HAPPY EASTER Y’ALL!x
Easter is all about family, Mum’s here and we’ve been doing some celebrating. It seems nowadays that no party is complete without a stonking dip to showcase (or is that just me!) Dips act as the perfect accompaniment to pre-meal nattering and decadent snacking antics.
This is a very creamy/ cheesy tasting dip without the cheese. I think its the olives and tofu that combine to form an unusual vegan cheesiness. It is rich and like all dips, superbly versatile. Spread it on things, dip things in it, eat it by the spoonful, anyway you enjoy this is just fine.
Making our own tofu appeals, but we hear it can be a pain. Here is an interesting little clip that has inspired us and simplified things greatly:
We are moving back to our vegan ways, little by little and this kind of vegan dip leaves us with plenty of dairy space to get stuck into your creme eggs and Eater bounty. Mum even made Jane and I an egg this year, what a talented creature! Its chocolate and ginger and will definitely not be seeing the light of Easter Monday. YUM.
I’ve put one clove of garlic down here, but we actually had two as we are full-on garlic fiends. One is erring on the side of normality.
This can be thinned down by adding a cup of water, or oil, depending on your persuasion, to make a nice thick salad dressing.
250g firm tofu, 1 cup green olives (pitted), 1 lemon (juice and zest), 1 clove garlic (crushed), 1 handful mint leaves, 1 handful basil leaves, sea salt and cracked pepper to taste, dash of fruity olive oil
Pop all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.
We added it to a salad, adding nice creaminess and have also dunked wedges of carrots in with gusto.
We Love It!
All the cheesiness without the dairy bits that can get heavy and a little unhealthy after a while. A pleasant change and very quick to get together, for all your impromptu party dip needs!
Tofu is a magic food with a bad rep due to tiresome jokes about vegetarian hippies and the like. It is an acquired taste to some, but adds a great texture to all it touches and is a great vehicle for bags of fat-free protein in anybodies diet. Tofu contains more protein than eggs and milk and contains a quarter less calories than beef and a third of the calories (that’s the main protein brigade taken care of!). Like all plant based foods, tofu is completely cholesterol free.
Like with all soya products, we strongly recommend going organic.