Hummus Dib Dab!!! (Well it is international hummus day after all)

Hummus and Dukkah style dip dab

Ingredients

  • 2 x Tins of chickpeas
  • 3 x Tsp of Tahini or smooth peanut butter
  • 1 x Avocado
  • 1 x crushed garlic clove
  • 1 x Tsp cider vinigar
  • 2 x Tbsp soya milk
  • 1 x Tsp salt
  • 5 x Tbsp sesame coated caramel peanuts
  • 2 x Tbsp of coriander seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 x Pinch of Cayenne
  • Pomegranate jewels
  • fresh coriander

Directions

1. Place the chickpeas, avocado, tahini, garlic, salt, cider vingar and soya milk in a large bowl and blitz with a hand blender.

2. Place the hummus in a presentable bowl and make a well in the middle for the dukka dib dab to go.

3. In a pestle and mortar crush the sesame coated peanuts, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

4. In a pan toast the nuts and seeds. Be careful not to burn the mixture.

5.  Now place the dib dab in the hummus well.

6. Serve with toasted pitta bread and garnish with pomegranate jewels and fresh coriander…. Simply delicious 🙂

Rhyme time –

Hail hummus…the king of all dips

A place for you to dunk your chips.

A dukkah style dib dab that packs a punch

Its sure to cause envy if in your packed lunch.

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Sloppy Joe’s

Carrot sloppy Joe’s

Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 carrots
  • 1 x large onion
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 4 x heaped tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 x tin of kidney beans
  • Plenty of salt and pepper
  • 1 x half a lime
  • 2 x tsp of balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. In a pan cook the diced onions in some fry light spray.
2. Add the finley chopped garlic to the onions and cook on a medium heat until golden brown. Stiring occasionally to avoid sticking.
3. Grate the carrots (I cheated and did mine in the food processor).
4. Add the carrots and the kidney beans to the onions.
5. Add a squeeze of the lime juice.
6. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to cook for a 5 minutes, until the carrots are cooked.

When it comes to the salt and pepper…I like quite a lot. But the best policy is to add a little bit at a time and taste, until it suits you 🙂

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Sloppy Joe!!

The original sloppy Joe is made with mince meat and named after a man named Joe from Iowa, according to Google (this must mean it is true). However my version is a lot healthier and made with carrots. I have decided to dedicate this one to the best Joe in the world…my dad! I love this recipe… It’s so simple to make and hardly cost anything. When your cupboards are bare…you have usually got the ingredients to rustle up this delightful little dish… hope you enjoy… share the foodspiration guys 🙂

Bringing the BBQ indoors

Cauliflower steaks

Serving 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 x tbsp of soy sauce or liquid seasoning
  • 1 x pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 x tsp fenugreek
  • 2 x tsp cumin powder
  • 3 x tsp coriander
  • 1 x tsp turmeric
  • 1 x tsp dried parsley
  • 2 x tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 x tbsp water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 x bread buns

Directions

  1. Take the leaves off the cauliflower and cut in half.
  2. Cut two steaks, about a thumb width in thickness.
  3. Mix the herbs, spices and tomato paste in a large bowl and smother the cauliflower steaks in the mixture.
  4. Once the cauliflower steaks are fully coated, place them in a hot grill pan (with fry light spray) and cook on a medium heat until soft soft.
  5. Once cooked place the steaks in ‘buttered’ bun and eat.

I made this for my lunch today. It was quick to prepare, taking around 20 minutes. The steaks are very filling, so I am comfortably full before work… bonus. I have seen these done before and decided to try them myself, with a seasoning of my own creation. The cauliflower steaks almost had a BBQ taste to them…if only we had some sunshine once in a while, these would be perfect on a BBQ on a hot summers day…all your mates around…drinking a few beers and listening to your favorite tunes… Would be perfection.

 

Anyway dreaming to one side…As in England we don’t have sunshine all that often, this meal is also great for indoors. So….what you waiting for…give them a try 🙂