Sunday, April 30, 2006

Houmous for Doris and the Fizz-ter!

Ahmed and Kev came to dinner last night, well they came over yesterday afternoon and we sat and gossiped* and ate (tonnes of olives**) and drunk all afternoon until Simon came home and then we started eating and drinking again ...

When Kev rang and said that they were coming down I made the decision not to cook a "meal" so to speak ... a main course to meet the needs of a vegetarian, a muslim and Simon "I only like peas and carrots" Langthorne was beyond my culinary talents and it made my head hurt to think about it. So a selection of tapas-esque dishes was called for, we had green bean, shallot and bacon (vege version) salad, mozerella with a chilli lemon dressing, roasted peppers, fried courgettes in tomato and garlic, couscous, olive bread *** and some of Ahmed's homemade houmous. So for your delectation I present traditional Palestinian houmous (I'll never buy it from Tesco's again!

You will need

1 can chick peas
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 1/2 lemons
2 heaped tsps tahini (mix the jar really well to get the good gloopy stuff from the bottom)

1 green chilli (one of the fat ones that's only medium hot), roughly chopped, seeds and all
coarse sea salt
olive oil

  1. Drain the chick peas, retaining the liquid and place them in the bowl of a food processor **** blend until a fine pulp.
  2. Add about half of the liquid and blend again until it resembles thick double cream (... I suppose you could pass it through a sieve at this point if you really wanted to but I'd been making the acquaintance of Mr Merlot all afternoon and I was hungry!)
  3. Add the freshly squozen/squeezed juice of half a lemon, a clove of chopped garlic and the tahini (including a little of the tahini oil) and whizz for 30 seconds.
  4. Meanwhile, back at the ranch in a pestle and mortar, pound ***** the remaining garlic, the chilli, some sea salt and the juice and pulp of the lemon. This sour, hot, salty mixture becomes a dressing for the finished houmous!
  5. Add half of the hot lemony mixture to the houmous and whizz again. Serve on a large plate flattened out, leaving a sort of a moat to drizzle extra virgin olive oil into. AT the last minute top the houmous with the "dressing" and serve with hot flat bread such as pitta!

I went to bed full, smelling of garlic and slightly squiffy BUT very happy. As my toast at the start of the evening said "here's to good friends, good times and good food!"

* And they say women can talk ... jeez! The differences is that women can talk and do other things at the same time!
** Ahmed tells me that his dad buys 30 sacks of olives at the start of each season and his mum cures them ... they then last throughout the year! After yesterday, I can't believe the 30 sacks last that long at all!
*** With the addition of a piece of medium rare rump steak for the carnivore!
**** Ahmed's mum apparently makes this buy hand from scratch! Yeh, well, I have a Phillip's Master Chef!

***** Schwarzenegger ~ pah!


craziequeen said...

:-S allergic to green chillies.......

and have never got along with houmous.... :-)

but sounds like you all had a fab afternoon/evening....and Simon got his steak!


Ms Mac said...

I am quite sure I could con one of the boys into making that Houmous for me! Mmmmm......

Fizzy said...

I lurrrrrrrrnve houmous but the pot of sainsbury's sat in my fridge does not look as tempting now....

definately going to try this one.

Lisa said...

I have a very similar recipe for houmous but I've never put a green chilli in it before, must try that out sometime.

To be honest, I don't like it too much, but everyone else loves it, so I make it for them lol

doris said...

My mouth is watering at the thought of this houmous. I'm surprised that tinned chick peas are OK but maybe it is the chilli that takes off the tinned taste. When I get round to making this I'll let you know. Thanks again - much appreciated :-D

PS. I loved all your footnotes!

Double PS. I can't see myself sieving it either as I rather like the texture.

Triple PS. I lurve olives too ..... can you lend me your mate Ahmed?!

doris said...

Two hours last night I was shopping - trying to remember your recipe. I have made houmous myself in the deep and distant past. Anyway, with green chili aboard and tin of chick peas etc I'm salivating all the way home thinking I'm so going to make this today when I remember the tahini. Bu**er. We have plenty of ethnic shops nearby so it isn't a problem getting it - just delays it a bit!

Le laquet said...

Just remember to taste and adjust ... different lemons, different oil etc!

I made more houmous last night (poker munchies dont you know) and needed to add some salt and a little drizzle of olive oil into the food processer too
enjoy :o)