Authentic hummus

Authentic Hummus

A dried chickpea is a thing of wonder and mystery. A small hard little bullet that requires soaking and boiling until it finally becomes edible. Sounds like a lot of effort to me. I’m the kind of gal who likes to shmoosh up a can of ready prepared chickpeas in 5 minutes and call it hummus –isn’t that what canned chickpeas are for? That being said, I have it on good authority that soaking and cooking dried chickpeas makes a vast improvement over my tinned version so was intrigued enough to try it for myself. Soaking the chickpeas overnight is the only step that makes the process lengthy but other than that, the task was relatively effortless and well worth it. My hummus was silky smooth, buttery and creamier than any I have ever made. Sprinkled with smoked paprika and drizzled with lashings of extra virgin olive oil, I served mine warm straight out the pot shovelled on top a hot pita bread. Nom nom. 

Authentic hummus
Makes approx 600g / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 1 hr 20 mins + soaking overnight / V Vn Gf Df 
You’ll need: Food processor or hand blender
250g dried chickpeas 
1tsp sea salt flakes 
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 
For the hummus:
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs tahini 
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbs water (more if you like a looser texture) 
1tsp sea salt flakes 
To serve:
Smoked paprika, chopped parsley and a good quality extra virgin olive oil 

  1. Add the dried chickpeas to a large bowl and cover with twice the volume of cold water (filtered if you have it). leave to soak for at least 12 hours – I tend to do this overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas well before transferring to a large saucepan. Cover again with twice the volume of cold tap or filtered water and add 1 tsp of salt and ½ a tsp of bicarbonate of soda and stir well.
  3. Place over a high heat and bring to a furious boil for 10 mins. Skimming off any foam that maybe produced. Turn the heat down to simmer and continue to cook the chickpeas for 50 mins. Your chickpeas should be soft enough to squish between your fingers. If they’re still little hard, continue to cook them until they are soft.
  4. Drain the chickpeas over a large bowl to reserve the water and leave to cool in a colander for 10-15 mins. Tip the warm chickpeas into a food processor or large bowl (if using a hand blender) and add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and 2 tbs of the reserved water. Blitz until you have your desired texture. If you like your hummus extra smooth, add additional chickpea water and blend for longer until you get your desired textured.
  5. Spoon into a bowl and serve warm topped with chopped fresh parsley, a dusting of smoked paprika and a good glug of good quality extra virgin olive oil.

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Greek salad

Greek Salad
Greek Salad

“… Well I’m not paying for something I didn’t eat, I even sent it back to the kitchen.”
“That no my problem. You ask I pick dish for you, no my fault you no like.”
“Yeah well that’s because I thought you were going to choose something Greek and delicious for me to eat.” Becky pointed to the imaginary plate in front of her. The table cloth looked like a crime scene, it was covered in deep red wine stains – evidently we’d both been missing our glasses and free pouring wine all over the table.
“I ask you want something else. You say no. I change for you but you no say, so you pay for beef.”
“But I didn’t eat any of it! I’m not paying for something I didn’t eat. Can I speak to your manage please?”
“I am manager.” (Awkward).
“Well Sir” she said in a slightly posher voice “I am not paying €15 for a dinner that wasn’t very nice and that I didn’t consume” and at that Becky crossed her arms and turned away from him. I dropped my head in my hands in an attempt to disappear.
“Well I call police!”
Shit, when did this get so serious? I can’t go to a Greek prison. Mind you, if anyone’s going to prison it’s Becky – I’m not the one with beef about my beef. I guess I could stay in sunny Greece with her until she gets bail. I’m such a good friend.
“Fine, call the police” she exclaimed with a very large swooping arm gesture.
“Err Becky… Becky” I whispered over the table… “It is kind of your fault for letting the man order for you…”
“Yes but I didn’t like it and he’s being a giant fuc…”
“Let’s just pay and go yeah? I don’t want spend our last night in a Greek jail!” Christ my sun burn was hot, very hot…  I felt sick.
“Where’s he gone?” Becky said, spinning wildly in her chair.
“Probably gone to call the police”… Shit! We quickly emptied our purses, paid the full bill and scuttled off into the night.
“I should have just ordered Greek salad” Becky said in a small voice.
“Ya think?!”

Greek salad
Serves 1 / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins /
V Gf
½ cucumber, peeled and thickly chopped
2 tomatoes, cut into eighths
¼ green pepper, sliced
¼ red onion, finely sliced
Handful pitted black olives
50g vegetarian feta
1 baby gem lettuce
½ tsp dried oregano
Extra virgin olive oil

1. Every Greek salad I ordered in Greece came like this, you are expected in most places to dress the salad yourself so it comes dry with just a sprinkling of oregano. Its very simply layered so lets begin with the lettuce. Line a medium sized bowl with 5 or 6 lettuce leaves.
2. Chop the tomatoes into eighths and peel the cucumber. Chop into large chunks. Season well with salt and pepper and mix the tomato and cucumber roughly together. Place on top of the leaves in the centre of your bowl. Sprinkle with dried oregano.
3. The Greeks like big chunks of green pepper but I’m not keen so I sliced my green pepper into long thin strips and positioned them around the sides. Finely chop the red onion and scatter on top of the salad.
4. Top with olives and a slab of feta. Finally sprinkle with oregano and drizzle generously with olive oil. Lusciousness.
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Greek Salad
Greek Salad

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