Chick peas. Garbanzo beans. Chi chi beans. Their biggest claim to fame, here in the States, is salad bars.They are vastly underappreciated, which is sad because they are inexpensive, filling, low in fat, easy to work with, full of fiber, creamy and delicious! (Really! Check this out)
They are also the main ingredient in hummus, which is easy to make but requires pulling out your food processor or blender. I like simple, so I came up with this dish that has all the same flavors as a spiced hummus without the fuss.
Hummus is mainstream now, but it wasn’t that long ago when it was considered an exotic dish to serve, here in the States. Remember?
To me, it’s still pretty exotic in that it transports me every time I eat it. Where? Oh, eternally sunny places, lands of lemons and olives and intense fresh herbs. Sigh.
With that truly lovely image in mind, let me share a few recipes for making your own hummus and bringing some of that sunshine into your home. First, I am going to walk you through a fairly traditional version, then give you a fabulous twist à la Your Spice of Life. Read the rest of this entry