Chicken and Sweet Corn Dumplings


Date Published: Sept 14th, 2021 | Last Updated: Sept 14th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: < 30mins, easy, low-cal, healthy, asian, quick, mains, snacks
Serves: ~100 dumplings | Prep time: 15 mins + time to wrap | Cook time: 10 mins

Jump to recipe |

When Toby and I took a trip to Alice Springs early last year, a local dumpling house called Confucius Palace Dumpling Restaurant came up on our radar when looking for places to eat. I’m always skeptical of asian restaurants located in a predominantly non-asian town but we were both pleasantly surprised by how good the dumplings were! Our favourites were the lamb and onion dumplings and the chicken and sweet corn dumplings which is the recipe I’m publishing today! Both dumplings are actually quite simplistic in their ingredients and super quick to make which is fantastic for a quick and easy meal. Dumplings also store very well in the freezer so you can whip up a big batch and save them for a rainy day when you don’t feel like cooking.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Dumpling Filling:
    • 1kg chicken mince
    • 2 cans of super sweet corn
    • 2 Tbsps soy sauce
    • 3 Tbsps chicken stock powder
    • 3 tsp white pepper
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Two packets of dumpling wrappers

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients of the dumpling filling in a bowl: chicken mince, sweet corn, soy sauce, chicken stock powder, white pepper, and sugar.

Wrap the dumplings.

You can either cook the dumplings right away or store them in the freezer. Make sure the dumplings aren’t touching when you freeze them or else they’ll all stick together in a block. Once they’re frozen you can transfer them into a container or plastic freezer bag. Check out this post on how to cook dumplings – 2 ways.

Summarized Recipe:

Chicken and Sweet Corn Dumplings

Date Published: Sept 14th, 2021 | Last Updated: Sept 14th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: < 30mins, easy, low-cal, healthy, asian, quick, mains, snacks
Serves: ~100 dumplings | Prep time: 15 mins + time to wrap | Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Dumpling Filling:
    • 1kg chicken mince
    • 2 cans of super sweet corn
    • 2 Tbsps soy sauce
    • 3 Tbsps chicken stock powder
    • 3 tsp white pepper
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Two packets of dumpling wrappers

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients of the dumpling filling in a bowl: chicken mince, sweet corn, soy sauce, chicken stock powder, white pepper, and sugar.
  2. Wrap the dumplings.
  3. You can either cook the dumplings right away or store them in the freezer.
    • Check out this post on how to cook dumplings – 2 ways.
    • Make sure the dumplings aren’t touching when you freeze them or else they’ll all stick together in a block. Once they’re frozen you can transfer them into a container or plastic freezer bag.

Czech Steak Tartare (Tatarský Biftek/Tatarák)


Date Published: Sept 13, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 13, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: <15 mins, appetizers, mains, easy, quick, low cal, snacks
Serves: 2 (as an appetizer/snack) | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 0! No cooking required.

Jump to recipe |

Steak tartare is a dish served in many different countries and in many different ways. I’ll admit I was never a fan of raw meat, but Toby grew up with it when he would visit Czech Republic to see his grandparents. It became a nostalgic dish and watching him enjoy this dish with such excitement of course tempted me to give it another try. We spent 3 weeks in Czech a couple months ago and during that time the dish really grew on me. A Czech steak tartare is traditionally served with slices of crispy rye bread that is panfried in lard and a garlic clove. You’re meant to rub the garlic on the crispy rye bread for that extra garlicky flavour and spoon the steak tartare over the bread and eat it together. Yum! The basic ingredients are usually steak, mustard, salt, pepper, and onion, but you’ll find many different variations. This dish can be found everywhere in Czech Republic, from basic rural pubs to fancy high-end Michelin-guided restaurants. You can request to have it served with the ingredients all mixed together, or unmixed and you can mix it yourself to adjust the flavours to your liking (see photo). However you have it, it’s always best served with a cold Pilsen beer!

What’s the best cut of beef to use?

Since you’ll be eating the beef raw, it’s very important to choose the best and freshest cut, and of course you also want to get it from a reputable clean butcher that knows their stuff. Usually when I buy my meats I get it either from the regular supermarket or a nearby butcher, however we went specifically to a higher end fancy butcher shop specifically for a steak tartare. It might be a bit more expensive, but it’ll be worth it.

You want a lean piece with little to no fat and connective tissue. The most popular choice is usually a tenderloin (or eye fillet/fillet steak) which is the most tender cut of meat available, but you can also use sirloin/porterhouse as well. If you’re not sure which cut to use, ask the butcher and let them know you’re intending on eating the steak raw for a tartare and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

How to prepare the beef?

Once you’ve selected your perfect cut of beef for the tartare, it’s time to prepare it to your desired consistency. If you like the texture chunkier with more bite, you can finely dice it into cubes. Put your steak in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm it up prior to dicing – this will make it much easier to cut. For a softer texture, you can put your steak through a meat grinder or ask your butcher to grind it for you. I get a little weary of getting someone else to grind it for me since I’m not sure how well the grinders are cleaned between each order. I like my texture somewhere inbetween so I prefer to chop it up finely with a knife. The texture isn’t quite as mushy as a ground beef and has a little more bite to it.

This recipe is easy and cooks up quickly!

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 200g high quality lean steak (ie.tenderloin/eye fillet), trim off any fat and connective tissue
    • If you’re unsure which cut to get, ask your butcher for the freshest cut and let them know you’re intending on eating it raw for a tartare. Buy one a little heavier to equate 200g after trimming
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 of a large) yellow onion, finely minced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 2 Tbsps Dijon mustard (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • To serve:
    • 2 slices of rye bread, either panfried in lard or toasted and buttered
    • 1 garlic clove, cut in half

Directions:

Finely chop the beef until desired consistency. You can also put it through a grinder if you’ve got one.

Add in the rest of the ingredients (egg yolk, onion, garlic, paprika, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce) to the chopped steak and mix. Taste and adjust flavours to personal taste. You can also serve it pre-mixed and lay out the ingredients separately on a plate (see photo).

Toast the slices of rye bread and spread on butter, or alternatively you can pan-fry it with some oil or lard.

Serve the steak tartare with toasted bread and a garlic clove sliced in half. When eating, rub the garlic over the toasted bread and spoon the steak tartare over the bread. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Czech Steak Tartare (Tatarský Biftek/Tatarák)

Date Published: Sept 13, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 13, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: <15 mins, appetizers, mains, easy, quick, low cal, snacks
Serves: 2 (as an appetizer/snack) | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 0! No cooking required.

Ingredients:

  • 200g high quality lean steak (ie.tenderloin/eye fillet), trim off any fat and connective tissue
    • If you’re unsure which cut to get, ask your butcher for the freshest cut and let them know you’re intending on eating it raw for a tartare. Buy one a little heavier to equate 200g after trimming
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup (1/4 of a large) yellow onion, finely minced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 2 Tbsps Dijon mustard (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • To serve:
    • 2 slices of rye bread, either panfried in lard or toasted and buttered
    • 1 garlic clove, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Finely chop the beef until desired consistency. You can also put it through a grinder if you’ve got one.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients (egg yolk, onion, garlic, paprika, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce) to the chopped steak and mix. Taste and adjust flavours to personal taste. You can also serve it pre-mixed and lay out the ingredients separately on a plate (see photo).
  3. Toast the slices of rye bread and spread on butter, or alternatively you can pan-fry it with some oil or lard.
  4. Serve the steak tartare with toasted bread and a garlic clove sliced in half. When eating, rub the garlic over the toasted bread and spoon the steak tartare over the bread. Enjoy!

Wilsons Promontory National Park (“The Prom”)


Wilson’s Promontory is a huge national park roughly 3 hours drive from Melbourne and it sits at the most southern point of mainland Australia. There are so many different hikes in this amazing park that you’ll want to stay at least 4-5 days here to get the best of it. There are coastal views, mountain views, beaches, tropical hikes, sand dunes, and even plenty of Aussie wildlife! This national park is hugely popular and accommodation gets booked out fast so plan ahead. Apart from the Great Ocean Road, this place is probably the second most popular jewel of Victoria’s natural wonders but it can be a bit full on when trying to plan a trip here. I’ve included our experiences in this guide to hopefully help break it down.

When we travelled: Jan 5-8, 2021

Cost: FREE! This amazing park is free for everyone to enjoy. The only costs to consider are accommodation and food.

How many days do I need?

This national park is HUGE and there are SO many hikes to do. The time you need here depends on how many hikes you want to do and if you want to fit in a few easy afternoons at the campsite or hanging out at the beach. Toby and I spent 2.5 days here and we just managed to fit in all the hikes we wanted to do, but it was a very tiring few days trying to see it all. I’d recommend spending at least 4-5 days to make it feel more like a relaxing holiday.

Sample Itinerary

This was our trip itinerary when we went. As mentioned, I’d recommend spreading it out. We had super tired jelly legs by the end of our trip.

Day 1: (1 hike)

  • Left the hotel at 9am, parked at Tidal River Campground around 10am
  • Three Bays Walk – took 5 hours, finished around 3pm
  • Late lunch at the Tidal River Cafe/visitor’s centre
  • It rained after lunch so we called it an early day, otherwise we could’ve fit a short hike in
  • Dinner at our hotel

Day 2: (3 hikes)

  • Left the hotel at 8am, arrived at Prom Wildlife Walk at 8:45am
  • Prom Wildlife Walk – spent about an hour here, finished around 9:30am
  • Tongue Point – parked at Darby River carpark, took 3 hours – finished around 12:30pm
  • Lunch again at Tidal River Cafe/visitor’s centre (gotta love those burgers)
  • Mount Oberon Summit Walk – took 2 hours, finished at 4pm
  • Dinner at our hotel

Day 3: (2 hikes)

  • Left the hotel at 8am, arrived at Tidal River Campground at 8:50am to take the shuttle bus to Telegraph Saddle
  • Mount Oberon Summit Walk – arrived at Telegraph Saddle 9:15am, took 2 hours, finished at 11:30am
  • Took shuttle bus back to Tidal River Campground and had a quick snack
  • Big Drift – started at 12:45pm, finished 2pm

When to visit?

The ideal time to visit is during spring or summer when it’s warm and sunny so you can enjoy some lazy days on the beach. We visited in January 2021 which was in the middle of a Melbourne summer. Unfortunately the weather was pretty cloudy when we went but even with the gloomy weather the hikes were still beautiful. Despite COVID times the campsites were still pretty booked out but there weren’t that many people on the hikes with us which was kind of nice.

Getting Around the Park

This national park is HUGE and you’ll need a car to get around to the start of different hikes. Unfortunately there’s no bus service inside the park so you’re on your own within the park.

Check out the park website for more information regarding walks and track closures. It’s also handy to download their Park Map to know your way around.

Where to Stay? Accommodation Options

Outlined in red is the entire Wilsons Prom national park

A) Staying Inside the Park: Camping

There is only one place to stay inside the national park and that’s at the Tidal River Campground. There are cabins/roof accommodations available or tent sites here. Because this is the only place to stay within the entire park, it is extremely competitive and gets booked out MONTHS in advance, or even a year if it’s during holiday season. The accommodation is arranged directly through the parks website and may be one of the cheaper options. These days they have changed the booking system to a ballot system so you really have to plan ahead if you want to stay within the park. More info on the website here: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/where-to-stay/ballots-and-peak-season-bookings/tidal-river-summer-ballot.

B) Staying Outside the Park: Campgrounds, AirBnb’s, Hotels…etc.

*Note: Tidal River Campground is where the main visitor’s centre is and also where a few popular hikes start. It is roughly a 30min drive from the entrance of the park (near Big Drift) to the Tidal River Campground, which means that any place you stay outside of the park will be at least 30mins drive to the visitor’s centre.

Stockyard Campground: The second closest campground to Wilson’s Prom is Stockyard Campground which is situated at the entrance of the park. Booking is also via the parks website here.

AirBnB’s: If you look early enough, there are tons of privately owned AirBnB’s or luxury accommodations close to the entrance of the park (near Big Drift on the map). The map on the right outlines the national park in red and there are at least a dozen accommodations available on Airbnb. Some of these are more expensive than others, but if you prefer to have a more relaxed luxurious holiday rather than camping, then this is the option for you.

Hotels: Apart from AirBnB’s, you can also look into the small neighbouring towns near Wilson’s Prom. When we did out last-minute trip, all the campsites and Airbnb’s were booked out but luckily there was one last room available at the Fish Creek Hotel in the town of Fish Creek. It was about a 45min drive to the entrance of the park every morning (I’ve marked it on the map above). The hotel was average but we were just happy to have found a place to stay to be honest.

Food Options (a little limited)

There is only one place to get food within the park and it’s at the visitor’s centre at the Tidal River Campground. It’s a canteen/cafeteria style that serves fries, burgers, sandwiches, sausage rolls, wraps…etc. Nothing gourmet, but not bad. We actually quite enjoyed the burgers and ended up getting them for lunch everyday after our morning hikes since we didn’t plan our meals ahead of time. There’s a very small amount of grocery items you can get but it was pretty pricy. The visitor’s centre closes at 4-4:30pm so there are no options for dinner within the park.

Outside of the park there are small rural towns nearby where you can find small grocery stores, pubs, and restaurants, although when we went, most places were closed at night and the places we did find were pretty overpriced with average food. We stayed at Fish Creek Hotel during our trip and we had our dinners at the hotel pub. The beers were good but the food was meh.

If you’re camping and/or planning on cooking, do your grocery shop before heading down because the small town shops have limited options and are usually more expensive. Make sure your accommodation has a fridge to store your food items for the duration of your trip.

Hikes to Do

There are a LOT of different hikes to do at Wilson’s Prom. It took me a long time to narrow down which hikes to go on in the limited 2.5 days we had here especially since they all looked amazing. We managed to cram 6 hikes during our stay and although we had a fantastic time, it was also super tiring and I wish we had more time to chill out and relax a little more. After many hours of googling and scouring online travel itineraries, these are the top 6 hikes we chose based on popularity and scenery. (You can check out the full list of hikes on the parks website or download the parks guide pdf – there are 25 listed hikes on the website!)

Map from Parks Victoria website. I’ve outlined the walks we did.

Three Bays Walk: Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay, Whisky Bay

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (walking track was relatively easy, some inclines and uneven foot path)
Distance:
12.4km
Time:
advertised as 4hrs return, but it took us closer to 5hrs with a few minor rest breaks
Starting point:
Tidal River Campground

This walk connects three beaches and gives you views of both forest and coast. It drizzled on and off all morning but it was still a beautiful hike nonetheless – plus, it was entertaining watching Toby rock his emergency poncho 😂. The hike starts at the Tidal River Campground. Parking is at the visitor’s centre and you’ll have to make your way through the campground to the back to get to the start of the hike. (There’s a conveniently placed public toilet here just before the start of the 5hr hike.)

At the start of the hike is Tidal River which was a shallow murky river beside the campground where a few families were splashing around the water with floaties and enjoying the morning. You’ll cross the bridge and walk through an uphill forested road to get views overlooking Norman Bay, where the Tidal River joins. On this hike you’ll come across 3 beaches: Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay Beach, and Whisky Bay Beach. Squeaky Beach is the most popular beach in Wilsons Prom and it’s named due to the squeaking sounds you make as you walk barefoot across the white sand. It was a bit too cold for us to go barefoot so we didn’t get to hear the squeak – we’ll have to come back in better weather next time! We were lucky enough to have the famous Squeaky Beach to ourselves because of the weather. The best part of the hike was meeting a blonde wombat on the track!!

Prom Wildlife Walk

Difficulty level: advertised as Grade 2, but the path was super flat and easy, should be Grade 1
Distance:
2.3km
Time:
45mins return
Starting point:
Prom Wildlife Walk carpark

This cute little trek is not much for scenery but it’s great for getting up close to some native Aussie wildlife. Although it’s advertised as 45mins, you can make it as long or short as you like. We took a little longer because we went a little off track and stalked some emus. The whole walk is flat bushland with a narrow loop dirt track. We saw plenty of kangaroos and a family of emus. I was really hoping to see more blonde wombats like the one from the day before, but no luck.

Tongue Point (from Darby River)

Difficulty level: Grade 4 (some uneven footing on the path but it wasn’t particularly difficult, I’d probably give it Grade 2 overall but a few steep inclines makes it Grade 3)
Distance:
3.8km
Time:
advertised as 4 hours return, but it only took us 3 hours
Starting point:
Darby River carpark

This wasn’t listed as one of the “must go” hikes in my research but the pictures looked so nice that we decided to go anyway – I’m so glad we did because it ended up being one of my favourite hikes in Wilsons Prom! The hike starts at the Darby River carpark (there’s an option to start from Darby Saddle which is inland and takes an extra hour which we didn’t do because we were saving our strength for other hikes of the day). The walk started with a very tiring sharp incline that made me regret everything, but the magnificent views over the winding Darby river made it all worth it. It’s only 10mins to get to the top (although it felt much longer), but once you get to the top the rest of the trek was relatively cruisy with minor ups and downs through bushland. As the views open up to the coastline, you can start appreciating why the narrowing strip of land stretching out towards the sea is called Tongue Point. The hike ends at the tip of Tongue Point where there are great big boulders covered in bright orange lichen. We sat on these boulders for a good 20 mins just chilling out and enjoying the views of the waves crashing against the rocks below us before heading back.


Mount Bishop Summit Walk

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (some uneven footing with a gradual consistent incline all the way to the top)
Distance:
7.4km
Time:
2.5 hours return (took us 2 hours)
Starting point:
Lilly Pilly Gully Carpark

This was one of the highly rated hikes in my research but I’ll admit it wasn’t my favourite and it felt like it took AGES to get to the top and back down because of the monotony of the scenery (or maybe because my legs were so tired from the other hikes). Although the journey itself wasn’t the best, the sweeping views of the western coastline at the top were beautiful. You could see the multiple bays all in one view. Now only if we had some sun!

The track starts at the Lilly Pilly Gully Carpark. Follow the path for the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk and about 15mins into the walk you’ll see a sign for a turn off to the Mount Bishop track. From here on it’s dense forest views all the way to the top. When you reach the top you’ll see the beautiful views of the coastline from afar. On the way back, retrace your steps back to the carpark.

Mount Oberon Summit Walk

Difficulty level: Grade 4 (the track itself is wide, paved, and easy to walk on but it is STEEP to the top and there’s uneven rocky steps near the end to get to the summit)
Distance:
6.8km
Time:
2 hours return
Starting point:
Telegraph Saddle Carpark (you can only drive here before 9am with very limited parking spaces, otherwise park at Tidal River Campground and there are free shuttle busses after 9am)

Another hike on many “must-do” lists of Wilsons Prom. Similar to the Mount Bishop hike, the journey up is monotonous and unexciting but the views of the coast at the top are spectacular. The sun FINALLY came out for us after 2 days of cloudiness and lit up the coastline when we reached the top which was fantastic. If you only had time for one summit hike in Wilsons Prom, I’d pick this one over Mouth Bishop because although it’s a more difficult hike, you see more of the coastline at the top.

The shuttle bus schedule in 2021 from Tidal River Campground

The hike starts at Telegraph Saddle Carpark. You can only drive to this carpark if you get there before 9am (double check the parks website incase this time has changed since we were there). There are limited spaces at the carpark so if you want to drive, I’d recommend going early. After 9am, the road to the carpark is blocked off and you’ll have to take the free shuttle bus from the Tidal River Campground that runs every 30mins. We actually didn’t know we could’ve driven ourselves up before 9am and were waiting at the shuttle bus stop at 8:50am to try and catch the first bus up 🤦🏻‍♀️. If you’re planning on doing this hike, I’d recommend trying to drive up yourself to Telegraph Saddle Carpark so you can start the hike early before it gets too busy. When we were heading down the mountain, there were TONS of people getting off the bus to start their hike. The last stretch is a narrow single-file path up rocks and I can imagine that to be a bit of a nightmare waiting to get to the summit. Another benefit is that you can leave on your own time without having to wait half an hour for the next shuttle bus to get back.

Starting at the Telegraph Saddle Carpark, it’s a steep 1 hour incline on a wide paved road. There’s not much to see on the way up so you just have to grind through it until you get to the top. If only there was a shuttle bus to the top – the roads would certainly be equipped for it. You’ll see a cellphone tower when you’re near the top. When you reach the tower, you’ll climb some stairs and go up a rocky path until you finally reach the summit. The last short stretch to the top was pretty brutal on our already jelly legs from the day before, but the view was well worth it! The sun came out and the weather was fantastic. We had a quick rest to take in the views and jogged most of the way down the mountain to catch the next shuttle bus (and also so we could finish sooner to rest our legs 😜).

Summit of Mount Oberon

Big Drift (sand dunes!)

Difficulty level: Grade 3 (most of the track is flat and easy but there’s a SHARP sandy incline at the end)
Distance:
4km
Time:
1.5 hours return
Starting point:
Stockyards Carpark

Who knew that amongst the thick Aussie bushland, coastal views, and white sandy beaches, there was also a large patch of sand dunes! Wilsons Prom has got it all. I’d never been to a sand dune before so I was super excited for this hike. It was everything I imagined! We got sand in every crevice and definitely didn’t choose the right footwear. We had to take off our walking shoes halfway through from all the sand and wish we brought fit flops instead. This place was probably the busiest of all the hikes in this park and there were plenty of people who brought their own boogie boards to surf down the sand dunes. Next time we’ll be more prepared!

The hike starts at Stockyard carpark which is adjacent to farm land and seems to be the last place you’d expect a sand dune to be. Follow the signs and it’s a 20 minute walk through open grassy terrain until you reach the sand dunes. We were unpleasantly swarmed by flies during this part of the walk – I definitely recommend putting on fly repellent before going. The track will expectedly get sandier as you get closer to the sand dune and near the very end of the walk there’s a SHARP sandy incline. This was the toughest part of the hike, as you can imagine the difficulty climbing straight up a sand dune, but when we reached the top the views were AMAZING! It was open air with sand as far as the eye could see. There’s no shade up here, so make sure you’ve applied sunscreen beforehand. The endless sand overlooks thick bushland which is a unique view to see the divide between the dry arid sand and dense forested land.

Copycat KFC Gravy (so easy and quick!)


Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, <15mins, quick, healthy, low-cal, sauces
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 2 mins | Cook time: 5 mins

Jump to recipe |

KFC is one of the first fast foods I remember having when we first moved to Canada, and of course you HAVE to get the gravy when you have KFC. We were all obsessed with the gravy but my brother was the biggest fan of all. As the years went on and my older siblings moved away to uni, it was just my mom and I and we would occasionally get the Tuesday KFC deal at the food court in the mall near our house and the gravy has always been a staple. Now every time I have KFC gravy I’m transported back to the good ol’ family days of us huddled around a bucket with popcorn chicken. These days when Toby and I get KFC together, I always get a large popcorn chicken with not one, but TWO gravies because there’s only one gravy size in Australia and it’s never enough.

When I first came across this gravy recipe from RecipeTinEats, I was amazed by how quick and easy it was to make a copycat version of the KFC gravy and it’s also surprisingly low in calories. I’ve made it a bunch more times since with a few small tweaks. It goes amazing on everything, including these Healthy French Onion Meatballs.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 4 Tbsps plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 beef stock cube (concentration 1 cube = 1 cup)
  • 1 chicken stock cube (concentration 1 cube = 1 cup)
  • 2.25 cups (560ml) hot water
  • 4 Tbsps (60g) unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Set aside. In another bowl dissolve the beef stock cube and chicken stock cube in 2 cups of hot water. Set aside.

Put a saucepan on MED heat and dissolve the butter. Add in the flour mixture from step 1 to the butter and mix until combined. Add in a quarter cup of the stock at a time to the pan and mix thoroughly between each addition, making sure there are no clumps. Once you’ve finished adding all of the stock, taste and add salt if needed. Add more hot water if you prefer a runnier gravy. Turn off the heat and serve!

Summarized Recipe:

Copycat KFC Gravy (so easy and quick!)

Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, <15mins, quick, healthy, low-cal, sauces
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 2 mins | Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsps plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 beef stock cube (concentration 1 cube = 1 cup)
  • 1 chicken stock cube (concentration 1 cube = 1 cup)
  • 2.25 cups (560ml) hot water
  • 4 Tbsps (60g) unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl dissolve the beef stock cube and chicken stock cube in 2 cups of hot water. Set aside.
  3. Put a saucepan on MED heat and dissolve the butter. Add in the flour mixture from step 1 to the butter and mix until combined. Add in a quarter cup of the stock at a time to the pan and mix thoroughly between each addition, making sure there are no clumps. Once you’ve finished adding all of the stock, taste and add salt if needed. Add more hot water if you prefer a runnier gravy. Turn off the heat and serve!

Healthy “Creamy” Chicken Thyme Mushroom Spinach Soup


Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, low-cal, mains, appetizers, soups, vegetarian
Serves: 4 (as a main) | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

Jump to recipe |

The countdown is on to our wedding and thus our wedding diet is in full swing which means healthy, low-calorie meals that cut out the fat without compromising on flavour. This recipe ticks all the boxes. I love a good soup and I love a good mushroom dish. When you put two together, I’m loving life! This soup is PACKED full of mushrooms – 600g of mushrooms, to be exact; and it’s creamy without actually using any cream! The creaminess comes from a bit of flour to thicken it all up and soy milk.

Suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 600g white button mushrooms (400g chopped, 200g sliced)
  • 3 large enoki mushrooms, sliced (optional for extra texture)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsps plain flour
  • 4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock
  • 2 dried or 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsps fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups soy milk (optional, for extra creaminess)
  • 4 cups (100g) kale and/or spinach leaves, stalks removed, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded roast chicken

Directions:

In a large pot on MED-HIGH heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the 200g of sliced mushrooms and enoki mushrooms until tender. Remove from the pot and set aside in a separate bowl.

In the same pot, add another drizzle of olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in the 400g of chopped mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender and turn a deep brown colour. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and mix together for 1 minute until all the liquid is absorbed. Pour in a few splashes of chicken stock and mix it all together, scraping the sides and ensure nothing is clumped to the sides or the bottom of the pot. Pour in the remaining stock and add in the bay leaves and thyme leaves. Turn the heat up to HIGH and bring the soup to a boil. Once it boils, turn the heat down to LOW-MED until a simmer and let it simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

After simmering, remove the bay leaves and remove from heat. Use a stick blender and blend the soup until smooth. (You can also pour it all into a blender if you don’t have a stick blender). Add in the soy milk and bring to a simmer again. Stir in the cooked mushrooms that was set aside in step 1, kale/spinach leaves, and/or shredded chicken (if using). Warm through and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Done!

Summarized Recipe:

Healthy “Creamy” Chicken Thyme Mushroom Spinach Soup

Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, low-cal, mains, appetizers, soups, vegetarian
Serves: 4 (as a main) | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 600g white button mushrooms (400g chopped, 200g sliced)
  • 3 large enoki mushrooms, sliced (optional for extra texture)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsps plain flour
  • 4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock
  • 2 dried or 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsps fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups soy milk (optional, for extra creaminess)
  • 4 cups (100g) kale and/or spinach leaves, stalks removed, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded roast chicken

Directions:

  1. In a large pot on MED-HIGH heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the 200g of sliced mushrooms and enoki mushrooms until tender. Remove from the pot and set aside in a separate bowl.
  2. In the same pot, add another drizzle of olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in the 400g of chopped mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender and turn a deep brown colour.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and mix together for 1 minute until all the liquid is absorbed. Pour in a few splashes of chicken stock and mix it all together, scraping the sides and ensure nothing is clumped to the sides or the bottom of the pot. Pour in the remaining stock and add in the bay leaves and thyme leaves. Turn the heat up to HIGH and bring the soup to a boil. Once it boils, turn the heat down to LOW-MED until a simmer and let it simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. After simmering, remove the bay leaves and remove from heat. Use a stick blender and blend the soup until smooth. (You can also pour it all into a blender if you don’t have a stick blender).
  5. Add in the soy milk and bring to a simmer again. Stir in the cooked mushrooms that was set aside in step 1, kale/spinach leaves, and/or shredded chicken (if using). Warm through and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Done!

Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms


Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, <15mins, appetizer, asian, sides, healthy, low-cal, snacks
Serves: depends on how much you make | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 mins per batch

Jump to recipe |

This recipe is simple, so easy, and cooks up quickly! King Oyster mushrooms are perfect for grilling due to its texture and also has a great chew. It makes a super quick appetizer, side dish or a snack. There’s not much to this recipe other than slicing the mushrooms and grilling or pan-frying with some salt and pepper. Done!

You can make as much or as little as your want. The mushrooms shrink a little when you cook them so keep that in mind. I always double the amount I plan to serve because I snack on them as I wait for the next batch to cook because they’re so damn delicious.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • King oyster mushrooms, sliced lengthwise to 1.5cm thickness (in any amount you want)
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

In a large skillet or grill top on MED-HIGH heat, add a small drizzle of olive oil. Make sure the pan is very hot. Add the sliced king oyster mushrooms to the pan in a single layer (you may have to do this in multiple batches if you have a lot of mushrooms). Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes until slightly golden brown. Remove from pan and repeat with the remaining mushrooms, adding in another small drizzle of olive oil each time. Serve immediately.

Summarized Recipe:

Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms

Date Published: Sept 5th, 2022 | Last Updated: Sept 5th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: easy, <15mins, appetizer, asian, sides, healthy, low-cal, snacks
Serves: depends on how much you make | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 5 mins per batch

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • King oyster mushrooms, sliced lengthwise to 1.5cm thickness (in any amount you want)
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet or grill top on MED-HIGH heat, add a small drizzle of olive oil. Make sure the pan is very hot. Add the sliced king oyster mushrooms to the pan in a single layer (you may have to do this in multiple batches if you have a lot of mushrooms). Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes until slightly golden brown. Remove from pan and repeat with the remaining mushrooms, adding in another small drizzle of olive oil each time. Serve immediately.