before it got there.
There are approximately eighty-seven million five thousand and three other people talking about these types of issues at this very moment - some, even, in the Washington Post, so I won't belabor any points right now. Maybe in some future posts.
Suffice it to say that I'm a Mollie Katzen wannabe who loves her tiny, tenacious food co-op as well as the plethora of farmer's markets in DC, with special shout-outs to the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market, which is open year-round, and the Adam's Morgan Farmer's Market, which is cheap and accepts WIC coupons and doesn't have a website.
And so, without further ado, an innaugural recipe (which - gasp! - is a little imprecise, for me. It's also very forgiving. Take a deep breath and just start sprinkling that cumin - it'll be fine.)
Basic Hummus(Think hummus is a mysterious substance that grows pre-packaged in little plastic Whole Foods containers? Think again...)
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups cooked chickpeas (One small can works fine. You can also buy them dry, soak them overnight, and cook in simmering water until tender)
- 1 heaping tablespoon tahini (aka sesame paste)
- juice of one lemon
- one clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- water, as needed
- paprika, for garnish (optional)
- Drain chickpeas. Pour into a blender or food processor, along with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin.
- Add a small amount (1/4 cup or so) of water.
- Blend or process until smooth. You may need to turn off the blender/food processer and stir occasionally, to ensure that all chickpeas are crushed. You may also need to add more water, if the hummus isn't getting smooth enough for your liking.
- Scoop into your desired serving or storing container, and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika, if desired.