When I fly somewhere, I always like to make sure I’ve got something to snack on for the flight. Even if we get a meal, I’ll still feel like eating something to fill the time, and normally that’s a bag of pretzels.
So when I few back to Australia last week, I was looking for an alternative to my usual pretzels.. something healthier, but still crunchy and delicious. Enter, roasted chickpeas! I found this recipe from here, and they were seriously T.A.S.T.Y.
The only change I made was that I didn’t use all the individual spices they called for, instead I just used a pre-mixed bottle (All Purpose Seasoning from Masterfoods for anyone playing at home), and they worked out beautifully. Munch munch crunch crunch!
If you’d like to make some too, check out the full recipe on Cheap Recipe Blog.
I made these raw brownie bites yesterday and have been munching on them since :)
I found the recipe on Little Green Dot, which is a lovely blog written by my friend Militza. She’s always got such informative and interesting posts on living a more ‘green’ life, including recipes for healthy snacks, and natural cleaning and beauty products.
If you’re in Singapore, she also holds workshops on green living (think great tips and tools for living a greener, simpler, more healthy life!), and her blog has a fantastic list of places here you can get all sorts of organic and natural products. Be sure to check it out! :)
This past weekend I decided it was time to begin some Christmas baking.. starting with some little custard wreath cookies!
Now, I’m not really a Jackson Pollock fan, but I couldn’t help thinking of him as I was applying my very abstract chocolate drizzling technique (especially after it also ended up all over my shirt and the kitchen walls).. Luckily for me, average-looking chocolate drizzle doesn’t effect the taste. These biscuits are so crumbly and yummy, just like shortbread really. It’s also worth noting that I didn’t have the right size piping nozzle, so they ended up a bit smaller than the ones in the original recipe.
The original recipe can be found here.
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 250g butter, softened
– 2/3 cup pure icing sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 cups plain flour
– 1/2 cup custard powder
– Half a block of dark chocolate (the original recipe includes a lemon icing, but as we discussed earlier I opted for a chocolate drizzle effect instead)
Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift flour and custard powder over butter mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Spoon one-quarter dough into a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm fluted nozzle (mine was a fair bit smaller). Pipe 6cm circles, 3cm apart, on prepared trays. Repeat with remaining dough to make a total 20 wreaths. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, swapping trays halfway, or until golden. Cool on trays for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate over a double-boiler. I then used a chop stick to dip into the chocolate and flick it over the lined up biscuits. Wait for the chocolate to set before digging in and stuffing your face! ;)
Go get baking! :)