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Quick and Easy Spatchcock Chicken

Quick and Easy Spatchcock Chicken

If you are looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe for a mid-week dinner or perhaps for Father’s Day, then you’ve come to the right page. Chicken is something that could become very boring to eat and I try to find ways to make 

Easy Zucchini Cake With Crumble Topping – No Mixer Needed!

Easy Zucchini Cake With Crumble Topping – No Mixer Needed!

There’s something so satisfying about pulling together a quick dish that doesn’t require too much fuss or effort. Inasmuch as I love my KitchenAid mixer, sometimes, I just prefer a recipe that allows me to give it a (much needed) rest. This easy zucchini cake 

Hummus!

Hummus!

Hummus can quite likely be considered one of the perfect snacks out there. It’s delicious, it’s filling and it’s considered healthy being packed full with all that protein and fibre. Eat it with some carrots, sourdough-discard crackers or with a spoon and you’ll have… well, a perfect snack.

Most hummus recipes have at their base the same core ingredients – chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), tahini and some spices. You can add your favourite herbs to “own it”.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Hummus ingredients
I cooked my chickpeas so they looked a little wonky LOL but they were so yum!

Here’s my take on it:

Hummus

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 8
Calories: 202kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl
  • spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas pressure cooked OR one can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • β…“ cup lemon juice to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil plus a drizzle extra for garnish
  • ΒΌ cup tahini up to β…“ to taste
  • 2 bulbs garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika or as much as needed for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • β…› cup water as needed to loosen consistency of the hummus

Instructions

  • Blend the tahini, lemon juice and garlic until well combined. Make sure there are no chunky bits the blade may have missed.
  • With the processor running, drizzle in the oil and blend until well combined.
  • Stop the processor and scrape down the sides as needed. Add the chickpeas, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Process until well combined. If needed, stop the processor and mix everything together with a spatula. Taste and add a little more lemon, salt, pepper as needed. Blend for another minute or two until you achieve a creamy consistency to your hummus.
  • Add a half teaspoon more olive oil and a tablespoon or two of water at a time if the mixture is too thick.
  • Place in your fave bowl and garnish with some paprika and a drizzle of oil.
  • Serve immediately. If any remains, it can keep in the fridge for a day or two.

Here’s how I ate it!

hummus on a cracker
Scooped up with some sourdough-discard crackers. Soooo good!

If you gave this recipe a try, drop me a comment and let me know how it went!

Until next recipe, happy baking/ cooking/ eating!

Easy Zucchini Couscous Salad

Easy Zucchini Couscous Salad

I don’t know what the weather is like right now where you live, but for the past few weeks it here it has been blistering hot and I just did not want to spend any more time in the kitchen cooking than I had to. 

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Disclaimer – As of the writing of this post, I am very new to making sourdough bread – these are my suggestions for newbies who have been having difficulties with their starter/ bread. I am utterly late to this party, but boy am I glad 

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

Quick and Easy Kale Chips

Are you anything like me? You go to the supermarket and buy a whole bunch of healthy greens with the intention of making some sort of green shake or a delicious salad and when you get home… well when you get home, you toss the kale/ swiss chard/ arugula etc etc in the crisper and only remember it when a weird smell starts coming from the bottom of the fridge?

Well, I’m glad I’m not alone! I was about to go back down that route once more when I remembered that I did have a recently purchased and now neglected air fryer that could make some crunchy, salty kale chips in no time at all.

Wash and dry those leaves
Tear into bite sized pieces. Get your oil and salt
Drizzle on the oil and make sure each piece is well coated
Add some flaky sea salt
Air fry them!
So crunchy and delicious!

Here’s the recipe:

Kale Chips

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 93kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Bowl
  • Small knife

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the kale leaves
  • Remove the spine of the leaves and discard
  • Tear the leaves in bite sized pieces
  • Add the oil, a little at a time, and toss to ensure that all of the pieces are well coated
  • Sprinkle on the salt and toss to incorporate
  • Add a layer to the air fryer tray and cook for 4 minutes at 375. (My air fryer is small so I had to do mine in batches)
  • Pour into a bowl and enjoy!

These really hit the spot – they satisfied my craving for something crunchy and salty and I didn’t feel guilty afterwards! Win/ win!

I hope you give this super easy recipe a try – if you do, let me know in the comments.

Happy cooking!

Light and Sweet Bread

Light and Sweet Bread

In my home, we are all bread lovers. Some more than others, but we all enjoy a nice slice of bread with cheese or jam as a quick snack. Couple that with the fact that I love to bake bread, and you’d imagine, quite correctly, 

Toum

Toum

I think the first time I stumbled upon this spread was on instagram. I was scrolling through many a recipe and saw a lady making something called toum. The name alone captured my attention and for the ten minutes following my “discovery”, I sat rapt 

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

I think it was back in the nineties when I first was introduced to tiramisu while on my lunch break in a tiny Italian restaurant on the South Coast. I’d never heard about it and after being told what it was made up of, I was intrigued. I’d call myself a “trier” and I count new foods among the things I’d make a go at before rejecting out of hand.

And boy, am I glad I tried this delectable dessert! In true form, I ate that thing almost every day for two weeks straight – no kidding! I eventually weaned myself off of it and ate it ever so often, but my love for it never faded.

Over the years, I’ve made it myself once or twice, and on each occasion it was a major fail. The cream either split or it never quite set up. I gave up and just kept to buying it whenever I stumbled on it while eating out.

Fast forward to yesterday when the mood to eat some tiramisu hit me hard. I had the ladyfingers in my pantry but no mascarpone cheese. Luckily, it was our allotted day out to shop and I grabbed the last two tubs that were on the fridge.

I can’t remember the other recipes that I used that were fails, but I’m glad that I found this one that proved to be a success. Here’s what I used to make this one. Traditionally, this dessert has in some alcohol but I left it out and it still was awesome.

tiramisu ingredients
Simple ingredients sometimes makes the best dishes!
tiramisu egg sugar double boiler
Double boiler set up
tiramisu egg sugar mix
After about 10 mins, the egg and sugar should look like this
Mix in room temperature mascarpone cheese. I cleaned the crusty cooked egg residue from the bowl before adding the whipped cream.
Gently fold in your whipped cream
Soak your lady fingers for a second on both sides
Layer in your receptacle of choice
Add egg/ cheese/ whipped cream mix on top, and repeat layer one more time. Refrigerate overnight. Top with cocoa powder before serving.
tiramisu
Feeling grateful to the person that invented this awesomeness

Here is the link to the tiramisu recipe that I used. Follow the steps and soon, you’ll be noshing on this goodness too!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Today was a good day to bake cookies. Actually… to bake a giant cookie. Outside was overcast, it was my day off, and it was the comfort food pick-me-up that I sorely wanted. I felt like having cookies, but didn’t feel like going through the