Week 20 – The Search For The Perfect Hummus

This search has been going on for a long time. And this project, like many others, has been put off for weeks if not months. But no more! I was home this weekend and had access to my parents’ food processor. So no more excuses. As of this morning, I finally made my own hummus!

The typical hummus recipe can be found here (I now post a preview of my up-coming 52 weeks project in the posts prior to the project itself) on the Martha Stewart website:

http://lanamaniac.posterous.com/homemade-hummus-marthastewartcom

However, this sort of hummus can be found in any supermarket and its a pretty bland recipe. Isn’t the reason for my search in the first place? That I didn’t want anything typical? The store bought brands I usually like get are: 

-Sabra Original (my fave, but for some reason it has made my stomach hurt and its too creamy)
Sonny & Joe’s Just Hummus (quite good but a bit bland)
Tribe Zesty Lemon (also good but too tangy and the rest just does not stand out)

My own recipe included everything seen above from the Martha Stewart site (except tahini) as well as some other unique ingredients so in total I had these:

  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) chickpeas (uncooked)
  • 1 entire squeezed lemon
  • 1/2 cup shelled peanuts (instead of tahini)
  • 2.5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • a dash of salt, black pepper and paprika
  • a generous amount of sesame seeds
  • 2 table spoons of halva (a middle eastern delicacy made with rosewater, sugar, tahini and nuts)
  • 1/2 cups and 3 table spoons olive oil (the peanuts made the hummus more dry)
  • next time use all organic ingredients and maybe no halva to cut down on calories
  • So this had everything, the sweet, the tangy, the unusual and the classic. It tasted great and the best part that you can taste ALL the unique ingredients.

    However, some changes and takeaways:

    -peanuts, chickpeas and olive oil go great together but I would use less peanuts next time to make it slightly softer

    -2.5 cloves of garlic is just right to get the flavor but stay kind to sensitive taste buds and stomachs so next time 1.5 would do too

    -the peanuts and the halva made the hummus a little dry, so extra olive oil was needed but the halva gave it perfect sweetness otherwise, the new

    -ingredients made for a perfect balance of tangy and sweet and were perfect on toasted black bread

    Of course what project of mine could be complete without the addition of some photography? I record my hummus experience:

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    Part of 52 weeks creative project. Do something creative and interesting every week for 52 weeks a year!

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