Yum! - homemade hummus served with our homegrown tomatoes

Yum! – homemade hummus served with our homegrown tomatoes

I love Hummus – and making it is so simple if you’re lucky enough to have a food processor. It’s also only got four ingredients which you can have in the pantry ready to go for a lunchtime ‘What the heck are we going to eat?’ emergency, or to feed unexpected friends when they come over – and kids love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 x tin of Chickpeas (I use organic but any will do)
  • 1 tablespoon of Tahini
  • Lemon juice (fresh or bottled – whichever you have available)
  • 1 garlic clove or 1 teaspoon of minced from a jar – whatever you have available.

Method:

Empty the tin of chickpeas, but keep the liquid aside in a glass – don’t pour it down the sink!

Place chickpeas, tahini, garlic and a large squirt of lemon juice (3 tablespoons?) into food processor and blitz for a minute.

Check the texture of the hummus, and taste a small amount. Make adjustments to the flavour to suite your own tastes, and if it is too dry use the reserved liquid from the chickpea tin to make it wetter. I like mine to have a lemony zing so I tend to add more lemon. Keep bending and testing until you’re happy with it – it usually takes me 2 to 3 goes before I decide I’ve created hummus-y perfection.

When I make this for my family it’s usually on the weekend and I make double the mixture – we have a big serve over lunch or afternoon tea with carrots, celery and pide bread or crackers, and the rest goes in the fridge to last the rest of the week in lunches, snacks etc.

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