Thursday, 13 May 2010

Home-made Hummus

At the South African Food Blogging Conference in March Jeanne Horak-Druiff from Cooksister spoke about finding your blogging voice. The point that really stood out for me was that there are two types of food bloggers; a writer that likes to cook or a cook that likes to write. The more I blog the more apparent it is that I am definitely the latter (pfft, not like I didn't know that already..!).

I started blogging in the first place because I wanted all my recipes in one place, blogging made more sense in terms of data security (my laptop can fail or get stolen; has backup servers to prevent content loss). Also, if the recipes are on the internet they are easily accessible from almost anywhere.

The second reason why I started blogging is completely unrelated to food or cooking; I am currently busy with a Masters degree which means that thesis writing looms on the immediate horizon. The main focus of Engineering really isn't on stimulating creative writing skills; I've found that a 4 year degree is really effective in undoing a lot of writing experience gained at school. In writing just like any other skill, practice makes perfect. Writing does not come easy to me so the blog is my way of practicing making the words flow easier.

Phew, enough of super long personal exposé! This is what happens when I wake up inexplicably at 1am...

My inspiration for making hummus came from the Beetroot Hummus post by Nina from My-Easy-Cooking. I never realised that it is so easy to make this super tasty spread/dip! Luckily my mom had a pot of tahini paste lying around (that stuff is expensive!); the tahini really plays a large role in the taste of your final product. For those who have never heard of tahini paste (I only found out about it recently), a quick Google search defines it as "a paste of ground sesame seeds and a flavour similar to peanut butter.".

Cooking to me is a very 'free-range' compared to baking; baking requires precision but with cooking I usually stick my fingers in stuff and taste and adjust the food until I am happy with the taste! For the hummus I suggest using my recipe as a guideline, at the end of the day you have to eat it so modify it until you like it.

In the photos I served the hummus on some fresh ciabata with roasted tomatoes marinated in oil that I bought at the Cheese Festival. Very tasty!

Makes about 500ml of hummus

  • 1 can of chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Cumin seeds

  1. Put the chickpeas, tahini, garlic and half of the lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add yoghurt to thin out the mixture (other recipes call for oil here).
  3. Add spices and lemon juice to taste.
  4. No more, it's that easy!


  1. Cool idea Jessica! Will try the recipe when I have a kitchen again ;) Happy blogging!

  2. Home-made humus is the best... Nice blog! (PS: Blogging is a rather strange medium to find your feet in, don't you think?)

  3. As Jessica's lucky food taster I can attest to the deliciousness of this Hummus. Combined with the sundried tomatoes as seen in the photos it was so good that I just couldn't stop eating. If anybody put this infront of me as a snack I would be an instant fan.

  4. Beautifully presented hummus! I too enjoy cooking for the fact that it's a very forgiving art - the science of baking is too much for me.

  5. Wow, I really shouldn't get so behind with comments.
    Cecile: Thanks for the commentm, hope you get a kitchen again soon!

    Koek!, I never though making hummus is so easy, I am now addicted to the home-made stuff! Blogging is rather strange, I've only found out after starting mine that it encompasses so much more that just writing a post!

    Marissa: I love baking because it is so precise! I guess its just the engineer in me that likes the precision :P