I have had a bowl of chickpeas sitting in my fridge for a few days and finally today I decided to put it to good use and make hummus. Though I am not a huge hummus fan I thought it would be fun to create one to my exact taste. Too bad my taste buds are all over the place because I began to put everything into it.
I started by putting all of the chickpeas into the blender and three peeled garlic cloves and a few leaves of basil. I planted a basil plant on my roof and its pretty tiny and endearing but has some nice big leaves that I gladly cut off. I drizzled a bit of EVOO, grinded some sea salt and black pepper, and poured half a cup of water and blended everything (or in blender-speak, I, quite noisily, liquefied it).
The result was far-less extraordinary than I imagined. Bland, tasteless… I started to worry… I started adding cayenne, paprika, cumin, and coriander. I, also, added a few sprigs of chives. Followed by more water.. I liquefied and hoped for the best…
After a bit more sea salt (a lot more sea salt) and some tahini… I think I have created something with many layers of taste… All of them with a hint of bland. However, just knowing that I tried makes me kind of appreciate and enjoy it.
I ate some with a piece of bread and it wasn’t all that bad. Though I noticed that I didn’t quite liquefy the chives enough and the whole thing looks really unappetizing. But, I am a novice… and the whole thing cost a thousand and a half times less than getting some at the supermarket.. which I could never go through by myself anyway.