The grey cottage had its share of decadent holiday food over the past week. It was a wonderful food fest, but yesterday and today SB and I have been stepping back from all the cookies, drinks, and rich leftovers. Yesterday afternoon, lunch was nothing more than hummus, pita chips or tortilla chips and a cold beer. Today, it was chicken and red lentil soup with oyster crackers and glasses of Vouvray. Simple and far more austere than the past week !
Simple Garlic Hummus
1 -15 oz can chickpeas, drained and simmered for twenty minutes
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. water from hot pan of chickpeas
1/3 c. tahini
1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
a pinch cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. EVOO, plus a bit more for drizzling over the garnishes
Garnishes: chopped tomato, chopped Kalamata olives
Place the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and whiz until smooth as butter ... scrape into a pretty plate or bowl. Serve with choice of dippers ( tortilla chips, pita chips, GF crackers or crudité). Pop a beer and enjoy.
Happy New Year, all ! Hope you, too, have some healthy snacks amongst all the heavy cheesy snacks and sweet desserts that come our way at this time of year !