Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chickpeas. Ew.

i hate chickpeas. 

over the past year or so (while flirting on & off with vegetarianism) have tried and tried and tried them...
and they continually gross me out.

they stink terribly like human, gassy nastiness
when you open a can of them, 
they are gritty & tough when you substitute them
 in chicken salad, & they're bland when cooked (unless thrown into a delightful indian dish).

even-though they are one of those "what's the point" foods in all other areas,  i cannot suggest their extermination because they are the key ingredient of a food that i  L-O-V-E.

it's delightful and a perfect snack and 
versatile and garlicky and lemony and glorious...
and i am becoming a pro at making it, if i do say so myself. 

that is all.

my sister is teaching me the proper blogging ways.

Hummus Recipe:
1 can (stinky) chickpeas/garbanzo beans -- drained
freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
(approx. 1/3c of lemon juice...or to taste)
1/3c of tahini  (they say tahini is optional, but i like & always use it, therefore i don't know what to substitute for it...
google it!)
1/3c olive oil (may need more if it's too dry/thick after blending)
3-4 crushed cloves of garlic -- or more...loooove garlic! -- shortly warmed on the stove (w/ olive oil) for extra potency

this is the beginning point...using a food processor, blend all ingredients & then, if lemon & garlic don't do it for you, get creative with the flavors!

i always add:
1tsp cayenne pepper -- give or take a little...usually give :)
lots of pepper
a little mrs. dash
some oregano
1/2 can sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers (which adds a little moisture = less olive oil)
sometimes a little more lemon juice
& maybe a little sugar (like...a TINY bit)

blend together to desired consistency --
i like it a little gritty, but some do not.

i usually let it cool in the refrigerator & eat it on warm naan, on triscuits, with baby carrots, or spread onto a veggie sandwich!  Mmmm...

so THAT, my friends, is all.


Anonymous said...

First of all: This is the post where you include your hummus recipe. (Tips on bloggin from sister.) ;)
Second of all: That photo of chickpeas is super ugly.

A. Suzanne said...

ugly photo: i know, that was intentional. they're gross.

Bethany Patrice said...

My sisters substitutes chick peas for nuts in chocolate chip cookies. She used the recipe from Jessica Seinfield's "Deceptively Delicious". Before I knew what was in the cookies, I devoured three. Then she enlightened me, and I was so grossed out, I didn't touch another one.

Laura said...

I agree with this post 100%. Hummus=Good. Chickpeas=Yuck. It's a weird world.

A. Suzanne said...

ugh...bethany, that sounds so icky!!!