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You will need:

1 can chickpeas

2 tablespoons olive oil

paprika, to taste, about 1-2 teaspoons

pinch of salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200 C.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and dry them well on some layers of paper napkins. This is a very important step in ensuring that the chickpeas get crunchy in the oven.

In a bowl add the chickpeas, oil, paprika, and salt. Stir with a tablespoon to make sure that the chickpeas are coated evenly.

Lay on a flat baking dish and cook for 20 minutes, until they have browned, and are crunchy.

Consume this protein-packed snack on the day as a substitute for sugary finger foods, in soups, or as garnish in salads. More ideas for making roasted chickpeas here.

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A different sort of snack or party food, baked ricotta is easy to make, filling and low in fat.

You will need:

250g tub of ricotta

1 egg

1/2 or 1 teaspoon chili powder or flakes (according to taste)

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

salt and pepper

spray olive oil

Crackers, sliced vegetables or bread to serve

Method:

Heat your oven to 180 Celsius on fan oven.
Spray a loaf pan with olive oil.
Mix the ricotta, egg, chili, thyme as well as a pinch of salt and pepper together. I left it out, but you can also add 1/3 cup of Parmesan or other grated hard cheese. Pour into the loaf pan.
Spray the top of your mixture with olive oil.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set and browning at the top.
Serve with vegetable crudités or crackers/bread. You could also add some chutney and grapes or serve with a cheese/deli platter.


IMG_4907Born out of the idea of making some sort of Caprese-inspired skewer and then not having enough time for assemblage, this salad made for a very colourful centre-piece at a house party.

Preparation is simple; it is best to choose the small variety of tortellini as they are friendlier for bite-size snacks at parties. Prepare by boiling as explained on the packet and then add a splash of olive oil and leave them to cool completely. Stir a few times to ensure that the oil helps them from sticking to each other.

Then you will need basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. Cut the mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes in two and tear up the basil leaves with your hands (or else chop roughly with a knife). Store in the fridge until ready to serve. You may drizzle a bit more olive oil or pesto sauce on top. Mix it all up or serve it as is. Serve with toothpicks or forks or on little plates.

Et voila… ready to party!