Hello, I do hope that you had a great Easter and made the most of the long weekend. I had a nice relaxing time and experimented with a couple of dishes which I will bring you later this year. In the meantime, as it is Spring in the UK (yes really!) I thought I would share a simple Hummus recipe, this is really nice for lunchboxes or as a snack at BBQ’s or dinner parties, and given it is so easy to prepare can be whipped up in no time at all. This Hummus recipe originally came from my Sister-in-Law in South Africa and when I first tasted it, asked her for the recipe, which she has kindly let me share with you. So now on to the recipe…

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Hummus

This Hummus recipe originally came from my Sister-in-Law in South Africa.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 tin chickpeas drained but retain some of the liquid
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 juicy garlic clove or 3 smaller ones (I often use 2 garlic cloves simply because I like garlic, feel free to play around with it to your tastes)
  • 1 tbsp tahini paste (seasme seed paste), you can buy this in all good supermarkets
  • 1 tsp salt salt (yes you really need a teaspoon, so don’t be tempted to use less)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

To dress it -:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika

Equipment::

  • 1 Mini food processor or hand blender .

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the hand blender (you also put the retained liquid from the chickpeas in at this stage).
  2. Blitz all of together until a paste forms, if it seems to thick add a little bit of water or more olive oil and blitz again. You want it to be firm and not runny, so a little bit of thickness is good.
  3. Remove from the blender and place in a container if you are storing it for later use or a bowl if you are serving it that day, carefully pour a little olive oil over the top and sprinkle with the paprika.
  4. You can serve with Ryvita, fresh bread or batons of cucumber and carrots.

Notes

If you want you can jazz up the Hummus by adding a bit of chilli to it and this will give it a nice kick, simply add a fresh red chilli to the ingredients before you blitz.

I hope you enjoy this and it gives you a different option for your lunch boxes.

I will see you later this week with another recipe. Until then, happy cooking.

Deon

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