Thursday, December 16, 2010

why does baba yaga need both a flying mortar and a walking house? why is she so greedy?

The reason I ask about hummus is that I love it, as I love all porridgey things. I used to make Joy of Cooking's recipe, but switched to Bittman's with roasted garlic added, and liked it a lot more. But my hummus was always really thick, like Adams peanut butter. I didn't mind it, but nobody else was really a fan. Then I went to Hummus Place with Claire while I was staying with her this summer, and their hummus was so much softer and thinner--and it was way, way better. So I made the brilliant deduction that I hadn't been using enough liquid--I know, I'm a one-woman brain trust. I need a federal grant!

So here's a recipe for the cheater's hummus I made last week (cheater's because I used canned chickpeas instead of soaking my own--lazy):

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 T tahini
7 sun-dried tomato slices
1 clove of garlic, minced and sauteed

Drain the chickpeas, but reserve the liquid; you'll probably end up using all of it anyway. Dump everything into a blender. Normally I use a food processor, but the tomatoes require blender technology. Whip it up until it's a smooth, silky paste, adding liquid as necessary. Eat with pita chips. I used to make my own pita chips, but that was a mare's nest, by which I mean a drag. Until I start mass-producing my own pita bread with which to make chips I have already lost control of the ingredient list, and therefore feel no (additional) guilt about subcontracting my pita chip production to Stacy.

In other news, the children and I have spent the last day watching Youtube videos of somebody playing their way through Banjo-Kazooie. Question: how pathetic is this, on a scale of 1 to 10? Answer: NOT! It was a trick question, for you see, Banjo-Kazooie is one of the greatest video games of all TIYEEEEM.


tipsybaker said...

Don't you think hummus needs cumin?

Layne said...

Usually, yes. But I didn't remember to put it in this batch, and I didn't miss it.

Tori said...

Wow, I just saw how your other readers think I am a garlic hater. Not true! I don't want my hummus garlic-free, I just think a lot of times people add too much and add it raw, which ends up being overpowering. I like to be able to taste the other ingredients. If I wanted garlic dip I would just make garlic dip.