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Zesty Chickpea & Cumin Dip Recipe

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Ten years ago I left Australia to explore the world. My ambition was to see it all, travel to exotic destinations and to get some life experience.  My first stop on my very exotic trip was London. Now to you that may seem a bit weird, you may not think London is exotic. Firstly you must remember I grew up in country Queensland, people don’t travel across water, we only go by land. Australia is the safest place in the world and who know what could happen once you leave our fertile land. It was a risk worth taking. I had lived in Brisbane for three years and went to Uni/TAFE and worked my ass off to save a whopping $3000. That was a lot back then, 2K of it went to airfares return to Australia and the other got converted into pounds for spending money. Leaving me with a huge sum of 340 pounds.

Obviously my money did not last very long in London, I had only 50 quid left to my name after 3 days. Accommodation  food, sights and travel were expensive. I made my way out to Somerset were I had organised to stay with a family for two weeks in exchange for looking after a few chores around the house. The family was vegetarian. I was not sure what the hell that word was until I got here, yep, no meat at all in the house. I come from the land of beef and would eat meat and three veg all the time. Anyways one of the meals we would all sit down to eat was breakfast we had freshly baked crusty white bread with a bit of nuttlex smeared on top, hummus, tomato and salt and pepper. YUM.

After I left this family and moved out to live on my own, the first place I lived did not have a stove. I had a fridge, toaster and a kettle. With only limited space and kitchen facilities. My breakfast ritual of a cup of tea, my baguette with butter, hummus and tomato became a permanent part of my life for six months. I sat on the windowsill each morning looking out over the town I lived in and watched the townsfolk pass me by while I ate my baguette. I remember the smell of fresh summery tomatoes and going on the hunt for the perfect specimens for my breakfast.

Has a place or a person ever got you hooked on a food, I would love to hear about it?

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Zesty Chickpea & Cumin Dip Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dip
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tins chickpeas (400gm each)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • ½ cup unhulled tahini
  • ½ olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Paprika
Instructions
  1. Place a shallow heavy based fry pan over a medium to high heat. Pour the cumin seeds into the frypan stirring occasionally to stop them from burning. The cumin seeds will start to jump around and make a cracking noise while the smell becomes more pungent.
  2. Drain the chickpeas and rinse with tap water and place into a medium mixing bowl. Add the cumin seeds, garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon and salt. Using a stick blender combine the ingredients. I like to leave a few whole or half mashed chickpeas for texture. Check the seasoning for extra salt or lemon juice.
  3. To make a fluffy dip, I like to add 3 tbps of water and mix that through at this stage. To serve place in your favourite bowl and drizzle a little extra olive oil over the top and sprinkle some paprika and cumin seeds over the top and serve with your choice of crackers and toasted bread.

 

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  • john@kitchenriffs March 21, 2013, 8:51 am

    Love the top picture! And great recipe. Also a really fun story. After I graduated from college I lived in Morocco for a year, and learned so many things about food. Traditional Moroccan food, of course – and the incredible spices. But also French food – Morocco used to be a French protectorate, and there was a large French population living there (with French restaurants). Good times.

  • Catherine Bedson March 21, 2013, 9:57 am

    Lizzie, your story brought me back to my time in London in my very early 20’s. Same, saved like crazy to get there, money ran out after short period of time! I love hummus so will give your special breakfast a go on the weekend, thanks for the recipe.

  • Maureen March 21, 2013, 10:35 am

    Your best photos yet! I love this story :)

  • e / dig in hobart March 21, 2013, 11:59 am

    a wonderful story. when i travelled to europe i was much younger and not into food, but i had too had to fend for myself. now i wish i could afford to go back (one day!) and indulge and explore, as i know so much more about the food possibilities.
    travel widens your experiences and tastes and leaves its impact on you in so many indelible ways.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 21, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Breathtaking and drool-worthy photos my friend. And loved reading about your food and life adventures. It makes me want to pack up, leave and ready to explore the universe :)

  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade March 21, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Would love to hear more about your amazing travel adventures! I would absolutely love to do something like that one day. And with a recipe like this, I wouldn’t mind living on baguettes and delicious chickpea dips all the time :D

  • Amy @ Elephant Eats March 21, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Wow, what a great experience. I love how food creates memories like that. This dip sounds delicious. My husband loves hummus so I’m always looking for a new variety to make!

  • Ali March 23, 2013, 3:05 pm

    This post reminds me very much of my own journey to see the “world!” From country SA, anywhere overseas was exotic…we headed to Scotland first and, yes, like you our money didn’t last very long! It was actually a friend I made in Scotland who got me hooked on tea….and not when we knew each other in Scotland but when she stayed with me in Adelaide for a few months. Now, thanks to her, I can’t go a morning without my cuppa!
    What a lovely memory you have of your chickpea dip, I really must try this, it sounds delicious!