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Dips/ Spreads

Spicy Hummus

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Dips/ Spreads | 0 comments

Thank you Jamie Oliver for this recipe. I have devoured it many times now and thought it about time that I shared my slightly amended version.


1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds

Sea salt and pepper

1 dried red chilli (easy to find in Asian grocery shops – otherwise, am sure that chilli flakes would do the trick)

2 peeled cloves of garlic

1 drained 400g tin of chickpeas

1 tablespoon of tahini

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 red onion

Create by doing the following

1. Fry cumin seeds.

2. Remove cumin seeds and crush using a mortar and pestle with a pinch of salt and the chilli.

3. Put following in food processor : garlic, chilli/cumin mix, chickpeas (minus about 10 of them) and tahini. Once smooth, mix in olive oil before adding salt, pepper and lemon. Put in a bowl.

4. Slice red onion and fry in frypan in olive oil with the remaining chick peas. Place on top of the homous.

Makes a medium bowl sized portion. Use the resultingĀ irresistible hummus asĀ  a dip and on sandwiches / rolls. Great protein fix.

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Perfect Pesto

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Dips/ Spreads | 0 comments


To make this perfect, dairy free pesto…..gather together the following ingredients :

2 bunches of basil

3 cloves of garlic

2 heaped tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes (easily found at Health food shops and provides the cheesy flavour)

1 long red chilli – seeds removed and chopped

1/3 of a cup of pine nuts

Juice from half a lemon

Salt and pepper

1/3 of a cup of olive oil.

Put all ingredients aside from the olive oil into a food processor. Whizz for a few minutes whilst slowly drizzling the olive oil into the mix.

This quantity made 400ml of pesto sauce which was just the right amount for 4 hearty spaghetti pesto portions.

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