When we were down in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago, we visited the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick beach – one of our favourite places to eat. A walk along the cliff from Porthscatho brings you to the Hidden Hut just above the beach. With a great lunch menu and their Feast nights (which sell out as soon as they’re released) this really is a foodie destination extraordinaire, sign up for their mailing list to hear about the feast nights.
We all chose different things to eat and I had flatbreads, hummus and tzatziki – absolutely delicious! We make a lot of hummus at home, so everyone tried some and we couldn’t quite identify what was in it – we asked the chef, but his hummus is a state secret so duly inspired I set about trying to replicate it when we got home. Now the tastebuds of time may have altered my memory of it – but I thought I would share my attempt at it with you, it got full marks from my tasting panel!
- 1 can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves of crushed garlic
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil ( I add one tablespoon at first and then add more if needed)
- 5 pieces of sun-blush tomato (you can find these on deli counters)
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- A bit less than a tablespoon of chopped dill
- Half a teaspoon of sugar
- Salt and pepper (I add some at the beginning and then adjust to my taste at the end)
Place all the ingredients in a tall sided jug or bowl and whizz with a stick blender until smooth (a food processor will do the same job). If it looks too coarse for your taste add a little more lemon juice and olive oil.
Serve in a lovely bowl (this is my favourite of the moment – a lipped bowl from www.barringtonpottery.co.uk) and garnish with a couple of pieces of sun-dried tomato and herbs. If I manage to keep the hungry boys away from it, this lasts for a few days in the fridge.