Foodiva's Kitchen: French Fridays With Dorie - Carrot Hummus

Friday, October 5, 2012

French Fridays With Dorie - Carrot Hummus

Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color. 

~ W.S. Merwin

I won't flatter myself by assuming that some of you might remember me, but I've been here awhile, I've also been gone awhile. Over the past few months/weeks, I had experienced the loss of several people closest to me, but on the other side of the coin, I had also been doing fun new things like getting fit, running races for charitable causes and cooking things up on Instagram (without having to blog for it, I awful).

But I'm back. Hopefully to stay a while longer. And this time, it's just to make a simple hummus for French Fridays with Dorie's weekly assignment. Oh, how I have missed cooking as part of this group!

Hummus won't be the very first thing we would think about when musing over French cuisine but according to Dorie, it had wiggled its way into the Gallic repertoire of dips alongside tzatziki and guacamole. And really, this Middle Eastern-inspired dip is nothing more than a simple and quick blending of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin and seasonings in the blender. I added cooked carrots and Thai chili flakes to mine to switch and kick it up a little.

I also made very simple wholewheat crackers in four different flavors - matcha, black sesame, dragon fruit and mango - to go with the delicious dip. They make for an attractive and tasty addition to a hummus platter, so do try these next time you're inviting people over. Apologies for the picture quality on this post, I actually made the hummus and crackers a few weeks back and shared them on Instagram. The pictures were taken on my iPhone and not quite up to blog posting quality, but oh well, I hope you can still see how lovely it all looked put together.

I have the soulful Anthony Hamilton playing in my ear while I'm typing this post up, so let me share what's in my head (and heart) with you on this lovely Friday. 

Hope you'll all have a beautiful and peaceful weekend ahead!

Wholewheat Crackers
1/3 cup whole wheat flour for each flavor
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon matcha powder
2 teaspoons black sesame powder
1/4 cup water (for the dry flavorings above)
1/4 cup dragonfruit puree
1/4 cup mango puree

1. For each flavor separately, place dry ingredients in a bowl and add olive oil to this. Rub flour with fingertips until you get a breadcrumb texture.
2. Then add water or fruit puree gradually and knead until a pliable and slightly moist dough forms. With a rolling pin, roll each dough very thinly and cut into strips with a pizza cutter.
3. Bake in a preheated oven at 325C/175F for 15 minutes until crisp. Once cooled, store in airtight containers.


Anonymous said...

I missed your colourful and creative take on food! Your posts always make me smile. Welcome back!!!
And as always, I love your pics.

Maureen said...

I have never made crackers but these look really good.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen said...

Amazing colorful cracker to go with the hummus! The presentation is really wonderful.

Maya Mohd said...

Hi Sanya, I've missed doing FFWD and visiting around the Dorista's sites. Must do that again soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Maya Mohd said...

Maureen, they were tasty and naturally colored to boot. Try them sometime :)

Maya Mohd said...

Paula, many thanks. Yes the crackers were a bit bright, but a lovely visual contrast to the more subtle hummus.

Mia M. said...

wow, this looks amazing!!!



Maya Mohd said...

Hey Mia! I just saw your blog, it looks amazing! Glad to connect with you on Instagram and now here as well. Thanks for visiting and saying Hi :)

Rose said...

Welcome back! Great looking return, your crackers look spectacular. And I usually have music cranked up when I cook too. Either that or John Stewart, I do love that man.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Maya, so wonderful to see that you back and blogging and happy! The colorful wholwheat crackers relly do steal the show but I also adore the color of your carrot enhanced hummus dip!

have a great weekend!

Geraldine Saucier said...

Welcome back. I love the crackers you made to go with the hummus. I need to try the dragon fruit variety. Thanks for sharing.

Maya Mohd said...

Thanks Rose. Mmm...I love John Stewart too!!

Betsy said...

It's nice to see you, Maya. I like how you kicked up the hummus. The colorful crackers are lovely. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Margaret said...

What a colorful way to brighten up hummus. And what a gareat way to oomph the flavor.

Kathy said...

Glad to see you back! Sometimes life just gets in the way of our plans!
Such a beautiful presentation for your hummus…love the colorful crackers…I might actually give those a try! I also love the addition of carrots…sounds yummy!
Have a great weekend, Maya!

Cher Rockwell said...

Maya - glad to see you back :-)
Although, I have been enjoying your Instagram creations in the interim.
Hope your world is settling into a more peaceful place. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

omg, can you come cook for me sometime??? Your food is always so colorful and delicious! :)

Trix said...

Well, you certainly haven't lost your touch - beautiful as always!! Missed you of course., but will always be happily waiting : )

Lizzy Do said...

Oh, I've missed you, Maya!!! SO wonderful to see a FFwD post from you...and of course, you wow us all with your vibrant crackers and delicious twist on hummus! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! sorry to hear about the losses you've been dealing with. xoxo

Maria Zioga said...

Wow the colours of these crackers are amazing! I am glad you enjoyed it. Lovely blog by the way!!!

Teresa said...

It's always a pleasure to see one of your FFwD posts. Your crackers are so vibrant and carrot sounds like a great addition to your hummus. I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with so much loss. Take care.

tricia s. said...

So great to see you back- we all take turns with time on and off from FFWD as life gets in the way, but it is so fun when you hit old friends catching up again. And what a re-entry you did - that is some spectacular platter. Wow. I only thank goodness that my family didn't see those amazing crackers or I would be in serious hot water :)

taylor said...

what an inspiring recipe! gotta make these crackers...

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

The crackers looks great. I'm sorry about you loss :(

Sandra M. said...

You are such an amazing person, and so very talented! Also I am truly sorry for your loss.

-I am loving those Wholewheat crackers...your perfect presentation always look beautiful and appealing..and it got to be tasty too! Have an amazing rest of the week..see ya on the IG! ;D

Beth Michelle said...

I am back too (sort of) after a long absence. I, glad to see I didnt miss too much from you while I was gone! I always love your take on food.
Love love love these crackers. So pretty and interesting!

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