Love the summer colours!
This is a perfect holiday recipe: healthy vibrant colour and gorgeous taste for a minimum of efforts…
I used mint from the wonderful herb garden that comes with the villa we are staying in here in Crete and I would encourage you to grow a pot of mint wherever you can as it is such an uplifting smell and it grows really fast in pots, on windowsills or balconies in pretty much any climate.
- 1/2 tin of chick pea
- 1 cooked beetrout
- 1 spoonful of Tahini
- Virgin cold pressed Olive oil 100ml
- Lemon juice of 1 and 1/2 lemon
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 spoonful of ground cumin
- a small handful of crushed mint leaves
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor (I use a standing blender); adding a bit of olive oil or even water too make it lighter if the consistency is too thick. But I never puree it to finely as I enjoy a bit of texture.
Beetroot is great for joints and particularly important for runners or anybody who wishes to take care of their knees. I love it also for its happy colour !
Hummus can be made with much more than chickpeas! I recently even tried a very satisfying butter beans hummus but my current favourite is a minty butternut squash version. I also like the pumpkin version from Baity’s Kitchen blog- but can’t find it right now… So here is mine.
- One butternut squash, diced and roasted
- Garlic, 3 cloves
- Nepita, 1 tsp
- Greek yogurt at 2 %, 125g
- Tahini, 1 big tbsp
- Olive oil, 1 dash
- salt and lemon juice to taste
First cut up and then peel the butternut. Throw the cubes into a roasting dish with a dash of olive oil, some thyme and crystal salt. Toss it all around!
When the squash is cooked – which should take less than 10 min- put it into a blender with all the other ingredients and blitz to a pulp. Add the nepita and lemon juice last. Check the seasoning. Decorate with strips of fresh mint.
Eat this delicious spread on slabs of warm fresh bread!
Sourcing note: Nepita is a wonderful minty thyme I brought back in my suitcase from Corsica but you can replace it with real thyme and fresh mint if it proves too hard to find. Although, if you have never tasted it you just don’t know what you are missing and in this dish it literally sings through in fresh and incredibly minty notes!