Friday, August 17, 2012

I dip my hat to you

Nothing excites me more than winetime.

Especially after a month off the grog thanks to Dry July!

I was heading around to my friend Sam's house on the weekend and stopped by the shops to pick up some nibbly snacks. I went straight to the obvious selection - a round of cheddar to have with caramelised onion and toasted ciabatta and olives - but realised I really felt like a dip.

Nothing inspired me in the fridge section at the supermarket but I saw that avocadoes were on special so I picked up a few and had a sudden craving for guacamole.

And that was the start of my Sunday funday!

I settled on three dips - spiced carrot hommus, tzatziki and guacamole served with Turkish toasts and they totally kicked the butt of any shop bought variety. 

Extra tasty with a side of Shiraz (thanks Sam!)

I even made enough to put together a 'care package' for my grandparents (in an old J.Crew box!) Dropped it off at their place on my way to Sam's and they were over the moon - especially as they had friends over and were enjoying a G&T sans nibbles. Talk about brownie points for this favourite granddaughter!

Spiced carrot hommus
Makes enough for 4 people

1 carrot, peeled and finely sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1 tspn grated fresh ginger (I use the jar stuff)
2 garlic cloves (yes, I use the jar stuff!)
1 tspn ground cumin
1 tspn ground coriander
425g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
2 Tbspn low fat natural yogurt (I used Black Swan no fat)
2 tspn lemon juice
salt and pepper

  1. Boil the carrot until tender then drain and set aside
  2. Heat oil in saucepan and add garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander. Cook for about 1min until fragrant. Add cooked carrot and stir to coat over heat. Remove from heat once coated and let cool
  3. Put carrot mixture in bowl with chickpeas, lemon juice, yoghurt and use stick blender to process until smooth (could also use food processor or blender)
  4. Add lemon and salt and pepper to taste. If too thick, add hot water until you're happy with the consistency
  5. Sprinkle with zatar or dukkah for added interest
  6. Serve with toasted pita bread or carrot batons

Makes about 1 cup or so

1 lebanese cucumber
2 garlic cloves (or 1 heaped tspn crushed garlic from the jar in my books)
1/2 cup no fat natural yoghurt
1 squeeze lemon juice

  1. Line a bowl with 2 sheets of paper towel
  2. Grate the cucumber into the paper towel
  3. Fold the edges of the paper towel in and squeeze the excess juice from the cucumber out of the paper towel ball. Discard juice and empty contents of paper ball into bowl
  4. Add yoghurt and garlic to grated cucumber with a squeeze of lemon and mix well
  5. Serve with toasted pita or Turkish bread

Makes about 1 cup

1 ripe avocado
1 roma tomato, finely chopped
1 small handful coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 red onion, finely sliced
juice of one lime
2 Tbs natural yogurt

  1. Empty the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash with the yoghurt
  2. Add the tomato, red onion and coriander and stir in the lime juice
  3. Dip should be chunky and fragrant
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of coriander on top
  5. Delicious with tortilla chips or in a burrito


Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Oh my gosh, this is just the kind of thing I feel like right now (maybe sans wine because it is still early in the morning… ah who am I kidding, I wouldn’t say no!) I have never thought of using coriander in guacamole but it looks scrumptious so I will definitely be trying these this weekend!

Kate said...

Kate, I have been in Polkadot Pantry withdrawral. Long time know speak. Those dips looks sensational. I am going to make the hommous to take and share on my night shift tonight. Nurses are very, very hungry in the early hours of the morning x

Kate said...

Meghan - the coriander is such a special addition! It really makes it, especially with the lime juice. And whenever you feel like an early morning wine, just feel better in the knowledge that it's lunchtime at least somewhere in the world. That's all the justification you need to indulge!

Kate said...

How was the hommus, Kate? I think some tahini would be a good addition but I had to work with what was in the fridge and pantry. You should definitely try the mexican dip I featured a while back . . . sooo good but kind of messy for the nurses' station in the middle of the night! xox