Smoked Mackerel Pate, Homemade Hummus and Seeded Crackers – Lunchbox luxury

I like to have a few different options for Lunchbox Fillers, I like to keep them healthy but still good value. Over the winter I make these easy Seeded Crackers and soup for lunches, as the weather warms up, I make Dips and Pate to have with these crispy treats. Smoked Mackerel Pate and Hummus are 2 of my favourites.

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Smoked Mackerel Pate is really simple to make, mega tasty and great value. I use 2 of the 3 fillets of Aldi’s peppered smoked Mackerel – £1.35 (hubby will have the other with a slice of buttered bread 😉), this is mixed with a pot of cream cheese, a tablespoon of Horseradish sauce, the juice of half a lemon and a little seasoning.

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Mix this together On reverse speed 1 (I like it chunky), but you could just mash with a fork till you are happy with the consistency.

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Taste and adjust the seasoning

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Pop into the fridge in a sealed box till ready.

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The hummus is cheap and just lush – the best bit is you can alter the flavours to suit – this is the the way I like it.

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Drain a tin of Aldi chickpeas, 33p. I am using the Thermomix, but you can make it with any food processor, a blender or just a fork, it will be chunkier.

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To the chickpeas I add a peeled clove of garlic, the juice of half a lemon, a large teaspoon of Tahini and a good glug of olive oil, lightly season with salt and pepper.

 

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I whizz this at speed 4 for 10 seconds, scrape down the bowl and taste – adjust the seasoning to taste and whizz again for a few seconds till,you are happy with it – you may need to add some more olive oil, it depends on what consistency you like.

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You can add fresh coriander, or stir through Harrisa or Sweet Chilli sauce, there are recipes for butter bean varieties etc it’s a wonderful dip – and costs pence 👍

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The dough for the Crackers is very simple add 150g plain flour, 75g mixed seeds, 25ml olive oil, 175ml boiling water, a pinch of salt and mix together, this will be hot, so I start with a knife, then bring together with my hands.

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Pop the ball of dough onto a large sheet of baking parchment and put another in top, flatten out with your hands.

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Then, with a rolling pin, roll out as thin as you can.

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Remove the top layer of baking parchment and put into a preheated oven (170) for about an hour, then check, it may need another 10 minutes.

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When cooled, break into shards, like the trendy restaurants do and put into an airtight box till ready to serve.

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Perfect early summer lunch 😊 It looks a bit boring, but it packs a punch in flavour 😋

 

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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