JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Monday, February 25, 2008

True Food Co-op: healthy salad recipes - houmous

This morning I took over as tutor for the Reading True Food Co-op's healthy cooking course ... the members of my class are all young mums with babies in the creche round the corner, and toddlers at playgroup down the road. We made salads: houmous, Waldorf salad, tuna and white bean salad, and a couscous salad. Pretty standard stuff, you might think - I certainly did until mid-morning when I discovered that none of my students had ever heard of houmous, let alone tasted it, and three of them had never tasted celery before. The great thing was that they all liked both.

Here's the houmous recipe we used - it's got less tahini than my usual mix, so it's a good one to start with.


400g can chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp tahini paste
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
2 tbsp water

Squeeze the juice (pick out the pips). Put everything together in a processor and blend until smooth.

We garnished ours with a little paprika, as thinking about presentation is a feature of the course.

The photograph shows the view from my kitchen window when I came downstairs and drew the curtains open this morning.


Anonymous said...

On behalf of at least some of the new mums in the UK, I would like to assure you that some of us have heard of hummus and do like celery :)

Cottage Smallholder said...

Thanks for this Joanna. I've started making our own houmous and it has turned out a bit dry do I'm ceratinly going to try this one tonight.

I like houmous and celery too...

David Hall said...

Nice one Joanna! For a minute I thought you meant the Co Operative; we are sponsored by them and do lots of shows around the UK with them.

All looks really inspiring. Hope you and everybody else took a lot from it.