Everyone loves this delicious Middle Eastern dip. Eat it with home-made flatbread or pita bread.
Serves 6-8 as a snack
Tip: Cooking pulses with kombu reduces the cooking time at the same time as adding a little extra umami to the dish.
You can also try blending fresh spinach, roasted peppers or toasted cumin seeds with your hummus for a bit of added flavour. Alternatively sprinkle a little dukka on top.
Celia Plender is a freelance food writer and chef with experience in both Japan and the UK. She has written for publications including Time Out Magazine, channel4.com/4food, goodfoodchannel.co.uk and clearspring.co.uk.
Since returning from Japan, where she worked as a chef in a Tokyo kaiseki restaurant, she has devoted more and more of her time to Japanese cuisine. As she trained in the West, she is also fully conversant with European cuisine.
She is the proud editor of two cookbooks: Dashi and Umami, the Heart of Japanese Cuisine (Cross Media 2009) and Umami World Recipes, Filipino (Cross Media 2009).
In her food writing career she has written for various magazines and websites, including www.channel4.com/4Food, where she is currently Deputy Editor, www.goodfoodchannel.co.uk, Time Out Eating and Drinking Guides, www.Eat-Japan.com and www.clearspring.co.uk. She is also a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
This delicious Japanese salad makes a nice change to the usual lettuce salad and the dressing is something special!
A delicious, quick and easy pate flavoured with the incredibly versatile ginger umami paste. Takes just 10 minutes to prepare plus chilling time and lasts for several days if chilled. Enjoy with bread, rice cakes or a mouth watering array of fresh vegetable crudities.