Strained Yoghurt Cheese – no special equipment needed
Ok, so now we know how to make yoghurt at home the next step is to make cheese from it.. yep make your own cheese from your own yoghurt! Sounds like something only people on farms do, but it is so easy anyone can do it! The result is a creamy-smooth, soft and spreadable cheese as good as any shop bought soft cheese, if not better cos you made it yourself! It tastes really good plain or you can jazz it up with your favourite herbs and spices like garlic, basil, black pepper etc. (more…)
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and olive oil and is an essential ingredient in hummus. I have seen recipes on the internet for tahini-free hummus, but the taste of the hummus before I add the Tahini is just not the same, those who know the way real hummus should taste will notice the lack of flavour that only comes from the sesame seeds.
Depending where you live it can be hard to find tahini in the shops or market, here in Manzanillo I think its pretty much impossible to find. Thanks again to my friend Diyana I have a pot of it in my fridge that she made herself and gave me a while ago. Since then I have made hummus a few times and it’s always been delicious, here is the link to my recipe for Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus. (more…)
I love chickpeas and I love hummus. I really should make it more often, I don’t know why I don’t as it is not difficult to make, but if you don’t have tinned chickpeas or a pressure cooker you need to soak the dried beans overnight and cook them the next day so you need to plan ahead a little.
A good friend of mine, who apart from being an amazingly talented artist is also a wonderful cook, gave me her own recipe, she is originally from Jordan in the Middle East so it can’t be more authentic! (more…)