Tuna and Cream Cheese Dip

This is a lovely and easy starter. Even Thomas who is normally the anti-tuna thinks it’s delicious. Thanks to Clarissa for the recipe.


Tuna and Cream Cheese Dip
1 x medium tin plain tuna (in spring water)
1 x pot of cream cheese (250gms)
Good bunch of fresh mint
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of half a lemon.

Loosen the cream cheese in a bowl (until smooth and easy to stir), flake the tuna into it and stir through, add the mint and stir, then salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Serve with carrot sticks.

Tuna Dip with Carrots

Tip: If the cream cheese is at room temperature it makes it easier to deal with :)

Mango Salsa

I tend to avoid fruit with savoury foods. When people put sultanas in salads I consider them ruined.

Marie from Traits sent me a recipe for Pumpkin and Ginger Felafels (recipe soon) which is served with a mango salsa. She assured me that she too generally avoids fruit in savoury food but that the mango salsa works “oh so very well”.

Keen but still a little doubtful I made the salsa as a dipping sauce to serve with samosas.


My conclusion:

It works so very well. Yum. Thanks Marie!


  • 425 gm can mangoes. Drained and chopped
  • 2 spring onions (white and green) cut finely
  • 2 red chillies de-seeded and sliced finely

Combine ingredients. Done.

Basil Pesto

With my recent posts about pizza and calzone I thought now would be a good time to recommend my favourite brand of basil pesto. I sampled *quite a few* before trying Genoese.

I knew it was a good mix the first time I opened it and smelt it. It smells so good, I went around work encouraging people to sniff it. It didn’t occur to me that that might be slightly odd till after. The taste doesn’t disappoint.


If you have favourite brands for sauces, pestos, mustards etc please let me know and I’ll try them out. I’m particularly after a good provider of sour gherkins (sugar not in the top of the ingredient list! Grr!)