Recipe 22: Hummus

July 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Posted in starters | 2 Comments
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I love hummus (or however you want to spellĀ  it!). Normally I buy it, but various people and writers say that it is simple to make and much nicer home-made… so I thought that this dinner was the opportunity to try it out. I don’t go in for complicated starters…. I much prefer something that people can pick at when they arrive, and then it doesn’t matter if some people are later than others (for whatever reason – transport delays, children or a chronic inability to be on time!)

Making it: Very simple! The intriguing detail for me was that I had to warm the chickpeas first… not sure what that was about. But once they were warm, they were bunged in the food processor, with lots of tahini, some garlic, lemon juice and oil and then whizzed. To get it to the right texture I added the water from the chickpea can.

Eating it: Yum… Utterly delicious. We ate huge quantities – which I think is a good marker of whether something taste good. Since dinner a couple of weeks ago, Ali has now made it a number of times… so I think that is a indication that it is a good recipe!

Next time: I might put slightly less tahini in it as I think it had a slightly harsh edge although that might also suggest I could try slightly less (or better quality) olive oil. I think this recipe could be played with – perhaps trying to add some additional flavours in – such as making it more lemon-y perhaps attempting to make lemon and coriander hummus!


The dinner party

July 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As mentioned in my previous post I held a dinner party to mark the completion of my kitchen and to thank Ali and Michael for their hospitality when the flat was a building site!

It was a gloriously sunny day, so we ate outside…. I also used the meal as an opportunity to try out some new recipes… so the menu was

Hummus (from the Vicar’s Wife’s cookbook) with crudities

Salmon with a pesto crust (Delia) served with new potatoes and some green veg

Chocolate and raspberry pavlova (Forever Summer – Nigella)

I won’t spoil the individual reviews of the recipes – but the menu worked really well, it was satisfying but not too heavy on a hot evening. It was also pretty low-stress as most of the effort (which was minimal) was done before people arrived!

Kitchen completion

July 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Actually it’s not 100% finished – but almost! So I thought you might like to see some photos of the finished kitchen!

I also did celebrating to mark the near-completion of the kitchen – a dinner for my parents and dear friends Ali and Michael – with some exciting recipe try-outs which i will write about soon. And a tea-party as a serious excuse to do some baking to make the kitchen feel even more like home.

So – as it is the middle of the year – it is also an opportunitiy to check my progress against the goal – which is 52 new recipes during 2010. Including the recipes I’ve not yet blogged, I’ve done 24… so I am only slightly behind. I am enjoying the challenge – and especially re-reading cook books to find new recipes to try. I have definitely found some new favourites along the way!

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