There was a little happy dance happening in the Happy Food Kitchen this week as the site was mentioned in the Metro newspaper. It was great to be involved in a feature about how to eat well on a budget – something as you know […]
Month: October 2017
I fell in love with a bag of dried beans in Waitrose the other week. I know, weird stuff happens to me! After admiring the 10 different beans in the mix I realised I needed to cook something which really celebrated them and made them […]
It’s National Honey Week in the UK and I am lucky enough to have lots of honey to hand as my dad is a beekeeper. Honestly you have never met such pampered bees as they receive quality lodgings, plenty of food in the winter if they are running low and don’t get fussed around with too much as he likes to leave them alone as much as possible. Such care and attention, so it’s only right I use that yummy honey to make something just as delicious. These nutrient packed Honey, Tahini and Lemon Cookies have become something of a staple as the kids love them.
The refined sugar content is at a minimum with the main sweetness coming from the mellow honey. I love that what I thought was a more grown up flavour children wouldn’t go for – the tahini – seems a hit with everyone. That said most kids I know have grown up on houmous so I guess it’s a familiar flavour to them. And as sesame seeds are full of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B1 and zinc (to name but a few) they are a treat with benefits.
These cookies are so easy to make and if you want to you can make the dough a day or two in advance and then roll them in the seeds and bake them, as such I expect the dough would freeze well but it’s not been around long enough yet to test that.
They are fairly cheap to make and if you look in the ethnic sections of supermarkets you will find tahini at a cheaper price than with the wholefoods. I also stock up when it is on offer. You will need to as I bet you’ll find yourself making more of these than you expected!
Honey, Tahini and Lemon Cookies
- 300g plain flour
- 150g butter
- 50g caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 200g tahini
- 100g runny honey
- zest and juice of one lemon
- 75g sesame seeds
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 170 °C / 330 °F / Gas 3
- Step 2 Line three baking sheets with baking paper or a silicon liner.
- Step 3 Place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter until you have a breadcrumb consistency.
- Step 4 Stir in the sugar and bicarbonate of soda.
- Step 5 In a separate bowl or jug, mix together the tahini, honey and lemon until well combined.
- Step 6 Pour this into the dry mixture a little at the time until you form a sticky dough.
- Step 7 Put the sesame seeds into a bowl ready to roll the cookie dough in.
- Step 8 Form walnut size balls from the dough and roll the balls in the sesame seeds all over, now flatten them in your hands or on the baking tray so they are flat cookies.
- Step 9 Bake the cookies, about 5cm apart, for 10-15mins. They should be a little golden and just browning around the edges.
- Step 10 Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.
Pomegranates are at their best right now and also readily available at a reasonable price – so there’s no reason not to incorporate them in your meals to give them a new fresh feel and a dazzling burst of red. That’s why this Pomegranate Slaw […]
I had one of ‘those’ shopping trips this week – without checking what was in the fridge I hit the shops and was more than a little surprised that we already had 1kg of carrots in the chiller drawer when I slipped the second kilo in! So this Roasted Carrot and Paprika Soup was my no-waste rescue plan!
I do think that roasted veggies add a certain extra depth to a soup and as I was already roasting a butternut squash for a pie (recipe coming soon!) the oven was on and it was easy to pop them in. If you don’t have time to roast beforehand then by all means simply add them to the stock and boil them with the onion and garlic until soft.
Paprika is often underrated as a spice but is great for adding flavour if you don’t like too much heat. I have used a mix of smoked and spicy paprika in this recipe but you can use just smoked or just spicy depending on your preference. I also serve mine with a spray of chilli oil. If you don’t like coconut milk feel free to add single cream instead.
Roasted Carrot and Paprika Soup
- 1kg carrots, cleaned/peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 red onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon spicy paprika
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 1 tin coconut milk or 250ml single cream
- Salt and Pepper
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 200˚C/Gas 6.
- Step 2 Mix the carrots with 1 tablespoon of the oil on a baking tray. Roast in the oven for 30mins, they should be soft and browning on the edges.
- Step 3 In a large saucepan, fry the onion and garlic with the other tablespoons of oil until soft.
- Step 4 Add the paprika, carrots and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are soft.
- Step 5 When the veggies are cooked add the coconut milk or cream.
- Step 6 Allow to cool before blending it well.