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5 Minute Food Fix

Brought to you by, Yumi Stynes

5 Minute Food Fix

Does the question “What’s for dinner?” make you groan with despair?Are you lacking both time AND inspiration?Author Yumi Stynes and cookbook publisher Simon Davis are both busy, love food, and here to help.In a podcast you can whack on for the drive home from work, you get meal ideas realistic enough to be cooked that night, AND you get laughs while learning more about the food you've been cooking every day.Easy recipes and cooking hacks that will save you time and get you loving food again. For recipes, videos and laughs, check out:

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Recent Episodes of 5 Minute Food Fix

Burnt Basque Cheesecake!

Burnt Basque Cheesecake!

Basque Cheesecake was all the rage a couple of seasons ago and now I'm making it almost weekly.

Partly because it's a classic, is easy, and super-yummy, and partly because I am trying not to get my scrawny Asian ass kicked in this race I'm competing in Very Freakin Soon. DON'T ASK ME ABOUT THE RACE! Let's talk about cheesecake instead!


A lust for cheesy, delicious protein.

A 20cm high-sided cake tin, which you have lined with scrunched up baking paper so that the paper towers a little...

Episode 269 11 June 2024 9m and 4s



Simon and I are both dismayed to hear that pears have grown so "unpopular" that local growers have been ripping up their trees to try to plant something more lucrative.

Why not just enlist us to plug the pear?

We'd do a great job!

There are so many great uses for this subtle and affordable fruit - not least of all one of the GOATS of salads! (Does not contain goat nor any other livestock.)



Episode 268 9 June 2024 6m and 3s

Rehabilitating the Brussels Sprout!

Rehabilitating the Brussels Sprout!

Brussels sprouts were only ever polarising because our Boomer parents had no idea how to cook them.

Here in the real world, this seasonal, winter vegetable is INCREDIBLE.

How do you get the most out of them so they're as good as when you sit down for a side dish of these babies at a fancy restaurant with your mum?

It's easy, you can do it!

Find out more on today's episode.

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Episode 267 4 June 2024 6m and 35s

Garnish? Or Crouton? PLUS: a fantastic (and fantastically easy) Cauliflower Soup

Garnish? Or Crouton? PLUS: a fantastic (and fantastically easy) Cauliflower Soup

Yumi and Simon nut out the big questions on today's episode.

What IS the difference between a garnish and something bigger, like a handful of croutons?

Yumi will also talk you through a FANTASTIC cauliflower soup recipe which is easy (tick), delicious (tick), you could probably do tonight (tick!) and it is topped by the most unbelievably enjoyable garnish. (That is actually NOT a garnish.) Wait with baited breath to see if Simon can somehow incorporate his favourite ingredient into today's episode!


1 whole cauliflower (about 1.6kg), trimmed and cut...

Episode 266 2 June 2024 7m and 56s



In this episode, Yumi asks questions about olive oil, Simon answers.

There's A LOT to Olive Oil that we take for granted, but it's worth knowing why this is such an essential ingredient, how to get the most out of what you're paying for, and what to look for when purchasing.

Olive oil icing: 1 cup icing sugar + 1/3 cup of (good quality!) olive oil. Mix and pour over your carrot cake!

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Episode 265 27 May 2024 9m and 52s

Fart Phobia? And a fart-free recipe for Black Bean Ragu (vegan)

Fart Phobia? And a fart-free recipe for Black Bean Ragu (vegan)

It sounds silly but farting is a genuine consideration in a lot of peoples' cooking, especially those of us with the most tedious of all the tedious food intolerances, #FODMAP.

Garlic and onion are the devil to our digestive systems and a "bad case of the farts" is way worse than it sounds!


Dice 2 medium eggplant to a 1cm dice

Fry that off in a big frypan in 4tbs of HOT olive oil. Allow 10 mins to really get it soft and a little...

Episode 264 26 May 2024 8m and 20s

You're invited!

You're invited!

YES, we do exist! Not just figments of your fever dream that is 2024!

And we'll be meeting you in person at the Sydney Writers Festival 2024 - Saturday 25 May, 11am with special guest foodies Alex Elliott-Howery (aka "Alex Cornersmith"), and Lucy 'Every Night of the Week' Tweed.

It's 11am so you have time to get to the shops, chuck on the slow cooker, grab a coffee and then come sit with us.

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Episode 263 23 May 2024 5m and 42s

PREDICTION: The next "HOT" ingredient

PREDICTION: The next "HOT" ingredient

Okay, if you're part of a diasporic community in Australia, there's a strong chance you're all over Plantain as an ingredient! But this incredible, versatile and super delicious ingredient was previously it's not grown locally, was hard-to-find, and expensive. THAT'S ALL CHANGING. (Coming soon to a fancy restaurant near you!)

Plantain is Yumi's prediction for hitting the mainstream here in restaurants, cafes, cooking shows and at home - - so get onto it first!


3 yellowish to black plantains

1 flat teaspoon cayenne pepper<...

Episode 262 21 May 2024 9m and 34s



Don't forget you can come see us with Alex Cornersmith and Lucy 'Every Night of the Week' Tweed at the Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 25 May, at the extremely farmer's-market-friendly time of 11am! Carriageworks!

On today's episode we're celebrating the rando gadgets you find in hotel kitchens, in this case, the legendary JAFFLE PRESS.

To make The Perfect Baked Bean Jaffle?

plug in the jaffle and get it going

2 slices of sandwich bread (wholemeal or white)

butter the outsides

swipe the insides with a little...

Episode 261 19 May 2024 5m and 58s

Potato Flight

Potato Flight

Simon and Yumi go deep on the humble potato in this episode.

Can washing grotty old potatoes be worth the effort?

What's the difference in supermarket varieties?

NOTES: The word "yogghurt" is not used once in this effort.

WARNING: Curve ball about dishwashers saved til end of episode.

The Dinner Dilemma is going to be a hoot at this year's Sydney Writers Festival! For more info follow this link

and to send a couple of photos...

Episode 260 14 May 2024 7m and 3s

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