Category Archives: Tahini Paste

A lovely carrot hummus…and Tahini Recipe.

Hummus is so addicting, a wonderful taste and colour doesn’t that just  talk to you and  say eat me?

via Preshana’s Roasted Carrot Hummus — The Recipe Hunter     

If like me Tahini paste costs a ridiculous amount of money as it is imported then here is the recipe to make your own and it is so easy you will never buy Tahini Paste again.


26 Week Letter Photo Challenge “T”

A cute topiary and a spooky truck make Lorr’s  letter ” T” interesting to view click here

Will mine cut the mustard mmmmmm we will see………

Trees  somehow so very beautiful here…

 Tired  out….away in the land of nod a boy and his dog…

Aston & Saang Chai

Teeth…….all I want for Christmas is my two front Teeth…


My Homemade ” Tahini Paste”


Well that’s all for now I hope you enjoyed my “T ”  until next time when it’s  ” U ”

Oh nearly finished the alphabet  I will miss this challenge.



I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download FOOD!

So love that title! This old grey matter is still puzzling how it could be done but at least it has given me something to think about…like I need another thought in this brain of mine….I’m sure if anyone travelled through my mind they would  come out staggering,their face a picture worth taking for posterity….. it would probably go viral…such are the workings of my mind…ha ha

Come on! Come on! I can just hear you ….she is rambling again!  Is it not RECIPE time??????

Oh Yes!

Treacle Tart:

An old favorite….ok..ok recipe…SAM_7123


For pastry:

225 gm Plain Flour.

115 gm butter.

55 gm Sugar.

1 egg yolk.

Chilled water to mix.

For Filling:

450 gm  Golden Syrup.

85 gm Breadcrumbs.

Pinch ground ginger( optional)

Zest of 1 lemon plus 2 tbsp juice.


Sift flour into bowl and rub in butter to resemble fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar. Add egg yolk and chilled water a tbsp at a time until mixture comes together to form ball. Wrap in cling film and chill 20/30 mins in fridge.

Gently roll out pastry and line 9 inch tin or dish, lightly prick bottom of pastry with a fork , line with baking parchment and cooking beans . Put in pre heated oven 180 degrees/gas 6 and bake 15 mins remove baking parchment and beans and bake for further 5 minutes.Remove from oven and set aside.

Make filling by gently warming syrup in saucepan with fresh breadcrumbs, ginger, lemon zest and juice. When mixed together pour into baked case .NB. Mixture should be fairly thick consistency but pourable …..if required add more breadcrumbs.

Put into oven at 190 degrees and bake for further 25 minutes.

Serve with cream or hot custard.

Lamb is very expensive here and a treat for us…Monday we had a lovely butterflied shoulder and had some left overs ..cold lamb is not very nice so decided to make some flat bread..a first time for me and I was really pleased at how they came out..very quick and easy to make and use the left over lamb. Hence my Egyptian Lamb flat breads.

Egyptian Lamb Flat Breads:  SAM_7141


Flat Bread:

1/4 cup milk.

1/2 cup water.

2 cups flour.

1 tbsp Baking Powder.

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp salt.

Filling Mix:

300 gm leftover cooked lamb…can use beef, pork or chicken.

1 lemon finely zested.

juice half lemon.

2 tsp black pepper.

1 tsp oregano or marjoram.

1 tsp dried thyme

I tsp Paprika.

1 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted.

2 eggs beaten.

1 tsp sea salt….I always use Himalayan salt.

4 Spring onions finely sliced.


Make flat breads.

Sift dry ingredients together. Add liquids and mix thoroughly…I used my food processor and it took literally 2 mins…. if that and formed a ball. If it is too sticky add little more flour. Divide into 8 pieces. Flatten with heel of hand and roll out very thin.

My first attempt at this and I didn’t roll mine out thin enough to start with .

Heat pan and cook 2/3 minutes each side turn over with tongs or fish slice and done… finito..ready to fill…easy peasy.SAM_7137 SAM_7138

Lamb Filling:

Chop lamb into rough little chunks and pieces. Put in large bowl with lemon zest and squeeze half of lemon juice into mix. Add all your spices, the eggs, salt and pepper and most of spring onions..retain some for garnish. Mix together thoroughly.

Lay out flat breads and cover half with filling, then fold over and press together. You get half-moon shape.

Get 2 large baking trays rub one with Olive oil Lay flat breads on oiled tray, lightly rub other tray and pop this on top of flat breads. Put trays into pre heated hot oven  and cook 6-8 minutes. This way flatbread will get lovely and crispy on top. If you have small trays you may need to do in batches.

Depending on size of flat breads cut in two …I left mine whole as I served individually( see picture) and not on large serving plate but for party or just because you want to…..  serve on one dish with Houmous….Recipe can be found on a previous blog ..published June 18th ..titled ..If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.

Yoghurt dip made with some chopped mint, good squeeze lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Scatter over reserved onions, sprinkle with little cumin. Serve with lemon/ lime wedges.

Voila   ………… Eat and enjoy!

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open .

Now isn’t that just the truth you can just be sitting, watching the world go by and something, anything no matter how small unfolds in front you and you give an involuntarily smile, it makes you happy and we can all find those little moments on a daily basis and put them all together and looking back we have had a pretty happy day. Made out of nothing, just a brief moment in time that made you happy, a childs smile or when they put their little hand in yours , baby birds newly hatched oh the wonders of nature, a lovely view or a pretty flower, when your cake rises and your dumplings are fluffy….me..i’m still working on that one!

So many moments in our day too numerous to mention but nevertheless make for a happy day. Sometimes it all gets caught up with our day-to-day what we think is mundane, boring , same ole, same ole. Savour those precious moments that catch you unawares and be happy.

Happiness for me on Sunday was searching for Tahini Paste and only getting blank looks, shaking of heads from the  staff in the shop. I find a seriously big pot which was a tad pricey, remembering this would be the first time I have made humus. Am I really admitting to that?  Hell yes! Do I really want a huge pot? No!

Another hurdle was ” do you have a smaller pot? ” mmmm smiles and shaking of heads and that  look, the one that portrays puzzlement at our request. But plus side was happy smiles when customer managed to find what she wanted.

Grandson (10) to the rescue.  “Nannie are these what you are looking for? ”

Sesame Seeds at 22 Thai baht was a seriously better bargain than this pot of ready-made Tahini including the nasties @ 279B.

Into the kitchen a quick toasting of the Sesame Seeds, into the mini blender, 3 tbsp Olive oil and a quick whizz , scrape down the sides another tbsp Olive oil another scrape bit more oil and a quick whizz and voila my first attempt at Tahini Paste made,SAM_6922 I will say I was pretty chuffed, Happy!

The moral of this story is that happiness can be found in many guises, lots of small bursts of that happy feeling throughout your day however brief, are a bonus.

Happiness means something different to us all doesn’t it? What gives you that warm , happy feeling Leave a comment and share yours .