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Asian Dairy-Free Gluten Free Healthy Eating Middle Eastern Recipes Vegan Vegetarian

Butterbean Hummus with Smoked Paprika Oil

Hummus, a dip usually made with chickpeas, is by far my favourite dip. When made correctly, it has such a full and punchy flavour worthy of even the fattest cat’s mezze. As we all know, chickpeas make a truly wonderful hummus. However, with variety being the spice of life, there isn’t any harm in substituting them for a slightly different ingredient. Straying beyond the realm of the humble pulse would prove a little foolish in this case, so there we shall remain. Indeed, butterbeans make a pretty favourable choice, since they possess a particularly smooth and creamy texture. As such, this take on the Middle Eastern classic is equally, if not more, palatable than its esteemed counterpart. The use of paprika to make infused oil may appear a little frivolous on the surface, but it is an integral part to this dish. Not only does it give the hummus a rather delectable streak of colour, it also completes its flavour profile with a smoky sweetness. As for the lack of tahini, this dip really doesn’t need it.

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Baking British Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Traditional Apple Pie

One of my main culinary influences has been my grandmother. She has made more apple pies than I care to remember, and each of them has been entirely delicious. I’m not quite sure why FrugalFeeding hasn’t yet encountered this humble pie, but such an oversight couldn’t be allowed to remain at large for long. So, last weekend and with a fairly candid approach, I set about constructing one such masterpiece for my extended family. Though the recipe was slightly different from the one used by the matriarch of the Frugal family, it was extremely tasty and did my history of good apple pie justice.

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Baking British Recipes Vegetarian

Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Scones

Nearly a month ago I posted a relatively successful and jolly good recipe for traditional British scones, doesn’t time go quickly? Following this my recipe received a number of comments specifically requesting a savoury version of my wonderful tea-time snacks. So, here is the recipe at least 3 of you have been waiting for!

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Advice European Healthy Eating Italian Recipes Vegetarian

Basic Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

My dad recently purchased a couple of second-hand copies of Jamie Oliver’s first two books. Although I haven’t followed any recipes to their exact specifications I will have to note, in a few of my future posts, that he has provided me with a little inspiration and culinary guidance. As you have probably guessed this is one such recipe. I get the feeling that there are a couple of fairly common mistakes people tend to make when cooking their own tomato sauce, mistakes I shall attempt to rectify. Firstly, one must remember that chopped tomatoes are entirely useless and that peeled plum tomatoes are simply the only way to go. Secondly, one must cook a tomato sauce for at least an hour in order to remove any bitterness from the seeds. In fact, some Italian chefs cook theirs for up to three hours!

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Baking Bread Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian

Lavash Flatbreads

Lavash Flatbreads

Bread can often be very heavy; it sits in one’s stomach for quite a while and the body finds it rather hard to digest. As such, I have been trying to lower my bread consumption, which is fine, except that one can find oneself left a little hungry without at least a little meal time carbohydrate. This thought process is really what led me to make these flatbreads, something I finally got round to doing today after getting rained off the tennis court. They really have been a long time coming as you can probably tell from the date at the top of the recipe – I’m afraid to admit that I was eating a branded version instead, I apologise.