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Our week in food & our hummus recipe

24.4.15
Put another way I could show you our week in smoothies, but probably not that exciting to look at. Speaking of smoothies, the girls and I are loving them- the boys? not so much.

We have been in the kitchen a lot this week...I guess more than we usually are. We made smoothies everyday...frozen yogurt...decorated birds  nests cookies, and we made hummus to serve with our crackers and veggies for our Earth Day picnic.
We make hummus quite a bit, but it's still hit and miss with the kids.
I was rushing to get the hummus done for our backyard picnic, because the kids wanted needed to get outside, so I did 2 things that I don't normally do:
1. I didn't skin the chickpeas
2. I didn't go step by step (as I should have) by adding the tahina first then chickpeas etc. That meant dumping in all the ingredients at once and seeing what would happen (although I didn't actually think about it at the time). It was a headache, and it actually took longer to get a decent consistency :(
SO, if you make hummus,  do follow the recipe. However, I want to say that having the skins on the chickpeas wasn't that bad, so I don't think I will waste my time doing that again.

Hummus Recipe
Ingredients
One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas (any brand is good)
1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1/4 cup (59 ml) tahina, we use Alkanater, but that's my preference
2 tablespoons olive oil more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 3 tablespoons water

Directions
1. Combine tahina and lemon juice in food processor. Process for about 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. 
2. Process for another minute or so. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahina and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds. 
3. Drain liquid then rinse chickpeas well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Keep scraping sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process 2-3 minutes or until thick & smooth. 
4. Add water if paste is too thick, until you have desired consistency.

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1 comments:

marie at: April 29, 2015 at 2:20 AM said...

Everything looks quite good. I definitely agree mixing everything in one go for the hummus is not the best idea. I tried it once to save time and it took me even more time. Will try again, with the right recipe!
Thanks for sharing it Salma.

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