Spicy Chickpeas with Cucumber and Lime

Spicy Chickpeas with Cucumber and Lime

1 can chickpeas

1/2 onion, diced

1 grated clove of garlic

5 grape tomatoes, diced

1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

1 tablespoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon ground chilli

Fresh coriander and mint.

Heat coconut oil and vegetable oil in a cast iron frypan. Add mustard seeds, garam masala, chilli – fry for a minute or two – add onion, garlic, tomato and chickpeas. Sauté for 10 minutes – season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh coriander and mint.

Serve with cucumber sticks and fresh lime.


Breaking Bread

I can’t think of anything more comforting than the smell of freshly baked bread coming out of a hot oven on a cold, bleak spring day; it certainly lights a fire in my heart. I also find it impressive that every culture has its own version of bread: naan, ciabatta, baguette, sourdough, lavash, pita and bannock to name a few. For some years now, I’ve been experimenting with the science of bread-making –  most of the time it all works out and I get a light,crusty loaf, and other times; either the dough has not risen because of too much humidity or the loaf could seriously hurt someone, if thrown at, because of its density. Nevertheless, every time I bake a loaf of bread, nothing is more satisfying than: breaking bread, sharing it, and inhaling the warm slices, slathered with melted butter.  I would urge everyone to give it a try, at least once, so here is a simple recipe from one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa).

Breaking Bread

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(note: here I used half wholewheat flour and half white flour)

© 2013 Ann Ivy Male

Healthy Holiday Salad

IMG_1882All that feasting on rich,traditional holiday foods is stupendous….but how about a few greens on the side?

Healthy Holiday Salad is so easy… just gather together:
A bunch of mixed mesclum greens,
radicchio leaves,
toast some walnuts and add a little maple syrup to the pan,
handfuls of red pomegranate seeds,
slices of apple or pear.
Toss with a drizzle of good quality balsamic and olive oil, Maldon salt and pepper.