Thursday, May 3, 2007

Hummus and Shoes

So - I made hummus for lunch yesterday. I think I've concocted a good recipe - it's nothing crazy or complicated, but it's a good standard to have in your recipe box. Do ya wanna make it?

1 (15-oz.) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained **
1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt (I always use a whole teaspoon. I'm a saltaholic.)
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
Freshly ground pepper

Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.

**You know what makes it even better?? Using dried garbanzos, soaked and cooked according to pkg. directions. It really tastes great, but I rarely do this.

I eat this with a whole wheat pita bread - I spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and toast the pita on both sides over medium heat. Then I have all sorts of raw veggies, too. Yum.

So....before we left for Chicago I bought the Noodle some shoes. Oh, I love buying that child clothes and shoes. It's funny because I don't have a thing for shoes myself - just as long as they're comfy I don't really care. I also don't like to dress up much, so clothes aren't that exciting - plus, I'm at an all-time high in regards to weight, so that's no fun. But the Noodle! She is fun to buy for. Look at these new tennies I bought for her (I bought them in pink, though.)

Can you see the sparkly sequins? Another Mom at American Girl Place asked me where I got them and asked if the sequins will stay on. (Nordstrom and no....they are totally impractical. They should look like Hell in a month.) I don't care, though. As long as they're cute now.

And you know what's funny? Zuddy loves the stuff I buy for her. He always notices a new outfit or shoes, and he never gets bent out of shape. We just feast our eyes on her and enjoy....we dress like we're homeless and she looks like a million bucks :) For the record - I'm a good bargain hunter, too, but they are always mixed with a few splurges, too!

Oh - and speaking of the Noodle: she has a school project she's been working on. She was studying Polar Bears and their habitats and we (as a family) needed to construct a diorama depicting this. luck would have it, when we were in Chicago, we ordered room service on Saturday night and were watching the Nat. Geographic channel and lo and behold! 3 shows about bears! All in a row! And one was about Polars! She loved the shows, but was a little grossed out at the Polar Bear eating bloody whale blubber and seals.

But it all sunk in, friends.

We made the diorama last night and while I made the polar bear of sculpty clay? She made........

a bloody seal for him to "eat on".

Zuddy came home from work and cracked up at that! She always keeps us laughing! Kids are the best!

Have a great day!


Pen said...

I have one word for hummus -- YUM-O! I have never made it myself, but need to give it a try sometime. I pick it up from the deli.

Noodles shoes are darling! I had to laugh when you said you guys look homeless, but she looks like a millions bucks. That's how we were when our daughter was younger. Now that she is older she likes having "homeless" looking!

Kim said...

So funny! My friend's kid just got those same shoes in pink as well. She was coveting them & her mom (my friend) wouldn't buy them. But, her nana came to the rescue :)

Amy said...

You have to post a picture of the diarama!

gg said...

About the kid thing...
Last night, Smackie gave me a good night hug right after his shower. I told him that he didn't do a very good job with his pits, as he smelled like old brie.

He apologized and said that he hadn't had a chance to put "cheese sauce" on yet. We call deodorant "cheese sauce", because it prevents stinky-cheese-pits.

The Garage Gourmet.

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

Hummus- Yum! I've never attempted it but now that I have a recipe...

Martha said...

Hey there, everyone!

Pen and Jen (ha! Pen and Jen! Rhymes!) This is soooooo much better than store-bought hummus. You'll love it (I hope!).

Aim - I'll post a picture of the diarama when it comes back home (if it's still in good shape).

GG - how cute is that Smackie? He's got a great sense of humor! When does baseball start?

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

HeatherJ said...

Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious! I love hummus too. I'm going to Cali this week, so I'll see you later ... have a great week!

Mrs. Jones said...

I make this recipe about once a week. Of course I have to look it up every time because I don't print it. I search "hummus and shoes" ;-)