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Lentil Hummus – 2 ways and Vegan!

23 Jan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked Puy lentils
  • 8-10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 handful of basil leaves
  • 1-2 lemon juice
  • a dash of Tabasco

Method*

To cook the Puy Lentils, pour 1,5 cups of dry Puy Lentils in a large pan of cold salted water, add 1-2 sprigs of thyme and a bay leave then bring to a boil for 20 minutes until the lentils are thoroughly cooked.

Drain them under cold water and let them cool down.

Depending on the quality of your blender, you will have to roughly chop the basil and sun-dried tomatoes otherwise, they will not be finely processed. If you have a Thermomix, Vitamix or powerful blender, just use your ingredients the way they are.

In the jug of your blender, put the lentils, the sun-dried tomatoes, the basil leaves and the lemon juice. Depending on the texture you wish to obtain, blend it on medium to high speed until you get a coarse to fine hummus. Add a dash of Tabasco if you like it slightly hot.

Adjust the seasoning and pour it in a nice bowl. Serve it with vegetables crisps, carrot sticks, sliced pita, crostinis…..

Puy Lentil & Basil Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked Puy lentils
  • a handful of coriander
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of Tahine
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped

Method*

To cook the Puy Lentils, pour 1,5 cups of dry Puy Lentils in a large pan of cold salted water, add 1-2 sprigs of thyme and a bay leave then bring to a boil for 20 minutes until the lentils are thoroughly cooked.

Drain them under cold water and let them cool down.

Depending on the quality of your blender, you will have to roughly chop the coriander otherwise it will not be finely processed. If you have a Thermomix, Vitamix or powerful blender, just use your ingredients the way they are.

In the jug of your blender, put the lentils, the coriander, the Tahine and the lime juice. Depending on the texture you wish to obtain, blend it on medium to high speed until you get a coarse to fine hummus. Add a dash of Tabasco if you like it slightly hot.

Adjust the seasoning and pour it in a nice bowl. Serve it with vegetables crisps, carrot sticks, sliced pita, crostinis…..

Puy Lentil Coriander

* This is the basic and vegan recipe for the hummus but on that basis you can have lots of fun and get different textures. You can add pine nuts, goat’s cheese or feta, olive oil and olives to the basil and sun-dried tomato hummus for example. Same thing for the lime and coriander, for example, you can add Greek yogurt, toasted sesame seeds, preserved lemons to bring complexity to its taste.

Result

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Pinecrest Farmers’ Market… use all your senses, indulge yourself as well!

6 Jan

Almost one week since we are back from Europe…. it’s already high time to enjoy the Farmers’ Markets as it’s the best season to find the best products from Florida.

Fruits & Veg Stalls

Pinecrest Farmers’ Market is open all year long every Sunday but I can tell you that you don’t go to the same market when it takes place in September or in January!

Today was sunny as usual and I decided that the twins would have fun over there (which means I wanted to have fun)…. Indeed, this is the perfect place to get them to use all their senses…. watching live lobsters, smelling amazing flowers, touching funny fruits, listening to popcorn popping and tasting any food on display even if a bit spicy or sour…..

Think about it as field trip…. and do forget your grocery basket….

1-Watching….

…. the amazing colors of the fruits and vegetables stalls, the live lobsters…

Crabs

Fruits and Veg

2-Smelling…

…the flowers, the freshly picked strawberries, the hot paella, the bright red tomatoes….

orchids and more-2

3-Touching…

…even if it’s not really authorized…. the Jack Fruit skin, the Lobsters’ feelers, the lime wedges, the freshly baked bread….

Empanadas, Conch Fritters & Pickles

4-Listening….

…to the popcorn being cooked in front of you, the crackling of the meat on the BBQ, the people chatting and laughing…

Popcorn 2

5-Tasting…

…almost anything! From ceviche and guacamole to apple sausages, vegan curry, crazy range of honey, caramelized popcorn, corn fritters and crab meat! By the end of the market, your kids do not really need to have a proper lunch at all!

Some like it hot

Avocado

From the food truck to the plate…. the conch fritters. Served with lime wedges and American sauce!

Conch Fritters