Onion bhajis on a Saturday afternoon

This recipe challenge has certainly taken me out of my¬†cooking¬†comfort zone and also allowed me to use up those random ingredients that have been sitting in the back of the cupboard. A half-empty bag of gram flour? Let’s make bhajis!

It must come as a bit of a shock when I go the shop to buy the boy’s and my favourite lunch of picnic picky foods, and come back saying I’m going to make bhajis, but I think we are getting a bit more used to it. I’m sure they didn’t come out quite as they were supposed to, but the spring onion bhajis with radish raita certainly filled a hole. The batter was just gram flour and plain flour mixed up with water and a few spices, then all combined with sliced spring onions and fried. I think the radish raita was my favourite bit – a really fresh side of sliced radishes, yoghurt and mint.

That day we were heading home for Fathers’ Day, so I got started on a sticky ginger cake. I was slightly taken aback by the amount of sugar from various sources (golden syrup, black treacle and muscovado) but it made a bloomin’ good cake and nice for an occasion. The stem ginger added little pockets of goodness and of course it was great spread with butter like a good gingerbread should be.

Definitely a cake to make again when looking for something that lasts a bit longer, and I need to use up all that black treacle that’s now sitting in the cupboard….

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