“We see no cause for panic or hysteria.” Christoph Bergner
Lately I’ve developed a taste for mayo alternatives. There’s the Dairy Free Ricotta (January 23) or store bought hummus. And then, a little bird whispered in my ear that hummus is one of the easiest spreads to make by my own self if I’d simply purchase some dried garbanzo beans.
Note: Always be on your guard whenever a recipe uses the word, simply. There’s that “simply” direction used when talking about creme brûlée and a blowtorch. Really?
At any rate, I was simply going to make my own hummus from scratch, or from garbanzo beans. I soaked the beans overnight. I placed them into my crockpot and set it on lo, which is the crockpot spelling for low. I let them cook all day and into the night until they were softish. I later found out I should have cooked them on hi, which is the crockpot spelling for high.
It was time for bed so I put the crockpot insert out in the snow to cool overnight. I’ve often done this as a way to cool food. However, this time the hot dish melted some of the snow and then, during the night, froze again, welding the crockpot insert to the deck.
Pouring hot water at the base of the dish and attacking it with a screwdriver did nothing to loosen or budge it. Fortunately, I was able to remove the cover and scoop out the contents, which were not frozen solid. I believe the pot will remain on the deck until the spring thaw.
The rest of the story. I got the garbanzos drained and into the VitaMix. I added the garlic and lemon juice with a splash of broth and found I was out of tahini, which is not an island in the Pacific but rather ground sesame seeds, a major ingredient in traditional hummus. I added a dash of toasted sesame seed oil instead and some peanut butter. Don’t ask.
This is a lovely spread for use in place of mayo in rollup or other sandwiches. Also yummy with crudités, a fancy name for raw vegetables. Humans are so strange!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.