bat toast. I had thought it would make a spooky evening sky for the bats to be flying over. I even got as far as roasting the cauliflower. Then I decided the bats would show better against the hummus. I still wanted to make the dip. Dip and vegies is so much easier for me than a salad so it became part of the lunch.
I was also glad I had not put the full three quarters of a cup of hot sauce, as called for in many recipes. A quarter cup was quite spicy enough for me. I have read that Frank's hot sauce is the excellent base for buffalo dips. I am still unsure about what buffalo flavour is. I guess I need to follow a recipe to the letter. (Not my style!)
pizza baked. Paul rang to say he would be a little late but he need not have worried. The pizza wasn't ready til after he arrived. It was a simple affair of tomato sauce and cheese. We cut it up into slices and handed it around.
Pinterest inspiration. They were simple to put together but would be time consuming to make a lot. My pretzel sticks were so long that I broke them in half and the legs still seemed quite long. I think it would be fun to make these with flavoured cream cheese or another dip, if children weren't involved. They were lovely about an hour after being made. When I tried a leftover one at tea time they were a bit soft. Defintely one to eat soon after making.
After dip, pizza and crackers we had cupcakes. Then my mum bustled off to buy food for a dinner party she was holding the next day (after doing our dishes which was much appreciated). I went for a walk to the park with dad, Paul and Sylvia to watch the trains and play hide and seek in the welcome shade of the trees.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Zaatar - friendly middles eastern bakery cafe
Two years ago: Easy caramel fudge
Three years ago: Gf Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
Four years ago: The Cornbread that Stops a Nation
Five years ago: Asparagus Adulation and two recipes
How to make spider crackers:
You will need round crackers, pretzels, cream cheese and dried cranberries (or raisins). Spread cream cheese on a round cracker. Arrange four legs either side of the cracker, pressing them into the cream cheese. Press another round cracker on top - I found that I needed to add another blob of cream cheese to get the cracker to stick on. Take a couple of small blobs of cream cheese to put where the eyes should be. Press a cranberry on each blog to make eyes.
Buffalo cauliflower bean dip
Loosely adapted from Fabtastic Eats and GF in the City
Makes about 2 cups
1 cauliflower head, chopped into florets (about 450g)
1/2 to 1 tsp French lavender salt (or sea salt)
1 bulb of garlic
1 tin chickpeas
1/4 cup Franks hot sauce
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp onion granules
2 tsp lemon juice
Toss the cauliflower florets in a drizzle of oil and good pinch of French lavender salt.roast. Chop the head off the garlic bulb to expose the ends of the cloves. Make a little bag of foil and when garlic in in there, drizzle oil over the cut end of the bulb. Twist the ends of the foil to seal in the garlic bulb. Roast until the cauliflower is cooked and the garlic is soft. (I think I did mine at 220 C for about 45 to 60 minutes but I think the garlic needed a little less time.) Cool.
Squeeze the garlic bulbs out of their skins. Toss into a food processor with roasted cauliflower florets. Add other ingredients and blend until you have a smooth and spreadable dip. Check seasoning and keep in the fridge.
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