Pancakes worth getting out of bed for…

Pancake TuesdayWith Pancake Tuesday tomorrow, we thought we’d pull together a list of our all-time favourite pancake recipes… Forget lemon & sugar, you’ll be jumping out of bed for these!

  1. Spiced Caramelised Apple
    Light and fluffy wholemeal pancakes served with delicious spiced caramelised apples… This Curtis recipe is a winner! View recipe.
  2. Banana & Caramel Sauce
    Gluten-Free Pancakes with sensational fresh banana and butterscotch sauce… It’s so good, you’ll be licking the plate. View recipe.
  3. Blueberry & Chia
    Wholesome and deliciously sweet, the family will love these. View recipe.
  4. Passionfruit & Lemon Curd
    Take a shortcut with packet mix, but finish with fabulously fruity passionfruit whipped cream and lemon curd – ready in 15 minutes! View recipe.
  5. Choc-Chip & Strawberry
    Mini Pancakes drizzled with honey – definitely one for those with a sweet tooth! View recipe.
  6. Blueberry & Citrus Ricotta
    If you’ve never tried citrus ricotta, give it a go – it’s a flavour revelation! View recipe.
  7. Coconut & Berry
    A classic pancake match, we couldn’t miss berries and maple syrup off the list. For a flavour twist, use coconut milk and coconut oil! View recipe.
  8. Cinnamon Men
    Use a cookie cutter to make delicious cinnamon men pancakes. View recipe.

For more delicious pancake recipes, visit recipes.coles.com.au.

Sensational summer fruit ideas

Fun with Fruit - Life, Love & HiccupsFinding new and interesting ways to make fruit fun for kids can be a challenge. So with this in mind, we asked Sonia from Life, Love & Hiccups to share some simple ideas (ones you would actually have time to make). Here are 6 of top suggestions:

  1. Watermelon Hearts
    Why not share some melon love! Use a love heart cookie cutter to cut the shape of a heart in a watermelon and fill with another heart shape of rock melon or honey dew.
  2. Apple Cups
    For an afternoon snack, cut an apple in half, scoop out the core and centre with a melon scoop and fill with chopped fruit and yoghurt.
  3. Pineapple Faces
    Cut a pineapple ring, add a melon ball nose and blueberries for eyes. Freeze for an hour and you have a delicious twist on an icy pole!
  4. Fruit Skewers
    Melon shapes, strawberries and grapes on paddle pop sticks – deliciously simple.
  5. Berry Islands
    Thread slices of banana and strawberry onto a skewer and surround with grapes and blueberries.
  6. Fruit Cones
    If apple cups seem like too much work, fill flat bottom ice cream cones with fruit salad and a drizzle of yoghurt.

Read Sonia’s full post, at lifeloveandhiccups.blogspot.com.au. You can also see how to make Apple Cups below in our recipe video:

You can make friends with salad

Vietnamese SaladNot a salad fan? Here are 8 salads to tempt those who tell us they don’t like salad…

  1. Moroccan Lamb Salad
    It’s hard to go past lamb, but covered in mouth-watering Moroccan flavours and with a zesty chickpea & lentil salad, even the biggest salad critics will fine this hard to resist. View recipe.
  2. Grilled Basil Chicken Salad
    Fresh and light, the secret to this salad is fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. View recipe.
  3. Portuguese Chicken Salad
    If summer was a salad it would be this – Portuguese chicken, peaches, feta and tomatoes. View recipe.
  4. Spicy Beef Salad
    Turn up the heat with this spicy and fragrant beef noodle salad with sweet chilli sauce. With the consistency of a stir-fry, this is a salad in disguise! View recipe.
  5. Zucchini & Pesto Salad 
    Pasta fans will love this – zucchini noodles with fresh coriander pesto. View recipe.
  6. Vietnamese Chicken Salad
    Chicken salad too boring? Take it up a notch with delicious Vietnamese flavours, crunchy Asian veg and peanuts. View recipe.
  7. Quinoa Salad
    Combine two flavour trends with Dukkah-roasted veg & quinoa. The key to this salad though is the garlic & Greek yoghurt dressing, it works perfectly all year round. View recipe.
  8. Potato Salad
    Who doesn’t love a potato salad?  Everyone has their own way of doing it, but our favourite combination is bacon, cornichons, capers and parsley – yum! View recipe.

For more delicious salad recipes, visit coles.com.au or taste.com.au.

Classic chicken recipes with a twist

Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with honey-roasted pearsChicken is a staple ingredient in most Australian households, but it’s easy to get stuck in a chicken rut.  Here are 4 simple twists on traditional chicken favourites to keep it a flavour boost:

  1. Chicken Chimichangas
    Rather than chicken burritos, try chicken & cheese chimichangas using hot roast chicken from the deli. View recipe.
  2. Chicken & Raspberry
    Rather than the usual warm chicken salad, try poached chicken with raspberry vinaigrette – full of colour & summer flavour. View recipe.
  3. Chicken & Pear
    Rather than serving chicken breast with 3 veg, try Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with honey-roasted pears. View recipe.
  4. Chicken & Mango Chilli
    Rather than grilled chicken with potato salad, try serving with a mango chilli salsa, lime & mint. View recipe.

Look out for our RSPCA Approved chicken in store or online at shop.coles.com.au. If you try one of these recipes, we’d love to see the finished result – tag us on Facebook or Instagram using #Coles.

Vitamins – the whole foods way

Nature's Way Whole Foods rangeThis week we’re excited to introduce the new Nature’s Way Whole Foods range – vitamins derived from 100% natural wholefoods!  This includes fruits, veggies and herbs from gardens, orchards, farms and even the ocean.

Vitamins from whole foods come with the additional health benefits of other naturally occurring nutrients – including the added micronutrients, cofactors and phytonutrients naturally found in plants, so no synthetic vitamins found here!

Head in to your local Coles to get your hands on this great new range and let us know what you think!

6 tasty ways to enjoy tomatoes

Fresh Aussie TomatoesOriginally from Central and South America, tomatoes have conquered the world. With more than 7,500 varieties, from the tiny grape tomato to the massive beefsteak, they come in all shapes, sizes and colours. A treasure trove of goodness, tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. This versatile fruit, which we think of as veg, can be enjoyed fresh, cooked, dried or semi-dried in as many dishes as there are varieties….

Here are 6 of our favourites…

  1. Chilled Tomato Soup
  2. Haloumi & Pesto Tomato Stack
  3. Mediterranean Grilled Chicken & Tomato Stack
  4. Tomato and Olive Salad
  5. Tomato and Goat’s Cheese Tart
  6. Spicy Fish Tacos

Tomatoes are also great sliced on crusty white bread with a little black pepper and salt or with basil, oregano, chilli and chives. Cheese, bacon and tomato is another classic match, but for something different, try tomatoes and strawberries together in a salad (truss us, it’s delicious). Just don’t refrigerate them, they will lose their flavour!

A word from our Tomato Grower…

The perfect tomato has to smell right, says Chris Millis. “When you put your face close to the vinColes Tomato Grower, Chris Millse it has to smell like the garden,” he says. Chris is the farm manager of Flavorite in Warragul, Victoria, which grows 12,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year. Chris has had a lot of practice smelling, picking and eating tomatoes. “I never wanted a job in an office. I love growing things. I love taking a plant from seed right through to production and having a product that looks and tastes great,” Chris says. “We pick everything by hand and pack everything by hand. I really like the idea that we are producing fresh, healthy sustainable food.”

Besides truss and cherry tomatoes, Flavorite also grows capsicums, eggplants and Lebanese cucumbers in its glasshouses and has pioneered hydroponic farming. “The business was started by my father Mark and his mate Warren Nichol in 1993. Both families had a long history in the Melbourne market selling fruit and veg over three generations,” says Chris, who’s grandfather actually started supplying Coles with tomatoes back in the 1930s.

What started out as a company with five employees in 1993, now employs 170 people and spans 20 hectares. Sustainability is a high priority at Flavorite. It uses only 23 litres of water to produce one kilo of tomatoes, whereas a field grower would need 60 litres. The company also re-uses and recycles its water, which is something Chris is very proud of. Yet for Chris, the best thing about growing tomatoes is the simple pleasure. “It’s that feeling you get when you grow something yourself and are proud of it,” he says. “And then you eat it … in a toasted ham, cheese and cherry tomato sandwich.”

4 tricks with Jelly

Jelly pavlovaFrom cheesecakes to trifles and slices, there are hundreds of uses for jelly, so why not get creative this Australia Day. Here are 4 tasty ideas to get you started:

  1. Jelly Pavlova
    Top your pavlova with whipped cream, crushed mango jelly, kiwifruit and passionfruit. View recipe.
  2. Lamington Bites
    Cut a sponge or vanilla cake in squares, dip in half set raspberry jelly, roll in coconut and leave in the fridge to set for 2 hours. View recipe.
  3. Anzac Biscuit Crumble
    For a twist on the traditional crumble, create a base with raspberry jelly & canned apples, and top with custard, ground cinnamon & crushed Anzac biscuits. View recipe.
  4. Jelly Bites 
    Create 3 tier green & gold jelly bites using Aeroplane lime jelly, create-a-jelly, lemon jelly and condensed milk. View recipe.

Aeroplane Jelly 85g packs are 3 for $2.70 in store and at shop.coles.com.au until 27/1. For more great jelly ideas, visit aeroplanejelly.com.au.