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Comme Vous Voulez Hummus with Pita

I love hummus, as long as the chickpeas aren’t lost in tahini. I love lemons. Don’t be surprised if I enjoy the lemon garnish more than I enjoy the cocktail. And I love garlic but can’t eat it raw, or someone will have to hold my hair from my face as I kneel over the toilet bowl in predawn light. Sadness, I know.

So this is my hummus–selfish and as I want.

Taste as you go and adjust.

Comme vous voulez hummus

2 cups chickpeas, canned or cooked
Tahini to taste
1/4 cup of olive oil, more or less
Garlic, if you like
Lemon juice (1/2 a lemon, a whole lemon, 2 lemons?)
Salt and pepper
Paprika, or cumin, or za’atar, or sansho, or shichimi

1. Combine all chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Start with a small amount of all auxiliary ingredients and add more if needed. How do you know if you need more tahini? Taste it. Lemon juice? Taste it. Salt, pepper, garlic? Taste it. Obvious: If you like the flavor, the hummus is good.

2. Add more water if your hummus is too thick–just a little at a time until you have a puree the right consistency for dipping.

3. Scrape hummus into a bowl, topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a healthy sprinkle of one (or more) of the mentioned spices.

Pita Bread

1. More food processor fun: Add 3 cups all-purpose flour, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp instant yeast, 2 tsp coarse kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp sugar to food processor. Cover and add 1 cup of water through the feed tube while mixing. blend for 30 seconds until dough comes together to form a slightly sticky ball. As usual, add more water if needed.

2. Pull the dough from the food processor and form into a neat ball. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise about 1 – 2 hours, until dough has doubled in size.

3. After rising, divide dough into 6 pieces, rolling each piece into a ball. Put the dough balls on a floured surface (a cutting board works well), dust with more flour, and cover with a dish towel. Let rise for 20 minutes.

4. On lightly floured surface, roll each ball out to a flat round less than 1/4″ thick. Be sure to cover each round when you have finished rolling. While rounds rest for 20 minutes, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. A pizza stone works best, but if you don’t have one, place rounds onto a lightly oiled baking sheet (you may have to work in batches). Bake until browned on one side and then flip over to brown other side. Takes between 5-10 minutes, so pay attention!

5. When done, brush with melted butter, cut into triangles, and dip in hummus.

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Party and Picnic

What a weekend. One of my closest friends from high school is getting married next weekend, so I spent yesterday in Boston for her bachelorette party. We also have another friend getting married later this year, and we decided to make it a double bachelorette party. Of course they got all dressed up.

Dinner was at a place in Faneuil Hall called Dick’s Last Resort. Apparently this is a theme restaurant; the theme being that the waiters and waitresses are supposed to be jerks and say whatever is on their minds. Here, they are actually allowed to say the many things left unsaid by waiters at other restaurants. It was interesting to say the least. There was also a disappointing lack of anything vegetarian; forget vegan! My last hope was that they would have a salad for me to order. But no, the only vegetarian product on the menu was a basket of cheese sticks.

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At least the company was good, and we all had many good laughs. Here are the girls enjoying their custom made hats:

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After dinner, we trekked back to the hotel to get spiffed up for a night on the town. We decided on a club called Venu. At a $20 cover and expensive drink options, I was happy that the DJ was so much fun. We had a blast dancing, and the two bachelorettes were even “brave” enough to dance on the floor-lit runway. Just before bars closed, we went next door to a place called Sweetwater Cafe for one last drink. It was definitely a night of indulgence, but I guess that’s what a bachelorette party is for!

When I arrived back in NYC today, the first thing that James said to me was, “Wait until you see all of the food I made!” I guess that he had fun while I was gone! You saw his post about Gazpacho, but I also came home to black olive hummus and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Here’s the hummus ingredients:

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The lemonade ingredients:

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And the final products:

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James also took some photos of the smoothie that he made earlier in the day. He’s been busy!

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I was exhausted from sitting on the bus, and my legs needed to move around a bit, so we walked over to the park for a mini picnic dinner, using all of Jame’s creations and a couple of nice whole wheat roles.

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This food tasted so good and made my body feel so much better after the abuses I put it through in Boston. It was a fun weekend though. Tomorrow it’s back to the gym!