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Roasted pumpkin humus (12).jpgRoasted pumpkin hummus is this year new snack for Halloween. There is already the beets hummus, the avocado hummus, the roasted pepper hummus, etc. So why not make it seasonal and make a pumpkin hummus? I’ve used pretty much all the same ingredients as a traditional hummus, plus an extra pumpkin and curcuma, to make it extra yellow. Also for topping, I’ve added some green pumpkin seeds and a touch of pumpkin oil mix with olive oil. Of course, this last step is optional, since pumpkin oil isn’t an easy one to find.pumpkinhummuspin

Roasted pumpkin humusThere is nothing like a smooth hummus to snack on, first it’s delicious and easy to modify into millions of ways, second it’s healthy and filled with proteins. In other words, it’s gonna keep you up for long, perfect for the little ones on this annual candy hunt.

Pumpkins, when well roasted until light brown, gives such a rich, caramelized touch to any meal. This hummus can be served with veggies or crackers, but this time I’ve opted for olive croutons made simply with thin slices of olive baguette, sprayed with olive oil and lightly toasted in the oven. The salty olives help to balance the sweetness from the pumpkin, a great mix.

So let’s make this fall flavored hummus!


Roasted pumpkin hummus

Ingredients
  • 500g of pumpkin cut into thick slices
  • 500g of canned chickpeas
  • 1 lime‘s juice squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 tbsp of tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of curcuma powder
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper (go strong on the pepper)
Directions
  1. Start by cooking the chickpeas a 10 minutes in water, to make then extra soft
  2. Add all the ingredient to a blender, add a bit of water from the chickpeas and blend
  3. Add water if you find it too thick
  4. Top with pumpkin, olive oil and some pumpkin seeds

Serve with a olive bread croutons or veggies. Enjoy!

Roasted pumpkin humus

Baked hot chicken wings in a homemade habanero-strawberry sauce and a side of blue cheese dip with veggies.

Habanero Wings

Who’s starving for some hot chicken wings? Those chicken wings are medium-hot wings with a fruity touch, the strawberry and honey glazed helps to calm down all that habanero heat. Plus, on the side another tongue soothing element is the creamy blue cheese dip. Those chicken wings are baked making them healthier. Great on any occasion, whether it’s the “game” of the century or simply a gathering with friends. Don’t forget to bring along the extra habanero sauce for the folks that likes the heat!

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Habanero WingsThe homemade habanero sauce is a indispensable new comer for the fridge, this version contains a few strawberries, to make it extra fruity and bring out the fruity side of the habanero also. I saw many recipes with mango or papaya, but since it the middle of winter, well I’ve used strawberries. My husband is growing some habanero peppers at home, I personally think, they are the best hot peppers out there! They are obviously really hot but also sweet, which I love. They are rated 100 000 out of 350 000 on the Scoville scale, not too bad, but don’t underestimate them… With this attribute, it is also used as a natural insecticide for organic gardens. You can keep the sauce in the fridge for up to 3 month and it’s useful in many dishes, for example, if you want a grounded meat with a bit of kick to it, a spicier tomatoes sauce, a wok dish, etc.

The blue cheese dip

The blue cheese dip is a creamy touch to sooth your tongue when the habanero is burning to much… that sauce is a great remedy to all that heat. Also handmade and terribly easy to make. I’ve used my favorite blue cheese; Roquefort and a touch of cream and that’s pretty much all there is to it. If you are brave enough for the habanero heat, well just use the blue cheese sauce to dip in some veggies.

Let’s make those hot wings!


Hot Habanero Chicken Wings

Makes 20 wings

Ingredients
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp of habanero and strawberry homemade sauce
  • blue cheese dip
  • few carrot, celery, cucumber
Habanero and strawberry hot sauce (make about 200ml)
  • 2 carrots in cubesHabanero Wings
  • 1 small onion in cubes
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 4 strawberries
  • 250ml cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of habanero powder (3 whole ones, if they are fresh)
  • 1tsp Xanthan or some cornstarch (liquid thickener)
  • salt, pepper
Blue cheese dip
  • 200ml creme fraiche (30% fat cream)
  • 100g Roquefort
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 20 Chives finely cut
  • salt, pepper
Directions
Habanero and strawberry hot sauce
  1. Cook the carrots, onion, garlic with a little olive oil, medium high heat
  2. When lightly brown, let cool
  3. Add the mix to a blender and the rest of the ingredients, blend
  4. Add 1 tsp of Xanthan  (thickener) or maizena *optional
  5. Add salt and pepper
  6. Pass through a sieve, into a container
  7. Reserve
Blue cheese dip
  1. Simply incorporate with a fork the cheese to the cream
  2. Add the lemon or vinegar, salt, pepper, chives
  3. Reserve
Chicken wings
  1. Marinate the wings for 30 minutes into the habanero and honey mix, keep some sauce to glaze the chicken
  2. Drain and add to a baking sheet on a tray in the oven at 200°C (400F) for 45 minutes, or until crisp, turn and add the habanero-honey glaze every 15 minutes

Serve a side of carrots, celery, cucumber. Enjoy the game!