Gene Fowler said that "Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead". Of course it is a metaphor!
For some, cooking is a duty and usually duty extracts the enjoyment out of everything. At least this is what I believe. I grew up in a family where everything was cooked from scratch but this was not unusual .. this was the normality in my country. As normal as going to the market and selecting our own fresh vegetables and fruits. Because of that of course we used to eat seasonal products.
I remember bananas and oranges being the equivalent of winter - in my mind - and I cannot tell you how lovely orange peel smells on a cold winter day when the ground is covered with snow. It's magical.
When I came to England I was shocked to experience the ABSENCE of the real markets, real farmers selling the products and most of all the ... absence of TASTE. Lovely products, great - but useless - packaging and ... almost zero taste.
Anyway, my curious nature always takes me to interesting places and I've learned to adapt and make the best of what we have.
From time to time I feel the need to start something new, read something new, be inspired .... again. Magazines are a great source of inspiration if one doesn't have cookery books and there are always interesting recipes that I like to try.
Today, I wanted to try a recipe from a book called "Ani's raw food kitchen" by Ani Phyo. I quite like the result and of course I love that the recipe is quite flexible and one can use one's own creativity and add new ingredients. This is why for me, cooking is like abstract painting. Somehow ... there are no rules.
So, if you like hummus I think that you will also like the Almond pate.
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup powder almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 water (be flexible you can add more if you want)
Put almonds, sunflower seeds, salt and turmeric and water in a food processor and process into a powder.
This is the basic recipe .. you can add some sun dried tomatoes or lemon ( i would add it to the basic recipe anyway) or chilly flakes, pepper, onions, cooked mushrooms and so on.
Give it a try my darlings! Experiment!