Small one loves food.  Hardly a surprise considering our household is obsessed every moment of the day with what it will be eating next.  Her ultimate food (since she first started eating at all) is hummous.  I know.  Slightly bizarre but the heart wants what the heart wants. 
We have literally eaten gallons of the stuff in the past 18 months.  So much so that I am now sort of totally, desperate to have something different.  I’ve been playing with some appetizer recipes for this weekend when we’ll have a bash for small one’s birthday. 
I’ll share pictures next week of the festivities πŸ™‚
 I had some homemade ricotta and had an idea in my head to mix it with a bit of sweet and sour.  I wanted bright flavours and I needed a spread that had zero peanuts and zero sesame in it.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Lemon Ricotta Hummous
In my food processor:  1 cup of ricotta, the peel of one lemon (no white bit, that’ll be bitter), 1/4 cup of parsley, four dried figs that have been soaked in hot water until plump (keep the water for later) and salt and pepper to taste.
Add 2 cups of chickpeas.
Whizz until smooth, adding enough of your reserved fig ‘juice’ to give you a hummous consistency.
Pita chips round things out.
Happy eating πŸ™‚