All posts tagged: Snacks

Wholemeal Pumpkin & Feta Muffins

We have a massive glut of pumpkins… ’tis the season!  Actually, I was looking through my instagram account this morning and noticed how beautifully seasonal the pictures look (unintentionally, but glad they do).  The food is the colour of autumn, all oranges, deep reds and browns, it’s quite beautiful.  I haven’t had the account very long, and I’m wondering if the colours will change with the seasons?  It’ll be interesting to see! So, back to the pumpkin glut… With Halloween lurking, we’ve earmarked enough pumpkins for spooky lanterns, and there’s pumpkin soup of course… and now, following a few experiments and suggestions from my lovely friends there’s Pumpkin & Feta Muffins… So here goes… Ingredients (makes 12): For the roast pumpkin: 1 lb peeled pumpkin flesh 12 fresh sage leaves Olive Oil Salt & Pepper For the muffin: 250 wholemeal spelt flour (spelt has a lovely nutty flavour, but wheat is good too) 100g salted butter 150g feta 1 egg 1tsp baking power 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 100mls whole milk ground black pepper handful of …

Cheap as Chips with Bestival Sauce

This is a great side or snack… The kids love it and I love picking on it when they have it! Using olive oil, and cutting out any dehydrated potato or additional starch or flavour that can be found in commercial potato products, these take 25 minutes in the oven.  As quick as most frozen oven chips, and cheap too! Ingredients: 1 medium potato per person cut in to 6 1 tbsp olive oil pinch of sea salt sprinkling of paprika (added by my lovely neighbour Louise) Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C 2. Cut the potatoes in to eight and spread out on a baking tray. 3. drizzle the olive oil and pinch of sea salt over the potatoes and give them a shimmy. 4. bake for 25 mins (or until the flesh is browning and they’re cooked through) The sauce here comes from our Chilli Chicken Bestival Kebabs recipe… Which was inspired by Tim’s weekend jolly (sorry work trip) to Bestival a few weeks ago! If you fancy chicken with the chips …

Chocolate Ginger Biscuits

Not strictly speaking ‘whole food’… But homemade treats always feel virtuous next to shop bought ones, and labouring over them gives me a real sense that I’ve earned it. These biscuits are hard like ginger nuts, and slightly moreish!!! Ingredients to make approx 18 cookies: 100 grams salted butter 100 grams golden caster sugar 100 grams golden syrup 200 grams self raising flour 3 tsps ground ginger 150 grams 70% dark cooking chocolate (I like green and blacks) 150 grams chopped stem ginger Method: 1. Melt the butter, syrup and sugar in a pan 2. Roughly chop the chocolate and stem ginger 3. Mix the flour and ground ginger in a large bowl, and pour in the butter mixture. 4. Add the chocolate and stem ginger. The chocolate will melt because the butter mixture is still warm but if you have some larger chunks they should stay whole. 5. Once you’ve formed a soft dough, roll small balls (just smaller than a golf ball) in your hands and flatten down on to grease proof paper …

Sun Dried Tomato and Black Olive Houmous

A few years ago we had a major financial melt down.  Two small children, one income and a monthly deficit of around £1000… It’s when I started really looking at what we spent on food.  Houmous was always a staple in our weekly shop, and the kids love it, but when I realised I could make a months supply for the same price as a supermarket tub, I couldn’t go back.  Financial crisis over the Houmous is here to stay! Ingredients for a large bowl: 2 tins chick peas (drained) 2 tablespoons tahini 1 handful of chopped sundried tomatoes 1 handful of chopped pitted black olives 2 cloves of garlic Juice of 2 lemons 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil (or oil from the sundried tomatoes) 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp ground cumin Ground black pepper Method: 1. Add the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until blended but textured. 2. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. 3. Serve with warm flatbreads, crudités, add to jacket potatoes, salads or sandwiches. This recipe will keep …