Hummus is definitely my favourite food. There isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t eat it. I do however get bored of eating the same recipe all the time and am currently going through an experimental phase of trying any different combinations I can. This is the current winner.
The actual base is very similar to a standard hummus recipe. Tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon, olive oil and water. It is the key ingredient that changes it so much though and replacing chickpeas with cannellini beans, gives the hummus an almost Mediterranean feel. And if you are making something Mediterranean, you HAVE to include Sun-Dried Tomatoes to sweeten it up and good quality olive oil, but that should be in everything anway!
This is a really quick, healthy, protein packed dip or meal. I am thinking of making a hummus series and am keen to know any concoctions you come up with too!
Serves 4 (as a meal, half recipe if making as a dip)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 400g cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 10 sun-dried tomatoes
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil (slightly less if you have to)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper
- Start by adding your garlic cloves to a food processor and letting it mix for about 1o seconds
- Add the beans, tahini and sun-dried tomatoes and mix for about a minute
- Squeeze in the lemon juice, add the smoked paprika and add some salt and pepper. Mix for another 20 seconds
- As the machine is mixing pour in the olive oil and then slowly add a little water. Start with a tablespoon and slowly add more until the consistency is as you like it
- Chuck it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and then serve with bread, veg sticks, pita bread, chips etc
Cream “Disraeli Gears”
Disraeli gears is one of the first albums I got into when I started playing guitar. Quite weird for a 12 year old in 1992 Britain to be listening to Cream but I make no apologies. It set me up for loving the 60’s, guitars and blues, even if it was made by 3 white guys from up the road to me. It introduced me to blues and from here, I got into the 3 Kings, Robert Johnson, Hendrix, Buddy Guy etc.
But back to this album…. It sounds as fresh today as it did back then. I will forever love this album, you should too.