Hummus

 

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Everybody has their own recipe for hummus. This is my super simple version.

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

3 raw garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

1 large tablespoon tahini

1 cup good quality olive oil.

Blend all ingredients, adding a little bit of water if the mixture is too dry.

Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with sumac or paprika.

Perfect for eating with homemade roasted vegetables and hot crusty rolls.

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and perfect for eating with a kitty companion.

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Hidden Veg Hummus – brussel sprouts.

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Baby-Gusto does not actually realise that hummus does not form its own food group. Lucky for me, even when he is being a food refuser I can still get hummus and cucumber sticks down him. Today I made a hummus in which I added baby brussel sprouts, and because we are out of tahini paste I used pumpkin seed butter. It tastes fantastic, mild, creamy. I omitted cumin and other spices as this was really designed for B-G, but those would definitely add something extra too.

1 can chickpeas drained

1 cup of frozen baby brussel sprouts, thawed

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon pumpkin seed butter or tahini

salt and pepper to taste

100 ml olive oil

50 mls water

Blend all ingredients and serve as a sandwich spread, for dipping or as a topping for hamburgers. I was quite pleased with this. More to the point, B-G hovered it up. Husband -Gusto goes a nasty shade of grey when he sees brussel sprouts, but I think I might manage to get this past him too.

Super Sandwiches – Chip Butty (the Middle-eastern version)

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Baby-Gusto now attends Street Dance classes once a week and he loves it. He also loves the ubiquitous trip to the fish and chip shop for dinner afterwards. He loves his chips and battered pineapple.  I love to eat my own nostalgic nod to a street dish I ate many times in Jerusalem. Pita stuffed with hummus, lettuce, black olives, tomato, yellow pepper, cucumber, beetroot, soy yoghurt, chilli sauce, and of course… chips.

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Super Sandwiches- Basil Tofu Club

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Honestly, this was so good that when I finished I wanted to turn around and start eating again. I rarely venture into our local health food shop, as I am a committed Co-op girl, but needed to go and buy some more agave syrup. While there I spotted this vacuum pack of basil tofu and picked it up. Today I used it with eggless mayo, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and Isle of Wight Garlic Farm tomato sauce in a toasted sandwich. I sliced the basil tofu in half and pan fried it for a few minutes.It was really SO good. A definite 10/10 for taste. Even Baby-Gusto had a decent bite. (He has inherited his father’s capacity to bite almost an entire sandwich in one go).

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http://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk/Tomato-ketchup-with-Garlic-BFF8D58058.aspx

Super Sandwiches – Coronation Chickpeas

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Ingredients

1 tin chickpeas drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons (or more to taste) of hot madras curry powder

1 tablespoon apricot jam

1 tablespoon of vegan or egg mayonnaise

1 rib celery diced

3/4 spring onions diced

1/2 cup raisins

Mash chickpeas with potato masher until some are crushed but there is still texture. Add the rest of the ingredients and leave for a few hours for the flavours to blend.

This was delicious in a seedy bread sandwich and with peppery watercress and rocket.

Perfect for a picnic by the sea.

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Cowes Week Day One

The rain has been threatening all morning, but so far (touch wood) has held off.

Lunch was taken here along the Parade.

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and included…

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I had the curried chickpea and red cabbage wrap…

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My ‘dining companion’ as they say in all the best reviews had the steak sandwich with roasted peppers and onions….

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Both meals were very good indeed. And at a cost of a mere £12.00 for the two meals,  which considering the size and the quality of ingredients was really outstanding.

I can already see that I shall be making a repeat visit this week.