Posh Picnic Food
A little windy down the hut this weekend but did that stop us? Not at all. We needed to check how the hut stood up to the rain we’ve been having lately. We fixed extra fittings to the doors so that driving rain couldn’t get through and soak the many blankets and cushions that I can’t say no to in flea markets and charity shops. I do like to offer a cosy blanket or squishy cushion to friends that pop by for a cup of tea/wine.
I’ve got a thing for toast lately and have been keen to find a way of being able to make this down the hut. So I’ve decided that griddling bread in a griddle pan on a camp stove is as near to toast as I’m going to get. I’m happy with that. This dish can be cooked up out-and-about on a picnic or over a fire on a camping trip. The cooking bit of this recipe can be delegated to any young people in your group while you busy prepping the other ingredients. It’s also a good way of getting them off their phones and communicating with you in a face-to-face fashion. You know, that might catch on.
Posh Hummus and Toast (makes 2)
2 large carrots, grated no need to peel
1 large splodge olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1-2 teaspoon harissa paste
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 slices of chunky bread of your choice
Heat a pan and add the olive oil when at medium heat, fry the carrots, garlic and caraway seeds for about 5 minutes until soft and starting to colour. Set aside and allow to cool for a little while you make the toast etc.
Mix the hummus and harrisa together and toast/griddle the bread.
Pile the hummus on to the toast and top with a good spoonful of the carrot mix. Give each slice a good seasoning with the salt and pepper and sprinkle parsley over.
Finish off with a squeeze of lemon and serve with a glass of very cold white or rose wine.