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7 Things we could Make at Home instead of Buying


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Until you have made your own guacamole, you haven’t tasted the real thing. Some people I know haven’t even tried Avocados! They were obviously born outside the 1970’s when the avocado prawn cocktail was de-rigeur.

The key to good guacamole is perfectly ripe avocados in abundance. You will also need:

  • Fresh tomato, seeds removed (ideally remove the skin by blanching the tomato for a minute or so in boiling water and then peeling it)
  • Fresh lime juice,
  • Freshly diced red chilli,
  • Finely diced red onion,
  • Chopped Coriander
  • Salt and pepper.

You can also add in extra items such as pomegranate seeds which add a delightfully sweet explosion, but I like to keep it simple and straight up, like the Margherita’s and corn chips you will serve with it. 

Don’t blend the avocados, mash them roughly with a fork, and leave them in a nice chunky state. Add seasoning to your taste. Avocados do not keep well, so you will be making this dip fresh to order.

Serve with tortilla chips and a refreshing beverage such as a Margarita.

A good recipe can be found here
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If you regularly visit this site, you will know that hummus (humous) is one of my favourite things to make at home, and the great thing is it can be served to anyone; even the faddiest vegan loves hummus. So the next time you have some friends round for drinks, wow them with a bowl of your own home made goodness.

I have a feeling that as my affinity with hummus expands, so will my recommendations about how it is used. The basic recipe is smooth and rich, made so delightful by using fresh soaked (rather than tinned) chickpeas and lots of tahini, lemon juice and salt. The simpler the better. The addition of bicarbonate of soda to the cooking process breaks down the tough outer skins and gives the end result an unfeasibly smooth texture.

But this is just the beginning; hummus can be successfully cut with many things: coriander, lemon juice, spices, beetroot, as well as other dips such as tzatziki and guacamole.

Tip: If you have a food processor with two bowls, use the larger bowl which has a faster tip speed and you will get a smoother hummus.

I won’t repeat the recipe as it can be found elsewhere on this site. You can find it by clicking here.

Did I miss anything off the list? Leave a comment below.

Bon…. Apetit!


This post has already been read 2865 times!' Andrew • February 24, 2015

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