Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A Delicious Lunch - Peanut Butter Houmous, Mixed Salad with Lemony Mustard Dressing, and two special girls

For me, the whole enjoyment of cooking boils down to who you're cooking for. I would cook for these two any day of the week, this was such a good day! A delicious selection of cheeses brought back from France, homemade houmous and a mixed surprise salad - what more could you want on a weekend?

Peanut Butter Houmous - serves 4/6

This is my own recipe using peanut butter instead of tahini. I find tahini too bitter, and peanut butter always makes this houmous taste superb. The right type of chickpeas are also very important, try buying some already boiled chickpeas as they are very soft, light and give a great texture. 

- 400g can of boiled TRS chickpeas with 1/3 chickpea juice
- 1 medium clove of garlic
- 1 dessert spoon of peanut butter
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- roughly 3-5 tbsp good quality olive oil
- salt and pepper
- mixed seeds to garnish (can be roasted)

1. Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor (except the oil) and whizz up. Slowly add the olive oil to form your preferred consistency. Adding a bit of juice from the chickpea tin makes this dip smoother.


Mixed Summer Salad

The thing I love about salads is that you can use all sorts of bits and pieces from the fridge to make them more exciting. I usually make dijon or balsamic dressings, but thought I'd try something different - it's my divine dressing. 

For the Mixed Salad - serves 3

- 3 handfuls mixed leaves
- 3 small cooked cold potatoes, chopped
- 3 radishes, sliced
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 baby cucumber, chopped
- 3 gherkins, chopped
- 1/2 avocado (optional)
- 1 handful pumpkin seeds
- 1 handful sunflower seeds
- a sprinkle of sesame seeds

For the Divine Dressing

- 1 tsp mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 3 good squeezes of fresh lemon
- good quality olive oil, roughly 2 tbsp
- salt and pepper

1. Place the mayonnaise and mustard into a jar or cup and mix thoroughly with a fork. 

2. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Gradually pour in the oil very slowly, continuing to beat with a fork. 

3. Finally, season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the salad. 

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