Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Butter Chickpeas

This isn't my recipe, but GEE it tastes GOOD!
I think you could convince the most hardened meat eater to devour this.
The recipe amounts are just guidelines - 1 cup of chickpeas should feed 2 people, so increase as needed.

Butter Chickpeas.


2 small or 1 large onions, diced
grated fresh ginger*
grated fresh garlic
curry powder OR cumin, coriander and chilli powder
1-2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/2 can coconut cream

Fry onions, garlic, ginger and curry flavourings.
pour in can tomatoes and chickpeas, cook down slightly, then add the coconut cream.
cook till reduced to a thick creamy consistency (will depend on your coconut cream, I've had massive variations between brands and even cans) Season with salt if necessary.
Serve over fluffy rice.

* Keep your root ginger in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and just grate as required.

Just as a wee addition, I've made this with baked beans instead of chickpeas, and regularly add in cubed potato to make it go further. I also leave the onion out often and it still tastes fine.

Basic Biscuits (and variations)

I was craving choc-chip bikkies today, and as Google is my friend I went looking for inspiration. Unfortunately the recipe I found, while it works ok, tastes really insipid, so here's my take on it, and variations.
The basic biscuit dough can be refrigerated, or frozen, so you should be able to stock the freezer and have biscuits on demand.

Basic Dough.

2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt (really important!)

1/4 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup soymilk

Mix dry ingredients together with any flavourings (see variations), add in wet and mix. Knead slightly and roll into a tube - biscuit sized and refrigerate if it's a bit sticky.
Slice into 1.5 cm rounds and place on a baking paper lined tray, bake 180C for 10-15 mins (10 mins in fan forced) biscuits should be light golden.

Variations:

*1/2 cup choc chips for choc chip bikkies

*1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp lemon zest, 1/4 cup currents for easter bikkies

*2 Tbsps cocoa, 1 cup roasted husked peanuts for peanut brownies

*1/2 cup sultanas for sultana bikkies

Basically you can add whatever you feel like though, so have fun!