Saturday, 30 June 2018

Blackbean hummus

This is my hummus that tried to be black but just looked like a creamy chocolate mousse.  You see, Sylvia is going through a black phase and bought these charcoal wafer crackers.  I thought they would look rather striking served with a black hummus.  And I was so sure that black beans and black tahini would make a black hummus.  Apparently not.

The recipe I made was an adaptation of my regular hummus.  As I made it, I wondered if it would be fun to add black garlic.  Not that I have ever had black garlic.  I am just curious about it.  Now that I have found the hummus was not black enough, I am thinking of trying it with some activated charcoal powder.

Despite the colour not being quite the deep black of my vision, the hummus tasted really good.  (My mum had a taste and suggested a tad more salt but it was enough for me.)  Not that different from a traditional hummus.  It would be fun to serve it on a platter with a few different colour hummuses.  And Sylvia is not that bothered about the colour because she told me she is never going to eat this hummus.  She is happy enough with her black clothes, black accessories and black cat.

More hummus recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Avocado hummus (gf, v)
Beetroot hummus (gf, v)
Buffalo hummus (gf, v)
Hummus (gf, v)
Roasted pumpkin and garlic hummus (gf, v)
Smoky red pepper hummus (gf, v)
Spinach hummus (gf, v)

Black bean hummus
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe

1 tin blackbeans
1/3 cup black tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp fine salt
black sesame seeds to garnish, optional

Blend until smooth and creamy.  Adjust flavourings to taste, if necessary.  Keeps well in a airtight container in the fridge.

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  1. As you say, the color similarity between mashed black beans and creamy chocolate can be very disconcerting! I guess there aren't that many black foods -- caviar, black olives, really dark chocolate, black sesame seeds ... what else? Your daughter's clothing sounds very sophisticated.

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  2. You probably already know this, but mind the charcoal powder if you're taking any prescription medications. In the same way it's used to help people who have overdosed on a medication, it will interfere with your body's absorption of things like prescription drugs or vitamins. It definitely also makes food look cool, though!

  3. This hommus looks good, even if Sylvia declined.

  4. I really did think that was chocolate mousse! I think (and it's a crowded field!) black beans may be my favourite beans, and I bet they go beautifully in hummus. My memory might be playing tricks on me, but I think after the French Revolution, the displaced aristocrats who fled would have banquets entirely of black food, as a sign of mourning.

  5. Black bean hummus is the rage at the moment. I am really surprised that Sylvia declined the humus, yet picked out the charcoal wafer crackers, as I was not keen on them - did she try them? She's a girl after my heart, as I used to wear a lot of black in my youth, accessories and I had a black cat, by accident though, it adopted me.


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