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Morish Nuts in the media

Morish Nuts - Thursday, August 07, 2014


Morish Nuts has been featured in an article by the Courier Mail for our famous Morish MnM Cooler showbag at the Royal Queensland Show. Check out the article below!


Macadamia Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Morish Nuts - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

We are all always trying to find and bake new ideas for our family and friends, and this is one that will definitely impress the masses.

If you like biscuits, macadamias, carrot cake, or a cream cheese filling then this is something you cannot go past.  This recipe is very versatile, you can add coconut, or cranberries instead of raisins, or alter the amount of cinnamon in it as you please.  You can change the texture of the cookies from chewy, soft, or crispy just by how you put the dough into the oven.  If you want them crispy just make them flatter, if you want them chewy keep them larger.

You can also eat them without the filling if you prefer, or sandwich ice-cream as a special treat instead.  Try different sizes, large and small, and try flipping them halfway through baking to get more of a crunch. 

Here is the recipe – We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 cups old-fashion rolled oats
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots (about 3 large OR 4 medium-sized carrots)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dry roasted, unsalted macadamias, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. In an electric mix with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown and white sugars on medium speed until it’s light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Sift the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger until combined. Add the flour mixture to the butter in 2-3 batches at a time; continue to mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the oats, carrots, raisins and other add-ins, gently folding into the batter. Refrigerate the cookie dough overnight for best baking results.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for larger cookies; 325 degrees for smaller or medium-sized cookies.
  4. Prepare baking sheets with silicone baking mats, parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough on prepared baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. With your fingertips, slightly flatten the tops of each cookie dough ball (this is optional depending on your preference).
  6. Bake until browned and crisp, about 12-15 minutes for larger cookies; about 10-12 minutes for medium-sized cookies; about 10 minutes for smaller cookies. Rotate halfway through baking time.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the pan for about 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooking rack. Let them cool completely before frosting and sandwiching. Using a small spatula, spread a dollop of cream cheese frosting onto flat sides of cookies and sandwich together.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Using a flat wooden spoon, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and continue beating until smooth and blended. Sift in the confectioner’s sugar and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla until combined.

Refrigerate any unused portions.

Tips

Your baking time will vary depending on the size of the cookies you make.

For the BEST results, refrigerate the cookie dough overnight. Keep unused batter refrigerated while you’re baking cookies.

Slightly flatten the cookie dough before baking (preference).

Rotate the pan half-way through the baking time to encourage more even baking and browning.

Depending on your preference of either a chewy or crispy cookie, you will want to test and gauge your ideal baking time.

Other add-in suggestions

Candied or crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped

Dried cranberries

Dried cherries

Shredded coconut

Mini chocolate chips


Source: Teeniecakes.com

Macadamia’s - the toughest nut to crack!

Morish Nuts - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The humble native Australian macadamia nut has become a world-wide favourite due to its fantastic sweet taste, crunchy texture, and amazing health benefits.  But where does this delicious nut come from and how is it produced ready for us to eat?

Macadamia nuts grow on trees in orchards.  The farmers work hard in order to make sure their crop is of the highest Australian standard possible.

The orchard facts

  • Farmers consider the soil, the spacing and layout of the trees, and irrigation as a first step
  • Healthy plants have lovely dark green foliage and grow beautiful long sprays of white or pink flowers which will form nuts. 
  • The nuts grow and mature in a shell; however this is encased in another green husk.
  • It can take about 10 years for a macadamia tree to reach maturity and they can grow to about 15 meters in height.

Growth and maturity

Depending on the region of the orchard, the blossoms generally flower in September, turn to green nuts in March, then the shells harden in December and accumulate oil rapidly. Once matured the nuts will fall to the ground between March and September and the cycle begins all over again.  During these stages farmers make sure the plants are monitored and information is recorded to keep their crop as healthy as possible for optimum produce.

The macadamia tree is quite a hardy plant, the young plants need to be protected from damage as a priority, however as plants grow they are ‘trained’ to be strong and healthy so they can produce great nuts. The farmers will fertilise the plants, keep the watered well, prune them, control the weeds, mulch them, and make sure to manage any pests (the worst being caterpillars) and diseases that may arise. Sometimes macadamia nut orchards even work with bee-keepers to help pollinate the flowers.

The harvest

Nuts are harvested after they fall on the ground. On some occasions the grower will harvest the nuts off the tree by preparing mats under them and giving them a shake to promote nut-drops. A way which farmers determine if the nuts are ready to be harvested is by using a floatation test.  The nut samples are dried, and then dropped in water. If they float they are not ready, if most them sink, the crop is ready for harvest. There are special machines which pick up the nuts from under the trees. 

Processing

After harvest it is time for processing! De-dusking the macadamias can be very noisy and is usually done (by regulation) away from neighbours.  The nuts are generally de-husked from the first green layer within 24hrs of being harvested to prevent any deterioration of quality.  Nuts are sorted from any foreign matter or rocks, and cracked or defect small nuts are discarded.

Nuts are then dried following the de-husking, usually spread out on wire racks or in forced air drying conditions.  This can take up to six weeks depending on moisture content.  After the nuts are dry the kernels have shrunk in size and can be cracked open to reveal the precious nut inside.  Macadamias are the hardest of all nuts to crack therefore special machines have been designed to perform this task.  These have blades to cut the shells open, or rollers to press the shells open, all without damaging the delicious nut inside.

Once this process is over the nuts are sold to distributors ready to go out to the general public.  So next time you sit down and relax on the couch or enjoy macadamias with friends, know that your delicious treat has been in the making for at least 10 years.  Savour the taste, and enjoy the crunch, and never stop at just one! 

Digestion in a nut-shell

Morish Nuts - Friday, June 06, 2014


Nuts and fibre go hand in hand when it comes to helping with digestion.  We know we need to eat fibre rich foods in order to create a healthy and balanced digestive system. Macadamias and other nuts are not only high in fibre, but also possess qualities which are essential to a healthy and balanced intestinal tract.  

Macadamias can help the digestive system by providing it with high fibre; approximately 7% fibre is contained in the nuts.   Foods which are high in fibre help with satiety, keeping us feeling fuller for longer and making sure we don’t overeat.  They slow digestion, making sure that we absorb the most nutrients possible out of our food before it leaves our bodies.  And the fibre also reduces physical conditions such as constipation, haemorrhoids, bowel cancers, and the effects of irritable bowel syndrome. 

When we eat something which is high in fibre like the macadamia nut, it also means that the energy released from it into our bodies is done so rather slowly.  Therefore, it is considered to have a low GI (Glycaemic Index).  This is fantastic for those wanting to lose weight as it keeps us from reaching for the quick high sugar hit foods in between meals, and also helps with weight loss.  

The low GI diet was actually designed for people suffering from diabetes to better manage their blood sugar levels.  Eating foods which are low GI (such as macadamia nuts) prevents large fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Eating foods low in GI also benefits in helping to cut out sweet food craving cycles.  Low GI limits the spikes in blood sugar, limiting the release of insulin, hence preventing fat storage and weight gain. 

Nuts also contain a high concentration of selenium which helps reduce mal-absorption.  It is an important nutrient which ensures that the food we eat is translated to vitamins and minerals which our intestines can absorb and feed our bodies with.  

The anti-inflammatory effects of macadamias are also a winner for digestion.  Macadamias contain a high percentage of omega 3 and omega 6 antioxidants.  Antioxidants are known for their ability to help the body slow the damage of cells.  If your diet is high in antioxidants it will help flush the digestive system of free radicals (molecules which cause deterioration of anything they come in contact with) and hence help prevent disease and damage before it begins to occur in the body. 

It is of course important to eat a balanced and varied diet in order to improve on digestion.  The more foods we eat, the more variety of nutrients and minerals we will allow our bodies to absorb.  The humble macadamia is an amazing source of nutrients, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants which can help with your digestive needs.  Why not pick up a pack and nourish your body today? 

Macadamia Nut Butter

Morish Nuts - Friday, June 06, 2014


A new season has begun for the macadamia nut, and with it we can celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wonderful nut being commercially grown in Australia. We are so proud that these delicious buttery treats originate in our beautiful country, so why not celebrate by making macadamia nut butter! 

Nut butter is something so easy to make that there really is no excuse to purchase it from the shop anymore. There is nothing like the delicious buttery wiped taste of fresh macadamia nut butter.

Nut butter is becoming popular recently as it is quick, easy to make, and you know exactly what is going into it and what you are putting into your body.
It can be used for a variety of things after you have made it, here are a few ways you can use you delicious nut butter –

In your smoothies for added protein
Try it not only on toast, but on wraps, crumpets, pancakes or anything warmed up
Combine with fruit such as apples, pears, or bananas
It is also wonderful paired with honey, chocolate spreads, raisins, bacon, pickles, apple butter, potato chips, or yogurt 
Try it as a dip for your vegetables, carrot and celery, and sometimes some sultanas on top
Use it for your Asian peanut sauces, curries, marinades and soups
Use it for baking sweet treats, you can even whip it with some butter and sugar for a delicious icing!
Use it in homemade protein bars and granola 
We have found a quick and easy recipe for you to try so you can start using your nut butter today!

What you will need: 
A food processor or blender
A jar or storage container 

Ingredients: 
450 grams of raw macadamias - soaked overnight for 7hrs in salt and water, then roasted for 10 minutes at 350 degrees to prepare. 
6 tablespoons coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1-6 tablespoons raw honey (optional) 

How to make it: 
1. Pour the nuts into a food processor or blender.  Process until creamy. 
2. Add coconut oil, salt and honey if desired.  Blend until the butter is completely pureed. 
3. Once you refrigerate the butter it will set.  The coconut oil in it helps the butter to thicken and spread easily.
4. It will keep in the fridge for about two months. 


We hope you will enjoy your nut butter, and don’t forget you can pick up a bag of delicious raw macadamias from Morish Nuts. 

Don't cut the fat - It's good for you!

Morish Nuts - Monday, May 12, 2014


We all try to avoid fat in our diets but did you know that some fats are actually good for us? It is the saturated fats that we need to avoid and the healthy ones like mono-saturated and poly-unsaturated (Omega-6) fats that we are encouraged to eat and enjoy instead.  The Heart Foundation recommends we eat fats as part of a healthy diet and advises we not cut them out.

Saturated fats are the fats you will find in foods such as butter, cheese, fatty meats, different oils, pastries, deep fried foods, fatty snacks or biscuits. This type of fat is the main reason people develop high cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease as the fat builds up in the arteries. This can eventually cause a heart attack in some cases. 

It is important to make the right choices when choosing foods and look at the food labels for high amounts of saturated fat.   The Heart Foundation recommends we consume less than 7% of our total energy from saturated fats. For example an average person consuming 8700kj/day would eat no more than 16 grams per day. For example one cup of ice-cream contains about 10 grams of saturated fat. 

However, the good fats are necessary not only for heart health but also for our brain health, nervous system, mental function, and even controlling weight. They are also fantastic for our appearance by keeping our hair shiny, skin soft and young looking, and nails strong.

Polyunsaturated fat and mono-saturated fats help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. These fats are often found together in a variety of foods. 

Polyunsaturated fats are broken down into Omega 3 & Omega 6 fats. Omega 3 might be familiar to you in the form of fish oils and seafood, and omega 6 can also be found in fish, but is also found in large amounts of nuts. 

Mono-saturated fats are the ones which are found in avocados, fish, olive oil, tahini, and nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, and our much loved Australian macadamias. The Heart Foundation recommends we eat 2 grams of plant sourced Omega 3 per day, and have 8-10% of our total energy coming from Omega 6 fats. A handful of nuts are perfect! 

Macadamias are especially wonderful for getting your good fats; in fact mono-saturated fats appear the highest in macadamias! The Heart Foundation has qualified macadamias with the Heart Foundation Tick of Approval due to their good fats and overall health benefits.  

Nut-rally beautiful

Morish Nuts - Monday, May 12, 2014

Did you know that the delicious humble nut can boost your beauty regime and is considered a super food?  These little bite size treats are not only great for your insides by filling you up with fibre, good fats, and protein, they also make your skin appear smoother, nails stronger, and hair shinier on the outside. Here are some of the wonderful beauty benefits of nuts.

Hair care 
If your hair is dull, lifeless, and lacking a bit of oomph look no further than your nut bowl.  Shampoo advertisements will bombard you with promises of shiny locks and healthy strands, but good hair care starts from the inside with the root of your hair.  Putting something ON your hair can make a temporary difference, but the real difference will be from your nutrition.  
Your hair is already dead as soon as it leaves your scalp, so the best thing to do is to eat the right foods to nourish it from within. The root is attached to your blood supply and will feed off what you feed yourself, and one food which comes highly recommended for hair is, you guessed it - nuts. 

Skin Care
Our skin is always on show and nice skin makes us feel confident and beautiful.  Nuts are very important for skin as they contain anti-oxidants and vitamin E.  Anti-oxidants fight ageing and will help your skin appear younger over time and slow the ageing process.  The vitamin E in nuts, such as almonds, helps smooth skin and is also recommended by many doctors for scarring such as that after surgery or from acne. 

Nails 
Your nails are much like the hair - once they leave the root your nail is dead so you must treat it from the inside. If you have brittle nails a bit of TLC from nuts will definitely do the trick. Like with hair, you can put something on the nails to make them stronger such as nail polish or hardener, but the source of the problem is where you should start. The protein found in nuts is a wonderful natural hardener for nails and helps them grow long and strong. 

Nutrients in a nutshell
There are so many nutrients to be found in the humble nut, and you don’t have to eat a lot to get the benefits. A handful is enough to get the nutrition you need out of them.  
Nuts contain selenium which is an important mineral for your scalp health; Brazil nuts have a high amount of this in them, but don’t eat more than a handful as too much selenium can be harmful to the body. 

Zinc is a huge factor in the strength of the hair and prevents it from falling out – almonds, pecans, and cashews are a brilliant source of this.

The good fats in nuts, such as in macadamias, are wonderful for keeping the hair shiny and bouncy and can bring it back to life.  These oils are also wonderful for the skin and will keep it soft and supple.  Macadamias have a very high poly and mono-saturated fat content including Omega 3 & Omega 6 which is fantastic for the strength of hair and scalp also.  There are also companies which derive the macadamia nut oil from these little guys to make special oils and shampoos to apply to the hair for added shine and bounce.

Biotin is a nutrient which doesn't come up in the diet often enough but nuts have plenty.  Biotin is a B vitamin which helps protect the cells against DNA damage, essentially keeping your hair from shedding.  Not many people know about this one, but it is a very important B vitamin. 

Another nutrient which helps prevent shedding of hair is iron, it your iron levels fall too low then it can cause hair loss.  Nuts are a fantastic source of iron and many vegetarians use nuts to supplement their diet.  Iron is also very good for keeping nails hard and your cheeks rosy, helping to pump oxygen around your body. 

Protein is a very important building block of hair, skin, and nails.  If you lack protein in your body it cannot repair itself and create new growth.  All nuts are a fantastic source of protein as they have a high dose within them of this power-builder (and taste wonderful too). 

Keep in mind that similar to any healthy eating strategy you will not see results instantly.  It takes two to three months for the benefits to show up through your hair, skin, and nails, but trust us – you will look and feel better in no time at all and people will be asking what the change is! 

Gluten-Free Eating and Morish Nuts

Morish Nuts - Thursday, March 27, 2014


Finding tasty foods to eat whilst managing coeliac disease or maintaining a gluten free diet used to be quite difficult.  Luckily it is fast becoming much easier and gluten free products are becoming readily accessible. These products are necessary for sufferers but are becoming very popular amongst others embracing a gluten free diet and lifestyle for the health benefits. 

Coeliac disease affects at least 1 in 100 Australians, with many remaining undiagnosed and suffering unknowingly. Many Australians also suffer from a gluten intolerance, which means they too cannot consume gluten.

Coeliac disease occurs when the immune system reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat rye, barley and oats. The villi in the intestine, the tiny fingers within the lining, become inflamed and flat and this makes it difficult for the affected person to absorb nutrients from food.

Other symptoms of the disease include and are not limited to –
Lethargy
Dermatitis and other rashes
Stomach pains and cramps
Diarrhoea, vomiting, & bloating
Nutrient deficiencies and their associated complications
Stunted growth in children and teens
Bone and joint pains
Ulcers of the mouth and tongue
Easy bruising

Sufferers of coeliac disease and gluten intolerance need to be extra careful when selecting products so they can avoid these symptoms as this is the only way to manage the disease, but once managed the person can live a very healthy life.  

If you know a person who suffers from coeliac disease or gluten intolerance you will find that they seem to be some of the healthiest people around. Their skin and hair is healthy, they don’t put on too much weight, and actually have plenty of energy.  This might be due to the fact that they replace the breads and pastas with other healthier options as they have no choice. 

The problem with replacing foods such as bread and pasta can mean a lack of energy as you are not receiving the carbohydrates to propel you. But sufferers have found that replacing with nutrient rich foods and eating smaller meals more often combats this problem.  So why not try snacking on some nuts instead of crackers as a gluten free option?  They are full of healthy iron, biotin, calcium, healthy oils, and high in fibre.

The Gluten Free Directory has suggest Morish Nuts as a healthy gluten free option here

Morish Nuts has a huge range of gluten free options to choose from including -

Macadamia crunch
Crunch
Premium Nut Mix
Hot and Spicy Macadamia
Hot and Spicy Peanut
Hot and Spicy Cashew
Cashew 
Almond
Tamari Almond
Jumbo Macadamia
Jumbo Peanut
Peanut Brittle
Raw and Roasted & Salted Macadamia
Crunchy Nougat Bar
Soft Nougat Bar

Benefits of maintaining a gluten free diet can include weight loss, improving digestive health, maintaining cholesterol levels, and increase in energy. This usually occurs because you will be avoiding fried foods (breading), most cakes (high in sugar), breads, pastas, cereals, pastries, doughnuts, and other processed foods. 

You will find yourself eating more whole foods and fresh foods such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and of course snack foods such as healthy Morish Nuts.

Why not try out a gluten free option today; even if you find it hard to maintain the diet 100% at least you have more excuse to eat Morish Nuts!  









Taste Bud Tours are nuts about Morish!

Morish Nuts - Thursday, March 27, 2014


Like to watch? Have you been wondering how exactly we create the marvellous nut flavours and what our roasting techniques are like? We welcome you to come and visit our new production site at 640 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill.

We thank local MLA Alicia Hayden for officiating our recent grand opening to the new facility.  Our lovely customers can now come and enjoy watching the roasting process. We have a huge selection for sale in our retail store also, including macadamias, peanuts, mixes, cashews, and almonds. 

As well as your favourites, we also enjoy a bit of nutty experimentation and depending on the day you come to see us you will be able to try our wasabi, abalone or truffle flavour creations! 

Taste Bud Tours has added our bustling Morish Nuts factory to their tour itinerary and featured us on their website. If you select the Good Food, Wine & Beer Tour you will be visiting Mondo Nougat & Morish Nuts at the same site.  Customers have the delight of watching two delicious treats being made for them to taste and having the opportunity to purchase some to take home. 

Morish Nuts is so excited to be a Taste Bud Tours stop site and we welcome you to come and visit!

Macadamia crusted Barramundi

Morish Nuts - Monday, March 10, 2014

Warm nights call for easy and breezy dishes, best enjoyed with friends and family. Next time you want to wow your guests, try this dish – its delicious, and best of all easy to make!

 

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups roasted macadamia nuts

1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons water

4 x 180g barramundi fillets

1/4 cup olive oil

lemon wedges, aioli and green salad, to serve.

METHOD

Step 1

Process nuts and breadcrumbs in a food processor to fine crumbs. Remove to a shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Lightly beat eggs and water together in a shallow dish. Dip both sides of fish fillets into egg mixture. Coat with breadcrumb mixture, pressing on with your fingertips. Transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook fish for 3 to minutes each side or until golden.

Step 4

Serve fish with lemon, aioli and salad.

Recipe thanks to:
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1403/macadamia+crusted+barramundi


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