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Roast beetroot, beans and pasta salad

Serves 1
You can use last nights roasted beetroot as they taste nicer the next day.

1 roast beetroot
1 small can of beans
1 lebanese cucumber
1 handful of cooked  pasta
1 carrot

Slice the carrot and the cucumber and mix everything together in the bowl. Enjoy


Green smoothie

How to make it:
go for 2 cups of water, 2 medjool dates, 2 ripe and pre-frozen bananas, and a big handfull of baby spinach. The ratio for a good tasting green smoothie is 60% fruit to 40% greens with water as your liquid base. Happy blending!


Mooncake recipe which you can make it yourself at home

(taken from– Accessed: 28/9/2012)Mooncakes are rich, heavy, and dense compared with most Western cakes and pastries. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. These small round cakes symbolize family unity and perfection. They are time consuming to make and nowadays can be bought from Asian pastry shops. Mai’s recipe uses mung beans but red bean paste or lotus seed paste can also be used. The moulds can be bought from Asian suppliers.


Mooncake moulds

Mung Bean Paste

200g mung beans (for 6 0r 7 cakes)
50g sugar
100ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp Glutenous rice flour
1 tbsp water

Sugar Syrup

1 k sugar
500g water

Wrapping Pastry

2 cups sugar syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp essence of grapefruit flower
2 cups rice flour
2 dessertspoons vegetable oil


Mung Bean Paste
Soak beans in hot water for 3 hours, drain. Steam with a little water until soft then put through blender. Place the blended mung beans into a saucepan and over a low heat stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl add the vegetable oil to the glutenous rice flour and stir to a paste. Then stir into the mung bean mixture. Add water and keep stirring until the mixture thickens. Test with your fingers to check that when a little of the mixture is rubbed together it forms one mass.

If the mixture is crumbly, add water a little at a time until the dough is the right consistency to form a small ball. Let the mixture cool slightly then roll into 50g balls. These balls will form the filling of the mooncakes.

Sugar Syrup
To make the syrup, place both water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil stirring all the time. Continue until all the sugar granules have dissolved and the mixture is syrupy.

Wrapping Pastry
Place 2 cups of syrup in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, grapefruit flower essence and vegetable oil. Sift in 2 cups of glutenous rice flour while stirring to a smooth paste. Let rest for 30 minutes.

Pour dough onto floured board and knead in more glutenous rice flour until it holds a shape when rolled into a log form. (Splash a little oil onto your hands so the dough doesn’t stick while kneading.)

Cut into 150g lumps, flatten into discs and wrap each disc around a mung bean paste ball. Coat with some extra rice flour.

Coat the inside of the mould with rice flour and place the ball into the mould. Press down firmly. Remove from mould and place on a plate ready to serve. Repeat the process until the mixture has been used. Leave the mooncakes to rest for up to an hour, before eating.
If you enjoyed this Mooncakes recipe then browse more Vietnamese recipes, dessert recipes, cake recipes, entertaining recipes, baking recipes and our most popular orange and almond cake recipe.

make your own burger
You can make your own burger at home. It is simple, quick, cheap and healthier than your average takeaway burger.
You can make the patties a few days ahead and freeze them

some more soup recipes for you to look at
There’s three more soup recipes for you to try at home. Soup although it requires a lot of time is cheap to make and you can make many meals out of this.
These will warm you up in winter.

Tuna pasta bake is the recipe for pasta bake. You can make many serves out of this using about 1 big can of chunky tuna and 1 400G can of corn. I like to use the Sirena tuna brand, but you can use others.
You can make some of this for lunches and weekly dinners. It can keep in the fridge for about five to seven days

quiche recipe

Minestrone soup
This is very easy to make and really cheap. It is about $2-$3 per serve and you can make many meals out of this. Make it on Sunday and you can have it for dinner on some cold winters night.

chickpea and pumpkin curry

This is a great winter dish and the recipe can be found here. You can make it as spicy as you want and you can make a few meals out of this. You can have brown rice, naan or paperdums with this.

recipe for vegans This is a lovely recipe for those that can’t have meat. It is cheap, as pumpkin is now in season.
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