>> Saturday, March 14, 2009
The final recipe from the cooking class I taught on Thursday..."Beyond Beans and Rice: Eating Beans to Save Money and Use Your Food Storage."
from Big Snacks, Little Meals
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1 clove of garlic, peeled (I usually do less garlic)
3 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste available in health food stores or the international aisle of your grocery store)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, halved
- Open the can of garbanzo beans. Strain the juice and rinse the beans with fresh water. Put the beans into the blender.
- Add the garlic, tahini, olive oil, and salt to the blender or food processor. Next, squeeze the juice from the lemon into the blender.
- Put the lid on the blender, and blend away! You're going for a smooth mush. If you need to, stop the blender, and use the rubber spatula to push the ingredients off of the sides and into the center.
- If the mixture is too stiff, blend in a little water to thin it out.
- Scrape the hummus with the rubber spatula into a serving dish. You can sprinkle a little paprika on top. It looks cool and tastes great.
As a side story, I ran out of cheese before the cooking class, so I had to stop at Food Lion on my way there, and as I've mentioned, Food Lion is sorely lacking in the organics, so I got conventional cheddar cheese and Kraft cheese slices.
The next day, there was still a lot of cheese left, so I made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch with the Kraft cheese slices. First Son is super picky, so I make my boys try anything new before putting it on their plates to avoid wasting food and making myself angry. So I had them try the processed cheese, explaining that it is "weird cheese."
At dinner, I made tacos with the leftover bean burgers from the class, and First Son asked, "Do these have the weird cheese on them?"
"No, it's regular cheese," I replied, meaning cheddar cheese.
"Are you sure this isn't weird cheese?" he asked a few minutes later.
"I'm sure. I didn't use any weird cheese on these."
He studied his taco a little longer. "Then why is this cheese orange?!"
Ha, ha. That made me chuckle, and also reminded me of this amazing potato stand in the market in Cambridge, where I spent a semester in college. They sold baked potatoes with cheese, but my roommate and I always joked that it was really cheese with baked potatoes. We also got a kick out of the fact that the cheddar cheese was white.
Why do Americans feel the need to make cheddar orange?