This red pepper hummus is smoky, light, fresh, and ridiculously easy to make – perfect for weekend entertaining!
Ok, so when I first started writing this article, I was tossing up between calling it ‘red pepper hummus’ or ‘red capsicum hummus’. Ya know why? Apart from the fact that red capsicum humus doesn’t sound overally catchy, I’ve come to the realisation that people are more likely to understand what a pepper is, rather than a capscium. I’ve also come to the realisation, that I’ve started to speak like an American more and more.
I get a lot of ‘huh’s’ when I ask someone a question, or when people don’t understand me. Which kind of gets annoying, especially asking a simple question like ‘how are you?’. So I’ve slowly started to adapt the way I speak to people over here, to avoid that awkward ‘smile and nod because I have absolutely no idea what you’re saying’!
So I decided to make this article about – weird things Americans say that Australian’s don’t (or have an alternative word for)
US – Australian
- Cilantro = coriander
- Pepper = capsicum
- Squash = pumpkin
- Shrimp = prawns FYI NO ONE EVER SAYS ‘THROW ANOTHER SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE’ Just don’t go there. Ever. You will get smacked.
- Flip flops = thongs (got many confused faces when casually discussing that a dog ate my thongs)
- Comforter = doona (again NO ONE had a clue what we were talking about in Macy’s when we were asking where the doona’s were)
- Biscuit = scone
- Cookie = biscuit
- Scone = no idea because we don’t have anything like that…maybe a flat cake?
- Gas = petrol
There are lots more, but this is just the small list! If you don’t know many Australians, then you’ll also know that we like to abbreviate our words A LOT! For example:
- Arvo = afternoon
- Servo = service station/gas station
- Biccy = biscuit
- Bottle O = bottle shop
- Footy = Australian football
- Loo = bathroom/restroom (Americans are really polite when it comes to using toilet language too…weird looks again given when I asked where the toilet was)
- Unco = uncoordinated
- Rego = vehicle registration
- Smoko = cigarette break
- Brekkie = breakfast!
I think you get the jist of it, if not this video pretty much sums up everything! And it is freaking hilarious! Another hilarious fact, when spell checking this article – spell check didn’t have a clue what half these words meant!
I think where I’m going with this, is the ability for the human brain to adapt to their surroundings. I’ve definitely noticed I’ve been Americanizing my words, even my spelling sometimes (organization, center etc). I’m starting to say stuff like ‘right on’ and ‘how ya’ll going’ which is super weird! I’m even starting to talk in miles, rather than kilometres, yards instead of metres, and gallons instead of litres! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME! I guess, I can say, that America has started to get to me! More so to avoid the weird stares, awkward ‘sorry’s’ and head nodding when you know that person you are talking to, have no idea what the F you are saying!
So this brings me back to our red pepper hummus. I figured with more people from America following us, we should go for the ‘pepper’ phrase rather than the capsicum phrase! This red pepper hummus is a variation of our classic hummus that we made a few months back. The only addition to this recipe, is the roasted red pepper, and the paprika to make it a little more smoky and spicy. Apart from that extra step of grilling/broiling the red peppers, you’ve got yourself a delicious version of a classic hummus. This recipe is perfect for entertaining or can be used as a side to a salad, lunch or on toast if you’re keen! We tend to have it as a side on a salad, or with biscuits/crackers when we’ve got people around!
I got the basics for the capsicum from Inspired Taste’s recipe. Prior to this, I had no idea what the ‘broil’ setting on my oven was for! Ya learn something new every day! For our Australian followers, ‘broil’ basically means char-grilled, I’m sure you can do it on the barbie or on the grill setting of the oven at high temperature.
PS – this is enough for a few days worth of hummus for two people, or it can feed a party of 4-6 if you’re entertaining!
Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 1/2 red peppers
- 1 tsp paprika
- 14.5 oz can chickpeas
- 3 tbsp reserved chickpea liquid
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 2 garlic cloves
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
Red Pepper Preparation
- Turn oven on to 'broil'
- Remove core of pepper and cut into large, flat pieces
- Cover a baking tray with aluminium and lay out peppers.*
- Once oven has come to temperature, place peppers in oven close to the top grill and grill 10-15 minutes, or until skin is black and charred. **
- Once peppers are blacked and nice and charred, use tongs to place peppers in a large bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
- Leave for 15 minutes to sweat.
- Once peppers have rested, carefully remove the char grilled skin. Discard skin and set aside.
- Place peppers, chickpeas, chickpea liquid, paprika, salt, tahini, lemon and garlic in a high-speed blender.
- Blend for 1 - 2 minutes until combined.
- With blender still running, slowly add the olive oil.
- Blend until well combined and smooth.***
- Taste and adjust to taste
- Leave overnight or serve straight away!
** keep an eye on these, otherwise they will burn and be inedible, I check mine every 5 minutes to make sure they are not over done.
*** if you like it a little chunkier then feel free to keep it that why! Mine was chunky because my blender is a little bit broken and won't blend as well as it used to!
Join the Discussion
What words are you familiar with that have a different meaning somewhere else?
Have you met an Aussie person before and had no idea what they were saying?