Thai Green Curry with Fish

Thai Green Curry with Fish

Thai Green Curry with Fish

Enjoy a light Thai inspired dish using your favourite vegetables and protein. Try using fish instead of chicken for a new twist on the classic.

Serves: 4
Cooking time: 30 minutes


400ml reduced fat coconut milk
250ml reduced salt chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons green curry paste
3 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded
300g pumpkin, peeled and chopped
500g Sealord Simply Natural frozen dory fillets*
230g can bamboo shoots, drained
600g Birds Eye frozen vegies (eg green beans, carrot, broccoli)*
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon palm sugar, grated
2 tablespoons Thai basil leaves, torn
1 ½ cup Sunrice Doongara clever white rice*
2 stalks lemon grass, halved

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1. Put the coconut milk, stock, green curry paste and kaffir lime leaves in wok or large pot and bring to the boil.  Cook over a high heat until the sauce starts to thicken slightly.  Add the pumpkin and simmer for 10 minutes or until it starts to soften

2. Add the fish and bamboo shoots, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.  Add the Birds Eye frozen vegies, fish sauce and palm sugar and cook uncovered until the vegetables are soft.

3. Remove from the heat and stir through half the basil leaves.

4. Put the rice, lemon grass and 4 cups of water in a pot, bring to the boil and cook over a high heat until steam holes appear in the top of the rice.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.  Transfer rice to bowls, spoon over curry and scatter with remaining basil leaves.

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Dragon – Still In Love With You

Dragon – Still In Love With You

Dragon - Are You Old Enough

Dragon formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972, with a line-up that featured Todd Hunter, guitarist Ray Goodwin, drummer Neil Reynolds and singer Graeme Collins; by 1974 several personnel changes had occurred including the introduction of Todd’s brother Marc Hunter on vocals and Neil Storey on drums.

The band recorded two progressive rock albums in New Zealand, Universal Radio and Scented Gardens for the Blind, the second with an added guitar element from Robert Taylor. Paul Hewson also joined the band on keyboards and from this point Dragon’s music took on a pop-flavoured AOR feel.

Dragon eventually landed a contract in Australia with CBS Records and relocated to Sydney in 1975.

Always a lightning rod for controversy, the band was rocked by the heroin overdose death of drummer Neil Storey only weeks after arriving in Australia and their original manager was also deported back to New Zealand on drugs charges. By then, founding member Ray Goodwin had left the group.

Storey was replaced by Kerry Jacobson and, between 1975 and 1979, Dragon scored a string of major hits on the Australasian pop charts with songs including “April Sun in Cuba,” “Are You Old Enough” and “Still in Love With You” and with the albums Sunshine and O Zambezi, making them one of the region’s most popular rock acts.

Marc Hunter left Dragon in 1979 due to health problems which were, by then, seriously affecting his performances. New singer Richard Lee was recruited and the group recorded the Powerplay LP before breaking up in 1979.

Dragon was forced to reform in 1982 to pay off outstanding debts, but they stayed together and decided to have another shot at success. The band’s second comeback single “Rain” proved to be a massive hit, but Kerry Jacobson left the band for health reasons and was replaced by British drummer Terry Chambers, formerly from the band XTC. American keyboard player and producer Alan Mansfield also joined the band at this point.

The group’s 1984 album Body and the Beat became one of the biggest-selling albums in Australia and New Zealand and the band was restored to something close to its late 70s glory. Their public profile was further raised at this time by the Marc Hunter solo album Communication. Its title track became a moderate hit in Australia.

Paul Hewson left Dragon and tragically died of a drug overdose in New Zealand in January 1985, with Terry Chambers and Robert Taylor leaving Dragon some time after. American drummer Doanne Perry replaced Chambers, and Taylor was eventually succeeded by local Sydney guitar ace Tommy Emmanuel.

This line-up recorded the Todd Rundgren-produced Dreams of Ordinary Men album and toured Europe under the name Hunter in 1987, where they were somewhat misrepresented as a heavy metal band in some markets.

Dragon again split up in 1988 although a year later Todd and Marc Hunter and Alan Mansfield reconvened once again with guitarist Randall Waller and drummer Barton Price (ex-Models and The Choirboys) for the 1989 Bondi Road album, which actually featured Tommy Emmanuel’s guitar playing.

Dragon continued to record and tour with varying line-ups centered around the Hunter brothers and Mansfield until 1997, although Todd Hunter had largely retired from the band to do soundtrack work.

In 1998, Marc Hunter was diagnosed with severe throat cancer and died later that year. The compilation CD Forever Young, released on Raven Records, captures many of the highlight tracks of his tumultuous career.

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Fish with Moroccan lentil salad

Fish with Moroccan lentil salad

Fish with Moroccan lentil salad

This light dish is packed full of mouthwatering flavours, and is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner.
Serves 4
Cooking time: 6 minutes
420g can no added salt brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup currants
1/4 cup pepitas, toasted* (see Tip)
1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
1 orange, rind finely grated and juiced
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp olive oil*
1/2 tsp brown sugar
Cracked black pepper, to season
Olive oil spray*
700g skinless snapper fillets, trimmed, and cut into smaller pieces if large
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1. Combine the lentils, currants, pepitas, chilli, onion, mint, parsley and orange rind in a large bowl. Toss well to combine. Combine 1/4 cup of the orange juice, cumin, olive oil, sugar and pepper in a screw-top jar and shake until well combined. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving and toss to coat fully.

2. Preheat a barbecue flat-plate or large non-stick frying pan on medium-high. Lightly spray with oil. Season the fish with cracked black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until light golden and just cooked through. Serve with the lentil salad and lemon.

Tip Pepitas are the edible seed of the pumpkin that have been dried. You will find them where all the nuts are in the supermarket. They are nutritious and add crunch to salads. To toast them place them onto a baking tray and roast in 220°C (200°C fan-forced) oven for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, dry roast in a non-stick frying pan frying pan over medium-high heat. Watch carefully as they can burn easily.

Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock

Daddy Cool is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1970 with the original line-up of Wayne Duncan (bass, Vocals), Ross Hannaford (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Ross Wilson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) . Their debut single “Eagle Rock” was released in May 1971 and stayed at number 1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LPDaddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached number 1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies. Their name comes from the 1957 song “Daddy Cool” by US rock group The Rays, Daddy Cool included their version on Daddy Who? Daddy Cool.

Daddy Cool’s music featured 1950s Doo-wop style rock cover versions and originals which were mostly written by Wilson. On stage they provided a danceable sound which was accessible and fun. Their second album was Sex, Dope, Rock’n’Roll: Teenage Heaven from January 1972 and reached the Top Ten. Breaking up in August 1972, Daddy Cool briefly reformed during 1974-1975 before disbanding again, they reformed with the band’s original line-up in 2005. Their iconic status was confirmed when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 16 August 2006.

1964-1970: Previous bands
Main articles: The Pink Finks and Sons of the Vegetal Mother

Ross Hannaford (guitar, bass, vocals) and Ross Wilson (guitar, vocals, harmonica) formed pop / R&B Melbourne-based group The Pink Finks in 1964 while they were still attending highschool in the south eastern Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris, they later attended the senior campus of Sandringham College. They recorded a version of Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie” in 1965 which led to a recording contract and three more singles. In 1967 they formed The Party Machine, which had a more radical sound (influenced by Frank Zappa and Howlin’ Wolf), the band included Mike Rudd (later in Spectrum) on bass guitar. They released a single “You’ve All Gotta Go” in 1969; their printed songbooks were confiscated and burned by the Victorian Vice Squad for being obscene and seditious. Wilson disbanded The Party Machine after receiving an invitation to travel to London to join expatriate Australian band Procession during 1969, after they released Procession on Festival Records Wilson returned to Australia.

Wayne Duncan (bass, vocals) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) were the rhythm section of many bands particularly instrumentals since the 1950s. One of these was The Rondells which were also the backing band for Bobby & Laurie a popular singing duo with their number 1 hit “Hitch Hiker” from 1966.

Young and Wilson met in 1969 whilst both were working in a book warehouse, each had previous band mates who were interested in forming a new group. Wilson, Hannaford, Young and Duncan formed Sons of the Vegetal Mother later that year, this band had a more experimental Progressive rock sound. Other members included: Rudd (bass), Trevor Griffin (piano), Jeremy Kellock (Jeremy Noone) (tenor sax), Tim Partridge (bass), Ian Wallace (alto sax), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet) and Bruce Woodcock (tenor sax).

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Moroccan-style mushroom tagine

Moroccan-style mushroom tagine

Moroccan-style mushroom tagine

​Try this delicious and fragrant vegetarian tagine. Recipe provided courtesy of Australian Mushroom Growers Association.
​Serves 4
Cooking time: 35 minutes
​1 tbs olive oil*
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 tbs Ras el hanout or Moroccan spice blend (see Tip)
750g (1/2 small) butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped
400g small cup mushrooms
400g can no added salt diced tomatoes*
1 cup reduced salt vegetable stock* or reduced salt chicken stock
400g can no added salt chickpeas, drained and rinsed
60g pitted dates, chopped
Reduced fat yoghurt*, coriander leaves and cooked couscous, to serve

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​1. Heat oil in a medium deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in the spice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add pumpkin and mushrooms and stir until the vegetables are coated with spice mixture.

2. Add the tomatoes and stock, cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is almost tender.

3. Stir in the chickpeas and dates, cook, covered a further 10 minutes until pumpkin is tender and chickpeas warm. Top with a little yoghurt, scatter over the coriander and serve with couscous.

Tip Ras el hanout is available from delicatessens and specialist spices suppliers. Moroccan spice blend is available supermarkets.

Healthy Meal Replacement

Healthy Meal Replacement

Healthy Meal Replacement

Protein powders and shakes to build strength.

While checking out protein powders and shakes to build the strength of chronically ill clients, fitness trainer Guy Lawrence was shocked to discover how many contained sugar, preservatives and synthetic chemicals.

As a result, he decided to muscle in on the industry himself by calling on the help of a nutritionist and health industry practitioner to create a formula using natural, organic and raw ingredients.

Two years on, the protein powder produced by 180 Nutrition, the company Lawrence launched with graphic designer Stuart Cooke, is taking the fitness sector by storm.
They have even had an inquiry from the office of US mind and body guru Anthony Robbins.

“It’s amazing how quickly it has taken off,” Lawrence, 37, says. “A lot of people want optimal health, and they want a really wholesome product to help them. Our business plan was to sell over the internet, driven by social media.

But we are also being taken up by a lot of CrossFit gyms, whose members follow a Paleo diet [also known as the caveman diet] devoid of processed food, as well as health-food and supplement stores. And we have received so many orders from overseas that we”re now setting up distribution points in different countries.”

The formula for 180 Natural Protein Superfood – which can also be used by slimmers as a meal substitute – includes grass-fed whey protein isolate, flaxseed, almond meal, sunflower kernels and sesame and chia seeds, all sourced in Australia and New Zealand.
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Cherry Pecan Bread

Cherry Pecan Bread

Cherry Pecan Bread
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
softened 2 eggs
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (10-ounces) jar maraschino cherries, drained, juice reserved, and chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees  F.   Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add the pecans and the cherries to the dry mixture and toss to coat.

Alternate adding the dry mixture and the buttermilk to the creamed sugar mixture until combined.

Turn batter into a well-greased 2-quart mold or bundt pan (I think a loaf pan might be better).

Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.

For the drizzle mix powdered sugar with maraschino cherry juice to the consistency wanted.

Drizzle over bread.
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Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway

Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway

Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway

Born Cabell Calloway on December 25th, 1907, in Rochester, New York. He died November 8th of 1994 in Cokebury Village, Delaware.

Involved in show business from an early age, vocalist Calloway was an occasional drummer and MC, working mostly in Baltimore, where he was raised, and Chicago, where he relocated in the late 20s. He worked with his sister Blanche, and then, in 1929, he became frontman for the Alabamians. Engagements with this band took him to New York; in the same year he fronted the Missourians, a band for which he had briefly worked a year earlier.

The Missourians were hired for New York’s Savoy Ballroom; although the band consisted of proficient musicians, there is no doubt that it was Calloway’s flamboyant leadership that attracted most attention. Dressing outlandishly in an eye-catching “Zoot Suit” – knee-length drape jacket, voluminous trousers, huge wide-brimmed hat and a floor-trailing watch chain – he was the centre of attraction. His speech was peppered with hip phraseology and his catch phrase, “Hi-De-Hi”, echoed by the fans, became a permanent part of the language.

The popularity of the band and of its leader led to changes. Renamed as Cab Calloway And His Orchestra, the band moved into the Cotton Club in 1931 as replacement for Duke Ellington, allegedly at the insistence of the club’s Mafia-connected owners. The radio exposure this brought helped to establish Calloway as a national figure.

As a singer Calloway proved difficult for jazz fans to swallow. His eccentricities of dress extended into his vocal style, which carried echoes of the blues, crass sentimentality and cantorial religiosity. At his best, however, as on “Geechy Joe” and “Sunday In Savannah”, which he sang in the 1943 film Stormy Weather, he could be highly effective. His greatest popular hits were a succession of songs, the lyrics of which were replete with veiled references to drugs that, presumably, the record company executives failed to recognize. “Minnie The Moocher” was the first of these, recorded in March 1931 with “Kickin’ The Gong Around”, an expression that means smoking opium, released in October the same year. Other hits, about sexual prowess, were Fats Waller’s “Six Or Seven Times” and the Harold Arlen -Ted Koehler song “Triggeration.”

For the more perceptive jazz fans who were patient enough to sit through the razzmatazz, and what one of his sidemen referred to as “all that hooping and hollering’, Calloway’s chief contribution to the music came through the extraordinary calibre of the musicians he hired. In the earlier band he had the remarkable cornetist Reuben Reeves, trombonist Ed Swayzee, Doc Cheatham and Bennie Payne. As his popularity increased, Calloway began hiring the best men he could find, paying excellent salaries and allowing plenty of solo space, even though the records were usually heavily orientated towards his singing. By the early 40s the band included outstanding players such as Chu Berry, Hilton Jefferson, Milt Hinton, Cozy Cole, and Jonah Jones. Further musicians included Ben Webster, Shad Collins , Garvin Bushell , Mario Bauza , Walter “Foots” Thomas , Tyree Glenn , J.C. Heard and Dizzy Gillespie, making the Calloway band a force with which to be reckoned and one of the outstanding big bands of the swing era.

In later years he worked on the stage in Porgy And Bess and Hello, Dolly!, and took acting roles in films such as The Blues Brothers (1980). His other films over the years included The Big Broadcast (1932), International House (1933), The Singing Kid (1936), Manhattan Merry Go Round (1938), Sensations Of 1945 (1944), St. Louis Blues (1958), The Cincinnati Kid (1965) , and A Man Called Adam (1966). Calloway enjoyed a considerable resurgence of popularity in the 70s with a Broadway appearance in Bubbling Brown Sugar. In the 80s he was seen and heard on stages and television screens in the USA and UK, sometimes as star, sometimes as support but always as the centre of attention. In 1993 he appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, and in the same year celebrated his honorary doctorate in fine arts at the University of Rochester in New York State by leading the 9,000 graduates and guests in a singalong to “Minnie The Moocher”. Calloway died the following year. Bio and picture source…

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DeForest Kelley – Dr. Leonard McCoy – Bones

DeForest Kelley – Dr. Leonard McCoy – Bones

DeForest Kelley - Dr. Leonard McCoy - Bones

Like the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy he played, Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Georgia—Atlanta, to be specific, the son of a Baptist minister. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Force at the end of World War II, Kelley chose to pursue a career in acting, and made his way to Los Angeles.  Under contract to Paramount Pictures, he began appearing in motion pictures and television series, most often Westerns and nearly always playing the bad guy.  That villainous persona couldn’t have been farther from his own, and he worried for a time that he would be typecast that way forever.  Ironically, while the role of Doctor McCoy saved him from that particular fate, it typecast him in an entirely different way—but one that he reportedly never regretted.

Kelley met his future wife, actress Carolyn Dowling, when they both appeared in a theatrical production for the Long Beach Theatre Group.  They were married in 1945 and were virtually inseparable for the next 53 years.  Kelley chose to relax into retirement following the cancellation of Star Trek.  He reprised his role as McCoy for the Animated Series, and appeared in six of the Star Trek motion pictures—and played McCoy at 137 as an aged retired admiral on inspection duty at the launch of the The Next Generation. His beloved stanza poem “The Big Bird’s Dream” and its sequel, using creator Gene Roddenberry’s nickname, told in verse the story of his unlikely Star Trek castmates and their experience, and continued it through the movies.

But beyond that, convention appearances and occasional film roles and television guest stints, Kelley was content to spend most of his time at home with his wife, garden and their infamous pet Myrtle the Turtle.  He died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1999, at the age of 79.

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Mungo Jerry – Lady Rose

Mungo Jerry – Lady Rose

Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime

Mungo Jerry – Ray Dorset (Raymond Edward Dorset, 21 March 1946, Ashford, Middlesex, England; vocals/guitar), Colin Earl (b. 6 May 1942, Hampton Court, Middlesex, England; piano/vocals), Paul King (banjo, jug, guitar, vocals) and Mike Cole (b. Michael Maurice Cole, 19 March 1943, Perivale, Middlesex, England; bass) – was a little-known skiffle-cum-jug band that achieved instant fame following a sensational appearance at 1970’s Hollywood Pop Festival, in Staffordshire, England, wherein they proved more popular than headliners the Grateful Dead, Traffic and Free. The band’s performance coincided with the release of their debut single, ‘In The Summertime’, and the attendant publicity, combined with the song’s nagging commerciality, resulted in a runaway smash. It topped the UK chart and, by the end of that year alone, global sales had totalled six million.

Despite an eight-month gap between releases, Mungo Jerry’s second single, ‘Baby Jump’, also reached number 1. By this time Mike Cole had been replaced by John Godfrey and their jug band sound had grown appreciably heavier. A third hit, in 1971, ‘Lady Rose’, showed a continued grasp of melody (the maxi-single also included the controversial ‘Have A Whiff On Me’ which was banned by the BBC). This successful year concluded with another Top 20 release, ‘You Don’t Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War’.

Paul King and Colin Earl left the band in 1972 and together with percussionist Joe Rush (b. Joseph Rush, December 1940, England), an early member of Mungo Jerry, formed the King Earl Boogie Band. Dorset released a solo album, Cold Blue Excursions, prior to convening a new line-up with John Godfrey, Jon Pope (piano) and Tim Reeves (drums). The new line-up had another Top 3 hit in 1973 with ‘Alright Alright Alright’ (a reinterpretation of Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi’), but the following year the overtly sexist ‘Longlegged Woman Dressed In Black’ became the band’s final chart entry.

Dorset continued to work with various versions of his creation into the new millennium, but was never able to regain the band’s early profile. A short-lived collaboration with Peter Green and Vincent Crane under the name Katmundu resulted in the disappointing A Case For The Blues (1986), but Dorset did achieve further success when he produced ‘Feels Like I’m In Love’ for singer Kelly Marie. This former Mungo b-side became a UK number 1 in August 1980. Bio and picture source…

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