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snacking made tasty (and healthy)

Given the excellent forecast, if you’re planning a BBQ or some sort of al fresco dining this weekend, we thought you might like a little taster of our brand new family recipe book.

These homemade tortilla chips and salsa dip take minutes to make and seconds to devour.

Chips

Think of them as the perfect appetiser. Or as mini crispy boats, ready to transport a cargo of rich tomato salsa to hungry mouths everywhere.

All aboard the good ship, er, Chip.

Homemade tortilla chips and salsa

What you need

For the chips

8 flour tortillas, wraps or pitta breads

Olive oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the salsa dip

4 ripe tomatoes

2 spring onions

A small bunch of coriander

1/2 a red chilli, deseeded

The juice of 1/2 a lime

Extra virgin olive oil

How to make it

1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/GM4.

2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangles and place them on a couple of baking trays.

3. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with smoked paprika and toss the chips to make sure they're all coated. Add a pinch of salt if you like.

4. Bake for 10 minutes, until crispy and remove from the oven.

5. Next, make your salsa. Roughly chop the tomatoes, spring onions, coriander and chilli on a big board. Then, using a large knife, sweep and chop them all together until well diced. Then place in a bowl.

6. Squeeze over the lime juice, drizzle with olive oil, season and mix together. Taste to see if the flavours are balanced, and add a bit more lime, oil or salt if you think it's needed. Or if you're really short on time, bung the whole lot into a food processor and pulse till chunky.

7. Check the seasoning, serve with the tortilla chips and be the toast of your garden/canape party*.

*remembering to tell all your friends that it was a Hungry recipe and that they can buy the book here.

hungry? try our new book

At the beginning of last year, we asked all the people who read our weekly newsletter
if they thought it would be a good idea if we wrote a recipe book to feed families with
good stuff (having written not one but two smoothie recipe books already).

Hundreds of mums and dads got in touch to say they thought it'd be a very good idea.

So here it is...

Hungry

A guide to healthy, tasty, no fuss food that the whole family can enjoy
(and that don't take ages to make)

It's filled with over 100 delicious, simple, healthy recipes (from 2 minute
breakfasts to proper Sunday lunches) and over 85% of the recipes in the book
contain at least 1 of your 5-a-day.

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There are loads of tips and ideas for getting everyone involved in making,
cooking and eating. We've even picked out the bits kids can do in a rather
fetching grey
to make it even easier.

Daddydan

And there's as loads of other stuff for kids to do, make and help out
with to get them involved and excited about food.

10mins

Or just keep them entertained while you're waiting for bread to bake or
just need something to do on a rainy Thursday.

In other words, a book that makes it easy to get good stuff into your family.
Without having to spend hours labouring over the stove, making different
meals for everyone or faffing about with miniature sushi.

So to celebrate the launch of this very fine book, we're giving away 20 copies
away to the 20 people who tell us their best hungry stories with a happy ending
by Tuesday 14th June.

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Or if you can't wait that long, you can buy yourself a copy right here or
in WHSmith, Waterstones and other good bookshops across the land
(as demonstrated above).

Either way, we hope you like it and enjoy many a memorable meal and
muffin from it.

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition. Amber, Flo, Madeleine, AJ, Fiona, Annie, Hannah P, Louise, Ami, Florence, Grace, Hannah, Anne Marie, Alice, Anya, Andy, Nicky G, Sarah _nb, Anna and Tom – make a space on your bookshelf. Copies winging their way to you very, very soon.


guess the shape

Remember that bit in Playschool where you had to guess which window would be chosen that day?

Play

Would it be the square, the circle or the funny arch thing? Exciting wasn't it?

Archy

Well, in a bid to build suspense and anticipation for something very exciting that we've made, we'd like you to guess which one of these shapes it will be

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Clue 1: it's not the sharp banana

Clue 2: we sort of might already given the game away here

All will be revealed here officially on Friday here

In the meantime, more tenuous intriguing clues to follow