Saturday, February 18, 2006

Opa!!

What better to do when expecting a foot of snow than to load up on groceries and cook and eat through the weekend? Absolutely nothing said Alison and I. We planned, shopped for and cooked a wonderful Mediterranean feast last night!

Here I combined yogurt, cucumber that had been grated and squeezed of all it's excess water, dill, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, stirred it all together and had one of the best tasting dips/condiments I've ever sank pita bread into. It was Tzatziki!

I've always wanted to make hummus, but was afraid of the ingredients (tahini)and the equipment (food processor) needed to get the job done. I tackled my fear yesterday and came out a better person (full of hummus!) on the other side.

Tahini is sesame seed paste. It smells good, but looks like thin separated peanut butter. The instructions stated to add half a cup of water and stir. I stirred and stirred and stirred, nothing seemed to come together. Eventually after letting it sit, then stirring some more, it looked less separated and more like peanut butter, but less appetizing.

Regardless, when added to the chickpeas and garlic in the food processor, then slowly alternating between streaming olive oil and lemon juice in machine, our hummus came together nicely. We added just some parsley to the first, but also scallions and dill to the second. It was hummus!

1 Comment:

  1. Angela said...
    I had hummus for the first time this weekend. It was lemon hummus, and although I didn't like the lemon part of it, I did like the hummus part. We cut pita bread and toasted it. I don't know how people normally eat hummus, but that way was really good. I felt like I was having chips and dip, which may or may not be how you're supposed to feel (can you tell I'm ignorant?).
    Also, I had a craving for guacamole this weekend, and I was reminded of the time I was in Philly and you made some from scratch. I was kind of disgusted by how it's made, but that was the first time I saw an avocado too, so go figure. Anyway, that was the first time I'd had guacamole, and now I'm hooked enough to even have a craving for it. We used the scoop tortilla chips, which I totally recommend cuz the regular kind always breaks off.

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