What an unexpected delight! Smorl’s houmous, chickpeas cooked with seaweed, blended together with parsley and corriander, extra virgin olive oil, tahini and lemon juice, fresh garlic, salt, cumin, lemon zest and black pepper. Surprise surprise – a houmous unlike any I’ve ever eaten.
Smorl’s is sold with 3 garlic intensities: garlic, extra garlic and thunder garlic. 2 different size containers, £1.00 and £3.00, or better yet, try one of Sarah’s pita sandwiches: sunflower seeds sprinkled on fresh mixed sprouts, layered on beet salad (shredded beets and carrots with an oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard dressing) piled on top of her special houmous, all stuffed inside a pita. The blend of flavors is simply to die for!
But seaweed? Yes, says Sarah, she cooks the dried organic chickpeas with kombu seaweed, then blends the seaweed with the chickpeas and the other ingredients to make the most amazing houmous I’ve ever eaten.
“Where did you get the idea to cook the chick peas with seaweed?” I asked.
She had a friend who had stopped eating houmous due to the chick peas upsetting her tummy – too much gas. Kombu seaweed works to combat the gas – as does cumin, a standard ingredient in houmous, but the cumin wasn’t enough – so she decided to try cooking the chick peas with it. The result is a houmous that people say once you’ve had it, you’ll never be satisfied with any other.
I’m sold! Now I have to figure out the proportions to make it work. Until now, I’ve been frustrated by my houmous efforts. I’ve always used canned chickpeas and have found different brands produce infinitely different results. We’ll see what happens when I try this method. Of course, there’s nothing like fresh organic ingredients cooked from scratch.
Until I get it right, I can always visit Sarah’s stall at the mini-food fair in Brighton’s Churchill Square. Only on Wednesday’s. Pity.
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