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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Recipes for Making Focaccia, Chick Pea Hummus and Marinated Olives

The recipes here consist of low fat ingredients which are used for making appetizers which are focaccia, chick pea hummus and marinated olives.

Recipe for Focaccia


* 8g of dry yeast                                                                           
* 1120ml of flour                                                                          
* A pinch of sugar                                                                        
* 7 tablespoons of olive oil                                                          
* 2 tablespoons of cornmeal                                                        
* 2 teaspoons of salt                                                                    
* 3 medium size onion bulbs


- Cut the onions into small slices
- Put the sugar and yeast in a bowl and add about 150ml of lukewarm water. Stir until the sugar and    yeast dissolve. Allow to stand until it becomes frothy.
- Pour about 350ml of lukewarm water into it and add 500ml of flour. Cover it and allow to stand for about 50 minutes until it has risen to about twice its volume
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoon of olive oil and another 500ml of flour while stirring.
- Pour it on a kneading table and knead for about 15 minutes, while adding flour when needed, so as to prevent sticking to the table
- When the dough is elastic, divide it into two halves and form each half into a smooth ball
- Rub the inside of two cake pans with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil each. Each pan should be about 9 inches in diameter. Sprinkle each pan with 1 tablespoon of cornmeal
- Put each ball of the dough in the pans, press and spread around the sides of the pans
- Cover the two pans and place them in a dry place for about 50 minutes in order to rise. Jab all over the dough with a finger
- Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, add onions and fry until it becomes a bit brown. Keep it aside
- Rub each pan of the dough with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle 1/4 tablespoon of salt on each
- Divide the fried onions into two parts and spread each evenly over the two pans of dough
- Put the dough in an oven and bake at 220oC for about 25 to 30 minutes.

View picture of a dish of focaccia and have an idea of how it looks like.

Recipe for Chick Pea Hummus



* 500ml of chick peas                                                                      
* 80ml of olive oil                                                                      
* 2 tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter                           
* 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice                                          
* 2 gloves of garlic                                                               
* 1/2 tablespoon of salt                                                         



- Shred the garlic gloves
- Put the chick pea, lemon juice, olive oil, peanut butter, garlic and salt into a blender and blend to    obtain a smooth mixture
- Serve with crisps or crackers. You can garnish with fresh parsley

View picture of a prepared dish of chick pea hummus so as to have an idea of its appearance.

Recipe for Marinated Olives



* 350ml of plain queen olives                                                              
* 50ml of red wine vinegar                                                                
* 50ml of olive oil                                                                              
* 2 cloves of garlic                                                                        
* 2 bay leaves                                                                              
* 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme                                                  
* 1/2 teaspoon of fennel                                                      
* 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary


- Crush the garlic cloves
- Remove any liquid present along with the queen olives and set the queen olives aside
- Put the olive oil, fennel, thyme, rosemary, vinegar, garlic and bay leaves in a saucepan and add about 50ml of water. Stir thoroughly.
- Boil at a medium heat for about 1 minute. Reduce to a low heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Pour it into the queen olives that was set aside, and allow to stand for about 4 hours before it is served. It can be preserved in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 weeks.

View picture of a prepared dish of marinated olives and have an idea of its appearance

Get more on recipes for making artichoke dip, fish salad and pizzas.

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