The Saucy Series: A Hummus recipeSeptember 21, 2015
For some of the more hyperactive among us (myself included), following bullet points in a recipe can be unbareable. It’s always occurred to me, that if we can all master a few basic sauces and dips, then cooking becomes a lot easier. You can create a meal around a sauce! I want to make sure everyone can make the most delicious and easiest sauces to add that extra flavour to every meal, we have teamed up with the aspirational Mariana Mourato to create The Saucy Series.
Mariana hales from the sunny shores of Portugal where she studied photography and the fine arts. As you can see, she is also a great illustrator. When I met Mariana, she was learning German and she had made such a beautiful dictionary in German of different fruits and vegetables to help her German. I was immediately bowled over. I love the water colours! Keep your eyes peeled on the blog, because I will be posting a whole series of these lovely illustrated recipes.
Hummus: a story
Hummus means chickpeas in arabic and the full name for this dish in arabic is حمّص بطحينة ḥummuṣ bi ṭaḥīna which means chickpeas with tahini. Just like figs, hummus is a dish which has been eaten since the 13th Century and has been associated with literary figures such as Saladin who loved a bit of hummus. Saladin was the leader of the Ayyubid dynasty, his empire was spread accross Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen and other parts of North Africa – perhaps why hummus is popular accross those areas!
How to make Hummus
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- the juice of half a lemon
- 2 cans of chick peas
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp tahini paste
- Chuck it all together in your blender
- Press blend.