Sticky mandarin almond & poppy seed cakes

Sticky mandarin almond & poppy seed cakes

Sticky Mandarin Muffins

Sticky mandarin almond & poppy seed cakes

Try these sweet and sticky mandarin, almond and poppy seed cakes today – they’re sure to be a morning tea hit with the whole family and the perfect lunchbox treat!

Serves: 12
Cook time: 30
Prep time: 25



  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150g butter
  • 3 tsp finely grated mandarin rind
  • 1 cup raw caster sugar 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup self-raising flour 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup mandarin juice

Sticky Mandarin Syrup

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • zest & juice of 3 mandarins


Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan- forced). Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin pan & line the bases with baking paper rounds.

Combine poppy seeds & milk in small bowl; stand for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat butter, rind & sugar with electric mixer until light & fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined between additions.

Stir in sifted flour, almond meal, juice & poppy seed mixture.

Place 1/4 cup of mixture into each prepared hole; smooth surface with metal spatula.

Bake cakes in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile to make the sticky mandarin topping, place the sugar, water & vanilla bean in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the mandarin juice, zest & simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove cakes from oven & while cakes are still hot prick the top all over with a skewer.

Drizzle the mandarin syrup over the cakes. Allow the cakes to cool slightly before serving with cream.

Adelaide Central Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, small goods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.


Good Life Market; all natural, healthy, healthy snacks with no nasties

Good Life Market; all natural, healthy, healthy snacks with no nasties

good life market fruit straps

Good Life Market; all natural, healthy, healthy snacks with no nasties

We’ve all been that parent in the supermarket aisle staring at the back of snack boxes wondering what all those numbers mean and what’s good for our kiddos and what’s…not so good! Well, we’re one step closer to an easier shopping experience and healthier stocked pantry with Good Life Market!

With a product range straight from the fruit tree to your tummy (with just a little bit of squashing and packaging in between!), these are the fruit strips and dried fruit snacks you won’t feel guilty about giving your children. They’re delicious, they’re preservative, additive and sulphur free—which is a big tick when it comes to dried fruit—100% natural with none of the nasties.

Even better, the fruit comes a South Australian family owned farm, so you’ll be supporting SA while you’re snacking.

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When owner of Good Life Market, Ayesha O’Neill was a first time mum, she saw a gap in the market for snacks for kids that weren’t jam packed with additives and preservatives but were also delicious at the same time as being nutritious.

“I couldn’t believe how much research the average person had to do to figure out what was in our children’s food.” she told us.

Sourcing fruit from her own Uncle’s farm meant going into business Ayesha knew they were set up from the beginning to have a very small supply chain.

“We knew that whatever we did, we wanted to make sure it was sustainable, and that it supported other South Australian small businesses. COVID has been tough on everyone, particularly small business. There are always peaks and troughs, but we have been lucky that once people try our product, they keep coming back!”

And they keep coming back because Good Life Market fruit strips and dried fruit products are full of the good stuff, none of the bad stuff, and very… very yum!

Flavours of fruit strips include tropical, strawberry blueberry and apple and blackberry and apple, as well as combinations with apricot, plum, peach and even mulberry.

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And for the parents, because we deserve a treat too, check out the dried fruit dipped in chocolate (yes, please!), you might just have to share these with the kiddos though.

And of course, the perfect garnish for a cheeky cocktail, dried lemons, limes and oranges are also available as well as a handful of other dried fruit products. All sulphur free, preservative free and additive free and full of all the yum!

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Cheap eats for school lunches at the Adelaide Central Market

Cheap eats for school lunches at the Adelaide Central Market

central market cheap eats

Cheap eats for school lunches at the Adelaide Central Market

Quick school lunches are being made easier with the option to stop past the Markets and spend less than $15 on an array of delicious cuisines.

Each week, the Market will highlight cheap eats around the market that make a perfect and easy lunch on the go and full of flavour, and for under $15!

Current favourites on offer include:

Cheap Eat Bites for Under $5

  • Sunmi Sushi, famous pancakes, $2 or $3 each
  • Atlas Continental, $4 Pizza slice
  • Simply Sarj, award winning curry puffs or ‘sausage roll’, $5 each or 2 for $9
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Cheap Eat Bites for Under $10
  • Si Sea, all day Tapas from $6.50
  • Sunmi Sushi, bibimbap, small $8.50 or large $10
  • Cumbia Kitchen, empanadas, 3 for $10
  • Simply Sarj, potluck from $10

Cheap Eat Bites for Under $15
  • Atlas Continental, salad bowls, from $12
  • Cumbia Bar Kitchen, paella from $13
  • Real Falafel, bowl or pita, from $13
  • Zuma, house made Focaccias $13.50
  • Big Table, house made salads from $13.50
  • Asian Gourmet laksa, from $14
  • Let Them Eat, salad bowl, $14
  • Charcuterie, panini, $14
  • Le Souk, Lentil and carrot soup from $14.50
Customers are encouraged to share their Market Cheap Eats at @adelcentralmarket #AdelaideCentralMarket

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RECIPE: Easter Bunny Buns

RECIPE: Easter Bunny Buns

bunny buns recipe

RECIPE: Easter Bunny Buns

RECIPE: Jenn Lee

MasterChef contestant Jenn Lee is adept at both savoury and sweet cooking and with a love of learning from the likes of Michel Roux, Heston Blumenthal and Josh Niland, Jenn cites her favourite ingredients to cook with as eggs, potatoes and garlic.

Jenn has shared with us her easter recipe for Bunny Buns! Make these with the kids ahead of the long weekend and have a very HOPPY easter!


  • 140 ml milk
  • 4 g yeast
  • pinch sugar
  • 310 g bread flour
  • 10 g milk powder
  • 30 g sugar
  • 3 g salt
  • 1 egg
  • 40 g butter
  • 6 chocolate bars or cheerios
  • 20g chocolate


  1. Microwave milk with pinch of sugar for 20 secs. Until just barely warm, stir in yeast and set aside for 5 mins.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer add in bread flour, milk powder, salt, sugar and egg. Mix on low until the dough comes together.
  3. Add in 40g butter bit by bit and continue to mix on low for another 10mins. It might look like it’s not coming together but keep letting it mix and it will come together
  4. After 10 mins of mixing, the dough should be nice and smooth and the bowl mostly clean.
  5. Take out the dough and shape into a ball, place back into the bowl, cover with cling wrap or damp towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, the dough should have puffed and almost doubled in size. Take out the dough onto a bench top lightly dusted with flour and divide into 6 pieces.
  7. Roll a dough piece into a sausage shape, flatten with a rolling pin, into a rectangle and fold lengthwise into thirds. Flatten and roll out again with a rolling pin and fold in half. Press along the entire length with your palm to degas the dough and roll into a long fat noodle shape, roughly 45cm.
  8. Shape the bunny by placing a long noodle into an upside down U shape. place the cheerio or chocolate bar acrossthe dough leaving a 3cm gap from the top of the dough. Thread one end of the dough over the chocolate bar and under the top of the dough and repeat with the other end. Adjust the shape if needed and place onto a baking sheet. Cover with cling wrap and rest for 40 mins, until slightly puffy.
  9. Preheat oven to 175C. Bake the bunny buns for 15 mins at 175C.
  10. Remove the buns from the oven and let cool on the tray.
  11. Melt the 20g of chocolate in the microwave and using a toothpick or chopsticks, draw eyes for the bunny.

MasterChef Australia will return for its 14th season this year. The format is to be known as Fans & Favourites and will feature 12 new contestants and 12 former contestants.

The season is expected to premiere on 18 April 2022.

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Supermarket Swap: Mini Easter Eggs

Supermarket Swap: Mini Easter Eggs

supermarket swap mini eggs

Supermarket Swap: Mini Easter Eggs

This year, Simple Swap guru Nabula from Supermarket Swap is comparing mini easter eggs. Now before you tell us you don’t want us ruining your easter indulgence, hear us out!

Searching for easter treats that are additive and preservative free, taste good and don’t break the bank is no small task, but if anyone can do it, Nabs can! And she has!

Now keep in mind, there are limited supermarket options available, but the independent retailers do OK, so you can have your easter eggs and eat them too!

Best Independent Options

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Best Supermarket Options

Choices to avoid

Supermarket Swap Top tips for Easter

The trick to reducing the amount of artificial additives you or your child consumes this easter is to buy plain dark or milk chocolate.

The kids are simply happy with chocolate, once you start reaching for the fancy exciting eggs, you are hit with a magnitude of unnecessary additives, and no one wants to deal with the sugar AND additive melt down this easter.

Jump online ASAP and stock up, the premium brands sell out quickly.

Enjoy your treats, but shop wisely!

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Superhero Sprinkles | Extra goodness for your little Marvel’s Meals

Superhero Sprinkles | Extra goodness for your little Marvel’s Meals

Superhero Sprinkles | Extra goodness for your little Marvel’s Meals

Hands up if you’ve ever tried to sneak a few hidden veggies into a lasagne for your littles, only for your kiddo (who can’t manage to find their socks in a drawer right in front of them in the morning) to hunt out the smallest piece of mushroom known to man and turn their up their nose at the whole meal?

We’ve all been there!

Enter Superhero Sprinkles, the fine textured food toppers you can sprinkle onto any meal for a bit of added nutrients for your nibbles!

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Tailored Nutrition for thriving youngsters

Easy to blend into pasta sauces, rice dishes or even to add to sandwiches, these sneaky sprinkles will pack a punch in their lunch and are available in four flavours; cheezy, hidden veggies, fruity and omegas.

Made of a blend of six of the most nutritious seeds and freeze-dried fruit and veggie powders, they’re also dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free and contain no added sugar, salt or preservatives, and better yet, require no cooking at all… just sprinkle and serve.

That’s what we call ticking all the boxes!

Baby Boosters

The picky-eater approved, innovative new whole-food product is the brain child of Kate and Thomas Rischmueller, the founders of Adelaide baby food business, Baby Boosters, who were struggling to find healthy baby food when they became parents.

“We care about the health and wellbeing of the next generation.” Kate told us, “It is our goal to make sure all babies and toddlers are getting the nutrients they need to thrive. We’re working to achieve this goal by informing parents about what their little ones need, and by providing products that make it simple to feed them well. We’re created an innovative new product that makes it easy for parents to fill nutrient gaps in their babies and toddlers’ diets.”

The base mix of seeds in Superhero Sprinkles was chosen because seeds are the ultimate power houses of essential vitamins and minerals. They’re also high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and growth.

Making it simple to feed our kids well

Babies and toddlers need a diet high in good fats but it can be hard to meet these requirements; Superhero Sprinkles make it simple to add more fats, along with other important nutrients, with ease.

And if you have a picky eater, Superhero Sprinkles are an easy way to sneak more goodness into every meal.

Superhero Sprinkles are finely milled and can be introduced once your little one is comfortable with textured food, around 9 months old. And, because the sprinkles are made of whole foods, you can add as little or as much as you like!

If you want to put a bit of superhero into your little marvel’s meals, this sure is a great place to start!

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