An Instant Taste Of Mexico

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Yesterday I ate the most creamiest silkiest avocado ever.  It scooped out of its shell so easily and made for a lovely healthy snack.  Tangy, salty and spicy all my favourite flavours! 

It’s so satisfying when you know you’re eating something you really like and is very good for you!  I just had to share this flavour combination with you all…

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You’ll need…

An avocado just ripe
Lime
Piri piri chilli spice mix
Salt

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Slice avocado into half, season with salt, sprinkle on the spice mix and then saturate in fresh lime juice!

Yup that’s it! It was sooooo delish!

I’ll be back with a funky flatbread recipe very soon! Until then, have a beautiful day!! Much love, D x

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A Parmesan & Sundried Tomato Loaf

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Yesterday we came back from a weekend away, where we went to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.  I was so privileged to sit next to her and performing the role of Matron of Honour during such an important part of the Hindu wedding ceremony!  Thanks J! For the amazing opportunity…love you both J & C!

As we got home, I realised we had no bread in the house and the shops had closed for the day.  So out came my mixing bowl and bread ingredients and this is what I came up with…

The dough all mixed and kneaded, waiting to a well deserved proving rest

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All proved, doubled in size and ready for the oven

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Loaf of bread baked, sounds hollow, good crust…I’m happy 🙂

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The crumb….

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Recipe adapted from this “Bread Kitchen” recipe..have a look friends…

A Vegetarian Spanish Sausage & Bean Medley

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I had this packet of mini vegetarian cocktail sausages sitting in my freezer collecting ice, that I had forgotten about. So when I saw the other ingredients I had to work with I thought the sausages would make the perfect satisfying addition.

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I remember having seen a Spanish recipe for sausage and white bean casserole a while ago and my mind took my fingers and started to work on my very own version. A very satisfying and warming meal, no need for extra carbs such as bread or pasta. An immense dish with Mediterranean flavours that are always a winner for me! The spinach lifts the recipe at the end and the overall result is a feast for the eyes. Definitely a recipe I will be making again and again!

I really hope you enjoy it, Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

280g Vegetarian mini cocktail sausages
1 red bell pepper diced
1 tin butter beans, drained & rinsed
2 garlic cloves sliced finely
10 cherry tomatoes halved
3 large handfuls of baby spinach roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
⅓ tsp dried red chilli flakes
⅓ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp smoked paprika
⅓ tsp garlic granules
Salt to taste
Fresh lemon to taste

METHOD

• Sauté the pepper, chilli flakes and garlic together on a low heat until pepper is tender, mix in the tomato and crush a little

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• Add paprika, oregano, garlic granules and salt, mix well and add the sausages

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• Cook for 5-7 minutes or sausages upon instruction. Throw in the butter beans and squeeze in some lemon juice

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• Cover and cook for 10 minutes on a low heat. Put in the spinach at the end, combine well and serve

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A Quick Mashed Tomato Bruschetta

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Sometimes you’ll find that my recipes are all about the assembling! this was my lunch yesterday. I find myself pairing things up that I have and creating something new for my tastebuds nearly everyday!

This keeps food exciting and I get variation aswell as using up ingredients that I have in the kitchen. It’s a win win situation! 🙂

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I love tomatoes and in this dish as they are boiled to soften instead of fried, this becomes a much healthier dish. The garlic granules really adds a tasty dimension. You can choose a bagel of your choice either made or bought. I’m still to conquer bagel making, it’s on my list of things to do!

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INGREDIENTS

2 tomatoes boiled deskinned
1 bagel (red onion & chive)
Low fat butter spread
Salt
Garlic granules

METHOD

Slice and toast the bagel, spread the butter on both halves

Take one tomato and mash a little, place on one half of the bagel, season with a little salt and a sprinkling of garlic granules

Repeat for the other bagel half

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Make a cup of tea and enjoy

Baked Potato Wedges with Italian Herbs

Originally posted on CafeGarima:
Craving potato chips? Well, we all do at some point. But refrain and hold back for the calories within! Thanks to Dimple Makani’s excellent recipe here, we can now indulge in these with no ensuing guilt. And…

Tuesday’s Top Tips

This week is going to be very hectic for me so I will be sharing recipes from the archives and some new recipes from you all too! I should be writing up new blog post and recipes next week. I have got so much to share…

Have a lovely day! Much love, D x

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☆ To avoid the avocado going black once sliced. Place a slice of lemon onto the avocado half

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☆ Refreshing Lemon & Lime ice blocks for water

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Chocolate Muesli Cookies

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I bought some “Luxurious Chocolate Muesli” from the supermarket for breakfast and there is so much of it!  That I thought it would make a great base for a cookie.  It already has rolled oats, toasted malt wheat flakes, milk chocolate curls, raisins, sultanas, nibbed hazelnuts and flaked almonds.

So it was just a matter of combining these yummy ingredients with some even yummier cookie ingredients and forming these cookies, that turned out really awesome!  Even though I say so myself!!  So crispy, crunchy yet a chewy cookie.  I added less sugar than in a normal cookie recipe as the raisins and sultanas provide a natural sweetness.

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The toasted malt wheat flakes and nuts really add to the texture of this cookie.  Ideal anytime of the day but also can be eaten as a breakfast muesli cookie!  I really you hope you all enjoy them as much as we do. One even made it’s way into Cookie Monster’s mouth courtesy of my little one! 🙂

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Have a stunning day, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

220g self raising flour
200g chocolate muesli mix
130g granulated sugar
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
180g butter melted
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp hot water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 180°c, grease and line 2 baking trays

• In a large mixing bowl or food processor combine all the dry ingredients apart from the bicarbonate of soda.  Mix in the oil

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• Heat up the butter and syrup on a low heat.  Once melted add the water then the bicarbonate of soda.  Stir, it will start to bubble and fizz a little

• Pour this hot butter mixture into the biscuit crumbs.  All the ingredients will come together

• Take a little mixture and gently form into a ball,  pat down with your palm making the ball into a disk of 3-4 cm

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• Place a few on a tray.  Keep them apart from each other as the cookies will spread when baked

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• Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Leave the cookies in the tray to cool down as they will be soft initially.  Once they start to cool they will become crunchy.  Transfer to a cooling rack

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Fresh Salsa Nachos

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Dinner was ready but my husband very cheekily made some fresh salsa with cheese nachos. As soon as I realised he was chopping the ingredients, my camera quickly made an appearance. I captured quite a few pictures to share with you all.

I was soo tempted to eat some of the yummy ingredients as he prepped! But didn’t! It was totally worth the wait. You really can’t beat tangy fresh salsa, the flavours are incredible and with the cheese and crispiness of the tortilla….ummmm I don’t think I will have much dinner now!

INGREDIENTS

1 onion finely diced
1 tomato finely diced
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
1 avocado diced
1 chilli deseeded finely chopped
1/2 juice of lime
Pinch of salt

Tortilla chips
Grated cheese

METHOD

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix slowly together

On a microwave safe plate, place a layer of tortilla chips with cheese, melt in the microwave oven for 1 minute

Transfer into a bowl and add the salsa

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Now grab your favourite drink, sit back and munch away! Taking some over to Fiesta Friday…

No Bake Cocoa Nut Cookies

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Don’t you just love when you give something really healthy to your children. Makes up for all the naughty snacks and foods they some how seem to get their hands on!

With this recipe both parent and child will be soooo happy! I can guarantee this, as this is how I felt yesterday when I made these no bake cookies!

Mine have already disappeared from the fridge mysteriously!! So another batch is about to be made, especially as I promised to take some over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday Party!

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Have a beautiful weekend friends! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

2 large handfuls of macadamia nuts
3~4 handfuls of pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
White chocolate melted

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METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a food processor and grind to a slightly grainy paste

Take a large pinch of the sweet mixture, form into a ball and then pat down into a small bite
size cookie

Take a little of the melted white chocolate and drizzle all over the prepared cookies

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or so then devour!

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