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Welcome back friends! Cat here.

It’s August! Which means spring is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited – winter and I don’t agree. 

So, it’s time to look towards sunnier and longer days. Plus in the true fashion of spring/summer I actually like to go out and socialise! And even though it means eating out more, it doesn’t mean losing track of your health goals!

Sauces and condiments are an essential to every meal, we all have different tastes, likes and dislikes. We all like to add different sauces, marinades and dressings while preparing foods and it’s only natural that we opt for the easy choice and buy it off the shelf! However, do you have a dish in your family that has been passed down through the ages. Or maybe, no one makes a certain dish quite like mum/grandma?! 9 times out of 10, they’ve made it from scratch. No pre-bought stuff!

That’s how I feel about the following recipes. They taste better, because you’ve put effort into it! So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite home essentials you can avoid buying! 

Avocado Dressing (Serves 5-6)

What you need

1 Avocado, halved

1 clove of garlic

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

¼ cup olive oil

1 tbsp corriander

1 lime, juiced 


Pop in a blender or Nutri-Bullet until smooth. Simples!


Swedish crackers (Pair this with the dip below)

What you need

220g Wholemeal Flour (Stoneground if possible)

220g Rolled Oats, wholegrain if you can

2tsp salt

150g Sunflower seeds

75g linseed/flaxseed

40g Pumpkin seed

700ml water

1 Tbsp Olive oil


Heat Oven to 130C

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add water and oil

Oil a large oven tray or two smaller ones and pour mixture onto the trays. It should be the consistency of porridge

Spread it as thin as possible (The thinner the better) and bake in the oven for 15 mins

Remove and cut into pieces as desired – either cracker size or large rectangles. Put back in the oven and bake for 1 hour until they are golden and crisp. You may need to cook longer as the instructions sat 1-2 hours.


Classic Hommus

What you need

1 cup dried chickpeas (I used canned)

2 tbsp tahina

¼ cup of lemon juice

1 garlic clove, crushed

½ tsp sea salt

Paprika, to taste

Extra virgin olive oil, to serve


Process chickpeas, tahina, lemon juice, garlic, oil, salt until almost smooth

Spoon into bowl. Sprinkle with paprika. Drizzle with oil.

I hope this has inspired you to create some of your favourite condiments from scratch! And please share.

Big love,


Images: Pinterest; Words: Catalina Vera Vera

Tell us, what are some of your favourite dressings to make from scratch?



I’m always on the look out for dressing recipes! I’m so going to make this one! Thanks for sharing Cat, can’t wait to make it! Lx

Aug 28, 2017

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