Sunday, November 30, 2008

{The Hummus Experiment}

Mediterranean food is easily my all time favorite. I've never
cooked it at home though. In an attempt to change that, I
made my very first go at hummus awhile back.

I loaded up the food processor, but when I turned it on,
I got nothin'. It wouldn't spin. Damnit!

So, I dumped it in a bowl and hand beat it.
It wasn't horrible or great. Definitely lumpy.

I was hungry. So, I ate it anyway.
But I was determined to make better hummus.

And thus was born my second batch. :)
I'm a recipe girl 95% of the time. But I really wanted to
challenge myself by seeing how close I could get without
any help. I had several fresh ingredients on hand that
needed to be used up. With my food processor issues
solved, I included...

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
about a half bag of baby spinach
2 cloves garlic
small handful flat Italian Parsley
olive oil (the more the creamery - note: you can always add)
coarse salt
fresh ground pepper
the juice of a whole lemon (minus the seeds)

Flavorful, healthy and absolutely easy to make.

While it was good, it lacked a hummus-y quality.
David didn't like it at all. He isn't a big fan
of the spinach and parsley I included.

I have a date with my kitchen next week, when I intend
to try it again. I'm going to go with a more traditional
approach by adding a bit of soy sauce and tahini. I'll let
you know how it goes.

Have you ever made your own hummus? If so, how did it
turn out? Any suggestions?


SplendidlyImperfect said...

I've made semi-homemade hummus, starting with a canned base (Cortas brand)and adding garlic, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice. I think I have a can in the cupboard, actually.

TruJen Phtography said...

First of all... I love how you did the black and white for the not so great hummus and then switched to color for the better hummus! Kind of like when something bad is going to happen in a movie it's raining. :o) Funny!
Looks yummy, your colored hummus! And sounds so easy to make. Do you know the shelf life of your treat? I just might make some myself. We love it here!

Trisha said...

YUMMY!! I have not had hummus in soooooo long. Is it safe to assume you like Pita Jungle????

Jen said...

I heart hummus. No doubt about it. I have tried to make it twice. Neither time successful. First time killed my blender, second time it still didn't taste right. I think too much tahini. Anyhoo, you have inspired me to give it another whirl. And reminded me to post my white chicken chili recipe.