I have been sitting on this recipe for a while. Waiting for the right time to share it. Overwhelmed with gratitude and still buzzing with energy from this weekend’s activities. The positive feedback from demo-listeners, nibs etc. pulp product tasters and consumers, has meant more than I can ever put into words. Considering this Beet Pulp Goulash was my second demo, it is only appropriate thatshare this with you now. So this, this feels like the right time.
I’m not really one to ‘meal plan’. Even if, interestingly, that is often touted as quite an effective way to reduce food waste in the kitchen. If I’m honest, I just never get organized. Instead, I like to invest in one ingredient, and see what I can add to it from the excess odds and ends I have lying around [perhaps you can relate…]. So. Dry Chickpeas. A cheap and cheerful pantry ingredient. And THIS WEEK’S #1Dish1Week HERO. Let's investigate.
Given I have an obsessive passion for everything and anything Italian, spent a month on a farm in the middle of nowhere [have a little read if you're curious...], promised more Italian recipes than I’ve actually yet delivered [please forgive me]. And somehow, ended up with a massive tub of Devi’s [Maltby St. Market regular] leftover Persian Aubergine - which I had no choice but to take home with me to save from the bin – along with a pesto from The Gay Farmer [other Maltby St. Market regular] that I’m dying to try. Pizza dough, was the only logical upcycling solution that could do my street food leftovers justice.
In the off chance you are friends with a professional hummus maker, make your own, or got overexcited about the ChicP cacao hummousse at Wholefoods, then keep on reading.
And even if the above does not resonate with you? Keep reading anyway.
I froze my herbs. Ate my leftovers. Packed the last of these Christmas treats to snack on on the plane. Threw myself out the door. And that’s the way 2016 – in London – came to a close. So just in case any of you have found yourself looking for the life-pause button and searching for the hours in your day evaporating into thin air, may these very last minute edible xmas treats come to the rescue.
When winter hits you like a ton of bricks, I don't know about you but this body is craving ALL the comfort foods. Having never made mac and cheese before in my life - shockingly - but eaten plenty of variations throughout my time in America, I decided pretty promptly that it would be the perfect way to salvage this abundance of roasted pumpkin. And to bring along for our firework-watching-in-the-freezing-cold-for-two-hours picnic. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE.