Glowing on the outside and the inside

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Spikey is now glowing in the dark courtesy of his new light up collar – it is ideal for this time of year when it is dark so much of the time.  It’s also nice to have warming food that makes you glow inside as well so I thought that I would make some Spicy Moroccan Soup (http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/spicy-moroccan-soup.html) as it features some of my favourite

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foods such as chickpeas, lentils and ginger. In true tradition I served it with some lightly steamed broccoli as I feel deprived if I don’t have some broccoli every day! I also made some scones to go with it.

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 Scones serves 4

8 oz Spelt Flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 1/2 oz vegan margarine

3 tbsp soya milk

Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor and when they have all stuck together put on a greased baking tray and cook in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees

Healthy Hummus

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Chickpeas are awesome as they are a source of protein and have a good iron content as well.They are such a versatile legume – sprouted chickpeas make an excellent addition to a salad and Mum makes an ace farinata using gram  (chickpea) flour. Generally I use chickpeas in soups, stews, curries, tagines, falafel and of course hummus. No vegan blog is complete without a recipe for hummus :-).

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 I usually buy dried chickpeas and cook a large batch of them as I like the fresh nutty taste and texture which you don’t get with tinned ones. I freeze the spare chickpeas as it is always handy to have a supply in the freezer. My hummus has quite a firm texture so if you like a more runny texture just add some water (or go and buy some in a supermarket!). You can experiment with different spices and my friend Rachel makes a fab hummus with a great balance of spices. In the past I’ve substituted the chick peas for canelli beans or butterbeans which makes a nice change and I did go through a phase of making sweetpotato hummus (http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2010/10/falling-for-sweet-potato-hummus-2/)

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There are lots of great ways to serve hummus you can serve it is a dip with crudities or have it as a topping on a jacket potato. My favourite accompaniment for hummus is to eat it with a whole grain like Quinoa and lots of salad

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Healthy Hummus  Serves 4

1 tin of chickpeas (or 125g uncooked weight – soak overnight, boil for 10 minutes and simmer for 1 hour and 10 minutes

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of tahini

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

Cayenne pepper to garnish

This is really easy to make – just whizz up all the ingredients in the food processor. Chill any leftovers – it will keep in the fridge for up to a week.