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5 Tasty Ways To Enjoy The Humble Hummus

It’s easy to skip meals or to make ‘quick fix’ choices about food when there’s so much going on in our lives, but ultimately we all function better when we eat regularly and choose healthier options.


How can we make time for it all and still enjoy some variety? The humble hummus is one of the secrets I’m going to share with you today.


Starting with the basics


This is a great recipe for a super quick snack, which can easily be modified to add to salads, sandwiches or a mezze platter to share with friends – whatever fits into your day!




2 cups canned chickpeas

3 tbsps tahini paste (store bought)

Juice 1 large lemon

3 cloves crushed garlic

Large pinch of salt

½ tsp ground cumin

A few tbsps water


Add the tahini paste and lemon juice to a blender or food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas and blend until smooth. Add the garlic and olive oil and blend, adding a little water until the mixture is the consistency you prefer. Add salt to taste. Don’t forget to scrape around the blender to catch any lumps (make sure the power is switched off while you do that!).

Serve in a dish, topped with a little paprika and a little glug of good quality olive oil.


Bring on the changes


This amazing homemade hummus is great to eat as it is with crudites for lunch or a snack whilst catching up with friends over a glass of wine (and they will definitely be impressed that you’ve made your own dip). But too much of even a good thing can become a little boring, so here are some of my favorite additions to the basic recipe.


Beet It


beetroot hummus

Beets are a great superfood. They contain betaine which relaxes the mind and trytophan (also in chocolate) which contributes to a sense of well being, and they also taste good.

Take of the leafy tops of 2 or 3 beets (small to medium size) and wrap in aluminum foil. Pop into a moderately heated oven for an hour to 90 minutes (depending on size) until a sharp knife slips easily into the centre of the beet. When cool enough to handle, take off the skins (these should come away easily) and process until smooth. Stir into your basic hummus recipe for a stunning purple colored dip which teams well with broiled goats cheese and salad for a lunchtime treat.


Bring on the sun


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It’s the easiest thing in the world to slice up a few pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes and lay the slices onto cookie trays in one layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt (to taste). Add a little oregano and bake them in the oven at 200F for 3 to 4 hours. Place in a sterilized Mason jar and cover with extra virgin olive oil, they’ll keep indefinitely and are great as a topping for your hummus, in salads or any other recipe.

Ok, so they aren’t exactly ‘sun’ dried, but I think they taste great!


Just add vegetables


Chargrilled roasted vegetables in a sandwich or a salad with hummus is so quick and easy.

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Take a thick sliced red onion, some chunks of bell pepper (whichever color makes you happy), slices of courgette and eggplant, maybe some sliced sweet potato and washed baby leeks. Drizzle with olive oil, season to taste and grill on the bbq, or pop onto a ridged griddle pan on the hob.

Roast/griddle until nicely charred (but not burnt), turning frequently. If the peppers are too charred, simply rub off the skins, taking the charred bits with it.  

Add as a topping to your hummus or sandwich the hummus and vegetables in a toasted ciabatta roll. Sooo delicious.


Basil and pine nuts


I just love the fresh smell of basil, such a versatile herb that brings out the sweet flavor of tomatoes and is a basic ingredient of much italian cooking.

To save on time, you can buy really good green (basil) pesto from the supermarket or from the deli if you have one nearby and stir into your hummus (a couple of tablespoons is about right, but whatever suits your taste). Top with a handful of toasted pine nuts and a squeeze of lemon to lift those continental flavors.


Simply sweetcorn


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My final suggestion to bring on the changes to your basic recipe is to bbq or broil some sweetcorn cobs until cooked and a little charred. Once cool, take off those yellow kernels with a sharp knife and blend with a tablespoon of softened cream cheese and ¼ cup of half and half heavy cream. You can blend until smooth or leave a little chunky for texture. Either top your hummus or stir in, it’s up to you.

I hope you have fun with these recipes and tips, and do remember to share your own ideas and photos with me on Instagram.

Carolyn Byron

5 Perfect New York Eateries Serving An Awesome Mother’s Day Brunch

Show how much you care.

It’s easy to think that Mother’s Day is all about buying a gift and a card and showing that you’ve given some thought to letting your mom know that you appreciate her, but taking her out for brunch means that you get to spend some time with her.

In many ways this makes the day really special – not only are you showing how much you care but you’re also treating her as a friend as well as a parent, which adds another dimension to your relationship.

New York has some wonderful places to eat on Mother’s Day, and I’m going to share some of my favorites with you, but there are, of course, great places the world over where you can spend some quality time with your mom.

Gotham Bar and Grill


With awards in abundance and fabulous reviews, this downtown New York restaurant is a lively and beautiful place to eat wonderful food.


It’s situated in a tree-lined stretch of Greenwich Village area and has a set price Mother’s Day Brunch for $75, including such delights as House Made Granola Parfait, Maine Lobster Tagliatelle, and Gotham Chocolate Cake.

The menu is plenty and varied and has a good number of options for those with special dietary requirements. (




This Portuguese inspired restaurant, based on the traditional recipes of the chef George Mendes’ own mother, Lupulo gives you the choice of a fixed price Mother’s Day Brunch menu or you can go a la carte.

Lupus nyc

The prix-fixe is $42 for 3 courses, and includes choice of tea, coffee or juice as well as Bacalhau Croquettes, skirt steak and eggs plus traditional Portuguese egg custard tarts. This is a really relaxed and inviting place to eat which pays homage to traditional Portuguese Taverns with its striking blue and white tile and rustic wood tones. (


ABC Kitchen


For wonderfully fresh and seasonal ingredients with a local producer focus, this restaurant not only serves award winning cuisine but has a farm-to-table ethos and is environmentally conscious.

ABC Kitchen nyc

Their brunch menu makes great reading, with amazing choices such as scrambled eggs, crispy oysters and hot sauce butter, or the delightfully named eggs benedict with flying pigs farm ham, and has a great choice of wonderful salads, entrees and appetizers. This is a place to eat that makes your soul feel good!

The wine and cocktails list are imaginative and broad and there are house made juices too. (




Whether your mom is a foodie or not particularly into the cuisine side of things, Cookshop on Tenth Avenue is perfect for a Mother’s Day Brunch with a chef’s selection pastry board, the Cookshop breakfast bowl (kale, spinach, farro wheatberries, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, feta cheese, walnut oil, nigella seed, falafel, sunny side up egg), egg white frittata and so much more to enjoy.

cookshop nyc

As they say about themselves; “At the heart and soul of this restaurant lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest, seasonal dining option to New York City.”

This restaurant has charm and atmosphere and also has a great selection of wines, which are completely suitable as a gift/momento for your mom at the end of your meal. (


Chalk Point Kitchen


This Soho restaurant is my slightly guilty pleasure, included because its menu is really helpful to anyone who has a gluten free, vegan, or carb free diet, and their food is ultra organic but has a by no means limited offering.

chalk point kitchen

Another eatery with a market to table ethos, the Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes a complimentary strawberry Bellini, and the regular menu has delights which include homemade chorizo hash, warm ancient grain porridge and Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert with house-made apricot jam. Food is so fresh and lovely, this is a super-friendly place to eat. (


Wherever you choose to spend time with your mom on Mother’s Day, do share your experience with me and send photos. Have a wonderful weekend!