I've had a new toy to play with in my kitchen over the last couple of months. The Easy Pull manual food processor from Zyliss. This nifty wee gadget is a hand-pulled, electric-free compact food processor which provides an easy way to chop, mix and blend food with a patented Swiss designed twin-blade system.
For a far better explanation of how it works than I can give in words take a look at this short video which demonstrates it capabilities perfectly. Recomended retail price is a very reasonable £24.99.
To try it out for the first time I whipped up a quick tomato salsa. Everything into the bowl, a few pulls on the handle and it was good to go. Great for when you don't want to go to the bother of hauling out a full sized electric food processor and its subsequent cleaning for just a small job. The bowl and blades of the Easy Pull can go in the dishwasher but you mustn't submerge the lid in order to protect the internal mechanism so it requires a quick rinse under the tap. There are also 'arms' above and below the blades which ensure all the food is chopped and you don't constantly have to keep scraping down the sides.
The Easy Pull has become a well used piece of kit. Particularly by my two children who seem to both love the pulling action. We've used it for nuts, breadcrumbs, salsa, guacamole, carrots and the best by far is finely chopped onions without tears. I've chopped nuts in it for my Gingerbread Biscotti and blitzed crackers for Cream Cracker Fish. Its compact size means its easy to store and its multitude of uses means its definitely earned its place in my kitchen. Thankfully I'm well past the baby/toddler years now but I reckon it would be great for weaning and first foods. I've not had the opportunity yet but it will also be perfect to use at some of my outdoor food and foraging events and for camping and caravaning.
When I was asked to develop a recipe specifically for making in the Easy Pull, Hummus immediately sprang to mind. But how could I give it a bit of a twist? Two of my favourite dips are Guacamole and Hummus. I'd combine them both. In the spirit of Cronuts I pondered Guacmus and Humamole but plumped for the "does what it says on the tin" Avocado Hummus.
AVOCADO HUMMUS in the ZYLISS EASY PULL
400g Tin of Chick Peas, drained
2 Tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter
3 Tablespoons Rapeseed Oil
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Garlic Powder or a splash of Garlic Infused Oil - to taste
Salt & Pepper
Place all the ingredients into the bowl of the Zyliss Easy Pull.
Pull the handle anything form 10 to 30 times depending on how chunky/smooth you like your Hummus.
Taste and adjust seasoning to your individual preference by adding more lime juice, smoked paprika, salt/pepper and garlic powder/oil.
Serve with crudities and crackers.
For further inspiration on what you can make with the Zyliss Easy Pull have a look at these recipes from fellow food bloggers who have also been trying it out.
Raspberry Vinaigrette by Elizabeths Kitchen Diary
Tunisian Orange Cake also by Elizabeths Kitchen Diary
Raw Tomato Sauce by Recipes From A Pantry
Disclosure - I was provided with a Zyliss Easy Pull for the purpose of this post and received payment for a commissioned recipe. All views expressed are my own.