsalted butter, melted
300ml carton sour cream
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
750g cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into cubes
4 eggs

Passionfruit curd:
180g caster sugar
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup passionfruit pulp
140g chilled butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C no fan. Line the base of a 23cm (base measurement) springform pan with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place Quad blade into processor bowl; add biscuits. Place lid on bowl. Process until biscuits are finely crushed. Place crumbs into a bowl, add melted butter and mix well. Use a straight-sided glass to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base and sides of pan. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile clean bowl and insert Quad blade; sour cream, sugar, rind and eggs into the processor bowl. Place lid on bowl. Process until smooth. Add cream cheese and process until smooth. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the base. Place the pan on a baking tray and bake for 1 ¼ -1 ½ hours or until just set in the centre. Turn oven off. Leave the cheesecake in oven, with the door ajar, for 2 hours or until cooled completely (this will prevent cheesecake from cracking). Refrigerate until well chilled.
  5. Meanwhile make passionfruit curd: Beat the eggs, yolks and strain into a heat proof bowl. Whisk through sugar, passionfruit pulp and butter.
  6. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water a small pan, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir the mixture over simmering water for about 15-20 minutes, or until curd has thickened.
  7. Transfer to another bowl, cover with plastic wrap with a small side of the bowl uncovered to allow steam to escape and refrigerate until cold.
  8. To serve spoon enough curd over top of cheesecake to cover.

Original recipe from foodthinkers.com.au

Easy Chocolate Banana Pudding (Made with the NutriBullet)

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Ingredients

1 banana
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup Cacao
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 tbs cornstarch
1 ¼ cup milk

Directions

  1. Add milk a little at a time to the cornstarch in a small bowl, mixing together using a fork until combined (this avoids lumps).
  2. Add all ingredients except the sliced almonds to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until creamy.
  3. Heat in a skillet for 5 minutes on medium heat while stirring or in the microwave for three 15 second intervals, stirring in-between to thicken.
  4. Pour into 4 glasses and cover with plastic wrap, pressing down onto the pudding to completely seal.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 glasses. Original recipe from nutriliving.com

Last minute gifts that’ll make anyone happy this Christmas

Ran out of time this Christmas and need a quick, successful shop for presents to please the whole crowd? No matter what their hobbies are, these last-minute gifts are sure to be a hit.

Christmas can be a crazy time of year. There’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to buy someone who is particularly picky or perhaps is the person who already has everything, we’re here to help.

These picks are practical and range from low price points to high end – so there’s something for everyone!

Headphones/Earphones

Headphones and earphones are a great present pick because everyone uses them, and pretty much everyone could use a spare pair! They range from basic functionality to noise-cancelling and premium-sounding.

Convenience is key with wireless headphones being obviously tangle-free but also catering for newer models of smartphones that go without the earphone jack. Apple AirPods are a good choice for iPhone users!

Bluetooth models are a great option for travellers too, as well as foldable headphones and earphones small enough to fit in pockets for the gym junkies.

There are plenty of varieties to pick from for the business-busy, the DJ and the kids.

Powerbank

Something everyone can appreciate is a powerbank – because sooner or later comes the regret of not having one on hand! They’re small enough to slip into a briefcase or handbag and can be a lifesaver in a (tech) crisis.

Opt for a colourful one if you want to make the gift more personal!

If your gift recipient is a driver, a car charger is just as handy. Don’t forget to double check their phone charger port to find the appropriate wire!

Portable speaker

Downunder, Christmas is simultaneous with summer. So what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with some good tunes at the BBQ, beach and… anywhere! A portable speaker can prove to be handy and a whole lot of fun (with minimal effort).

They’re be pumping their favourite tunes in great quality with a Bluetooth speaker. A waterproof or splashproof speaker is a big plus if you’re gifting to a beach-lover!

If they’re a real adventurer and love the outdoors, gift them a portable speaker with a clip so that they can attach it to their bike or backpack when they’re on-the-go – like these ones from JBL.

Coffee machine

If you’re gifting a coffee-lover, this one’s a no-brainer! There’s no need to go down to the café to get a good cuppa joe when you can make one in the comfort of your home – they’ll thank you for that 😉

There’s a great selection of coffee machines from many world-renowned brands in a variety of sizes so you can pick one that won’t leave them strapped for counter space. If they already have a machine, opt for grinders, coffee beans/pods or coffee accessories.

Do they prefer tea over coffee? A KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to brew tea leaves for flavoured iced tea all summer long!

Fitbit

A Fitbit is so much more than just a wristband. It’s an all-day tracking device that’s innovative and suitable for anyone of any age.

Its features will inspire a healthier lifestyle with heart rate, activity, and sleep tracking, and so much more. It can connect to a smartphone, deliver notifications, and has an incredible battery life.

It’s just as stylish, too, with interchangeable bands and a wide range of colours to choose from. It might be just what they need to pull through with those New Years resolutions!

Small kitchen appliance

They don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy a small blender. These small appliances are super easy to use and will transform the way they have breakfast and enjoy summer drinks. ‘On-the-go’ types of blenders (with a bottle to detach and drink immediately from) will be their diet game-changer.

Gift them some smoothie recipes with the blender if you know they’ll need a head start!

Are they more of an entertainer? Opt for a food processor or mixer – they’re so versatile in the kitchen that they’ll be able to make dips, soups, pastes and more. Just check out these 3 impressive dips that they’ll be able to whip up!

A juicer is another great idea and will encourage more nutritious drinks if they’re trying to cut out the fizzy sodas – perfect for a family with little ones!

Last-minute Father’s Day gifts for the dads who have everything

Don’t give your dad something he’s going to toss into storage. Instead, make Father’s Day awesome with a gift he’ll genuinely love. Here are some last-minute ideas for dads who are difficult to buy for.

With just a couple of days left until Father’s Day, the pressure to have a present wrapped and ready to gift is dawning. Are you stuck this year? Do you feel as though your dad already owns everything he could possibly want? Here’s a guide to help you pick a Father’s Day present that he’ll appreciate and enjoy.

If he likes adventure…

If your dad is one to travel or hike regularly, he’ll love a drone. It’ll let him capture amazing, quality shots from breathtaking angles and heights. Even in a domestic setting, drones are fun to fly and race!

Does he already own a drone? No problem! Why not add to his experience with other drone accessories such as goggles, a remote controller or an intelligent flight battery (be sure to check that they’re suitable for the model of his drone!).

If he loves music…

If your dad has a liking to iTunes or Spotify, a good pick is a portable speaker. He’ll be able to play his favourite playlist while riding his bike, fixing things in the workshop, while cooking in the kitchen and pretty much anywhere he goes! Opt for a waterproof speaker so that he can take it to the beach during summer too.

If he’s usually in the driver’s seat…

Is your dad always on the road? A GPS system is a helpful gift that he’ll actually use. Many models have Bluetooth and Wifi features as well as voice control and traffic updates. He’ll never have to ask for directions again!

If he’s a workaholic…

If the office is where dad spends most of his time, make his work easier with a new laptop, tablet or 2-in-1. Or you can even set up a whole new home office with this simple guide on everything you need!

After something little smaller? Make sure his hard work never goes to waste with a backup hard drive or a portable SSD card.

If he’s health-conscious…

Encourage him to keep track of his health every day with a Fitbit. It will inspire him to reach and maintain his fitness goals with features such as auto exercise recognition, reminders and smartphone notifications. Fitbits are also waterproof, so you know they’re durable and resistant.

If he’s a bookworm…

Does your dad’s book collection never stop growing? He’ll have so much space-saving convenience when you gift him a Kindle. Unlike a tablet or smartphone, they eliminate annoying glare and reflections.

They’re lightweight and compact, so he’ll be able to carry it around while travelling and also on a day-to-day basis. A Kindle will let him enjoy his favourite novels comfortably with the quality of a gadget and the familiarity of a paperback.

If he’s simple…

This is quite broad, but if you really can’t put a thumb on what your dad’s hobbies are, it’s best that you give him a gift that is simply functional. All round winners are hair clippers, bread trimmers, smart electric toothbrushes and air purifiers.

You can always browse Bing Lee online or go down to one of our stores for a friendly helping hand from a Bing Lee expert!