Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Rocket and Roses Creamy Soya Bean & Artichoke Hummus.

Kitchen Play List:  Queens of the Stone Age ~ Songs For the Deaf

There is a very pleasant aroma wafting around the kitchen and my work space the kitchen I have some Raspberry, Strawberry and Loganberry fruit tea steeping in my fridge jug and the smell is intensely berry and divine. However that won't be for very much longer as I am about to hit the kitchen and cook our evening this has absolutely nothing to do with this posting...I just wanted to share. lol.

The seeds of creation for this hummus I give credit to Rstahr via I was cruising the dips/hummus/pate section and found their White Bean and Artichoke recipe. It was just about the thing I was looking for as a topping for my lunchtime salads. I wanted something...a little different for a few days. And artichokes seemed to hit the spot. 

But for some reason the moment I hit the kitchen to start making this hummus I started changing things around with it. Hence the credit to Rstahr...and then the Rocket and Rose tag because I have made it my own.

Usually I would head straight to cannellini beans for a 'white bean' recipe but today I found myself reaching for a carton of organic soya beans (can be purchased at Sainsburys). Not the fresh green form of soya bean but the almost haricot bean looking one. I had used them recently in another beany dip and they were lovely and creamy. There is the initial rinsing and re-rinsing as you have to wash away the soya bean jelly they come packed in. But it's really only a moment's work. I always have tins of artichoke hearts in water in my store cupboard so I was good to go. lol 

The results were a light, creamy and different version of hummus. I really liked it and enjoyed it on my salad this lunch time. You do get a good artichoke flavour with each mouthful as well as the usual garlicy tahini old faithfuls of a good hummus. If you are looking for something that little bit different then give it a try. 

Rocket and Roses Creamy Soya Bean and Artichoke Hummus
Rocket and Roses Creamy Soya Bean and Artichoke Hummus
(Inspired by Rstahr/ - Recipe from the Rocket and Roses Vegan Kitchen)

1 14oz carton of soya beans, rinsed well and drained
1 14oz tin of artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1 garlic clove, grated
1 1/2 tbsp tahini
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
freshly cracked black pepper
3/4 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp cumin

Add the soya beans and artichokes to a food processor and pulse until they are broken down. 

Add the remaining ingredients to the processor and be patient....blending for a minute at a time and then getting in there with a spatula and pushing it all down. Then when it's reached a paste..leave it to blend on a high speed for 4 minutes. (And hopefully your processor won't smell like the engine is about to burn mine does!) lol. 

Spoon into a airtight container and store in the fridge until needed.