Category Nibbles

Roasted crunchy chickpeas

If you’re looking for a homemade snack that is healthier than crisps, these roasted chickpeas are a lovely alternative and are really simple to make. They also keep for up to a week. The ingredients listed below are for one can of chickpeas which works out to be less than a bowlful as the chickpeas […]

Rocket pesto

You can eat this however you like – either in pasta, as a dip or spread on some bread. Ingredients 30g pine nuts 40g rocket (one pack) 1 garlic clove 40g grated vegetarian parmesan Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil Method Toast the pine nuts in a pan (without any oil). Keep an eye […]

Chunky guacamole

The lime juice should prevent the avocado from discolouring but it is still better to eat it sooner rather than later if possible. Ingredients 2 ripe avocados 1 large or 2 small ripe tomatoes Handful of coriander Juice of one lime 1 red onion (finely chopped) 1 chilli Method Put the flesh of the avocados […]

Tomato Salsa

Use ripe tomatoes for this. Preferably ones that haven’t been in a fridge. Ingredients 4 ripe tomatoes 3 spring onions 1 handful of chopped coriander Juice of ½ lime 1 thinly sliced green chilli Salt and pepper Method Roughly chop the tomatoes and coriander. Thinly slice the onions and chilli and combine all the ingredients. […]

Mini pear, stilton and honey tarts

These are really easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. The pears will caramelise in the honey while the stilton will provide a lovely tangy aftertaste. I used two different sized round pastry cutters, one smaller than the other. If you don’t have pastry cutters, you could simply improvise with different sized glasses. Ingredients […]

Dairy free mushroom pâté

I recently made this for some friends who came around to our house for pre-drinks and nibbles before heading out for New Year’s celebrations. Since most of our friends are meat-eaters, my husband also bought some cured Italian meat. Suffice to say, these little toasted mushroom pâté morsels were completely devoured before the meat got […]

Beetroot dip

This brightly coloured hummus-like dip will wow your guests. It is incredibly easy to make and very healthy. Ingredients 4 cooked beetroots 1 tsp of creamed horseradish ½ can of chickpeas 1 tbsp tahini paste Salt / pepper Juice of ½ a lemon ½ tsp cumin A sprinkling of sesame seeds (optional) Method Whizz all […]

Stilton arancini with a walnut crust

These arancini balls make fantastic starters. They are pretty rich so team them up with a fresh salad with a sharp dressing or dipped into a fiery tomato salsa. Key to cooking these is patience. The rice needs to be cold before you add the eggs and the arancini then need time to sit in […]

Curried Parsnip Fritters

I recently picked the parsnips out of my vegetable patch after a spate of cold and frosty mornings. Apparently, it is important to pick them after it has been frosty otherwise they won’t be sweet. I don’t think I thinned my parsnips enough earlier in the year as some were a little on the thin […]

Crispy kale

Kale is a brilliant vegetable. It is packed with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Unlike spinach which seems to go off as soon as I’ve found a place for it in the fridge, kale keeps for much longer without going soggy. This snack is so easy to make and is […]