Have a Go at - Houmous

So easy to make, so flavoursome and so good for our bodies and there is no need to buy it ready made - it is cheaper and more deliciousr to 'rustle it up' yourself.  Not only is it good to eat but also high in nutrition, as well as flavour.  It takes you less time to make this than it would take you to go to the supermarket and buy a pot that won't be half as nice, more expensive plus you will know EXACTLY what is in it!

1 tin chickpeas (reserve some ofthe liquid)

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste - available from large supermarkets, health food and Asian stores)

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

pinch sea salt

pinch cayenne

1 clove garlic crushed (optional)

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or cold pressed rapeseed oil

2 tablespoons f the liquid from the chickpeas (or water)

  1. Put everything into the food processor or a tall sided container if using a hand blender
  2. Whizz up until correct consistency.  If you need more liquid add either more water or oil.
  3. Taste to check balance.  You may like to add more lemon juice (sour), or more tahini (bitter) or more salt.  If you like chilli/cayenne then you could add a bit more but don’t overpower the chickpeas so go gently.  This is where the balancing of the tastes turns it from bland to exciting. 
  4. Serve with toasted pitta bread and vegetables batons - perfect!

Tip: Add chopped fresh mint for a really 'zingy' version or chilli dipping sauce for a lovely sweet and spicy taste.