Someone at work recommended I should watch Cowspiracy. I had heard the name of the documentary before but didn’t really know what it was about. So last night I decided to watch Cowspiracy on Netflix.
Watching the documentary served three purposes for me, it reinforced the idea that I have made a good decision by cutting out all animal products from my life. It gave me a pat on the back and told me I am doing the right thing. But mainly it made me consider my own impact on the environment a bit more carefully. I have always thought I was pretty good when it came to caring about the environment however there is one thing that made me reconsider something I can change.
In my pantry I had a can of diced tomatoes, to be precise it said “Italian diced tomatoes”. It turns out that the diced tomatoes I buy are grown and processed in Italy and then shipped to Australia to be sold. Somehow it seems insane that my diced tomatoes need to come all the way from Italy. I went to the grocery store and it turns ones that of all the available diced tomatoes they had only two were sourced and produced in Australia and they turned out to be the most expensive options available. So somehow it is more economical to grow and produce something on the other side of the world and then transport it 20.000 km to Australia.
Now why am I mentioning this with a recipe for hummus? Because of chickpeas. Whenever I eat hummus I will use canned chickpeas usually because it is easier and quicker than to use fresh chickpeas. However, the chickpeas I use are also produced in Italy. The Italian writing on the can should have probably given that one away though.
Thankfully there are locally sourced alternatives available at the grocery store and I hope that when you make this hummus you have a quick look around at your local store to check where the products you buy where made to make a positive impact on your carbon footprint.
- 2 400g/14oz can chickpeas, drained rinsed and peeled
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp tahini
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- water, as needed
- Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor and process until smooth.
- If the mixture doesn't go perfectly smooth, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time until the hummus has a smooth consistency.