Monday, January 17, 2011

Culinary Crush

Forget Giada or Nigella!! With her retro looks and yummy recipes Gizzi Erskine will win your hearts. Gizzi is a food writer, chef and television presenter. She is best known for presenting British Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin and also co-wrote the bestselling book of the same title. Doesn't she remind you to Audrey Hepburn in "How to steal a Milllion"... so lovely! Here's the recipe of her delicious black bean hummus.

For the hummus:

  • 1 x 400g can black beans, rinsed
  • 40g tahini
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

For the toast: (per slice):

  • 1 (80g) slice of sour dough bread
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ an avocado, thinly sliced
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • A sprinkle of sea salt
  • 7 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp toasted mixed seeds
  • A few sprigs of coriander and purple shiso (optional)


Pop all the hummus ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth.

Grill the bread until slightly charred on each side and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Spread 1 tbsp hummus on each toast and top with the avocado and tomatoes.

image via: gizzi

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