This recipe was inspired by a conversation between the Olive Oil Hunter, TJ Robinson, and Dr Steven Gundry of The Dr Gundry Podcast. Dr Steven Gundry is the author of the Plant Paradox Diet that focuses on reducing intake of lectins (a type of protein found in some plants that can be bad for your health, such as gluten). In this episode, TJ Robinson talks about how extra virgin olive oil is arguably the most nutrient-dense food you can put in your body. But not all extra virgin olive oil is created equal. TJ helps his customers determine the good stuff from the bad stuff. A good quality olive oil should smell fruity and grassy, should taste slightly bitter and spicy, and should be bright green in colour. You should also look for the words "early harvest" and "single estate" on the label. Early harvest because the greener the olives were when picked, the more polyphenols it has, and single estate because you know one producer had their hands on your product and managed it all the way through. And watch out for the olive oil mafia who are pumping fake extra virgin olive oil onto the market!
UTENSILS YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 jug
- 1 pressure cooker
- 1 strainer
- 1 blender
- 5 to 6 grams of white tea
- 1 cup of dried chick peas soaked overnight
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 4 large cloves of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/5 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/5 cup of tahini paste
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- carrots cut into sticks for serving
1. Place tea leaves in jug of hot water and brew for around 1 minute. Using the strainer, transfer the tea liquor to the pressure cooker, leaving the leaves behind, and also leaving about 1/4 of a cup of tea liquor to use later.
2. Put chickpeas in pressure cooker, making sure there is 10 centimetres of tea liquor above the chickpeas. If not, add water. Pressure cook for 40 minutes and then strain out tea liquor.
3. Place all ingredients in the blender, adding your chosen amount of the remaining tea liquor for your preferred consistency. Blend until smooth. You can adjust the taste and texture by adding more of one ingredient. If you prefer a more sour taste, add more lemon juice. If you prefer a saltier taste, add more salt. If you prefer a spicier taste, add more garlic and cumin. If you prefer a silkier texture, add more olive oil.
4. Plate up and serve with carrot sticks.