HUMMUS WITH CHILLI OIL & TOASTED PINENUTS

I absolutely love this HOMEMADE HUMMUS WITH CHILLI OIL! I always make double and freeze a portion, it is simple to make with tinned chickpeas but I prefer to use the dried as they give a chunkier result.  It’s much cheaper to use dry peas but, of course, you need to soak them and cook for some time so factor this into your timings. If you prefer you can omit the chilli oil and just have it plain.

You can eat it in myriad ways; straight from the bowl, as a snack/appetizer on small crackers or scooped up with a crunchy lettuce leaf such as Little Gem,  with flatbread as part of a mezze type meal, with BBQ meat in a warm pitta bread & all sorts of salady like offerings…………I could go on..

Homemade hummus with chilli  & toasted pine nuts

HUMMUS WITH CHILLI OIL AND TOASTED PINE NUTS

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CHICKEN & BROCCOLI NOODLES

Chicken, broccoli and sweet chilli noodles

The trouble with kids is that if you say ‘you must eat 5 a day’, ‘you must eat your greens’……they can stick their heels in and REFUSE to have anything AT ALL to do with ‘healthy eating!! So finding new ways to introduce vegetables into their diet is important-it’s no good cooking dishes, however nutritious, if they don’t appeal to the little darlings.

Here is an easy supper dish you can rustle up in between activities and homework…using ‘super’ broccoli-a super food if ever there was one. I have packed in lots of vegetables, chicken and served it up with noodles-always good for a slurp. Try eating this with chopsticks for even more possibilities for hilarity. My top tip is to involve children in preparing their own food-they are much more likely to want to eat something they have made themselves. Participation depends on what you are cooking and age of the children but there is always some thing that can do help with such as cutting up the vegetables, setting the table, deciding the weeks menue or clearing away. Have a go with this recipe:

SUPER BROCCOLI SWEET CHILLI  STIR FRY WITH NOODLES

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MR VIKKI IS HOT HOT IN CUMBRIA!

Mr Vikkis' Chutneys & sauces
Some of my favourite Mr Vikki chutneys and sauces

 

MR VIKKIS

Stepping into the Mr Vikki’s shop at High Heskett, Carlisle….on a rainy, cold Lake District day was like stepping into another, much, warmer world. Every product here is packed full of spices and flavour and to varying degrees the ….heat of chillies.

These Indian fusion pickles and chilli products blend only fresh natural ingredients and freshly milled spices. They range from the spicy and fragrant Mango chutney and Lime pickle, to the hotter Coriander sauce, the very hot Fiery Lemon Harissa to the inexplicably hot…. Queen Naga.

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