Recipe: Roasted Chickpeas

July 12, 2013 | Recipe

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!

Roasted Chickpeas

If you’d like to make some too, check out the full recipe on Cheap Recipe Blog.

Roasted Chickpeas

Recipe: Yellow Curry Paste

May 23, 2013 | Recipe

I was given a really cute mortar and pestle for my birthday last year, and until now hadn’t really had the chance to use it to it’s fullest capacity (crushing ginger and nuts doesn’t count).

So a few days ago I set my mind to the task of actually making a yellow Thai curry paste from scratch – what better way to test out my mortar and pestle?! I’m not sure the photos make it look all that appetising, but let me tell you – the aroma that was coming from these herbs and spices was incredible!  I’m not entirely sure if I made it pastey enough, but by this stage my arms were killing me and I had to stop haha.

I got the recipe from Rosa’s Yummy Yums Blog and I’d highly recommend it if you were wanting to give paste-making a go! I’m not sure how traditional it is, but it sure was delish. I ended up making a yellow curry with fish for dinner and it was amazing.. heaps better than store bought – and somehow it even felt better because I knew exactly what went into it. Win!

PS. You don’t have to have a mortar and pestle to make your own curry pastes, a food processor would also be fine (and easier on your arms)!

Recipe: Cheesy Starfish

April 4, 2013 | Recipe

Last week, my friend Militza posted a photo on Facebook of some “better than Goldfish” cheese crackers she was making for her girls, which sent me on a searching frenzy for healthier options I could bake in place of buying those little orange store-bought crackers (as yummy as they are, I never feel entirely guiltless eating them). There are so many recipes out there!

The one I ended up choosing from Smitten Kitchen sounded like a pretty great substitue, using mostly whole wheat flour (health win!). Interestingly (and yes, stupidly), I went in thinking that baking them from scratch like this would be a healthy snack option. Even more interestingly, it wasn’t until I was watching my little crackers bubbling and puffing away in the oven that it dawned on me that these probably belonged on the complete opposite end of the healthy spectrum. Brain fail.

Ok yes, in comparison to the little store-bought crackers, I at least know what went in them (no fake colours, no preservatives), but seeing as I knew what went in them, I have no excuse whatsoever for thinking they might be healthy. Maybe I did them wrong? The ones from the original recipe at least looked healthy, unlike mine.

ANYWAY. Having said all that, if there’s one thing I know about these little crackers, it’s that they are DELICIOUS. Not surprisingly thanks to the loads of cheese and butter, these little morsels are so moorish it’s hard not to just keep popping them into my mouth one after the other.

I won’t post the full recipe because it’s exactly the same as the one on Smitten Kitchen (find it here!). The only difference was that I didn’t have a cute little fish cutter, so instead of Goldfish, they became Starfish. Hope you don’t mind :)

Recipe: Ginger Balls

January 24, 2013 | Recipe

Sounds completely suss, I know.. but trust me, they’re G.O.O.D.

I know balls like these are normally kept for Christmas time, and admittedly I did first make these for Christmas, but they’re just too yummy not to share.. I’m re-classifying them into the ‘Everyday’ food group. I have no idea where I got the recipe now, but take it and cherish it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- 1 x 250g packet of Gingernut Biscuits (or ginger flavoured biscuits??)
- 1.5 cups of shredded (desiccated) coconut
- 125g chopped, roasted macadamias
- Glace ginger (or naked ginger).. as much or little as you like chopped finely
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 60g unsalted butter
- 1 tbs golden syrup
- extra coconut to coat balls

Step 1.
Pulse Gingernuts in a food processor until crushed. Transfer them to a bowl with the chopped macadamias, coconut, and chopped glace ginger and mix. In a small saucepan, combine the condensed milk, butter, and golden syrup. Stir over a low heat until the butter has melted.

Step 2.
Pour the condensed milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Step 3.
Roll teaspoon-full amounts of mixture in your hands to form balls, and roll in the coconut. Make sure you refrigerate the balls for a few hours before eating them.

That’s all there is to it. Easy as! ;)