Eggplant Dip (Patlıcan Babaganuş)

And here we have another side-dish. For me it’s one of those things you do when you have extra free time and just feel like treating yourself to a restaurant experience at your own dinner table. Eggplant is one of my favourite …erm plants (I’ll avoid the fruit/veggie controversy here)… but to my disappointment it doesn’t have any useful nutritional values. It does seem to contain a high amount of nicotine though…Recipe modified from this one.

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I suppose hummus is like marmite. Either you love it or hate it. For me it’s a new and interesting taste. Not something I would devour every day but it just gets my taste buds engaged a lot. In the end you can adjust hummus for your taste, again a matter of spices. If you can’t find a ready tahini you can make one, it’s really easy. Recipe for hummus is quite standard and apart from some spices you can’t go too crazy here, my reference recipe was this one. Continue reading

Tahini paste

Today I decided to make hummus and for that I needed tahini. My local store failed to have one though but I spotted sesame seeds instead and thought it can’t be too difficult to whizz up a tahini paste. And it wasn’t. It’s really so quick and simple and you can store it to use for anything you want in the future. Mine ended up immediately in hummus. As reference for my recipe I used this one. If you want you can also add salt to it but I decided not to since it will be using tahini as a component for other dishes and I can add salt directly then. Continue reading