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Fresh Home Made Dips – Easy to Make


Hommus Dip


One of the Things I Know is that Christmas at our place focuses on catching up with family and friends, eating, drinking and entertaining (the kids entertain us).  We recently moved to a location that is a day trip from the city for our friends when they come to visit. When we organise “catch -ups” nourishment for all is a requirement!

I like to make my own dips from fresh ingredients rather than buy prepared ones. My pantry is regularly stocked with the required ingredients to at least make Hommus.  I always have crackers or a bread suitable for dipping so that any drop in visitors, or those who choose to stay on later than expected, can be offered nibbles.  I often make a dip for us, especially in summer as  I enjoy using them as a spread or with crackers in the late afternoon while waiting for Mr Fresh to arrive home from work.  Punky, (almost 4years) enjoys having a dip on the side of his plate for using to dip his salad ingredients.  

The three dips below are the ones that I most commonly make:

1. Coriander Dip


  • 3 tblsp of pine nuts
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves (if you buy cloves use 2)
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander leaves
  • coriander roots – chopped (if available from the bunch you are using for the leaves)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 red chilli
  • 6 drops of fish sauce


  1. Pound the coriander root, garlic, and chilli with a splash of olive oil in a mortar and pestle until they combine to form a rough paste
  2. Cook the paste for 3-4 minutes over low heat until fragrant and allow to cool
  3. Toast the pine nuts in the same pan after the paste has been removed.  Cook until they start to colour and then remove to cool
  4. Add the spice ingredients and nuts and all remaining ingredients (except the fish sauce) to a blender and pulse to leave chunky
  5. Add the fish sauce (stick to the quantity specified otherwise the flavor is too strong), stir and transfer to a serving bowl

2. Basil Pesto

Visitors to our house commonly request my Basil Pesto.  I got the recipe originally from Brenda, one of my mum’s friends but I have changed the recipe since then (as I do) It is a rare privilege to be given a recipe by Brenda, it is guaranteed to be amazing.  I would never publish a recipe without permission, I hope she doesn’t mind me writing up a variation of hers here. (That leaves yours a secret Brenda!)


  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup of good quality olive oil


  1. Toast the pine nuts in a pan until they start to change color, remove and cool
  2. Place all ingredients into a processor and pulse until combined
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl
  4. If you wish to keep the pesto for a few days to use in pasta and in other meals put some into a sterile jar or into a dish and cover with olive oil
  5. Keeps in the fridge for up to 1 week

Basil Pesto

3. Hommus 


  • 1 can of organic chick peas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2  tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Harrisa paste 
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of greek style yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Drain and rinse the chick peas 
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a processor and whiz until smooth and silky
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl
Punky (nearly 4yrs) loves Hommus spread on bread or crackers and also as a dip for raw vegetables as part of a salad side dish in summer.  
Have you tried it with your children?

Another dip that is a summer favorite is my Spinach Dip. What is your favourite?





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{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Rhianna December 16, 2011, 11:49 am

    yum yum yum

  • Jess December 16, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Im not a real dip person, but my mother in law is, and she is coming for Christmas, so I might try and suprise her by making some of these.

    Visiting from TIK. 🙂

    • Kyrstie December 16, 2011, 1:59 pm

      Thanks for visiting Jess, happy I have inspired you 🙂 Have a great Christmas

  • Jayne Watkins (@jay_latte) December 17, 2011, 12:44 am

    I make my own hommus too. SO much tastier than the store-bought stuff.

  • Annette Crossley December 22, 2015, 1:08 pm

    Wow! love the recipes, I’m learning more about different types of dips as well as other dishes. Thank you!

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