Bread, crackers, vegetable sticks are all great snacks, but sometimes we just want a little extra something to pep them up up.
What can we look to for an extra kick apart from the likes of jam, peanut butter and commercially available dips?
In 10min or less, with the right ingredients on hand, you can whip up a cheap and tasty tub of hummus that can be a great replacement for those pricey dips in upmarket supermarkets.
Hummus is packed with protein and fibre, and perfect even for vegans or those on low carb diets.
Here is a recipe that I’ve developed that uses local ingredients and can be made in record time without even needing to turn on the stove!
4 garlic cloves
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved (you can make your own by soaking the peas for more than 4 hours, and steam for 20mins or microwave for 10min)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons of sesame paste (from Chinese grocery stores)
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
2 fresh red chilli
Sun-dried tomatoes to taste (optional)
1. Roast the garlic for 10min in oven or broiler.
2. Put everything into the food processor and wheezy away!
3. Set table, toast bread or whatever you want to dip the hummus with, then enjoy.