Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Super Easy Recipe and Penelope Pics!

I just posted the recipe for my easy hummus over at Krazo Acres for Carolyn-Renee and I thought I'd share the recipe here. We eat hummus 2 or 3 times a week, as it is our *go to* snack item here!
Super Easy Hummus Recipe--
1 can Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
2 tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste) OR 1 tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 to 2 cloves garlic (optional)
pinch of salt

Drain can of beans (save the liquid!), dump the beans in a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Start on a medium speed and add a couple tablespoons of the bean liquid as it is blending. Taste every once in a while to see if the texture is smooth enough for you. I usually hit the puree button on my blender. Refrigerate for a bit to chill it and always refrigerate leftover hummus! If serving for a party, *fancy it up* by serving in a pretty bowl and sprinkling some toasted sesame seeds on top or some minced parsley on top or shaking a little paprika on top.
Tahini is pricey, but I have found that using the sesame seed oil gives the same flavor profile PLUS you don't get that *mealy* texture that some folks don't like. Get the Toasted Sesame Seed Oil if you can...richer flavor.
Now, I always add in a clove of garlic while it is blending as my family likes that. Other *add-ins* I use:
Roasted red bell peppers
Marinated artichoke hearts--well drained
Sun Dried Tomatoes or one fresh tomato-seeded and chopped

We eat it with pita bread, pita chips, on tortillas, with corn chips, on bread. Like I said, it is a mainstay here!

I usually make my hummus from dried beans that I crock-pot cook overnight, but I started off making it from canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and still keep a stock of canned beans just in case we run out and need to make it in a hurry!

Penelope news...
Penelope aka *Chicken Butt* was out wandering the yard yesterday with the goats.
 She gets along just fine with all of our little herd.
Her downy butt feathers are growing in more:

Yesterday evening, I FINALLY got the chance to get a pic of her riding Champagne (her favorite riding goat, apparently). Unfortunately, the pictures turned out a bit dark, but I hope you can see her. She is on the back of the white goat:
I know...hard to see. :(
I'll try to catch her having a daytime ride so I can get a better pic!


  1. I could see her! she looks very happy! I am so glad you are keeping her with the goats since she obviously feels safe there. Have you made her a little nest box in there or does she just sleep in with the goats? And I love the new website look! I wish I knew how to make mine more original! lol! :)

  2. Kellie, I tried putting a little nest box and a small roost in there for her, but she ignored them both, preferring her *roost* on the goats backs and snuggling down with them at night!

    To change your blog appearance is pretty easy! Go to *design*, then *appearance*, then click on *advanced*. It sorta walks you right through it, and you can preview any and all changes before settling on one. I chose the grayish background because it seemed restful and easy on the eyes and the black text is easy to read (to me anyway!)

  3. Ok, I have to confess, and please don't "Unfollow" me because I just have to get it off my chest!

    That rooster picture at the top of your page? Just. Freaks. Me. Out.

    Not sure why....maybe it's the evil chicken-eye he's giving me. And those pics of Penelope are very Jurassic Park'ish! Doesn't she look like one of those velosiraptors?

    Ok, now that I've poured out my heart....
    Thanks for the recipe! Although I think I'll have to wait until No Spend August is up because I don't think I have any chickpeas in the pantry.

  4. I keep telling everyone that Red the Psychotic Rooster is EEEEEEEE-VIL, but no one takes me seriously! See that look in his eye? He wants to kill all humans, I swear! This picture, btw, was taken at NIGHT, when all GOOD chickens are nestled down to sleep.
    Not Red.
    As soon as I got within 20 feet of the coop, he jumped off the roost and stood at the gate to the coop...ready to attack! All those folks that advised me to dust him at night...yeah, right! Not on Reds watch....
    Poor Penelope does look a bit like a 'raptor, doesn't she? Or maybe a wee ostrich. Lol! She is gradually growing back her feathers, though, poor thing.

    You won't be freaked out for too much longer. I plan to post a new header pic every Monday, starting next week!


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