Now this really is the easiest snack to whip up in under 5 minutes!! I'd never heard of these before last week, until my driving instructor (watch out people on the roads of west London!) was raving about them after his mini-break in Spain. A few days later I was in the supermarket and lo and behold, there they were, sitting there waiting for me to cook 'em up into a tasty tapas treat! They are very inexpensive, one 135g box costs just one of your Great British pounds, so you can't really go wrong.
I promised a roasted pumpkin seed recipe and here it is! The seeds I used were left over from the pumpkin I used to make the pumpkin soup last week. Don't throw your pumpkin seeds away!! Especially with halloween right around the corner, if you are going to be carving a spooky face into your big orange ball of delight, and have no intention of consuming its flesh (this sounds like a horror film doesn't it!?!) then at least keep the pumpkin seeds are roast them into yumminess! It really is sooooooo easy, it'd be a such a shame not to. Here's what you do....
Olives. I love them. Always have. I know there are many people out there who shudder at the mere thought of them. My boyfriend was one of those people when we first met, he had an almost passionate hatred towards them, but tastes change you know!! Now he is his happiest when piling olives into his mouth. He even hi-fived his best mate about Kalamata olives on a drunken night out. Now the implications are deeper with this, as it means he is now so passionate about olives that he drunkenly and excitedly talks about them on a night out. Ridiculous? Probably. A drunken buffoon? Maybe. A passionate olive zealot? Most definitely!! See? Tastes do change!
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Oh yes, you'd better believe it. To me these are the definition of a treat. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so usually my treats are of the crunchy savoury variety, and what better than a savoury snack that packs a punch of protein?! Nothing is better. These are the real deal and I've already cooked them twice this week.......well......y'know, it's cold now, a girl's gotta treat herself!! These are based on a recipe by Bryant Terry, however I've changed them around a bit and added in new flavours. I was particularly excited with these as it is a completely new way for me to cook beans, and considering my boyfriend and I smashed through the first lot I made in about 5 minutes, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Well, it's in the fritter!
Bring on the mezze!! It's summer, it's sunny, time for a picnic! My very favourite way of eating is being able to pick at lots of different dishes of salads, dips, bites etc, so I bring you this: The ultimate summer mezze - healthy style! If you are going to a BBQ and want to bring something, try these simple recipes that really create the 'wow factor' when it comes to taste.
So next time you go to a picnic or BBQ and people ask what the hell a gluten free vegan eats, stuff your face with this lot and see everyone else's mouths water!
Yum. Take one...no go on...help yourself. Take a handful. I insist! If you, like me have a borderline obsession with salty crunchy savoury snacks then you'll dig these. Chickpeas are so versatile, they're great. From salads to dips to crunchy snacks, I urge you to embrace chickpeas in all their glory! They pack a protein punch, 1 cup of chickpeas contain a whopping 12g of protein, which will quieten down those sceptics who quiz you on how you possible get enough protein on a vegan diet (we've all met them.) You can make these with just salt, or any seasoning you want. I chose Middle-Eastern style because I found some Za'atar in the cupboard (Za'atar is a mix of herbs from the eastern Mediterranean usually made from thyme, oregano and marjoram, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and salt.)