I was recently sent quite a few delicious treats from the lovely team at Moorish Smoked Dips. I say quite a few because I was only expecting 1 or 2 for my review, but I received almost every flavour in their humous range! I’m not complaining I love humous. I can quite happily eat a whole tub of humous for lunch with some flatbread and I keep meaning to make my own but have never quite got round to it. For now I had the chance to sample some great dips from this great new gourmet foodie brand.
To start with, I tried the Chilli Harissa dip with some raw carrots (with a glass of red wine of course). I wanted to get a real sense of the flavour and was pleased that I did. The chilli harissa dip was absolutely delicious, with a mild smoked flavour which made it moreish and a pleasure to eat. I did not get too much of chilli flavour kickback but as I usually over-indulge on chillis I’m no longer the best judge of any mildly chilli-flavoured products. The combination with the carrot (and the wine, we must never forget the wine) created a healthy treat which turned into a party for one!
I made some falafel with some Al’Fez Falafel Mix that I had been meaning to try for some time. I wanted to try something different so I went for the Taramasalata smoked dip. If you’re not familiar with taramasalata it is a traditional Greek meze dip made using cod roe, olive oil, onions and lemon juice. I was so happy to see that Moorish stuck with the traditional recipe and kept this dip as authentic as possible (I really don’t enjoy the pink Taramasalata that has become popular in some restaurants). The combination of the falafel and the taramasalata was a winning one. The savoury ingredients of the falafel provided a great base for the rich flavours of the dip. The cod roe is not too over powering, which I think is helped by the smoked process used to make the dip. It was a refreshing yet wholesome treat which I enjoyed eating for lunch, I didn’t eat the entire tub on this occasion as it is a very rich dip.
I’m still working my way through all the dips but I definitely recommend that you give them a try. It also turns out that these dips have aphrodisiac properties, so there’s even more of a reason to grab yourself some dip! “We love the fact that our humous can get the juices flowing! Humous isn’t necessarily known today for its aphrodisiac properties, but accompany it with your favourite tipple, mood lighting and a bit of Barry White and who knows what might happen!” said Founder Julie Waddell. Both chickpeas and garlic – the two primary ingredients in the Moorish Smoked Humous range – along with chilli that can be found in Devil-ish, are widely renowned for their seductive qualities. I knew that there was a reason why the Chilli Harissa was my favourite flavour!