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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Roasted Carrot Hummus and the One Pot Gourmet Gardener Review

I can't recommend this Roasted Carrot Hummus highly enough, it is so good.
It's one of the recipes in the One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan, delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together.  If you have been following my blog then you'll know that I'm growing vegetables in containers this year, so this book is right up my street.

Author CINEAD McTERNAN is a horticulturally trained writer and gardening editor of The Simple Things magazine. She was previously editor of The Edible Garden magazine and worked on The English Garden and BBC Gardeners’ World magazines. Her previous book Kitchen Garden Experts was published by Frances Lincoln in 2014.

Award-winning photographer JASON INGRAM has worked on numerous garden and food magazines. His published books include The Ethicurean Cookbook and Kitchen Garden Experts

The Blurb
With these exciting container recipes, you can grow all the ingredients you need for a single dish in a single pot. One-Pot Gourmet Gardener presents 25 carefully devised container recipes grouped into soups and salads, delicious main courses, handy picnics, quick suppers and divine drinks and puddings, including gazpacho, garden pizza, ratatouille, smoothies, sauces and tarts. Each one-pot recipe provides every step from sowing to serving. And after being guided through an introductory masterclass on how to grow crops in pots, readers will have the confidence and skills to devise their own one-pot recipes. With a little planning you can prepare the food for a one-pot celebration, when you sow the crops in spring!

My thoughts
The concept of this book is simple, plant up a container with a variety of herb and vegetable plants, then when they have grown, you are ready to make the recipe.  All of this is explained in the Introduction which tells you how to get started and encourages everyone with even the smallest patio balcony or roof garden to give growing your own a go. Everything from choosing a pot, tools and equipment to compost, positioning your pot, watering, pests and diseases, harvesting and storage is covered at the start of the book .

The Recipes
For each recipe there is a 'Grow Me' section and an 'Eat Me' section.  Here are some of the recipes which I found attractive:  Courgette and Fennel Tart, Hummus Three Ways (including Carrot Hummus), Honey and Thyme Blackberries with Thyme Shortbreads. Kale and Celery Soup, Rainbow Chard Pesto, Radish and Shallot Pickle and Pimms Jelly.

Who is it for?
Anyone who wants to grow vegetables in containers, but also cooks who would like to try making something a bit different with produce.  Whether you grow your own vegetables or not, you can still enjoy the produce from farmers markets or greengrocers or even the supermarket.

Everything you need to learn how to grow vegetables and herbs in containers.  A variety of interesting, well written recipes, good photographs and clear instructions for sowing and growing.

For those of us living a bit further north, some of the containers would be unlikely to thrive.  I know this because I have been gardening for many years, however not everyone would be aware that tomatoes and aubergines are unlikely to thrive outside in Scotland and might be disappointed, especially in a summer like this one, where even my courgettes have failed to thrive. Some information on regional differences would have been helpful.

The Verdict
A fun book which would be a good gift for a gardening cook or a cooking gardener! The containers looks as attractive as containers of flowers with the variety of plants really complementing each other. As you will see below, I was impressed by the Carrot Hummus, and I'm sure many of the other recipes will be well worth making too.

Roasted Carrot Hummus
200g/7oz carrots
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 x 440g/15oz tin cooked chickpeas
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 heaped tsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.
  2. Place the carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with oilive il an season. Roast in the oven until soft - about 30 minutes.
  3. When the carrots have cooked, place them adn the remainder of the ingredients into amixer and blitz until blended and smooth. Spoon into a bowl and level to remove any air pockets.
  4. Serve immediately, with warm pitta bread, or cover with a film of olive oil to preserve it and store in the refrigerator. 
As I said at the beginning of this post, this is a truly delightful recipe, roasting the carrots brings out the sweetness and combined with the other ingredients it makes a delicious spread or dip. 

One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan
Photographs by Jason Ingram 
Published by Frances Lincoln

To order One-Pot Gourmet Gardener at the discounted price of £12.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG311.   *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas. 

There is no end to the creative ways to make Hummus, here are some to get you started:

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus - Recipes from a Pantry
Aubergine and Red Pepper Houmous - Penelope's Pantry
Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - Hungry, Healthy, Happy
Wild Garlic Hummus - Farmersgirl Kitchen
Kale, Coriander and Hemp Hummus - Tinned Tomatoes
Sweet Potato and Lime Hummus - Maison Cupcake
Huomous with Peanut Butter - Fab Food 4 All
Courgette and Preserved Lemon Hummus - Natural Kitchen Adventures

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At 2 July 2015 at 22:13 , Anonymous Ceri said...

Really love the sound of this. As a huge hummus fan I think its always good to try some different varieties I think. Carrots a winner it seems!! Thanks for adding my courgette hummus too!

At 3 July 2015 at 08:39 , Blogger Keep Calm and Fanny On said...

LOVE the look of this Houmous! It's one of my favourite things to make/eat, bet the carrots are smashing... Good luck with the pots!

At 3 July 2015 at 16:22 , Blogger MuchRatherBake said...

I love this idea. I've become a big fan of homemade hummus and really want to try this variation now!

At 4 July 2015 at 09:14 , Blogger Choclette said...

It's not just in the far north Janice, we can't grow outdoor tomatoes here in Cornwall either or aubergines. Lots grown in greenhouses and polytunnels, but that's a different story. Roasted carrot hummus sounds fabulous - bookmarked!

At 4 July 2015 at 16:47 , Blogger Cakeyboi said...

I love the thought of houmous made from other ingredients Janice. The carrot variety looks delicious, I would love to dip my pitta in that. Thanks for sharing.

At 4 July 2015 at 21:53 , Blogger Hello said...

Gorgeous, i'll have to definitely try this x

At 4 July 2015 at 21:55 , Blogger Janice said...

we love hummus too Ceri, but I've only just got into adding different flavours, so good.

At 4 July 2015 at 21:55 , Blogger Janice said...

Thank you.

At 4 July 2015 at 21:55 , Blogger Janice said...

It's definitely a winner.

At 4 July 2015 at 21:56 , Blogger Janice said...

You would never know it watching all those gardening programmes, I'm always envious of their outdoor vegetable gardens. I've even lost my courgettes with all the wet weather.

At 4 July 2015 at 21:56 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Stuart, well worth making.

At 6 July 2015 at 09:09 , Anonymous Emily said...

Love flavoured houmous! Great recipe x

At 6 July 2015 at 09:53 , Anonymous Alison said...

I love the sound of this, will have to try it. I always seem to have lots of carrots for some reason so its ideal for me

At 6 July 2015 at 15:00 , Blogger Unknown said...

I'm definitely going to give this a go!

At 6 July 2015 at 15:54 , Blogger Choclette said...

Gardening programmes are like cooking ones - never trust em ;-)

At 7 July 2015 at 09:26 , Blogger Unknown said...

I love this mix, must be delicious. thank you for sharing.

At 19 July 2015 at 17:34 , Blogger Shaheen said...

As a veg gardener, I will have to look out for the book. I love carrot hummus and make it now and again, I tend to throw in a little cayenne pepper too.


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