Thursday, February 17, 2011


Challenge 71 calls for me to create a recipe.

Now I am not very adventurous when it comes to mixing flavours or being able to tell what would go with what nicely to create a truely awesome new experience with food and there by create a new recipe.

I will however quite happily adapt an already written recipe, taking something out and adding something else!
My latest adaption is a salad. I found this one in one of my cookbooks, it is for a 4 Bean Salad.

For the Salad:
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 420g tin black eyed beans
1 420g tin chick peas
1 210g tin red kidney beans
OR 2 420g tins of 4 bean mix
4 tbsp chopped coriander
salt and pepper

For the Dressing:
1 tsp curry paste
1/2 tsp thin honey
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
6 tbsp oil
  1. Deskin the peppers with which ever method suits you, grilling or frying until skins are black and then peel away
  2. Discard skins, seeds and core and cut into small strips
  3. Drain and rinse all the beans together and place in a bowl
  4. To make the dressing mix curry paste, honey and garlic with a fork.
  5. Add the vinegar and then blend in the oil, whisking all the time.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Mix beans with peppers, coriander and dressing.
  8. Cover and leave to allow flavours to mingle for several hours before serving
I however am not a great fan of 4 Bean Mix (unless it is in Spaghetti Bolognese) or coriander. So I made it one day with just Chick Peas (which I love)
I, however, did not roast the peppers just finely chopped them and I also added very small pieces of Feta Cheese.
All in all, the feta, with the chick peas, with the curry and honey went very well together.
So here is my adapted recipe...
  1. Ingredients as above with the exception of:-
  2. Use 2 tins chick peas instead of other beans or 4 bean mix
  3. Deskin peppers only if desired
  4. Omit coriander altogether
  5. Chop feta cheese (your choice of quantity) into small pieces.
  6. As above chop peppers
  7. Wash peas
  8. Make up dressing
  9. Combine altogether in a bowl and allow to stand for flavours to mingle.
Guess you can adapt it for any bean mix if you happen to have a favourite one.

So back to the challenge, do you think it counts if I create a new recipe by adapting an already written one or should I create something new from scratch?

1 comment:

Laurie said...

your okay think this counts as a new one ... all recipes are adaptions of a basic one... love Mum