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Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

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Kitchen Hack: Make Hummus in 3 Easy Steps

Hummus is one of the healthiest party dips out there. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are packed with fiber, while protein-rich tahini (sesame seed paste) is bursting with mind-blowing super vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamin E and vitamins B1, B3, B5, and B15.  Add some zesty garlic, lemon juice, olive oil  and salt, and you have a taste sensation – perfect with potato chips, carrot sticks or any kind of bread!

East Coast Mum lifehack: Make hummus

    But did you know that you can make your own hummus for a fraction of the supermarket price?  With this kitchen hack, you can make hummus in 3 easy steps: just blend, transfer and garnish. Nothing could be easier, and nothing will impress your guests more than when you claim you have just  “whipped up” a batch of smooth, healthy, zesty hummus.

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    You need only 6 simple ingredients:

    1. 1 clove garlic
    2. 1 can chickpeas, drained (reserve a few for garnish)
    3. 1 lemon, squeezed
    4. 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
    5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    6. salt and pepper
    East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make hummus: immersion blender
      These blenders are amazing: every kitchen should have one!

       

      You will also use a hand blender, sometimes called an immersion blender (see photo above), a mixing bowl or cup (most hand blenders come with a large smoothie-style cup, or a bowl as above), a fancy dish and a spatula (if you have one).

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      Ready? Here are your three steps:

      1. Blend Your Ingredients

      Using your blender, whizz up all the ingredients, garlic first. As you blend, feel free to add a little extra water, or some extra olive oil, until you get a smooth paste.  Don’t be nervous: hummus is really forgiving if your quantities are not exact. Don’t forget to add salt!

      East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
        Garlic-hack: To avoid harsh garlic-breath, take the soft, green “dragon’s tongue” out of the middle of the garlic clove before using.

         

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        East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
          Chickpea-hack: tinned chickpeas are just as nutritional as dried and soaked chickpeas. Keep a few cans in your cupboard at all times.
          East Coast Mum lifehack: make hummus
            Olive oil is a must-have for any kitchen hacker. Make sure you have a bottle on standby at all times.
            Lemon with leaves
              Lemon-hack: to get more juice from a lemon, squeeze it at room temperature
              East Coast Mum lifehack
                Tahini-hack: store the unopened jar upside-down. This will displace the oil. Stir before using.
                East Coast Mum lifehack: how to make hummus
                  Don’t forget to add salt! Pepper is optional.

                  2. Transfer the Hummus

                  Using the spatula (or a spoon), transfer the hummus from the blending bowl into your best fancy dish- or your Mom’s fancy dish, or your roommate’s fancy dish. Anything that’s not an ashtray, basically.

                  3. Garnish the Hummus

                  Garnish with a big swig of olive oil (to be authentic, you can put a little olive oil pond right in the middle of the hummus), plus a few of the chickpeas you reserved. If you forgot to reserve the chickpeas, don’t worry! You can also garnish your hummus with some green stuff: parsley, cilantro – or even a celery sprig! Finally, sprinkle with a shake of spice. Paprika is best.

                  East Coast Mum lifehack: How to make Hummus

                    Hack Your Own Hummus

                    Once you have mastered the basic hummus, why not experiment with different flavors? Add chili sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce for some extra kick. Or how about a jar of sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers for a Southern flavor? Add harissa paste and lemon zest for a Moroccan boost, and for an Indian flavor, try cumin, turmeric or curry powder.  Some recipes recommend adding pesto and flat-leaf parsley for an Italian taste, or avocado and lime for a Mexican hummus-fiesta. You can see a few more ideas here.

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                    Did you find it super-easy to make hummus using this recipe?  Let us know!

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                    Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                    Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                    There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                    Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                    Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                    Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                    Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                    1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                    2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                    3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                    4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                    5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                    Now on to the checklist!

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                    Here is how your checklist should look

                    1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                    • Tent, poles, stakes
                    • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                    • Extra tarp or canopy
                    • Sleeping bag for each camper
                    • Sleeping pad for each camper
                    • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                    • Pillows
                    • Extra blankets
                    • Chairs
                    • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                    • Lantern
                    • Lantern fuel or batteries

                    2.  KITCHEN

                    • Stove
                    • Fuel for stove
                    • Matches or lighter
                    • Pot
                    • French press or portable coffee maker
                    • Corkscrew
                    • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                    • Food-storage containers
                    • Trash bags
                    • Cooler
                    • Ice
                    • Water bottles
                    • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                    • Cups, mugs
                    • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                    • Cutting board
                    • Foil
                    • soap
                    • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                    • Paper towels
                    • Extra bin for washing dishes

                    3. CLOTHES

                    • Clothes for daytime
                    • Sleepwear
                    • Swimsuits
                    • Rainwear
                    • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                    • Extra layers for warmth
                    • Gloves
                    • Hats

                    4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                    • Sunscreen
                    • Insect repellent
                    • First-aid kit
                    • Prescription medications
                    • Toothbrush, toiletries
                    • Soap

                    5. OTHER ITEMS

                    • Camera
                    • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                    • Maps, area information

                    This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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