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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hummus.

I don't care if you think that the Middle East is made up of nothing but terrorists, you're going to have to admit that the food is good.

2 cans chick peas/garbonzo beans
3 Tblspoon tahini
1 Lemon (juice of)
2 Tblspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dash Cayenne pepper powder
Dash Salt
4 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed.

Boil the chickpeas. They never soften them enough at the cannery. Once they begin to crush easily, drain them, cool them, and put 'em in your cheap food processor. We got ours for $10 US from the GoodWill store. You might save some of the bean broth.

Put in the tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and pepper.

Process it untill it has about the consistency of thick dip. Every time it looks too coarse to mix, pour some bean broth or olive oil in.

Serve in a shallow bowl with a splash of olive oil in the middle and a dash of cayenne on top for garnish.

Eat with wedges of pita bread, or flour tortillas.

NOTE: You will need to adjust proportions to taste.

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10 Comments:

At Sunday, March 09, 2008 12:43:00 PM, Blogger BobG said...

I've also had hummus made into a patty and fried; it was quite tasty.

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 1:37:00 PM, Anonymous pdb said...

I don't get it.

Where's the meat?

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 2:38:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

BobG,
That sounds like falafel, sorta.

PDB:
There's no meat in (most) party dip, peanut butter, or in Cheetos either, but they taste hella good. Interestingly, the beans and sesame, when spread on a grain bread, make a complete protein. It's interesting how that works out: Beans and cornbread or beans and rice are good. Peanut butter on whole wheat with a glass of milk are great. Pilafs that have rice and nuts make the proteins.

I am not a big nutritionist person-- I just like to eat.

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 6:29:00 PM, Blogger BamaLaura said...

mmmmm....hummmmmmmmmus. Also very good on cucumber slices, tomato wedges, and with zucchini.


mmmmm :o)

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 8:17:00 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Hummus is really damn good I make it about every month or so.

Tabuleh is pretty good too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabouleh

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 9:43:00 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Consider adding a bit of cumin. Authentic and delicious!

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 9:52:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

We do, sometimes. We'll also sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over and through it. Or toasted pine nuts. Or drop some parsley into the food processor just before it's done. Or some red bell pepper or pimentos that we lightly sautee'd in olive oil or butter. Chives. Green onion. A few un-boiled chickpeas for texture.

Or (yes, we go crayzee on occasion), even a dash of cinnamon.

 
At Sunday, March 09, 2008 10:41:00 PM, Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I really like hummus with baba ganouj. Yes, it's an incredibly fresh and tasty cuisine. Have you eaten at Fadi's? They are not as good as some local one-offs restaurants, but they are amazing for a chain. If you go there on a day they are serving their cauliflower dish, be sure and try that. I love it.

 
At Monday, March 10, 2008 6:22:00 PM, Blogger Assrot said...

Just don't let anyone from the Middle East cook for you. Most of them folks never heard of toilet paper.

They eat with one hand and wipe with the other or so I'm told.

They ain't big on bathing either.

:-(

 
At Monday, March 10, 2008 9:05:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

You are quite incorrect, Joe.

Per the Quar'an, a good Muslim performs Wudu and Ghusl, which are the Islamic acts of washing parts of the body using water. Wudu is an ablution performed before each act of prayer. There are 5 prayers a day, which means that they perform ablutions at least 5 times a day.

In the Dark Ages, Christians thought of bathing as being a heathen custom. Muslims were cleaner.

Nowadays? (shrug) I am extremely unwilling to cast aspersions upon any giant group of people.

 

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