Jazzed up Grahams {Digestives} Two Ways


 Prep Time : 10 + 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

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Hello my lovelies! I’d like to take full credit for this recipe but all I have done is make some inspired additions to one of my favourite discoveries of recent times. As you may know I am an Alice Medrich super-fan. And you should be too. She has done so much for baking (and chocolate) in the US and creates the most impeccable recipes. I have never ever tried a recipe of hers that hasn’t been amazing. The base recipe of these is hers and you can find it here. I am also an unapologetic snacking super-fan. It’s back to work time for many. We’re all trying to do a little better with out habits at this time of year. These Maple + Cranberry Grahams are the perfect low guilt snack. Crispy and a little sweet. 100% wholemeal and low in sugar. Want to reduce sugar in kids lunches but get tears? These Funfetti Grahams will hit the spot. Same good stuff, disguised with a couple of tablespoons of sprinkles. Magic. It sounds silly but a little sprinkle of rainbows can save the day. Both of these variations will level up you’re s’mores game too. A few minutes work with the food processor and happy snacking all round.

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Baked Poppy + Sesame Tortilla Chips


Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

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Hello my lovelies! This is one of those things where I was mucking around trying to make myself a salty crunchy snack and the result was so genius that I have to share it with you. Sometimes you want something trashy to eat that tastes like nothing found in nature. And sometimes you want something better. Something that tastes like corn chips but better. Something that will impress people that come over. Something that you can feel smug about because it has less fat, salt, colours, and things only identified by numbers. These chips are all those things and more. Sick of chips snapping in half in a dip? No more! You can make these thicker and sturdier to stand up to any dip-related situation.

I don’t know why I never tried it before. They take no time at all to make and are ultra-satisfying. And not in that kinda-guilty way… Flavour these how you like, I have given a couple suggestions along with the recipe. For Kiwis, you can get corn masa at Moore Wilson in Wellington, online at tiopablo.co.nz, labocaloca.co.nz and other specialty food sites. Corn masa is not the same as cornmeal or corn flour. Masa is processed with lime (calcium oxide) and this will be listed in the ingredients, usually as ‘traces of lime’.

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Preserved Lemon Hummus


 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 0 Minutes | Total Time : 10 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

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Hello my lovelies! Once you make your own hummus you will never go back to store bought. We make hummus every week and use it for meals and snacks. We are a two person household so we only need a small batch, and I don’t have the time or patience to cook chickpeas from scratch. This quick one-can recipe is the perfect amount for a meal or appetizer. Hummus is best when it’s fresh but I doubt you will have any leftovers to worry about! Try and find a good brand of chickpeas that are canned in water without added salt so you can control the salt yourself. As I am obviously obsessed with lemon, this is our favourite at home but you should experiment with flavours as much as you like.

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Classic Pikelets


 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 5 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

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My parents came to visit me the other week (still looking after me even now) and we had a great time wandering around shopping and looking at things. One afternoon while they were here, I made afternoon tea and in this case it was pikelets. I realised I haven’t made them for you all, which is quite remiss! Pikelets are a staple of Kiwi home baking and were always to be found at family gatherings. These days they may be a bit kitsch but they’re so easy and rewarding. Why should you let style police stop you from enjoying a satisfying home made treat?

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Pistachio + Apricot Muesli Bars


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 5 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

Pistachio + Apricot Muesli Bars

If you read this blog regularly you may get the impression that I spend 97.3% of my waking hours snacking. While this is not quite the case, I am a big fan of the snack. In particular I am a fan of having healthier home made snack options around to keep you fuelled throughout the day. Today’s recipe is a very loose adaptation of a couple of recipes that uses one of my favourite ingredients at the moment – malt syrup. Many of you may remember being fed spoons of it as children, but it’s malty, not-too-sweet flavour is great in baking. I did experiment in making these using coconut oil instead of butter to try and eliminate dairy altogether. The ‘caramel’ wouldn’t come together properly and the oil just floated on top. In the end I gave up and went back to butter. With less than a teaspoon per bar, there’s probably more on a slice of toast and it’s not worth sweating over. These bars are easy to make, just make sure you are paying attention while cooking the goo!

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Cumin Seed + Herb Flat Breads


 Prep Time : 5 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Easy

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I know, I know, two savoury recipes in a row! It’s like we’re in opposite land. I’ve spent the last two weeks on a sugar fast to give my body a healthy kick-start going into winter. I know there is no way I can cut out sugar long term but sometimes it really helps to have a little sprint to reset my body a bit to curb cravings. Making lolly cake to send to my Dad for his birthday was MURDER. But you’ll be so proud of me guys and gals – I didn’t lick a single spoon or scrape a single bowl. Mostly because I ran hot soapy water on everything ASAP so I couldn’t…

In our household we’re probably 80% vegetarian. Mostly because we love tasty tasty plants. So I got myself a copy of Yottam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. One of my favourite recipes that I will make over and over again forever are these flatbreads. I took some liberties on seasoning but the base recipe is pretty much unchanged. If you like it (and eating plants) you should add Plenty to your collection. It made me cook aubergine guys. The vegetable I thought would never taste any good at home…

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Roasted Cherry Tomato + Mascarpone Tartlets


 Prep Time : 45 + 30 Minutes | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Roasted Cherry Tomato + Mascarpone Tartlets

Hello my lovelies! It’s so lovely to see you all again – thanks for hanging around! It’s so good to be back in the kitchen, it’s like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and got to stuff themselves silly with treats and good times. I know that January is the time for healthy resolutions, but all the recipes and pictures of super-healthy smoothies around at the moment just make me want cookies. I swear I can’t be the only one….

Today we are talking tarts. Little tarts with big flavour that are perfect for summer entertaining! These tarts are also a great example of re-purposing an existing recipe to make something special – a favourite trick of mine. The tart shells are made of the seeded cracker dough from a little while back – they make an amazing flavourful base for savoury fillings. While these tartlets might seem complicated, they’re really only a few simple parts joined together – you just need to take it a step at a time!

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