Friday, 31 October 2014

November's Take Five...

Healthy snacks to curb the 3 o'clock cravings

This November, try our pick of simple and delicious snacks that you can rustle up at home in no time at all...

kale and hearty

1. Jo Arnell's Chinese seaweed

You will need:
a wok (or deep frying pan) some kale oil for fryingseasoning

1. Remove the central rib and shred the washed kale finely (it should resemble the shredded crinkly paper used in packaging). 
2. Place a large shallow bowl lined with a few layers of kitchen roll next to the wok/pan of oil. 3. Heat the oil and deep fry the shredded kale in small batches until it's crispy. 
4. Drain on the kitchen paper, then transfer to another bowl and toss with sea salt and brown sugar.

Helen Barton's chipshop chickpeas

You will need:  
2 cups canned chickpeas enough cider vinegar to cover the chickpeas1 tsp Coarse sea salt2 tsp rapeseed oil

Method:  1. Combine the chickpeas and vinegar in a medium sized pan. Season with the sea salt. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Let the chickpeas sit in the pot for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Drain the chickpeas and place on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. 3. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and mix gently to ensure each chickpea is fully coated. Roast for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half way through. Make sure you check them after 25 minutes of cooking to make sure they don’t burn - you want them to be a nice golden colour and be lovely and crispy.

Baby Gem lettuce with curried smoked chicken & cashews
 Juliet Bidwell's Baby Gem lettuce with curried smoked chicken & cashews 


You will need:  
● 2 Baby Gem lettuce - washed ● 1 x 155g smoked chicken breast, sliced ● 40g cashew nuts, roasted coriander sprigs to decorate 
For the curried mayonnaise:
● 2 tbsp mayonnaise ● 2 tbsp crème fraîche ● 1 ½ tbsp mango & chilli chutney ● 2 tsp hot curry powder ● juice of half a lime ● salt & pepper

1. Mix all the curry mayonnaise ingredients together and adjust seasoning to taste. 2. To put together: cut the Baby Gem into portion size pieces and top with a slice of smoked chicken, spoon over a teaspoon of curry mayonnaise, a cashew nut and a sprig of coriander. 

Tony Boyle's easy sushi

You will need:
● 3 Sushi Leaves ● 1 stick Celery 100g Arborio Rice ● 1 Red Pepper ● 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar ● ¼ Cucumber Wasabi Paste Soy Sauce to serve

1. Cook rice in salted water until slightly overcooked and sticky, strain but do not rinse. Add rice vinegar and allow to cool. 
2. Thinly slice vegetables into long strips. 
3. Spread rice onto sushi leaf.  Place a little wasabi and vegetables in a line across the length of the sushi leaf.  Roll up tightly and wrap tightly in cling film before chilling. 
4. Cut into 2cm pieces and serve with a little soy sauce on the side.

Asian slaw

Loulou Hamilton's Asian slaw
You will need:
½ red or white cabbage, finely grated ● 8-10 carrots, finely grated ● 2tbsp sesame seeds

To toast the sesame seeds, put them directly into a dry frying pan and dry fry gently until golden in colour. Beware, they burn very quickly!
2. Toss them into the grated vegetables and dress with the dressing when ready to serve.

For the lime, chilli and coriander dressing...

You will need:
● 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint ● 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander ● 1 small red chilli finely chopped ● 2 limes (rind of 1 and juice of 2) ● 2 tbsp fish sauce ● 4 tbsp toasted sesame oil ● 1 tbsp caster sugar ● 2 tbsp olive oil ● 1 tbsp soya sauce

1. Put the chopped herbs and chilli in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them.
2. Mix in all other ingredients and combine with a fork until ready to use.