Hummus recipe

Have you ever prepared hummus? And I say prepare because in this recipe one does not even have to cook!! It’s delicious and easy… so I do it very often!

For this recipe you’ll need:

a pot (or a can) of cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons tahini paste
two cloves of garlic
the juice of half a lemon
a little of olive oil
a glass of water  (I know my glass is not full, but it is only because it is huge).
red sweet pepper and cumin at taste

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In case you are wondering.. tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. I have never attempted to try to do it but if you wanna give it a try I would recommend you this recipe. If you do not want the hassle, you can do like me and buy it in a pot and keep it in the fridge (it lasts a long time) so you always have it in hand when you feel like doing hummus. At least in Spain it is not very easy to find it, but I buy mine at an organic food grocery store. I guess that other shops that sell “special” food or mid eastern food will have it as well.

Well, lets get started! First of all, chop the garlic to small pieces and put it into the bowl.

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Then add the chickpeas and the two spoons of tahini and the glass of water.

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Now purée it all  with a blender or a food processor and when everything starts looking smooth add the cumin. Be careful with the cumin because, although it tastes great, and to me adds that special touch to the hummus, it is quite strong and it’s easy to put too much. What I do is add a little, blend the hummus some more, then taste it and repeat until I am satisfied.

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Finally, once in the final bowl, you can add an sprinkle of red pepper to add some more taste and make it look nice!

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How I most enjoy hummus is with crude veggies like carrot and zucchini. I cut them to sticks so I can dip on the hummus. It also goes great to accompany grilled fish such as salmon or tuna, in salads, spread on bread… as you see I like it so much I find excuses to put it anywhere!!

Hope you enjoy it!!

Jara

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Oven baked zucchini filled with goat cheese

This is one of my favourite recipes for everyday dinner. It’s very easy to make, quite light to eat and, more importantly, very tidy! You’ll only have to wash an oven dish and a knife.

I cooked for two, and made one zucchini, that is two halves, for each. And for the filling I used “rulo di cabra”, this goat cheese that is rolled. Quantity of cheese depends on how much you want to put, as a reference I used about  70g.

First you cut the zucchini in half, and then empty a thin hole in the middle.

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Then fill the gap you have made with goat cheese. I did it with my hands because goat cheese is quite messy to work with and I have no patience to spread it with a knife.IMG_0317

IMG_0336Preheat the oven at 200ºC and cook until they look like this:IMG_0345I think I had them in the oven for like 25 minutes, but I don’t like timing in the kitchen because every oven is different, so I always prefer to check every now and then and decide by myself when the food is done.IMG_0344

Hope you enjoy the recipe, and let me know what you think! 😉

Jara