All posts filed under: Sides and Salads

Sun dried Tomato and Herb Spelt Rolls

After the huge household success that was my walnut and honey loaf a couple of weeks ago, home made bread looks like it’s going to become a part of the furniture round here. Which suits me just fine because kneading, rising and baking are idyllic things to be concerned with over a leisurely weekend. One thing I’m not very good at though is repeating myself, so I’ve reworked my loaf recipe just ever so slightly to make savoury rolls. They have a much stronger and more savoury flavour, and taste perfect with a little butter or a poached egg for breakfast. They keep just fine in the freezer if you want to savour them over time, just slice once cooled and zip in to those little sandwich bags. 500g spelt flour 1 tsp good sea salt 1 tsp dried active yeast 1 tsp sugar 300ml warm water 2 tbsps good olive oil 6 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped generous pinch freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsps mixed herbs In a large bowl mix together the flour, …

Walnut and Honey Spelt Loaf

Weekends are for baking, this is an indisputable fact. This week it was the Real Bread Campaign, and so I thought it only right that I get my hands dough-y. My household is collectively everything-intolerant so wheat has been off the menu for a while now, but it’s becoming more and more trendy now to eat things like spelt bread. This can only be a good thing because spelt is high in vitamin B2 alongside other nutrients, and being water soluble it allows your body to absorb them easily, it’s also easy on your cholesterol levels (proof here). So this recipe is good for your body, but baking bread is pretty good for the soul, too. The process of kneading and rising are grounding, and the homely smells that linger are unmatched by any Yankee candle. It’s a lot easier than some people might have you believe and there’s something very rewarding about buttering warm, fresh out of the oven bread that you crafted with your own fair hands. 500g spelt flour 1 tsp good sea …

Quick and Easy Avocado Houmous

Love houmous? Skip the next sentence and be glad you’ve arrived at this recipe. Don’t like houmous? Fair enough, we’re not all chickpea people, but have you tried avocado houmous? If not, you need to. As with pretty much everything, home made houmous tastes way better than branded stuff, and this takes less time to make than it would to stand in a queue at the  checkout to buy some – in a nutshell, this is a must try. If you’re still not convinced, it might be worth noting that chickpeas (the headline act of houmous) are ridiculously good for you, they’re a great source of protein and iron, they lower cholesterol  and due to their high fiber content they’re good for weight loss. I must have convinced you by now. 200g can chickpeas 2 tbsps tahini juice 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic 3 tbsps good olive oil 3 tbsps water 1 tsp good sea salt 1 generous shake cumin 1 generous shake paprika 1 avocado Chop your garlic finely and cube your avocado. Put all …