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Some festive treats with Tesco NI

Monday, December 19, 2016

In the spirit of the festive season, Tesco NI challenged Eating Ideas to have a pre Christmas celebration and sent some treats to kick of the celebrations. The celebration featured home-made houmous and a scrummy salted caramel cheesecake!

As it’s the run up to Christmas, Tesco NI want to encourage everyone to have a very special Christmas this year.  Their advice to everyone is- whatever festive feast  you are throwing this Christmas, make sure to eat during and be merry with the best produce possible.

When I accepted the challenge, I duly invited a crowd of friends round who would appreciate my efforts.  Tesco had sent a few festive treats and from them I decided to make a delicious houmous to go with the all butter cheese straws and a salted caramel cheesecake, decorated with the decadent salted caramel truffles.

I kept the whole evening very casual with the houmous instead of a starter and chicken fajitas cooked from scratch for the main (messy but delicious)  You can find my recipe for the fajitas here

Houmous has grown hugely in popularity and it is a particular favourite of mine.  To make it properly it needs olive oil but if you are being good, you can find an oil free version here 

To make this version you will need the following:

Ingredients for houmous

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a tablespoon of the chickpeas)

2 x large tbsps of tahini

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Juice of half a lemon

1 level tsp salt

2 tbsp Olive oil and extra for drizzling


Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth

add the reserved liquid to create the right consistency

serve in a bowl, topped with the reserved chickpeas and a drizzle of Olive Oil


Salted Caramel Truffle Cheesecake

To make the Salted Caramel Truffle cheesecake, you can find the basic recipe here   Simply follow the instructions and decorate with the Tesco salted caramel truffles.  Warning, your waistband may not thank you for this dessert so stick to small servings!




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