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Let it Snow!

 

We’ve been putting up with cold temps all week but is the reward just around the corner?  Be prepared for the drop in temperature, icy winds and maybe even snow when you rug up warm and head out to play in these winter warmers.  The only excuse for poor weather is bad clothing choices.  Keep the kids warm and dry all winter in our great winter warmers.  Stay indoors and shop all you winter uniforms and winter gear online at Made For School.  Rug the kids up warm and let them get outside for sports and play.

 

GEAR: Matson Round Panel Sports Polo

Grab your green and gold and get ready for the world cup this weekend.  Cheer on the Socceroos in our Matson polo for less than $3!  Hurry at these prices they won’t last.

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GEAR: Matson Round Panel Polo

RECIPE: Chicken and Cashew Tray Bake

I am forever on the hunt for quick and easy, nutritious and delicious family dinners.  This chicken and cashew tray bake ticked all the boxes for me and was a winner after rugby training.  I cooked rice in the rice cooker and had all the vegetables and chicken prepped before we left.  If you’re after an easy weeknight dinner, then give this a try.

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RECIPE: Chicken and Cashew Tray Bake

Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons salt reduced soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • ¾ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • ½ cup water plus more as needed to thin out the sauce

Chicken and vegetables

  • 2 medium skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into small cubes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2  of bunches of broccolini, cut the stalks up as well or 1 ½ cups broccoli florets about 1 head
  • red capsicum, diced
  • 2/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews

Method:

For the sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, cornflour and water until combined.
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the chicken and vegetables:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a large sheet pan with baking paper or foil, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper then drizzle spoonfuls of sauce over the chicken coating well on both sides. Reserve at least half of the sauce for later.
  3. Cook in preheated oven for 8 minutes then remove the pan.
  4. Arrange the broccoli florets, capsicum and cashews in a single layer around the chicken. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and drizzle spoonfuls of the sauce and toss everything to coat.
  5. Return to the oven and cook for another 8-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
  6. Remove pan from oven and drizzle with remaining sauce. Serve over rice or quinoa and garnish with shallots and sesame seeds, if you like.

Happy Cooking!

Natalie

 

RECIPE: Halloumi, Vegetable and Pearl Couscous Salad

Lemons and chargrilled vegetables remind me of lazy summer days.  This winter has got me longing for BBQ’s, warm days and carefree living with the kids so I decided to hunt out a new recipe to help get me through the last of winter.  This salad is absolutely divine and served warm alongside some meat from the bbq, it will be devoured before your eyes.  Reheat the leftovers, if there are any, for lunch the next day.

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RECIPE: Halloumi, Vegetable & Pearl Couscous Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups pearl couscous
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 2-3mm thick slices
  • 200g halloumi, cut into 3mm thick slices
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup basil, shredded
  • 1/2 cup continental parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 red capsicums, chargrilled and shredded, you can use some out of a jar.
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat a large heavy based fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and once hot add the pearl couscous and the garlic. Toast the couscous for a minute or so and then add the stock. Bring to a simmer and then turn down the heat and allow it to continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed and the couscous is al dente.
  2. Add tomatoes and half the parsley to the couscous, stir through. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  3. Wipe the pan clean and put back on medium-high heat. Add a little bit of olive oil and cook the zucchini in batches until they have some colour and are cooked through.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Wipe the pan again, put it back on the heat and once hot add your halloumi slices. Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden.
  5. Toss the zucchini and capsicum through the couscous along with the remaining parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper then scatter with the halloumi and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and serve in a large bowl.

Happy Cooking!

Natalie

GEAR: Akhurst Tri-Stripe Sports Polo

Queensland fans wear you colours with pride in this bargain of a Polo!  Available in sizes 4 – 3XL, you can grab one fo the whole family.

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GEAR: Akhurst Tri-Stripe Sports Polo

 

RECIPE: Coffee Caramel Slice

Not being a coffee drinker I didn’t think I would like this slice but was after something different to serve for morning tea with friends.  The coffee in this easy no-bake recipe was so delicious with the caramel that I’m on the lookout for similar recipes.  If you need a new morning tea recipe, give this one a try.

caramel slice recipe

RECIPE: Coffee Caramel Slice

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 250g malt ‘o’ biscuits crushed
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 200g milk chocolate, chopped

Method:

  1. Grease and line a slice tin with baking paper, making sure the paper extends over the edges.
  2. Combine butter, condensed milk, golden syrup and coffee in a small saucepan over low heat and cook stirring for 5 minutes, or until melted.
  3. Increase the heat and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  4. Combine crushed biscuits and almonds in a large bowl, stir in butter mixture until well combined.
  5. Press biscuit mixture into the prepared pan, level the surface and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  6. place chocolate in a small bowl and melt chocolate in the microwave at 50%, stirring every 30 seconds.
  7. Pour chocolate over the biscuit base and level the surface.  Place back in the fridge for an hour or until the chocolate has set.  Cut into squares and enjoy.

Happy cooking!

Natalie

 

GEAR: Strezlecki Fleecy Stud-Front Bomber Jacket

Soar high above the cold winter clouds in this timeless soft bomber jacket.  Stay warm and order all you winter school uniforms online and have them delivered to your door.

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GEAR: Strezlecki Fleecy Stud-Front Bomber Jacket

 

 

GEAR: Warburton Lined Flying Jacket

Driving rain and a cold night sky can’t keep you grounded in this toasty flying jacket.

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GEAR: Warburton Lined Flying Jacket

GEAR: Wentworth Polar Fleece Beanie

Keep the grey at bay in our warm and toasty Wentworth Polar Fleece Beanie.  Shop online and stay warm this winter!

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GEAR: Wentworth Polar Fleece Beanie

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