I hope everyone enjoyed their fourth, if you were celebrating! Mine began peacefully with some of this:
And ended on a less tranquil note with some of these:
It’s all about balance.
After journeying on a packed train back to the city (in the company of apparently every other inhabitant of the island), I was craving something hearty, but not heavy for dinner.
I visited with a close friend this weekend who currently lives in Dubai, and we spent a bit of time discussing how incredible hummus tastes when enjoyed in its native region. I remember eating hummus in Israel and proclaiming I would never be able to eat it back home again – it was just that good. Still, I’ve wanted to make my own for quite some time. At the moment I am without chickpeas or a food processor, so the traditional kind was out.
With only a blender to work its magic, I chose lentils as the base, assuming they would blend easily. Plus, they fulfilled my yen for “hearty-not-heavy.”
- 1/4 c dry lentils
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1 T tahini
- 1 t evoo
- 5 fresh basil leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook lentils until soft, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and place in blender with other ingredients. Blend well. Refrigerate minimum one hour.
I wasn’t sure how this would turn out, so I made the recipe small. But, I’m sure it could be easily doubled or quadrupled for a heftier, longer-lasting amount.
I enjoyed all that I made with dipping utensils: swag bread, crackers, raw zucchini, carrots, and broccoli.
How did you spend your fourth?