Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe

Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe

Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe

Pickling food is an ancient way to preserve it for later use. It is thought that pickling of food began in ancient India, approximately 4000 years ago. Pickling was devised to preserve foods which were being taken on long journeys to prevent them spoiling.

Pickling various foods preserved them for longer periods, ensuring that out of season foods could still be eaten. These types of preserved foods were ideal for long sea voyages as they ensured the crew had ample food for the entire journey. The indians used mainly native cucumbers to pickle and the pratice eventually spread to Europe and the Americas.

When trade between contients was established, the pratice of pickling became popular to preserve new types of foods for later consumption. Although in the past, pickling was used primarially to preserve foods, in modern times, pickled food is enjoyed for it’s taste and crunchy texture.

 

Ingredients

A quarter of a cabbage
3 cups red wine vinegar
3 cups water
5 cloves of garlic
Peppercorns to taste
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt

 

Method

Slice the cabbage as thin as you can and rinse it in clean water. This gets rid of any dirt or bugs.
Pack the sliced cabbage into jars and put the sliced garlic and chilli on top. Leave some garlic to make the brine.
Put the water, leftover garlic, peppercorns, salt, sugar into a pot and bring to the boil. Pour the red wine vinegar into the pot and stir. This will create your hot brine mixture.

Pour the hot brine mixture over the cabbage in the jars and screw on the lids. Leave them to cool on the counter then put them in the fridge.

Don’t open for 48 hours for best results.

Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe - For the Love of Hummus
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Pickled Red Cabbage Recipe

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Lime & Basil Iced Tea Recipe

Lime & Basil Iced Tea Recipe

Lime & Basil Iced Tea Recipe to make at Home

Lime and basil are pretty popular ingredients and are often used together. That said, I don’t see them together much in drinks. I feel we need to rectify this because they go so well together. Since we have been adding some drinks and other dishes that go well with hummus, we thought this family recipe from our own recipe book might be a good one to include.  Iced tea is a popular drink all around the world, and it pairs well with different fruits, herbs and spices. Having a handy lime & basil iced tea recipe on hand might be ideal if guests decide to turn up.

Some people feel that basil has a strong flavor, and this can be off putting. When it is steeped in water to make a tea, it takes on a lovely flavor which gives this drink a good zing. It feels nice on the tongue, and coupled with the green tea, its a really good choice. Mixed with fresh lime, it really does take on a unique and beautiful taste.

Why Basil

If you are wondering why we chose basil for this drink, the answer is simple. Basil has heaps of health benefits and you will be pleasantly surprised when you taste it. Packed with healthy antioxidants, this herb has been grown for thousands of years around the world. For this recipe, we have used the sweet type, and not the Thai.  Also boasting magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin c, calcium and vitamin K. Not only that, but it is also high in omega 3 fatty acids. All around it’s pretty good for you, and most people would advise you to eat it if you can.

We of course don’t eat it, but instead we steep six of the leaves in water to give the green tea a bit of extra oomph.

Basil used in larger quantities is said to have many health benefits in relation to memory, mental alertness and tooth decay. As mentioned earlier, we aren’t using enough to get these benefits, but feel free to add basil to your food, perhaps a pesto, to get more of it into your diet. 

Lime

Fresh lime is such a wonderful flavor. So fresh and zesty. Not much is more surprising than getting a mouthful of fresh lime. Lime is usually associated with soft drinks or sodas. Using it in a tea, particularly an iced version can be a nice rest from using fresh lemon. When mixed with the fresh sweet basil, the lime is a really nice counter balance to the tartness of the lime. All in all an awesome combination for an iced tea which is ideal to drink all year around. Lime is also high in health benefits so it’s worth adding it to your diet. 

Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients to make this lovely drink.

1 x fresh lime

6 x sweet basil leaves

2 x green tea bags

6 teaspoons of raw sugar (or honey to sweeten)

1 litre of boiling water

 

Method

Prepare your iced tea jug. Ours is made of glass so I rinse with warm water, then boil the kettle and put a small amount in the bottom to get the glass ready. Don’t fill a glass container with boiling water. It may shatter. We got this jug from Target Australia for $3, which is pretty cheap. It goes in the dishwasher, but not the lid. 

Once you have warmed your jug up, add the 2 teabags. We also add the sugar at this time. As if you were making a large cup of green tea. Once the tea has steeped for 5 minutes, add the lime. We cut ours up into 3 pieces, and also squeezed gently as we put it into the jug. Then add your basil leaves and allow it to cool on the counter.

Once it is cooled enough that you can put it in the fridge without cracking your glass shelves, put it in the fridge for a few hours. Overnight is even better.

Some people prefer less or more sugar. Others also prefer to use honey to sweeten their tea. I prefer raw sugar, so you can choose honey instead, it’s totally up to your taste.

We hope you enjoy drinking this family recipe as much as we do. It’s an aquired taste but it’s a great alternative to sodas or other drinks that have chemicals in them. If you use honey to sweeten instead of sugar, then you can save a few calories. Please share our recipe with your friends and family and we will be adding more soon. 

Hummus & Chicken Soup Recipe

Hummus & Chicken Soup Recipe

This Hummus & Chicken Soup recipe is your new favourite thing.

If you haven’t tried putting hummus in your chicken soup, then you need to start doing it. This hummus and chicken soup recipe will show you how you can incorporate some hummus into your soup.

A stunning chicken and vegetable soup with the added bonus of a generous amount of hummus. Hummus makes for a creamy soup and has some stunning thickening qualities. Not only does it give the soup a beautiful texture, but it also brings some incredible health benefits.

With added protein and fibre, the chickpeas in the hummus also pack a punch of calcium and potassium. If you already have hummus in the fridge, then you can add your lovely home made hummus to the soup but this recipe also works with store bought hummus. Although we would highly recommend making your own hummus, as it is much lighter and creamier and you know exactly what is in there.

Chicken Hummus Soup 

Now lets talk about the chicken. You can use a BBQ chicken from your local supermarket, or cook the chicken at home. If you are cooking at home, go for a boneless piece such as a breast. The chicken is going to bring a lot of tastiness to this soup so be sure to grab a decent piece or a well seasoned BBQ chook. Also you can season the chicken because the taste transfers well into the soup, so don’t be afraid to put some chicken seasoning in there.

You can choose any vegetables you like in this soup, depending on what you fancy and what you have in the fridge or freezer.  We can recommend that capsicum and broccoli go really well here. The soup also has brown rice to give it that extra punch.

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients

1 x BBQ chicken from the supermarket deli or 1 large chicken breast which has been seasoned, then cut into pieces and fried in olive oil

Olive Oil

Half a cup of Hummus (home made preferred but store bought is ok)

1 Green Capsicum

1 Cup of Fresh Broccoli

1 Cup of Brown Rice (Cooked)

2 Cups of Chicken Broth

Method

Put the chicken broth, brown rice and hummus into a large saucepan and mix together. Bring gently to the boil and add capsicum & broccoli. Simmer gently for 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked but firm. Don’t let them get floppy.

Chicken Hummus Soup Recipe

Simple Hummus Recipe (5 Minute Hummus)

Simple Hummus Recipe (5 Minute Hummus)

Simple Hummus Recipe (5 Minute Hummus)

This simple 5 minute hummus recipe can be prepared so fast, we call it five minute hummus! There are so many variations and so many people have tweaked the recipe to suit their tastes, that most of the ingredient amounts are more of a guide. Some people like more lemon, some like less. Some like fresh lemon (yes please!) while others prepare lemon juice from a bottle. So with this in mind, our simple recipe is a good place to start and you can build on it as you go.

All hummus contains chickpeas as it is a chickpea dip and guess what? It’s super healthy so you will find this dip will go with more types of diets or weight loss programs. And with so many ways to make this your own, you will find yourself going back to this dip every time.

Whether you go for a thicker or more watery consistency, we recommend you use entire cans of chickpeas and you can play with the other ingredients to taste. For example you can add more lemon or less tahini if you are using it. If you begin with a definite about of chickpeas then you have a good starting place and can add or subtract from there.

When you are making it, try using some of the juice from the can, as this can give it a bit more flavor and most people find the taste agreeable. There are also endless ways to present it depending on where it will be eaten. Now, let’s get ready to make it!

Easy 5 minute hummus recipe

Ingredients

1 x can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed – Keep a portion of the juice to use in the dip.

2 x small cloves of fresh garlic – We prefer fresh but you can use prepared garlic if you prefer.

Olive Oil – Half for the dip and the rest for a garnish

Half a Lemon – or you can use a tablespoon of lemon juice from a bottle

2 x Tablespoons of Tahini dip if you are using it

½ teaspoon of ground cumin – you can use less or more depending on your taste

½ teaspoon of paprika or sumac – you can use less or more depending on your taste

Pinch of salt – depending on your taste, you might want to leave this one out.

Method

Mix all ingredients (except olive oil and sumac)  in your food processor and slowly add olive oil to get a good consistency. Add a little bit of water if you prefer it thinner.

Transfer dip to a serving bowl or plate and smooth over the top with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle sumac over the top for a nice contrast.

Pour olive oil over the entire top of the dip.

Serving Tips

Serve with some black olives and flat breads or with some chopped fresh parsley and some whole chickpeas for decoration.

5 minute simple hummus recipe

Chickpeas: Why You Should be Eating Them

Chickpeas: Why You Should be Eating Them

We’ve talked about various Middle Eastern dips in the past, such as tahini and hummus, and they both have one thing in common – deliciousness!. And they are both healthy! There’s plenty of benefits you can get from eating chickpeas, and every self-respecting vegetarian knows how important they are!  Chickpeas are a staple in a vegan diet and have been on plates for centuries.

Today, let’s look a little closer at chickpeas and why you should be eating them.

What are Chickpeas?

Chickpeas, also popularly known by the name garbanzo beans, are a type of legume. These beans were originally found in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s common variant is seen as round and beige, although black, green, and red versions are not unheard of.

Benefits of Eating Chickpeas

Similar to lentils, beans, and peas, chickpeas pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. That alone is more than enough reason why its popularity has been widespread throughout the globe.

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Here are some of the benefits you can get from eating chickpeas.

Promotes Feeling of “Fullness”

The combination of protein and fiber found in chickpeas makes it a great appetite regulator. So, in a manner of speaking, if you’re looking for ways to control your calorie intake by fooling your system that you’re already full, eating chickpeas is the way to go! These are idea for those looking for weight loss and overall health.

Rich in Plant-Based Protein

Some of us would like to get protein from sources other than animals for individual reasons. With that in mind, chickpeas have been found to be rich in plant-based protein. That’s why vegetarians love having them in their diet.

Helps Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Chickpeas particularly have low glycemic index (GI), which means it shows gradual increase in blood sugar rather than a sudden spike. That means it is essential in blood sugar control, and is safe for diabetic people. As a matter of fact, it can help towards preventing diabetes development in those who don’t have it!

Improves Digestive Health

Because of their fiber content, chickpeas help in cleaning the digestive tract. Harmful bacteria and other substances that are stuck in your system are easily flushed with fiber. By including chickpeas in your diet, you ensure your fibre needs are met, and chickpeas are a great source.

Helps Prevents Cancer and Heart Diseases

Chickpeas promote health in many ways, specifically protecting the cardiovascular system. They have been shown to help prevent cancer formation in some instances. For starters, the omega-3 fatty acid content helps protect the heart and reduce occurrences of inflammation. Antioxidants, on the other hand, seek out free radicals and assist in the prevention of mutation that can bring about cancer.

And those are just five of the many benefits you can get from chickpeas. Doesn’t that make you want to include them in your diet?

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