Cooler today with thunder rumbling and rain falling and breezes.
I love a good rainstorm!
I especially like how it has cooled off my area.
I have been living on cool salads and sandwiches the past month as the weather has been too darn hot to do much cooking.
I did use my crockpot a lot, but I mainly filled up on Waldorf Salad and cole slaw.
Today, I am making hummus, a staple around my house.
My recipe is kinda simple and since I can't always get to the better grocery store to pick up tahini (sesame paste), I sometimes use sesame oil to add flavor and no one seems to notice.
Here is the bulk recipe I make:
3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 large clove garlic roasted (just wrap it in aluminum foil and stick it in the oven at 250 for an hour)
2 to 4 tablespoons sesame oil (I use toasted sesame oil--better flavor) OR 1/2 cup sesame seed (tahini)paste
salt to taste
3 teaspoons lemon juice
Mash all that together--use as a base for dips, spread on pita or flatbread and top with raw veggies for sandwiches, etc.
I like to mix it 50-50 with sour cream for a dip for chips or raw veggies. You can add other flavors as well...cut sesame oil in half. replace that with extra virgin olive oil and add 1/2 cup finely minced olives.
Roast one or two red bell peppers, peel, mash *meat* of pepper and add to hummus and mix well.
Hummus is good stuff.