Beetroot Hummus

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta do something that inspires you, and for me, that thing is cooking.

Inspired purely by a bunch of beetroot I saw last night while grocery shopping, I thought I would make my own version of beetroot hummus to snack on while I study today. And this is how I did it.


2 whole beetroot

1 cup/1 can cooked (and thoroughly rinsed) chickpeas

2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbl tahini

3 spring onions, chopped into 3cm sticks

2 cloves garlic, peeled

Small bunch of parsley, roughly chopped

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp honey

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper to taste

1. Peel two whole beetroots and chop into large cubes. Place in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender (test with a fork).

2. Blend  chickpeas with 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil and tahini. This step can be tricky with a blender, so stop whenever it gets stuck and mix it up a bit. Blend until mostly broken down, but it’s ok if it’s still a bit chunky. Remove this from the blender.

3. Blend spring onions, garlic, parsley, 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil, the cooked beetroot (including the water it was boiled in), honey and cumin.

4. Add the chickpea mixture and blend again. Again, this might get stuck, so stop and help it out by mixing it. Squeeze in the lemon juice and taste. Add S&P if needed.

I found this made 3 batches, so I kept one for today and froze the other 2 for another time.

Serve with vegie sticks.



Easter Present Wrapping

I know this is a little out of the ordinary, but this year I thought it might be nice to wrap my Easter presents. It killed two birds with one stone – it helps me hide Matt’s present, and it cheered me up, because this week has been pretty hard for me.

In the last 6 months I’ve started to get creative with the way that I wrap my presents. I’m the type of person who loves surprises and presents, and even more so, I love giving presents and seeing the look on peoples faces when I’ve given them something they don’t expect. That look is magnified when they don’t expect the present, let alone expect it to be wrapped so beautifully, and it’s a great creative outlet for me, because the only other way I am creative is my cooking, which I don’t always want to do.

So I’m going to post the presents that I wrap on my blog to hopefully inspire you, and I’ll post any tips I come up with along the way. By no means am I an expert – it’s just a hobby, and an appreciation of prettiness.

My present wrapping tips:

– Buy a roll of interesting paper that is good quality that you can use for a base. I bought this orange and white patterned roll in Myer for around $8. Good quality paper is sturdier, easier to cut straight, and serves as a nice backdrop to other colours. I’ve used this paper for wedding presents and now Easter presents, and I think that it could be used for any occasion.

– Buy yourself a big reel of a neutral coloured paper ribbon. I chose this yellow colour, because it’s neutral, but not obviously so, and getting paper ribbon means that you can tie it or curl it with scissors for different effects.

– Keep any pretty paper that you find and recycle it. Whether it’s tissue paper or wrapping paper from presents/flowers you’ve been given, brown paper shopping bags or just a plain colour of printer paper – it’s all useful and can be put together to create a beautiful wrapping scheme.

Some of the paper I use is from a couple of years ago from Frankie magazine ( and my technique of wrapping is due to how precious I was about that paper, because I can use it for heaps more presents if I use less of it! So basically I’m stingy (ha!).

These two are wrapped in brown paper from paper shopping bags that I saved. The left one is then wrapped in red tissue paper, and floral tissue that I saved from a bunch of flowers from the boyfriend. The right one is some wrapping paper from a present from Lush that I recycled.

As you can see from the photos, my technique is the same for each present, I just layer different papers and tie them with string. Really easy. So give it a go, and if you come up with any ideas, I’d love to see them.

Happy Easter everyone!