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Falafel

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I'm not going to lie, I'm guilty of buying the boxed 'just add water' falafel mix. It's pretty gross, so if you're wandering the isles of your local supermarket don't bother buying it, just grab a tin of chickpeas and a tin of four-bean mix instead and you'll have the yummiest falafels ever!

You will need..
1 400gr tin of chickpeas
1 420gr tin of four bean mix (Edgell does this, but if you can't find it you can use extra chickpeas or other tinned beans)
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
fresh chopped parsley and/or coriander
1/3 cup plain (or gf) flour
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp chilli
lemon zest
salt & pepper
olive oil for frying

Method...
1. Drain the chickpeas and beans and rinse well, peel the garlic, trim the shallots, separate your eggs
2. Combine garlic, spices, lemon zest and shallots in a food processor until chopped, add the herbs, chickpeas and beans. Pulse until mixture begins to l…

Every night can be a Mexican Fiesta!

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I've had a few people mention to me over the years that they find getting a Mexican meal right is difficult... I really don't think it needs to be that complicated, there is a small amount of preparation, but it's not anything that even the most inexperienced cook can handle- you can even get the little once grating and mixing! My husband and I usually make this together and the only issue my husband and I find is at the end of the meal when we have a stack of washing up to do.. But one day I'll get a dishwasher and make it even simpler!

So this is a burrito, it's great for families or having friends over as it's build-it-yourself and everyone can put what they like on their own wraps..

You will need (serves 4)
For the seasoning(You can always buy this for ease, or make it in bulk and store it in an airtight container for future use)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoky paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp…

Donuts!

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Or Doughnuts, depending on which side of the world you live on?

Everybody loves a donut, what's not to love about what is essentially a deep-fried cake.. Covered in sugar, cinnamon, frosting.. Sometimes filled with cream or jam or custard.. DROOOOL!

Ok so, most of us buy them from those brightly coloured stores with neon lighting, and why wouldn't we? They're cheap and easy and usually pretty fresh(ish) (if you're lucky).

But what if I told you that donuts aren't really that hard to make? Really, there's not much to them! I grabbed this recipe from taste.com and halved it for the batch that I needed. They were delicious! The least you can do is try for yourself, and you'll realise that you can have freshly fried donuts every day if you like!

You will need (makes 10 regular sized donuts)...
245gr plain flour 28gr caster sugar 1.5 tsp dried yeast pinch salt 125ml milk 100gr butter 3 egg yolks Vegetable oil, for frying ½ cup caster sugar, extra

Tibetan Pork Dumplings (Momos)

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You all know I love a dumpling... All different kinds of dumplings... Home made or bought, as long as they're tasty! I've used store-bought wonton wrappers before, and I've made the fluffy, pillowy dough used for pork buns.. But I wanted to make my own simple dumpling wrappers, so I did a bit of research and stumbled across this recipe. I made a few small variations as I went along and made them depending on what I thought would work and they turned out pretty damn delicious!
You will need... (makes about 18 dumplings) For the wrappers; 200gr plain flour 1/4 tsp baking powder pinch salt 100ml water cornflour, for dusting (you don't need much)
For the filling; 250gr pork mince 1 garlic clove, chopped small thumb of ginger, finely diced 1 tsp lemongrass paste  1/4 tsp dried red chilli flakes 1 shallot, thinly sliced ground black pepper, pinch