I own four different types of blenders. Say what? Yes. I have a blender, an immersion blender, a food processor, and a juicer which technically isn’t a blender but it takes things that are whole and pulverizes them until they are easily consumable. Same difference. I love my kitchen toys.
The point is that all of these are used to do different things, and my food processor spends its life making three things: 1. Cashew ricotta. 2. Banana ice cream. 3. HUMMUS. I love hummus—for me, it’s a food group. I like to make my own so I can experiment with flavor and control how much oil and sodium goes into my mix.
The other day I lugged my food processor over to my co-worker nick’s place to make hummus for dinner and watch Out of Africa. Nick is on an Epic Film Quest to watch every Best Picture movie ever, and I thought, what could possibly be better than a movie with Meryl Streep (arguably the best actress EVER), Robert Pantywetting Redford and Africa? Lots of things, apparently. Because while the movie was not BAD, it was 2 hours and 41 minutes. Even my most favorite activities, the things I look most forward to–like yoga and sloppy drunk sex with my boyfriend–would not be fun if I was forced to do them for 2 hours and 41 minutes. The only thing I ever want to to straight for 2 hours and 41 minutes is sleep.
So while the movie had beautiful scenery, and lots of drool-worthy Robert Redfordness, AND a shot of Meryl’s nipple, I spent a lot of time waiting for something to happen. Also the end pissed me off more than the time I read Atonement. Read Nick’s review at his blog here.
And now, a hummus recipe! Note that home made hummus, in my experience, is never as creamy as store-bought, probably because I lack whatever crazy industrial blender they use, and I don’t use as much oil. My hummus is thicker and chunkier, which I like. Uhm, wait wait. I like my hummus like I like my men. Thick and full of garlic. Ew.
3 cups cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded
2 cloves garlic
the juice of 2 whole lemons
Place all ingredients EXCEPT OIL in your food processor and turn it on. Slowly add your oil. Let run for 2-3 minutes. Pulse several times to make sure your peppers have been adequately pulverized.
Eat right out of the processor bowl with your dipping accoutrement of choice while staring at Robert Redford for nearly 3 hours.