Chickpeas are my new best friend
Updated: Feb 26
I love chickpeas. For those Friday nights when it is cold outside, it has been raining all day, the fire is on and I have a long night ahead with just me and Netflix, I always crave something indulgent. Something easy and something that feels like a treat. For such nights I make sure I have a can of chickpeas in my cupboard. Yes you read that right. Chickpeas. I am certain that they are my new best friend. Netflix is my new love, chickpeas are my best friend forever. Canned chickpeas at that. I had to read that twice. \In my former life for a cold and rainy Friday night I would have made sure that I had a pack of cigarettes in my handbag, a bottle of sparkling in the fridge and a huge bag of chips in the cupboard. How times can change.
You see chickpeas make hummus. Hummus is now my favourite meal when I want a special Friday night with Netflix. With hummus I do not feel like I am depriving myself of anything, in fact I definitely feel like I am treating myself. I even have this amazing looking recipe for baked falafel that also uses tinned chickpeas. I have not tried it yet. But can you see now why I truly consider chickpeas to be vital to my existence?
Since I have started pursuing my new lifestyle, I tend to spend a little bit more money on better quality items. I buy beautiful Turkish Bread and always have it in the freezer. I make sure I have olives and pickled onions in the fridge and I buy expensive oils. The two oils I am allowed are Flax Seed Oil (can not withstand any heat) and Olive Oil (good for oven but never the fry pan) and I buy the best of the best. So when I think of a lazy Friday night I know I have bread to be lightly warmed in the oven with a light spray of olive oil, I have the olives and the pickled onions for accompaniments. And I have chickpeas – so I have hummus.
Hummus is one of our kitchen staples. This is the easiest hummus recipe in the world!
Cook Time: 10 mins
Course: Appetiser, Plant-based, Snack, Vegan
Keyword: cruelty-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy living, plant-based, vegan
1 tin chickpeas drain the chickpeas and set aside the chickpea water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini
2 clove garlic peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2-3 tablespoons chickpea water
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a kitchen whizz and blend. Then lastly dribble the oil in as it is blending.
To be honest I don't use a recipe anymore, but that is the original recipe I started with. I tend to use a lot of oil as I like to pretend I am of Mediterranean descent and very exotic and that is how they do it. In all honesty I just love olive oil. So play around with the basic recipe and you will find a hummus you love.