1 x Bunch of Coriander
2 x Small Red Onions
2 x Tomatoes
1 x Lime
1tsp Lime Marmalade
1tsp Balsamic Vinegar
Equipment: Alligator, Measuring spoons, Dip bowl
Chop the bunch of Coriander in an alligator, followed by the Red Onions and then the Tomatoes.
Put into a large bowl and add the lime marmalade the juice of half a lime and the balsamic vinegar.
Mix together and serve in a dip bowl.
Smoked Bacon, diced (about 8 slices of streaky or 6 of thick -- more if you want it)
1 onion, finely diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, (maybe less if you don't want people to know what you had for lunch....) put through a press or finely diced
about 1 lb of mushrooms, sliced -- Try to get some shiitake or other flavoursome mushrooms in there
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 of dried
1 x 250g package of cream cheese
sour cream -- about 300ml, but you will need to play with this one. You will need more if making a dip, possibly less if you are making a spread. It depends if you want a thicker or more runny spread.
green onions -to use as a garnish,mix them in, or leave them out! (we call these spring onions - Ed)
1. Fry off bacon in a large fry pan over medium heat. Remove to a plate to cool. In the remaining bacon fat, (or if your bacon was a bit lean, add some butter or oil), fry off the onion until soft. Add the mushrooms and fry until golden brown. Add the garlic, thyme and continue to fry until fragrant. Remove to a bowl or plate until cool.
2. Place cream cheese into a large bowl -- you will be adding everything in here, so make sure you have a bowl that is big enough for you to get it all in there and be able to mix it up. Mix the cream cheese until soft. Crumble/chop the bacon and add to the cream cheese. Combine the mushroom, garlic, & thyme mix to the cream cheese. Now comes the judgement part --- If your mix is too thick, start to add sour cream until it reaches your desired consistency. When your dip/spread is the way you want, mix in some green onions. The dip/spread is now ready for use, but it does taste better if covered and left in the fridge for a bit. This will keep in the fridge for quite awhile!
--recipe inspired by Martha Stewart
A fantastic alternative to Turkey for vegetarians at Christmas and is amazingly popular with staunch meat-eaters too. Great made in the mini pudding bowls too - just steam for 45 mins instead.
4 oz Marge
4oz Soya Flour (or plain flour)
4 oz Ground Almonds
4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 tbsps chopped fresh herbs
4 oz Chestnut Purée
3/4lb Chopped Walnuts
More Fooling Food for April Fool's Day!
Adapted from Rachael Ray
2 baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
1-1/4 pounds mince or sausagemeat
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red or yellow pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup double cream
2 Tablespoons butter
1-1/4 cups breadcrumbs
2 large eggs
Parsley for garnish
1 250g package cream cheese
1 packet Knorr vegetable soup mix (without noodles)
1. Mix the two together, cover and put in the fridge overnight. If you try to use it straight away, the veggies will attempt to break your teeth! Again, if you want to turn this into a dip, just add sour cream to make a softer mix.
--recipe from my dear friend Paige Telep
Notes for both spreads/dips