Saturday, 16 November 2013

Chickpea Pate

This is a delicious Pate, I eat it with anything, as a side dish or on a biscuit or a slice of toast, I love it. 

A little bit of info!
Chickpea is part of the legume family, its one of the earliest cultivated legumes that is high in protein. they found a 7500 year old remains in the Middle East.

Chickpeas are low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated. Its a source of zinc, folate and protein. If you  make 100 Grams of mature, boiled Chickpea it will contain 164 calories, 2.6gr of fat (of which only 0.27gr is saturated), 7.6gr of dietary fibre and 8.9gr of protein.

And ..... Recent studies have also shown that they can assist in the lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

You can grow chickpeas very easily, I just put some seeds in the ground in a sunny patch and in 12 days I had little Chickpeas poking their heads out the ground. We have pretty hot weather so I watered a little more regularly in well drained, fertile soil. In 90 - 100 days you will have 1 inch long pods, each with 2 beans inside. Harvest once the pods have dried on plant.

Ok, so back to my delicous Chickpea pate recipe.

You'll need:

~ 250gr Chickpea
~ 2 Tbsp Coriander
~ 3 Chillies
~ 2 Garlic Cloves
~ Salt to taste
~ 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
~ 3Tbsp Olive Oil


~ Boil Chickpeas in water until soft, add some salt.
~ Drain over night or from morning to afternoon. Make sure most of the liquid is out.

~ In a blender put Coriander, Chillies, Garlic, Lemon Juice and salt. Mix well.

~ Add the Chickpea and Zap it (mix)

~ Pour in Olive Oil and mix until creamy consistency.

~ Add more salt or lemon juice to your taste.
~ One last Zap it.

Delicious with fresh bread or toast, side dish, biscuit or as a dip.
Absolutely scrumptious!


The Chickpeas can be subsidized with Red or Yellow Split Peas.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Tyre Horse Bucket

I'm not sure about you, but I am always having a problem with my feed buckets. Max, one of my horses, loves to play with his bucket, he will pick it up and throw them around, step in them and hoof them. So, after going through loads of different shape and size buckets, I had put his feed bucket in a tyre during feed times to stop him from kicking the buckets, but still that did not work. I needed some tough as wheels, flexible and heavy duty bucket. What better than the actual tyre he was kicking!

All you need:

  • A tyre
  • Rubber mat
  • 4 x Washers 
  • 4 x Lock nut
  • 4 x Bolts


Stanley knife or sharp knife
Screw driver
Drilling machine
A strong handyman

~ Cut the rim off the tyre with a sharp knife or Stanley knife. It's quite tough so put your back into it or call for help!

~ Now ask your help or you, to twist the tyre inside out.

~ So that it looks like this:

~ Measure the inside of the tyre and cut the circle length out of the rubber mat.
~ Drill four holes on the ends of the rubber mat for the screws.
~ Then place rubber mat in the tyre and drill through the holes into the tyre.
~ Place screw in and put washer then lock nut.
~ Tighten tight.

And Waa-laaa!!!

I've had these buckets longer than I've had any others and they still in good condition. I would love to hear what you use for your horse feed buckets.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Squishy Goo In A Bag

Squishy goo is awesome for those parents who don't like mess. This is a perfect activity for toddlers to feel a different texture and to squish, squeeze, smash and poke to their hearts content. Best of all, we (the folks) don't have to worry about squishy slimy goo going into our beautiful carpet or into the corners of our couch. It's also very effective for toddlers who don't like to touch slimy gooey stuff or getting their hands dirty.

All you need is:
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Food colouring
  • Ziplock bag sandwich size or bigger
  • Duct tape

  • Small-ish Pot
  • Spoon 
  • Mixing bowls for different colours


~ Mix cornstarch, Sugar and cold sugar in a small size pot and stir.

~ Stir some more
~ Once the mixture begins to thicken, remove the pot off the heat, still stirring. It should thicken into a pudding consistence, and start looking a little transparent with a blue tinge (Vaseline looking).

~ Leave to cool
~ Once cool, you can add one colour or divide and mix into a few colours, I did yellow and red and mixed them in well.

~  Place in zip lock bags. Put duct tape on the top for extra safety measures.

~ Give to toddler to explore. You can also hang it on a low window so the light shines through.