Hello world!

This is my first post.  Happy New Year! 

I’m not entirely sure what this blog will morph into but as this is a food blog, I thought I’d start by telling you what I made to celebrate the new year.

Hummus is such an easy dish to make and more often than not is one of my go-to recipes when I’m having a party.  I got the recipe from my friend Lauren, who got it from her sister Jen, who got it from The Silver Palate Cookbook.  The original recipe calls for 4 cups (or 2 cans) of drained chickpeas, which in my opinion is far too much.  I’m usually cooking for a party of anywhere between 4 and 25… and let’s face it, if you have 25 people you’re hopefully not serving only hummus.  One can will be sufficient and I halved the recipe from there.

2 cups (or 1 can) garbanzos (chick-peas), drained
¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
1/6 cup warm water
1/6 cup best-quality extra virgin olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced or garlic pressed
¾ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
black pepper, to taste 
1. Combine chick-peas, tahini, warm water, olive oil, zest and juice of the lemon in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process the ingredients until smooth and creamy, pausing once or twice to scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula.
2. Add garlic, salt, cumin and pepper to taste, and process to blend. Taste and correct the seasoning if necessary.  Scrape into a storage container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

 Serve with baby carrots and pita triangles or chips.

Makes ½ quart.

Bombli’s tips:

**  Be careful adding the garlic.  It’s easy to add too much.  First try adding one minced clove and after tasting you could add more.

**  If you taste the hummus and you think the lemon is a little too bitter – add a squeeze of honey.  It’s certainly not traditional, but it helps to cut the acid.

**  For new year’s eve we dressed the hummus up with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.  Delish!  Not only do I love pomegranates – the gorgeous color and the burst of sweet juice… it’s like eating tiny jewels.  They also taste delicious in the hummus and add a festive touch. 

If you like hummus, you should try this recipe.  It’s SO easy and the end result is awesome.  I cannot bring myself to buy hummus at the store anymore now that I know what it tastes like fresh.  Happy eating!


One comment

  1. Yay! I’m so proud of you! I’m totally going to read your blog! (I can definitely use the help–and inspiration–for my cooking.) And you gave us your hummus recipe–thanks! This hummus is great, everyone.

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