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SISTER vs SISTER: SUMMER SALADS

asian slaw

ASIAN SLAW

{VANESSA} This is a fresh, healthy and tasty coleslaw to take to your next BBQ. It uses daikon (sometimes called Chinese radish) a vegetable you have probably seen especially if you shop at Asian vegetable shops but never had the guts to try....

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ratatouille

RATATOUILLE SALAD

{INGRID} Post New Year’s Resolutions – So who’s on a diet? and who is still sticking to it? Mine is the ‘Get Real’, or the ‘Be Honest’ diet which is basically mind games I play with myself, saying...

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Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by Vanessa Opera 2 Comments

SISTER vs SISTER: HAM

Ham tortillas with pineapple salsa

Vanessa’s HAM TORTILLAS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

You can’t go past leg ham on the BBQ, there is something about the way the glaze crisps up the fat, that gets me every time. It’s great with eggs, in a sandwich or thrown through pasta, in fact it’s pretty dam good on it’s...

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Ingrid’s HAM AND BREAD SALAD

This dish is easy and it compliments anything thrown on the bbq. The crunchy bread makes it a little bit different from the usual salad offering, it’s a hearty dish, that even the blokes pile high on their meat laden plates. All thrown...

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Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by Vanessa Opera 3 Comments

SUMMER DIPS

I love dips especially in summer but has anyone noticed how one pot of gourmet dip bought at the supermarket doesn’t go far? Its really easy to make your own and you can get creative at the same time and devise your own concoctions…
The first dip came about when I was heading to Ma and Pa’s for “Guy Fawkes” night and didn’t have a huge amount to contribute. Of course my parents don’t mind but I always love taking something new for them to try. There was 3/4 of a tin of beetroot slices leftover from the good old “KIWI” burger (for those who don’t know its basically a burger with beetroot, egg, cheese and pineapple as well as the other usual things) and a few gherkins as well as a tub of cream cheese. All I did was blitzed these things together with a touch of lemon juice and some chives from the garden and ended up with a pretty pink dip.

Beetroot and cream cheese dip with crunchy garlic Ciabatta

What you need
300gram tin of beetroot
2 big spoonfuls (tbs) of cream cheese
1 gherkin
Juice of 1 lemon
A few chives or coriander

How to make
Put everything into food processor and blitz until smooth
Serve with anything crunchy!
Hummus – the perfect picnic snack

Hummus is possibly the most popular dip in the chiller at the supermarkets in Auckland. Why? probably because its reasonably healthy as well as delicious. Its between $3.00NZD – $5.00NZD per tub and to be honest a tub doesn’t go far if you like dipping. It’s so easy to make at home, all you need is a food processor. Traditionally hummus has tahini (sesame paste) in it. I never buy it, never use it so improvised with sesame oil (just a dash) and it worked a treat!

Like with the beetroot and cream cheese dip you can get creative and add your own touch. I love spicy food and had a few jalapenos in the fridge so in they went.

Other ideas could be…
Baked pumpkin or Kumara (sweet potato)
Sun dried tomato
Wilted spinach leaves
Roasted carrot
Avocado

Jalapeno Hummus – addictive!

What you need
300gram tin chickpeas (drained)
Juice of 2 small lemons
2 cloves of garlic
4 tbs olive oil
a splash of sesame oil
4 jalapeno slices (optional)

How to make
Put everything into food processor and blitz until smooth
Serve with anything crunchy!

I ended up making a second batch of this dip because I ate so much of the first batch, there wasn’t enough to fill the bowl for the images!
I also forgot the garlic the second time round (DUH) but am please to announce it still tasted great and full of flavour thanks to the lemon and jalapenos.
Get blending and blitzing this summer!
Vanessa x

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by Vanessa and Ingrid 10 Comments