Hello to you all,
This year I am trying my utmost to stop the impulse to reach for my phone at any given opportunity. Whatever happened to daydreaming, waiting for the bus to arrive, getting engrossed in a book or having a cup of tea with a friend without any other distraction?
The good news is that food – the preparing, cooking and sharing of it – is a wonderful way to forget that impulse, and help you to be present in the here and now.
Crush the garlic, pick the herbs, smell the basil.
We challenge you to put away those cellphones and surprise your friends with an impromptu tapas hour, serving these three easy dips with your favourite dippers.
*here endeth the lesson*
1. Chermoula Cream Cheese
Mix together thoroughly one tub of cream cheese and 2 teaspoons of Pesto Princess Chermoula Paste.
2. Cheat’s Guacamole (vegan-friendly)
Using a fork, combine 1 large ripe and ready avo (peeled and pipped) with 1 heaped tablespoon of Pesto Princess Coriander & Chilli Pesto, a crack of black pepper, salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
3. Sundried Tomato Pesto Hummus
Drain a 440g can of chickpeas and rinse thoroughly. Place the chickpeas into a food processor along with the juice from a lemon, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3 tablespoons Pesto Princess Sundried Tomato Pesto. Blend until smooth. Add olive oil or water, one tablespoon at a time to get the correct consistency. Season to taste.
Serve with chips, crudités or even low-carb crackers (stay tuned for the recipe).
Feeds 4-6 as a snack.
Recipe and food styling by Michelle Parkin.
Michael Olivier’s Choice
Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015
Lovely wine, perfect for summer and so perfect with these dips.
It looks like Appropriately bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle under cork. The simple Peter Falke livery gives elegance to the bottle. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw, gem bright.
It smells like Ripe white fleshed peaches, undertones of granadilla, sweet tropical limes and oak spice.
It tastes like Good ripe fruit follows on after the aromas, filling the palate with a rich creamy wine which passes on to a gently waning aftertaste. Harmony of all the components is a feature.