In the middle of this week, something exciting and wonderful occurred: I welcomed Selma to my home 🙂
Selma lives in South London; I live in Milton Keynes; that means that we live about 66 miles apart. I am north of London, right in the middle of England, in fact, Milton Keynes in the most land locked place in the UK being the furthest point from any water (interesting fact for you there!!). The 10 miles across London, being the busy city that it is, in my direction probably take as long to travel, if not longer, than the rest of the 50 odd miles! So I was very honoured that Selma made the journey to come and see me, to visit my world, see my kitchen and meet my Bob, and for me to be able to make her lunch 🙂 🙂 🙂 yay!!!!
I’m afraid we were very remiss and took no photos of ourselves and not many of the food, we were far too busy talking, but I did take some shots of some of the leftovers of one dish to show you. Selma and I have met up three times before though, so you can see past photos! I made Selma some of my favourites: fresh homous, sweet potato, tahini and harissa dip; chermoula spiced butternut squash homous; a new aubergine dip with tahini, cumin and pomegranate molasses; tahini sauce; cauliflower pan cooked with my fresh harissa; and a bowl of quinoa studded with knibbed pistachios, roasted slivered almonds, roasted pine nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried barberries.
Yum!!!! It was as tasty as it was colourful.
As is my way, I viewed the leftover homous and quinoa dish and wondered what would happen if I merged them? So I did.
I put them in my NutriBullet, with a little water and whizzed it all up!
The outcome was good, and the flavours were totally new. The barberries provided a lot of the colour and flavour; they are a little bit sweet and a little bit sharp. And I kept some of the quinoa mix back and stirred it through as well and kept some of the crunch and texture.
It gave the dip a new consistency and flavour and packed it with serious protein and good fats!!
So, next time you have leftovers consider whizzing them up all together with some lemon juice and tahini, and see what you get 🙂
I am taking this along to this week’s Fiesta Friday, co hosted this week by the lovely Jhuls and a newbie co host, Effie. Do pop along and join the fun and see the vast arrays of recipes for yourself – you’ll never need a cookbook ever again! Have a great weekend xx