Easiest-ever sweet and savoury snacks for devoted armchair athletes

'Nduja and haloumi pizza takes seconds to throw together.
'Nduja and haloumi pizza takes seconds to throw together.  Photo: Katrina Meynink

The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing. Australia are winning lots of medals and it can be hard to drag ourselves away from watching it. So don't bother. With these simple yet seriously delicious sweet and savoury snacks, you can keep your strength up for the long few days of sofa supporting ahead. It'd be rude not to, really.

Easy 'nduja and haloumi pizza

Grab a fresh pizza base, smear it with tomato paste and a few tablespoons of 'nduja (spicy spreadable salami) and some slices of haloumi. Shove in a 200C oven until the haloumi is blistered and melty and the base has cooked through. Cut into slices and eat with a competitive spirit. Scatter with a bit of chopped parsley should the need for a touch of herb action take hold. Entirely optional.

Sweet 'n' salty caramel popcorn

Grab one large bag of salted popcorn and ½ tub dulce de leche. Combine in a bowl then spread across a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in a 100C oven for about 30 minutes. What you are trying to do is not cook it, rather dry it out a little for perfect eating and viewing conditions.

Crispy kale chips

Take the ribs out of 400g curly kale leaves, add the leaves to a large bowl with a scant ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tsp ground garlic and 1 tsp each cumin, sweet smoked paprika, chilli flakes, dried basil, dried parsley and dried oregano. Rub into the leaves then spread out across a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Pop into a 200C oven and cook for about 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, or until the leaves are crisp. Season with salt and pepper before eating.

Toasted nori and wasabi tuna dip with flatbreads

Tear up some flatbreads, drizzle with olive oil and toast in the oven until just crisp. In a food processor, pulse 2 large torn sheets of toasted nori until finely ground. Add 1 cup Kewpie mayonnaise, 2 x 125g tins smoked tuna, 1 tbsp wasabi paste (or to taste), 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar and 1 tbsp white miso paste and blitz for creamy dip glory. Serve with toasted breads and some fresh vegetable sticks. You could also slather on some fresh white bread for next-level finger sandwiches.

One-bowl chocolate chip cookies

One-bowl chocolate chip cookies Photo: Katrina Meynink

One-bowl chocolate chai cookies

Add the following into a bowl. Stir it around. Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Shape into cookies and cook in a 175C oven until crisp and golden, about 8 minutes. Tea for dunking optional but definitely worthy.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup butter (melted)
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp chai masala
  • 1⅓ cups plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips