Doing what it says on the tin

Last week I plucked up my courage to visit a little shop near me that sells exotic Middle Eastern foodstuffs, shisha pipes and tea sets. I don’t go in very often because it’s not an especially pram-friendly space and I’m a bit scared of the owner. Actually, that’s not entirely true. What I’m more afraid of is that I’ll come home with a tea set and my own body weight in marbled chocolate pistachio halva.

Anyway, I went in on this particular occasion because I’d forgotten to buy chickpeas further up the road and couldn’t be bothered turning back. Somehow the scary proprietor talked me into buying a tin of hummus along with the chickpeas – but luckily my limited cash reserves meant that was as far as we could go.

Now, I do buy hummus from the supermarket in a little plastic tub, but mostly I’m a DIY purist because the bought stuff tastes a little weird. I was prepared to give this tinned version a go – after all, it was made in Syria, surely they know what they’re on about – but the first taste was pretty vile. Then I realised I had to do what it said on the tin – add lemon juice, olive oil and cumin. For once, those ‘serving suggestion’ instructions made sense. I’m not sure I’ll be running out to buy it again, but it was a good experiment all the same.

What’s your favourite thing in a tin? What’s your favourite ‘serving suggestion’ from a packet?

P.S If you’re nervous about making your own, try this very simple (and delicious) peanut butter hummus. You’ll never buy it again!



  1. July 19, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    I've been meaning to make that peanut butter hummus for ages… glad to know it's good.

    Hmm, favourite thing in a tin… condensed milk perhaps for baking, or maybe tinned pears (love, love their texture!)

  2. July 19, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Lucy, add two cloves of garlic in addition to the lemon juice next time (check out my blog for humus recipe, if you like)
    my favorite thing in a tin is anchovies(for salads and sandwiches)

  3. July 19, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    I think my favourite thing in a tin would be golden syrup. Do love homemade hummus, delicious.

  4. July 19, 2011 / 11:38 pm

    i have two words for you …. asparagus rolls !!!!!!!!

  5. July 20, 2011 / 3:09 am

    I think I'm going to have to write a whole new post about things in tins… I love all of the things you've mentioned so far (though not in combination, it must be said!) And Paula, how did you know about my passion for asparagus rolls?!

  6. July 20, 2011 / 5:46 am

    Next step must be make your own it is really easy:)

  7. July 20, 2011 / 8:37 am

    My favourite thing in a tin would have to be artichokes! Good ones only please!! Although, admittedly the ones in glass jars are often 10 times better….

  8. July 20, 2011 / 8:48 am

    I always feel a bit funny about buying things in tins in foreign supermarkets…but I have to just believe that it is going to be ok…even if it is different! In France I buy pate in tins and it is soooo yummy. 🙂

  9. July 20, 2011 / 9:41 am

    You make your own hummus? KitchenMaid, you will go to heaven. My favourite thing in a tin is probably sardines, although anchovies are pretty good too.

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