Hummus recipe. Minus the plastic.

I like a bit of hummus. It´s a bit of a staple of mine I admit. It´s easy, I can whip one up in minutes, which is great ´cos I can be a bit lazy!  I often have all the things to hand, so I don´t have to pop to the shops.

Hummus is tasty and can be eaten in many situations, not just as a dip at a party.

Enjoying with a loaf from East Bristol Bakery


It wasn´t always this way. I use to buy that expensive hummus in small plastic tubs (yes it´s way cheaper to make it) and I had no idea what to do with a chick pea… how times changed!

I don´t use a recipe, I´ve made it to many times. This is from River Cottage I´m sure with Hugh´s new mission, War on Waste he won´t mind me borrowing it and sharing his with you.

Plastic saving

I´ve listed the ingredients first that are EASY to find PALL (Plastic A Lot Less) Going on to ones that may be harder depending where you live. Even if you can´t find all without plastic, just get the ones you can. They all add up!

  • 2 Lemons (found loose. Weighed without a plastic weighing bag. Put in a canvas bag. Those little nets… yep, they´re plastic!)
  • 1 Garlic clove (Same as lemon)
  • About 1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste) (Found in glass jar with metal lid)
  • Olive oil (glass or metal. Try and look for ones with metal rather than plastic lids)
  • Cooked chickpeas. (bought dried and pre cooked or canned. When I had plenty of space in a freezer this was pretty easy. Now I don´t I buy the cans. Without the white lining (yep the white lining in cans is plastic)
  • Cumin, salt, pepper.  (if you´re lucky enough to have bulk bins near you. In Bristol on Glouster Road you can find all you need at Scoop Away)

For more Food Shopping tips check out my post here


I´ll pass you over to Hugh. I tend to use a hand whisk rather than a big fancy one. Does the job just as well, with a fraction of the washing up!


Beetrootmus.  Just bang in some beetroot!


Remember, every refusal adds up!


Food shopping tips


FlapjacksI thought I´d post a couple of recipes, and tips of how to PALL them. Seeing as eating generates possible more single use plastic than most areas of our lives, simple because we eat three times a day.

These Banana Flapjacks, which I managed to not only make, I made with zero plastic. Cool hey!

If you´re new to PALL-ing you may be wondering how to shop without all the layers of single use plastic, so I´m keeping this post to shopping.

I did blog tips how to shop while I was in Singapore last year Singapore shopping, with a huge gallery of pictures. Also for Olive Oil and bread. This post will be how to shop for ingredients, to actually make a meal!

This is from shopping around Bristol. Though could be relevant for many places.

Being PALL does require a different shopping technique.  If I popped in a supermarket – in England – this is simply not going to happen. Though in France when I was there a couple of years ago I could. If I were in Portugal I´d be able to get most ingredients for this from a Farmers Market.

I´m in Bristol, so have shopped at Scoop Away, Southville Deli for the dry ingredients and Matter Wholefoods for the fresh. (I could have got away without the deli & done it in 2 shops but it´s closer for the heavy items such as the oats.) As for the fresh, there are literally green grocers in Bristol everywhere. We are very lucky to have so much choice close to hand!

I shop in bulk.  By buying far more than I need of dry goods, I don´t have to go shopping so much. Making PALL-ing easier.

For me, when I started shopping like this I found the benefits far out weighed going in a supermarket.

  • I don´t have to listen to the beep beep beep of the tills! They drive me nuts.
  • I don´t really que. Who wants to que?
  • The food taste better. Because, it IS better.
  • It´s often cheaper. Just because a supermarket tells you it´s cheap, doesn´t mean it is cheap!
  • I get to know local traders
  • On times I forget my money (it happens!) they´ll let me pay next time.
  • I actually enjoy shopping, rather than it being a chore.

For fruit and veg I choose the loose produce.  Yes, this does sometimes mean I don´t get what I want!  But generally I do, so I just jiggle recipes around to change ingredients. I really don´t miss out that much.

I´m lucky. At my greengrocer Matter Wholefoods they also do fresh juice. So I have one of those while I shop. In a glass! They know now I want a glass, I don´t have to ask, rather than a plastic lined cup… They are open until 7.30 pm! & on Sundays.

I put all my shopping in canvas bags which I then put on my panniers. Or carry!  (The panniers have loads of plastic, and are made of plastic. But I found them a charity shop so I let them off…)

For dry loose goods one of the places I go is Southville Deli. Open till 6.30 pm

-1It´s a bit of a PALL paradise. There were many reasons I moved to Bristol!

Sorry for those of you not in Bristol…  But for you´s that are, now you know! Get yourself down there, you´re gunna love it!

I use paper bags (ask, they have them for bread) or I use my tins I get at charity shops. I love a tin as they´re light and easy to transport.

Another place I shop is Scoop Away. Only open till 5.30pm though, so for people with day jobs you need to get down there quick! Or on a Saturday

At Scoop Away I need to be extra prepared they have no alternative to plastic bags in the shop (the tiny paper ones are good for spices, dried fruit etc, but not the things I want to get in larger quantities.) 

So I refuse the plastic bags, and put every thing straight in my tins. Or their little paper bags. I´d spend way more if they had big paper bags, so maybe they´re doing me a favour!

Scoop Away stock it all. Literally. You name it, they have it! It´s one of the best places to shop PALL I´ve ever been!  and it´s here, on my door step.

Then when I get home I transfer them into my ever-growing glass jar collections…

My house mate bought one of these large funnels for pickles she makes. It comes in very handy to transfer my stuff into jars.

Glass needs to be kept in a cupboard rather than on the shelf ideally. Goods don´t like too much sun light I´m told.(Though not too much fear of that in Bristol at the moment!)

Sometimes I do come back with more paper bags than I´d like. (As in today for example!) In which case I re-use them and then use them for compost. I need to find more tins!

These are just a few examples.  Let me know of other places in the UK and we can add them to the Plastic Free Directory.

I can´t take credit for the recipe. This is the link for the original,  Banana Flapjacks. Enjoy!

Good luck! And remember, every refusal adds up!



Episode two airs tonight on Made in Bristol TV and streaming live!

Episode two of four of the PALL feature airs tonight on The Source with Natalie Fee. (after it will be available on the player).

Episode two can now be found on Catch up here

This episode we:

  • Follow separated curbside plastics to depot, finding out what happens to it there.
  • Have underwater footage, thanks to Greenpeace
  • Visit Scoop Away
  • and talk about the GRAB campaign, (Gloucester Road Alternative Bag Campaign)
  • There´s £50 of loose products to give away thanks to Scoop Away.
  • AND we announce our competition winners from Episode one for FRANK Water Klean Kanteen water bottles.

It´s a full packed episode for 5 or so minutes!

For Bristol residence you can find Made in Bristol on your TV here:

Freeview no 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159.

The feature is on The Source at 6.30pm repeated at 9.30pm

For people further afield, it´s streams live at the same times Made in Bristol

Feedback from episode one has been really positive and encouraging, if you missed it it´s here on Made in Bristol TV Player it comes on in the first half and is five minutes, short and sweet!

Here´s a few pictures to give you an idea from this episode…

Episode Three will air next Thursday. Where Nat interviews me…. which will be very brief in the edit if I have my way!!  I show Nat a couple of places to shop PALL in Easton, East Bristol Bakery and Jeevan Sweets.

As well as announcing the winner of the £50 Scoop Away prize and giving away copies of Beth Terrry´s book How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

Until then, tune in and enjoy tonights feature!