Chickpeas, Levantine Kitchen & Hummus Bros

Hummus Bros - Christian Mouysset (right)

Hummus Bros – Christian Mouysset (right)

I recently got to interview Christian Mouysset, one half of the Hummus Bros, on the launch of their new cook book, Levantine Kitchen.

Now, in case you don’t know what ‘Hummus Bros’ is, it’s a funky chain of restaurants in London that specialise in, surprise surprise, all things hummus. Yes, they’ve taken the humble chickpea dip and turned it into a mealtime star.

Hummus

Hummus

Check out the interview – which includes a great recipe for chunky guacamole – here… The Hummus Bros Talk Hummus.

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The World’s Best Diet | Top 5 Takeaways From Around The World

English Breakfast

Fat-filled Full English Breakfast

Did anyone see The World’s Best Diet on Channel 4 the other night? Talk about food for thought…

No surprise that the UK didn’t score overly well. Hardly a shocker given that many of us start the day with a fry-up and round things off with a plate of fish’n’chips. Mind you, we did a lot better than the likes of Australia, which seems to be breeding a nation of chubbers. And there was me thinking they were all sports mad skinny-bilinky-long-legs down under.

Fish and Chips

Good Old Fish & Chips

Of course, one of the biggest culprits was the USA where waistlines are expanding faster than the frontiers of Russia into the Ukraine. A curveball came courtesy of Mexico. 50 or so years ago it was a fairly slimline nation. But American influence on diets has resulted in Mexicans piling on the pounds. Not only that, but apparently Mexico has one of the worst dental records due to all the fizzy drinks it glugs each year. It was really sad to see kids of 5 or 6 at the dentist with mouthfuls of black, peg-like, rotting teeth.

So who topped the chart with a holier-than-thou healthy food halo? My money was on Japan or one of the Nordic countries – all of whom did very well in the poll. However it was Iceland that took the top spot with its ultra-healthy mix of fish, fish and more fish – the rawer the better. Now, while I like sushi now and again and am partial to smoked salmon at weddings, I’m not a massive wet fish lover – at least not when it’s herring-y.

Thankfully, some of my favourite types of food made it into the top 10 with ItalySpain and France all scoring very well in the healthy eating stakes. Just as well really as I’d pulled together this blog post for First Choice the other day…

Top 5 Takeaways From Around The World

 

 

 

Top 15 Italian Bites

Spaghetti with meatballs

My homemade spaghetti with meatballs

The World Cup ‘bite’. That’s all everyone’s been talking about today. But despite not being much of a footie fan myself, it got my creative (and stomach) juices flowing.

Apparently, Uruguay’s star player, Luis Suarez, got a bit too toothy for comfort with Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, yesterday. The did-he?-didn’t-he? moment came during last night’s match which saw Uruguay beat Italy one-nil. If the story turns out to be true, that’ll be the third time Suarez has had a chomp at a fellow footballer. Next stop fava beans and a nice chianti?! 

Anyhow, although I’m not that bothered about football myself, the scandal did get me thinking about the kind of Italian bites I really do like. Before I knew it, I’d penned a foodie blog post for travel titan, Thomson. Here’s my guide to the best nibbles from around ‘The Boot’…

Top 15 Italian Bites