Combine ingredients in a bowl along with 1 cup water and any additional flavourings from the suggestion list.
Leave for 15 minutes for the seeds to soak up the water. Give everything a good stir. (It should feel like very thick batter.) If necessary, add a splash more water before stirring again. Then spread the mixture thinly over a lined baking tray The ideal thickness is about 3-4mm. Too thin and the crackers will be too fragile, too thick and they won't be crunchy enough.
Bake for one hour or until golden and crisp. If they don't feel crunchy after an hour, return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then break into shards. Store in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks.
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Additional, optional flavourings - pick 1 or pick many:
1 tsp salt or smoked salt
1 tsp Dried rosemary
1 tbl Nutritional yeast
½ tsp Chilli flakes
½ tsp Fennel seeds
1 tsp Italian herbs
½ tsp Smoked paprika
2 tsp Vegetable stock
2 tsp Falafel mix
CANNELLINI BEAN DIP
2 cups cannellini beans
4 cups water, for soaking
4 cups water, for cooking
1 brown onion, peeled and halved
2 bay leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest from ½ a lemon
1 teaspoon salt
Few grinds black pepper
1 tsp stock powder of choice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus some to drizzle over finished dip
1 tsp smoked paprika to dust on top
Cover beans with four cups of water and soak the beans for a full 24 hours in fridge. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Place beans, another 4 cups of water, bay leaf and onion in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil covered. Lower to a simmer with lid partially covering the pan and simmer for about an hour or until soft and tender.
Drain but reserve the cooking liquid. Discard the bay leaf and onion. Cool the beans and the reserved liquid completely before next step.
Place the cooled beans and ¼ cup of the cooled cooking liquid in a food processor with all remaining ingredients (olive oil, garlic, lemon, stock, salt and pepper). Process until well blended. You may need to add more cooking liquid while blending to reach desired consistency - you're going for a creamy dip. Taste, then adjust seasoning if necessary.
To serve, drizzle some olive oil and a sprinkle of smoked paprika over the top. Serve with seed crackers.
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*try adding fresh herbs like parsley or thyme
*change the flavour profile by using different spice blends - z'ataar, dukkah, bay seasoning and Italian herbs are a few ideas.
*add some cayenne pepper, chilli or ground Tasmanian pepperberry for an extra kick.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Cannellini Dip also makes an excellent, nutrient-rich stand-in for mashed potato or rice. I swear it's true!
Popcorn has to be the most underrated treat around, and these recipes are all about taking popcorn to the next level.
TIKKA MASALA POPCORN
1 dessertspoon of olive oil or melted butter
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground pepper
In a large bowl, combine all the spices.
When the popcorn is just popped, pour it over the spice mix, then tumble it about in the bowl to coat the popcorn.
SWEET CHAI POPCORN
This one is the perfect use for the fine, powdery spices at the bottom of your chai tin.
1 dessertspoon chai tea
1 tbl butter, ghee or your favourite cooking oil
2 tsp honey or sugar
In a small saucepan gently heat butter or oil with chai tea and honey or brown sugar. When its just hot, let it sit for a few minutes to let the chai flavours infuse, before pouring it over some freshly popped corn and mixing through. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over if desired.
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What other flavours do you like to spice up your popcorn? Mexican seasoning, cinnamon sugar, spicy chilli? Go crazy, and please share your popcorn adventures in the comments below!