Those two things just go hand in hand, don't they? Where have I been lately, you may be asking? Just letting the little things all overwhelm me. Back to school stressed me unnecessarily, I'm trying to diet, and have been a little down in the dumps. Coincidence, I think not! But it does bring me to the hummus.
I'm a brand new Mark Bittman convert. I took some of my hard-earned FoodBuzz money and purchased his book "Food Matters" and the cookbook that goes along with it. I guess Mark's story is he was getting older and fatter, bad stuff was happening to his health, and his doctor told him he needed to become a vegan. Which sort of clashed with his line of work, being a food writer and all. But he decided to try a plan where he is a "vegan until 6" everyday...eating no animal products, just plants, plants, plants. Then after 6 eat a normal dinner without gluttonizing, and it worked for him.
So I thought to myself, if he can do it, maybe I can do it. I like plants. So I spent this past Sunday prepping veggies, and making beans and oatmeal and brown rice in mass quantities so I would have easy access to things I can eat and so far so good. I've taken a few pounds off, and feel like it's something I can live with. Why am I telling you all this? Beats the snot out of me; here's Bittman's recipe for hummus.
Put it all together in the food processor and blend it together, adding more liquid from the chickpeas if needed.
So mine came out a little dry, guess I should have added more liquid. And it made way more than I needed since I'm the only one who eats it. Wonder if it freezes well.
And as for birthdays, my little 5th grade flute-playing chickadee turned 11 today. She's growing up so fast!
This was the first year she requested a homemade birthday cake, and she wanted the same one I made for her dad back in June, without the raspberry sauce. So obviously that required extra frosting on top!
Just as delicious as I remembered. And there's no chickpeas in it!