Thursday, April 21, 2011

Home-made hummus!

Breakfast: Mango smoothie and granola

Lunch: Home-made hummus with crusty bread and dips

Dinner: Roasted squash, spinach and feta salad

I like to think that I’ve learned a few things on my short quarter-century on this planet (yeah, I know, shut up), and I think the most important is this: you can never eat too much hummus.

A big pile of home-made hummus and a French stick or, even better, some home-made bread is one of the most innocent pleasures left and makes for a great lunch in the summer. This used to get us through exam prep in uni when we’d all camp out in the back garden and gorge ourselves on knowledge and chickpea spread. Killer.

I would definitely have made some bread too had I not realised at the last minute that I'd left my loaf tin in Sydney. 

Just a note: if you have a good blender, especially a hand blender, this will be a walk in the park. If you’ve got a crap standy-uppy blender like mine, you’ll have to scoop out the hummus several times and put it back in to get it really smooth. Also, you might want to implement a rule stating that the person who cooks doesn’t have to wash up; bringing this up stealthily a few days before you plan to make the hummus will downplay any accusations of foul play as your poor friend / flatmate / partner hacks their fingers down to the bone to get that last bit of hummus from under the blades of the blender.

It’s totally worth their bloodshed – just keep that in mind.

You’ll need:
            800g tinned chickpeas, drained
            3 garlic cloves, crushed
            1 tbsp tahini
            3 tbsp olive oil
            the fresh juice of 3 lemons
            Puree everything together in a blender
            Add more oil, juice or tahini to reach your desired consistency

I try not to add salt to my cooking and I’m lucky enough to not crave it, but if you are a salt-lover, season away!


  1. Nice! My first attempt at making hummus and I chucked a few chillies in to keep things interesting. Probably too lemony for my taste but really enjoyed it with my potato.

  2. This is actually quite lemony as I really prefer that but feel free to use less next time! How did the chilis pan out?

  3. Made it! but with only half the amount and it was already heaps! yeah! thanks I'll have some dips tonight and try the spinach one too! yay!