I just died of garlic

This is Day Two of the Dr Joshi See How Hungry You Will Feel After A Day Without A Cheese Sandwich Detox and I’m feeling… hungry.  I don’t have headaches or nausea or any of those other symptoms that he warned me about as the nasty toxins exited my system.  But I do have cravings.  I could murder a beer right now.  And a chorizo.  And a folded-over vegemite sandwich.

I’m allowed rice crackers and hummus so this afternoon, having exhausted the hummus we already had in the fridge from takeaway Turkish on Tuesday night, I made a batch.  I briefly consulted Stephanie Alexander (p203 of her big orange cookbook) and then tipped the following ingredients into my food processor:


Two 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed and drained again.

juice of one lemon

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp of sea salt

a lot of black pepper

3 tsp cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Then I turned the food processor on and watched as the whole lot stuck to the sides of the jug in a solid mass.

So, with the motor running, I added a splash of hot water from a just-boiled kettle.  This helped, but I needed more liquid.

1 generous slurp of olive oil (maybe 1/4 cup)  Success!

The garlic is quite strong.  The black pepper and the cayenne pepper made it just bitey enough that my hummus supply is safe from the kids.  Perhaps next time I’ll put in three garlic cloves, but I’ll roast them or cook them first to get that raw gaahhaaahhhaaaaaarlic flavour out of them. PJ thought it was perfect the way it was.  Which is good, because that means he’ll still want to kiss me.

BTW, this is a photo of some hummus I made a while ago.  Today’s hummus has a slightly more orange colour to it, on account of all the cumin.

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