Roasted red pepper hummus

Roasted red pepper hummus

A quick post for a quick and super tasty hummus. It's been a busy week spending time with friends and family so I haven't had much time in the kitchen. I find having a few jars of hummus in the fridge is always handy as it makes a great snack with the simple effort of peeling a few carrots or slicing some celery - the ultimate scooping tools.

Swapping my kitchen for the inspiration of someone else's is always fun and I'm keen to find local places to eat that serve good quality, healthy and well cooked food. I went to Boma for dinner with friends on Friday night. We've been a couple of times before, and we can see this stylish little restaurant fast becoming a new favourite of ours. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. So if you're around Wandsworth I'd totally recommend a visit - and go for the hake, it's so good.

I've been hooked on this red pepper hummus recently, it's such a winner. I usually make a small bowl using one can of chickpeas, but the recipe is easily doubled for a bigger batch.

Ingredients:
1 x 400g can chickpeas
1/2 a red chilli
1 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp water if needed
1 tsp cumin
Juice of half a lemon
1 red bell pepper
1 tbsp coconut oil
Salt and pepper

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the red pepper into strips and place on a baking tray with some coconut oil. Roast in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place them in a food processor. Roughly chop the chilli and add this to the chickpeas with the tahini, olive oil, cumin, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and add the water if needed. Once the peppers have roasted and cooled slightly, add these to the hummus and blend until thick and creamy. Enjoy.

On another note. My best friend had her baby last week. I've known Helen all my life, we were inseparable as children, and even now I still see us as a pair of giggling girls. But I'm suddenly struck with an overwhelming sense of reality, responsibility and the undeniable fact that we are undoubtedly grown up. It feels good. Welcome to the world baby Rosie. x