Homemade Hummus

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Hummus! Houmous! Hummous! Hommos! Humos! Hommus! Hoummos!

Dawn: Is this a spelling test?

Andrew: I’m saying nothing! Which ever way you spell it, this is a cheap and healthy addition to any lunchbox or as  hors d’ouevres at a dinner party.

Dawn: It is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, and once you have made this you will never go back to the shop bought variety again. You can tweak this to your own taste, too.

Ingredients

400g can of chickpeas (or equivalent weight soaked and cooked)

1 tbsp tahini paste

1-2 tbsp olive oil (adjust according to taste)

1 clove of garlic, chopped

Juice of 1/2 a lemon (adjust according to taste)

Dawn: Soak your own chickpeas overnight and then cook them as set out in our “How to Rehydrate Dried Chick Peas” recipe at https://forfoodlovers.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/how-to-rehydrate-dried-chick-peas/. They quite literally are so easy to do and work out so much cheaper than buying tins. 

Andrew: Once prepared, this is such an easy dish to make that it is a really good starting point for children who want to cook good food. 

Method

  • Place all your ingredients in a food processor and blitz or pulse until the hummus reaches your preferred texture.

Dawn: Is that it? Insert your own actress/bishop line here!

Andrew: As if I would!

Dawn: You would!

Andrew: I would! Will! But will refrain!

Dawn: Humour aside, this can be served immediately with warm pitta, breadsticks, celery or carrot batons. I also like to add a clove of crushed garlic from time to time when I make this dish. 

Andrew: You can also do your own variations, simply adding roasted pepper, sundried tomato or coriander would make interesting flavour options. Just blitz them in the food processor when the hummus is done. 

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Carrot Soup

DSCI1954Easy to make, sweet tasting and wholeheartedly filling…soup. And this time, it’s Carrot Soup.

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 onion, peeled, sliced and chopped

600g carrots, peeled and sliced

1.2l vegetable stock (made with stock cubes)

Salt and pepper

Andrew: Simple and sweet. 

Dawn: Sounds like someone I know! Twinkle in my eye!

Method

  • Put the onion in a medium size saucepan on a medium heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the onion has softened in texture and started to become transparent-looking.

Dawn: Remember to add a generous splash of cold water before cooking the onion as an alternative to using fat. 

  • Add the sliced carrots and vegetable stock to the saucepan. Bring the ingredients to the boil and when there, turn down the heat to enable the ingredients to simmer gently until cooked. This should take about 15-20 minutes.

Andrew: You can test to see if the carrots are cooked by piercing one or two with a fork. If the fork goes in and the carrots are soft, they are cooked. If not, allow the carrots to cook a few more minutes longer. 

Dawn: It’s worth noting that the smaller the sliced carrots are, the quicker they will cook so saving on fuel costs as well as speeding up the cooking process, too. 

Andrew: Excellent point, Dawn. 

  • When the carrots are cooked, blend to a thick consistency with an electric hand blender or food processor (whichever you have).
  • Season with salt and pepper to personal preference.

Dawn: And there we have it – another simple soup for a filling meal! 

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Roast Tomatoes and Red Pepper Soup

DSCI1845Soup, soup glorious soup! Here at Love Food HQ, we are big fans of making your own wholesome and tasty soups – that cost so little, it’s embarrassing to realise.

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 onion, peeled, sliced and chopped

450g fresh tomatoes, washed and cut in halves

1 red pepper, de-cored and cut into quarters

1 clove of garlic, peeled, sliced and crushed

1.2l vegetable stock (made from a stock cube)

Method

  • Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, putting the tomatoes and red pepper quarters on it. Place in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 6, 200°C electric for 45 minutes.

Dawn: I like the vegetables to start to appear charcoaled grilled in appearance as it adds to the soup’s flavour so I like to leave the vegetables in the oven until they start to have this appearance. this takes about 1 hour to achieve and is worth the extra time.

  • When the vegetables are cooked, remove from the oven and set aside while you prepare the basis of the soup.
  • Put the onion into a medium sized saucepan with a splash of cold water and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the onion has become soft and transparent in look. Add the crushed garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked vegetables and vegetable stock, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to enable the ingredients to simmer at a low heat. Cover the saucepan with its lid and cook the ingredients for 20-25 minutes.
  • With an electric hand blender, whisk the cooked ingredients until they are all combined to form a thick soup. Serve warm, with garnishes and warm crusty bread.

Andrew: My cue to rise to the occasion and do one of my breads.
Dawn: I’m sure there’s a retort to be had there! I’m biting my tongue!!!
Andrew: You are? 
Dawn: I most definitely am!!! 

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