back to basics

living in israel for 7 months and being surrounded by hummus, tahina, falafals you would think the thought of anything chickpea would turn my stomach. however it is quite the opposite infact. i am obsessed. i couldn’t wait to come home and cook hummus for my family and friends.

i was taught to make this traditional spread by an israeli friend. his advice to me was, “anything goes. there is no such thing as a perfect hummus recipe, you need to just take the basics and adapt it to suit your taste.” so, one broken blender, a bamix mixer, 6 bowls, lots of cutlery and a very messy kitchen later i had completed the task of making my perfect hummus.

the recipe goes something like this;

ingredients

500g chickpeas (organic raw)
tahina
lemon juice (preferably squeezed lemon)
garlic cloves
paprika
lots of olive oil
salt
pepper

method

soak the chickpeas for 24hours in water. put a wet towel over the bowl with chickpeas, as this allows the chickpeas to “sprout”.

once you have soaked the chickpeas you need to peel the skins. place the chickpeas in a pot of boiling water and allow them to par boil. this will help to lift the skins and makes the peeling process very easy.

now, begins the fun part. when the chickpeas no longer have there skins on place them in a blender with all the other ingredients and mix.

if you feel like the mixture is too dry, add more of the liquid ingredients, i.e. olive oil, lemon or tahina. as i explained earlier the “art” of hummus making is purely on taste and texture. you need to play around with your basic ingredients until you are happy with the taste and consistency.

you can serve hummus on crackerbreads with corriander and olives like i did, it makes for a perfect healthy lunchtime snack.

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side note; if you feel like being exotic you can adapt the hummus however you wish. i like to added grilled eggplant to mine. you can do the same with ingredients like beetroot or sundried tomato.

local is lekker

basically anything middle eastern makes my eyes twinkle with glee. food, clothes, design, architecture when i was in israel, jordan and turkey these for the things that kept my heart happy. i was in my element walking around and getting lost in the side streets. like a kid in a toy store – i wanted everything i saw. sadly on a pennyless travellers budget having everything wasn’t a reality, so like they teach us in school i weighed up my wants vs my ‘survival’ needs. shelter, transport and food is what i spent a great deal of my budget on, which wasn’t such a terrible thing because it is probably the best way to experience a country and it’s culture – mix with the locals, however a gorgeous vintage boutique shirt/dress would also have been nice. 😉

the food option wasn’t so good for my waistline but it was certainly good for inspiring me to cook/bake, basically live in the kitchen when i got home. domestic paige is out to play.

[watch this space for interesting cooking stories, as well as delicious (we hope) recipes to try yourself]

side note; i’m proud to say i didn’t eat mac donalds, burger king or any of those other ‘fancy’ fast food joints whilst aboard – “snapsforpaige”.

 

bitten by the bug

Imageit was bound to happen eventually, but i can safely say the travel bug has comfortably made itself at home.

in september 2012 i embarked on a trip of a lifetime. first visiting the uk and europe and then venturing onto more off beat places like israel, jordan and turkey.

13 different countries later and my eyes have been opened and my mind inspired.

wise people (my folks) told me that travelling is the best gift you can give yourself and after my brief adventure i can only wholeheartedly agree. obviously there were times when it was hard, but inevitably for me the good times outweighed the bad.

back home in south africa to plan the next trip, which will see me going to teach english in south korea for a year but in the meantime i’ll share the experiences and ideas that have inspired me to make the most of life and live everyday to the fullest.

 #YOLO  is a trend for a reason, everyone is doing it…well trying at least.