Homemade hummus

I’m pretty sure I was making hummus before hummus was cool.  A friend of mine gave me a cookbook over 20 years ago that included a recipe for it, and even though I had never heard of hummus at the time, it sounded delicious. If you make it yourself you can control the amount of fresh lemon juice (I like my lemony), and use your own good olive oil.

It’s great served with chips and raw vegetables, but my favorite accompaniment is warm triangles of fresh pita bread.


  • 1/4 cup roasted tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • Juice of one juicy lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • Freshly ground pepper

Optional garnishes:

  • Additional olive oil to drizzle on top
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • A few reserved garbanzo beans


Put all ingredients (minus garnish ingredients) in food processor and blend until smooth. Check the taste and add more lemon juice if you think it needs it. Add more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time if it’s too thick.

To serve, put hummus in a pretty bowl and top with optional garnishes.


Guys!  I did it!  5k colour run was so awesome :D

It’s been an exhausting couple of days - I’ve been in company far too much for an introvert and now I’m soooooo ready for bed lol - but it was so worth it to be able to cross that finish line.  I cannot tell you the smile on my face or the feeling of confidence it’s given me.

Done: my first ever 5k in a very respectable 33:59 :D

September total: 37.13 / 70km