A Ho Hum(mus) Valentine’s Day


Today has been interesting. I had to run some errands this morning to get ready for a shoot tomorrow, after which I had three clients and some shopping.

When I buy strange combinations of items, I always wonder what the checkout person is making up about me. Today my purchase consisted of a shiny red blender, a day planner, a shiny red neglige, two pairs of panties (shiny and red!), six boxes of chocolates, and two bottles of nail polish (one of which was shiny. And red). I was clearly planning a really interesting night.

Or something. I painted my nails (satiny, shiny red) and then took to the blender (perhaps not an ideal order… should have pulled out the day planner first!) and made a batch of homemade hummus. My friend Heather, who writes a great food column, makes the most delicious hummus and I’ve been dying to give it a shot. I still don’t have a food processor, but the blender did a pretty good job of faking it.

Combine 2 cans of garbanzo beans, the juice of one lemon, and minced garlic (I used four or five cloves, but if you’re not a garlic fanatic like me, two is the normal dose) and blend until smooth. You might have to spot-test your mix. Mine looked pretty creamy but had chunks of ninja bean hidden under the placid surface. Once your beans are blended, gradually mix in olive oil and spices to taste. One recipe I found suggested 1/3 of a cup of oil but I don’t think I used quite that much. As for spices, salt is a good place to start, and you can get creative from there. I used a Mediterranean blend for my first batch, but I think in the future I’ll try something a bit spicier.

Hummus is delicious and not quite as bad for you as many dips (don’t get me wrong: it’s full of oil, which is fine in moderation, but not great in quantity), but it’s often $5 or $6 for a little tub. This costs about $1 per cup to make and is very easy.


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