Despite being largely sand and white dresses, the Middle East makes a good effort at satisfying your belly. And in my opinion, nothing tries harder than homous - it's so good, even the Israelis agree. If you have a blender of food processor, it's way cheaper to make your own than buy, and the recipe is easy to adapt. Get...
400g (16oz) chickpeas - which is one standard tin
2 tablespoons tahini - sesame purée probably available from any corner shop owned by an Asian
2 - 4 tablespoons oil... preferably hemp oil, it's good for you
juice from half a lemon, salt and some herbs and spices to taste.
|Add more herbs than necessary for extra fancy.|
And then you're done - a staple of many easy sandwiches, wraps and mezzes. All sorts of unnecessary extra ingredients can be blended - caramelized onions, tomatoes... be original!