Jul 30, 2009

Hummus Meets Baba Ghanoush


There’s hummus—and I especially love my version with roasted bell peppers and a slight hint of onion—and there’s Baba Ghanoush (Baba Ghanouj). Which is an amazing dip made from roasted eggplant and tahini. I love both dips just as much, but really wanted to see what would happen if I just got crazy and combined both recipes.

It was fantastic!

I seem to be in competition with myself. I want to know just how many hummus variations I can come up with it. I’m gonna win the competition, if it’s the last thing I’ll do!



1 large eggplant
1 can chickpeas (14 oz)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp oil
lemon juice



Go for one medium-sized eggplant and pierce it with a fork (several times), so it won’t explode all over your oven or end up on your kitchen ceiling. Pop it in a preheated oven and bake at 400F (200C) for 35 minutes, until soft.


Once the eggplant looks all sad and shriveled up, let it cool off a little. Take the skin off and transfer the eggplant innards to a bowl or blender.


Drain a 14 oz can of chickpeas and add them to the eggplant.


Note: kiddo distracted me and I forgot to shoot a photo of me adding the tahini! But it’s in there! Now, 4 tbsp would have been a wee bit too much, so I didn’t add it again for photographic purposes, but don’t forget to add the tahini, guys!


Add 1/2 a tsp ground cumin, 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp oil and a good pinch of cayenne. I like it a tad spicy, so I usually add a fair bit.


Normally I would have gone for fresh flat-leaf parsley, but I ran out of it. How did that happen? I opted for 1 slightly heaping tbsp dried parsley in stead. Season the dip with 1/2 a tsp salt and the juice of half a lemon.


Now blend or blitz until you end up with a really smooth puree. Check the seasoning.


Serve the dip in a bowl, slightly chilled, drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top and garnish with olives. This was terrific. The eggplant gave it a whole new dimension and creates a smoothness you won’t find in basic hummus.


Okay, so that’s version II. Now, what else can I throw in there to make it taste good?

Jul 28, 2009

Cucumber Cream Soup

  I’ve been meaning to make gazpacho, but as soon as the first signs of summer appeared, so did the gazpacho. Like, all over the internet. They popped up like playboy bunnies out of Hugh Hefners fake birthday cake. That kinda ruined it for me. It’s not that I don’t like gazpacho, I absolutely do, but it’s just really boring to shoot a posting that everyone and their brother did as well. So…

Jul 27, 2009

KitchenAid Giveaway (time’s up!)

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Recipes — Kay @ 7:47 am

  Thanks for entering, everyone! It sure gave me plenty ideas for new postings! Certain types of food were new to me and sounded fascinating, like the deep-fried cheese curds. I have no idea what it is, but it sure sounds good. I was also completely unaware of fajita tacos? I’ve eaten fajitas and I’ve eaten tacos, but not sure what to expect when you combine them. Which brings me to the winner.  …

Jul 24, 2009

Photoshop: selective light

  As you know, light is everything in photography. You just have to know how to get the right amount of light exactly where you need it to be. I’ll often end up with photos where the subject has been properly exposed, but the background can use a little tweak. Got photos like that, too? Keep reading, this one’s for you!  

Jul 23, 2009

My New Best Pesto Rosso

  You know the old adage: “Eat everything that isn’t nailed down, then eat everything that IS nailed down. Then eat the nails“, right? That’s exactly how I felt when I came up with this recipe. What can I say? It happens. Now it wouldn’t be a problem if I was craving healthy foods, but clearly I wasn’t. Come to think of it, I never do; I crave sugar and…

Jul 20, 2009

Giveaway (Time’s up)

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Recipes — Tags: , — Kay @ 7:44 am

  Random.org gave me #308.   Which is Kathlyn! Let me know what address you want me to mail you the package to at Kay@kayotic.nl, or feel free to use the contact form in my site! Hope you’ll like it and thanks for entering!  

Jul 16, 2009

Mango Chutney

  This mango chutney is a staple in our home. It’s fresh, fragrant and slightly sweet, exactly how I like it. An absolutely great addition to not only plain ole chicken, but meatballs, turkey and even pork benefit from a few drops of this yummy goodness. Now I don’t use a lot of sugar in my chutney. I know a lot of people like theirs really sweet, but I just don’t, it makes…