1st Blogiversary + Beetroot and Mint Hummus

So it’s my blogiversary today – one whole year! I had often wondered how people remembered to announce their blogging anniversary – I thought for sure I would forget mine. But now I know the secret – I received a handy little notification telling me so – thanks WordPress!

Hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since I was picking grapes in Bathurst. Where did the time go? Since then I’ve been on almost a full lap around the country and now I’m sort of settled back in Melbourne, and have just started a brand new job. Polar opposites to the life I was living a year ago. Both good in their own way.

Anyway, I digress. As the day snuck up on me, I didn’t bake a cake or anything exciting like that. In fact, I had a little bit of a kitchen failure tonight, but I’ll discuss that later. Instead, for the celebrations, I’m going to do something I thought I’d never do.

That’s right, I’m going to share a beetroot recipe.


Anybody who knows me knows that I DO NOT like beetroot. However, I am always trying to incorporate it into my diet in new, enjoyable ways. Usually it is quite well disguised (with chocolate). This time, I’ve used a bit to add a little extra to the old hummus. It’s quick, easy, and guess what?! – I don’t hate it.

Beetroot and Mint Hummus

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
400g can chickpeas

3 small beetroots, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp tahini
1/4 cup fresh mint, plus extra for garnish

Place garlic, lemon juice, zest and in a blender or food processor and blend until relatively smooth.

Add beets and pulse until they are broken down.

Add chickpeas, tahini and oil and blend until fairly smooth. You may need some more liquid to get it going here – if so, add water 1Tbsp at a time until you reach the right consistency.

Chuck in the mint, and pulse until combined. Salt to taste.

Garnish with fresh mint, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to eat.


  1. awww, happy blogiversary! I’m on the fence about beetroot, it’s just SO beetroot-tasting. Kinda like soil to me but I eat it now and then because it’s packed full of good stuffs. And it helps when I’m all grimacing to say “food is fuel, food is fuel”…

    1. Yay, thank you! Ha ha – yes! Beetroot tasting! We must have similar tastes, what with the mushroom thing and this. It’s just so earthy…but yes, totally in a soil-tasting kind of way. I love that I’m not the only one that thinks so!

  2. Johanna GGG says:

    happy blogiversary – I love beetroot but I am a bit so-so about mint which unfortunately is probably my most prolific herb in my garden. I love this idea and think a nice colourful meal is perfect for your anniversary

    1. Thanks Johanna! Oh really? That’s always the way, isn’t it? Mint and parsley seem to grow like wildfire. At my old place in Hobart we had this patch of the garden that had mint growing steadily through it – it was amazing what it could withstand – bitter cold, intense sun, the odd trampling from parties. Plus we never tended to it, it did it all on its own. The poor mint finally met its match when our two little bunnies came along and ate it bare!

      1. Johanna GGG says:

        ha ha – I never thought of bunnies eating mint – I wish my parsley would go crazy – have had a few plants that never quite took off but the mint has even colonised another pot (my herbs are in pots)

        1. Woah, colonised another pot?! That’s crazy! Hehe, colonial mint. Yeah, bunnies eat EVERYTHING – from mint to lavendar to chilli plants to aloe vera to snow peas to….yeah, EVERYTHING!!

  3. Laura says:

    Happy Blogiversary! This hummus looks like the perfect way to celebrate… Especially for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Laura! Here’s to the next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great achievement, well done you!
    I was so unsure about blogging until I started itโ€ฆ and now I love it so much and really look forward to my weekly posts. It’s definitely given me inspiration and focus to get creative and have fun with my photography, not just get the camera out for commissions.

    Looks like you’re continuing to have fun too ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to many more posts!

    1. Thank you! Yes I was much the same – and I guess it started out more for me, and has grown into a love of sharing with others. The online blogging community is so wonderful! I’m glad you’re getting to play around and have fun with your blog too ๐Ÿ™‚ X

  5. Cindy says:

    Happy blogiversary! And cute tablecloth, I think I have the same one. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thanks Cindy! It’s a lovely one isn’t it? So bright. I think it’s from Oxfam?

      1. Cindy says:

        Yep, mine too.

  6. Sophie33 says:

    Congrats for your 1st Blog Anniversary,..yeah to you & your cool blog!

    I have loved it over the past year! Cheers to you & your cool blog with tasty recipes & reviews! xxx ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Aw thank you Sophie, what a lovely comment! Thanks for reading X

  7. Sophie33 says:

    PS/ I love this beetroot dip & lot but will use less olive oil to make it a spread! x

    1. Thanks Sophie! Yes, that’s a great idea. Often when I make hummus I’ll only put a tablespoon or so of oil in and then if it needs thinning just use water as I don’t like to go too heavy with oil.

  8. genkikitty says:

    Happy blogversary!!!

  9. rika@vm says:

    Happy Belated Blogiversary to your amazing blog, I enjoyed reading about your travel posts in Australia and these delectable recipes youโ€™ve posted. Now that beetroot & mint hummus looks amazingโ€ฆ.love the beautiful color, and actually it looks like Radiant Orchid (the color of the year 2014), what a perfect dish to honor your blogโ€™s one-year anniversary! xx

    1. Thanks Rika! I love reading your blog too ๐Ÿ™‚ The Radiant Orchid? How fitting! xx

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