Weekend Eats and Hummus Recipe

I hope you had a great weekend.  We got about 6″ of snow this weekend, so we ended up staying in all weekend and watching football and that was just fine.

The babies got to play in the snow with the Z Man and they got to wear their new sweaters.

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As for the chickens, well they are stronger than I am.  Every winter I’m always amazed how well they do in the cold weather.  Of course the Z Man always makes sure they have a cleared spot, fresh water and of course food.  I made a video of the chickens and you can see that on my Facebook page.  I can’t get it to upload on the blog.

I love to make soup and especially in the winter when we get snow.  This weekend was no different.  I made a big ole pot of potato soup, and this time I added a jar of my canned corn and I have to say it was fabulous.  I stole the idea from a friend who was making a potato corn chowder this weekend.  I’m pretty sure corn in the potato soup will be routine in the Z home from now on.  I added a little crumbled feta cheese on top.

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I was craving some fresh veggies this weekend too, and luckily I had some in the fridge that needed to be used.  For some reason I was craving veggies and dip, so I decided to make some hummus.  This is maybe the 3rd  time in my life I’ve made hummus so I’m not really sure where this is coming from….

I googled hummus recipes and found one that I thought I could work with and tweak it the way I wanted it.  The recipe called for tahini and let’s just be honest, I have never bought tahini, and wasn’t even sure what it was till I googled it.  It’s a paste made from ground sesame seeds.  Not usually in my pantry, but at least now I know what it is.

I’m also not a big fan of garbanzo beans (also known as chickpea) but I did put up several jars  of great northern white beans this fall and thought it would be a good substitution for the garbanzo beans.

This is what I did…

In the food processor add…

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  • 1 quart of canned northern great white beans (drained well)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Start blending and begin adding

  • 1/2 cup of good olive oil (blend to the consistency you want)

Chill hummus in fridge for a good hour so flavors can marry, then put into serving bowl and top with…

  • drizzle of olive oil (optional)
  • sprinkle of smoked paprika (optional)

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This is really good hummus.  Give it a try, I think you’ll like it.

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How about my vintage Tupperware veggie tray?  I can’t even remember how long I’ve had it, but it’s perfect and I love it.

How was your weekend?  Did you make a big ole pot of soup too?

Till next time,

Lori

 

 

 

 

 

 

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