Saturday, 12 January 2019

HUMMUS 3 WAYS: CLASSIC, CARROT, BEETROOT / VEGAN (JANUARY MENU)


WIKI NOTE: Many cuisine-related sources describe hummus as an ancient food,or connect it to famous historical figures such as Saladin. Indeed, its basic ingredients (chickpeas, sesame, lemon, and garlic) have been eaten in the region for millennia.

But in fact, there is no specific evidence for this purported ancient history of hummus bi tahina.Though chickpeas were widely eaten in the region, and they were often cooked in stews and other hot dishes, pur茅ed chickpeas eaten cold with tahini do not appear before the Abbasid period in Egypt and the Levant.

Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.

HUMMUS 3 WAYS
  • 1. CLASSIC HUMMUS
YOU WILL NEED:
500g of soaked chickpeas
1 tablespoon of tahini
2 cloves of garlic
A handful of chopped onion (optional)
A handful of sesame seeds (to garnish and sprinkle with)
A generous splash (approx. 50g) of extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, to taste
A dash of lemon juice
A pinch of ground cumin
Salt, to taste
A pinch of sweet paprika (optional)
NOTE: Tahini is a cream produced from roasted and crushed sesame seeds.

LET´S COOK!
1. Leave the chickpeas to soak for about 12 hours in cold water. Then drain them with a strainer. Put them in a covered saucepan of water and cook them over a medium heat until the chickpeas are very tender. Drain them again and let them cool.
NOTE: You can use the on base chickpeas, but first rinse them well with water and then drain them. The final result is not as tested as the real chickpeas.
2. Once they are cooled, put them on the base of the blender, and add peeled garlic, chopped onion, a spoon of tahini, ground cumin, salt, olive oil and a dash of lemon juice.
3. Mix everything with the blender until you have obtained the desired texture (creamy) from the ingredients.
NOTE: If the texture is very thick, add a dash of olive oil or cold water and beat with the blender for a few more seconds.
4. Fill the silicone cupcake wrappers with the hummus. Decorate the top of the cupcakes with more hummus and sprinkle each cupcake with sesame seeds on the top. Make the icing with olive oil and paprika.
  • 2. CARROT HUMMUS
YOU WILL NEED:
3 grated tender carrots (reserve 1 grated carrot for the garnish)
1 or 2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons ground hazelnuts
2 handfuls (approx.100g) of cooked chickpeas
A generous splash (approx. 50ml) of extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, to taste
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

LET´S COOK!
1. Mix everything in a blender until you have the desired texture.
2. Fill the silicone cupcake wrappers with carrot hummus. Decorate with a topping of hummus (adding olive oil if you want to get the desired texture of the icing). Sprinkle the remaining grated carrot on top.
NOTE: Put the leftover hummus in a Tupperware. It can be kept in the fridge for several days.
  • 3. BEETROOT HUMMUS 
YOU WILL NEED:
50g of cooked beetroot (reserving some for garnish grated beets)
2 garlic cloves
2 handfuls (approx.100g) of cooked chickpeas
A dash of lemon juice
A generous splash (approx. 50ml) of extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, to taste
A pinch of curry
A handful of sesame seeds (optional)
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

LET´S COOK!
1. Mix everything in a blender until you get the desired texture.
2. Fill the silicone cupcake wrappers with the beetroot hummus. Decorate with a topping of hummus (adding olive oil if you want to get the desired texture of the icing). Sprinkle with the reserved grated beetroot.
NOTE: Put the leftover hummus in a tupperware box. It can be kept in the fridge for several days.


  • LET´S EAT SOME CUP-TAPAS!
1. Serve one cup of each hummus per person as a tapa.
2. Plus pitta bread, carrot and celery sticks, fresh veggies, toast soldiers or bread sticks to dip into hummus or spread hummus on rice cakes,  rustic toast, Mexican tortillas, ...

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      Wednesday, 2 January 2019

      YUMMY CALENDAR: 12 MENUS (PLUS HALLOWEEN + EASTER)




      WIKI NOTE: A calendar is a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically days, weeks, months and years.  
      Ancient documents and inscriptions, such as from Rome and China, include early forms of calendars. The modern calendar evolved alongside others such as almanacs, which collected religious, cultural, meteorological, astronomical and astrological information in a table format; practica, which gave astrological predictions for the year ahead; and diaries for personal and professional use. 
      The term calendar is taken from calendae, the term for the first day of the month in the Roman calendar, related to the verb calare "to call out", referring to the "calling" of the new moon when it was first seen. Latin calendarium meant "account book, register" (as accounts were settled and debts were collected on the calends of each month). 

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      Saturday, 29 December 2018

      FRUIT HEDGEHOG: PEAR GRAPES / VEGAN: NEW YEAR´S EVE, 12 GRAPES TRADITION




      WIKI NOTE: In Spain, the actual countdown is primarily followed from the clock on top of the Casa de Correos building in Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. It is traditional to eat twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock. This tradition has its origins in 1909, when grape growers in Alicante thought of it as a way to cut down on the large production surplus they had had that year. The tradition consists of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight of December 31st. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other and toast with sparkling wine such as cava or champagne, or with cider.

      Nowadays, the tradition is followed by almost every Spaniard (Spain, Latin American countries, as well as Hispanic communities in the United States, also the Philippines and Hay Flat, South Australia), and the twelve grapes have become synonymous with the New Year.

      FRUIT HEDGEHOG 

      YOU WILL NEED:
      1 pear
      Bunch of white grapes (24 white grapes per pear)
      2 cloves
      1 black olive

      LET'S MAKE THE FRUIT HEDGEHOG!

      1. Peel the upper half part of the pear that will form the snout.
      2. Skewer the grapes in the toothpicks.
      NOTE: At home, we make a hedgehog per couple, which means 24 grapes per hedgehog.
      3. Poke them in that part of the pear that has the peel to form the thorny part of the hedgehog.
      4. How to make the face: half black olive (nose), 2 cloves (eyes).
      NOTE: You can also use this hedgehog to make a yummy fruit picnic.

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