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Bean salad

Kitchen – none

Ingredients

  • Tin of mixed beans
  • Teaspoon of honey
  • Teaspoon of hot English mustard
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • Two tablespoons vinegar

Equipment

  • Tin opener
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small jar with a lid
  • Spoon or spatula

Method

Open and drain the mixed beans, rinse and drain again then pour beans into the bowl.

Add the honey, mustard, oil and vinegar to the jar, put on the lid and shake well until all ingredients are blended.

Pour around a third of the dressing onto the beans and stir gently. Chill for half an hour before serving.

Serve

If you have them a diced tomato, celery or green beans can be added. Serve as a side salad.

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Beetroot, lentil and mandarin salad

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 tin beetroot
  • 1 tin lentils
  • 1 small tin mandarins
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Salad servers

Method

Open and drain the tin of beetroot, cut into halves or quarters if required. Open tin of lentils and rinse and drain thoroughly. Add to beetroot. Open tin of mandarins and drain. Add to mixing bowl. Add in vinegar – if you have flavoured vinegar – raspberry or balsamic vinegars work well in this recipe. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve

Chill and serve as a side dish or lunch. Goes well with feta cheese.

Great to take to a pot luck.

Dipping sauce for seafood

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • Horseradish
  • Tomato ketchup

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spoon

Method

Mix equal parts of horseradish and tomato ketchup.

Serve

This is a great quick, tasty and easy dip for prawns or other seafood. Serve with slices of lemon on the side of fresh seafood.

Tzatziki – minty yoghurt dip

Kitchen –  No cooking

Ingredients

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Gherkin relish
  • Mint sauce

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

Method

Spoon yoghurt into the mixing bowl and add in gherkin relish and mint sauce or jelly to taste. For 2 tablespoons of yoghurt add one teaspoon of each. Mix thoroughly and adjust to taste.

Serve

Serve with other dips and vegetable crudities, crusty bread and crisps or flatbread.

Serve as a side dish to a curry.

Spicy Tomato Mocktail

Kitchen – None

Ingredients

  • 1 tin tomato juice
  • Worcester sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Celery stick to garnish
  • Pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Long glasses
  • Swizzle stick (or celery stick)

Method

Chill the tomato juice before use.

Wash celery and cut into sticks about 3 cm longer than the glasses being used.

Open the tin and pour tomato juice into glasses. – over ice if available.

In each glass add a generous splosh of Worcester sauce, three or four drops of Tabasco and a grind of pepper.

Add the celery stick (or swizzle stick) and serve.

Serve

A great brunch or lunch time drink with a buffet lunch or sundowner with snacks.

Red Bean Dip

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 small tin kidney beans
  • 1 sachet tomato paste
  • Italian herbs
  • Worcester sauce

Equipment

  • Handheld blender
  • Tin opener
  • Spatula
  • Serving dish

Method

Open the tin of kidney beans and rinse in fresh water. Place in blending jug. Add sachet of tomato paste, a generous portion of herbs and two teaspoons of Worcester sauce. Blend to a fine paste. Use the spatula to place in a serving dish.

Serve

Serve with warm flatbread and other dips.

This dip works as a pizza base as a change from a plain tomato sauce.

Hummus

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic

Equipment

  • Handheld blender
  • Tin opener
  • Serving dish
  • Spatula

Method

Remove skin from garlic and chop roughly.

Drain the chick peas but do not rinse.

Place oil, lime and garlic in the blender jug.

Pulse twice to blend oil, lime and garlic.

Gradually add the chick peas and blend.

For a smoother blend add more olive oil.

Serve

Place in a shallow dish and serve with crusty bread, vegetable crudities, crisps and crackers.

To add spice sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.