Sunday, February 04, 2007

Photo inspiration and Bombay Hummous

My mission is to post the recipe for the hummous we made to hold us over while we waited for the quiche to cook a few Wednesdays ago. But first... I've recently happened upon a couple of treasure troves of delicious food photos. For your enjoyment:

Clotilde (of Chocolate & Zucchini) has a great flickr collection of enviable restaurant meals. Can we take a Wednesday Dinners field trip to Paris? Please?

And for more flickr food fun, here's a girl who documents what she eats in a flickr set named What I had for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I envy her ability to make the most ordinary food look irresistible.

Now onto hummous. I first tried this variation last summer, whipped it up on a Sunday morning to take down to the beach. We ate it with carrot sticks, burgers and beer – perfect. It looks like it has an unheard of number of ingredients for hummous, but it's still really easy and totally worth it. Plus, once you've tried it out you can make it something in this spirit with fewer or different ingredients (as we did recently at Laura's, since we were without recipe and I only seemed to remember about half of it).

Bombay Hummous
(from my bible, the Rebar cookbook)
1/4 cup canola oil
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (19 oz) can of chick peas
1/4 cup of cashews, roasted
juice of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground corriander
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
pinch tumeric
pinch cinnamon
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped mint

1. Gently heat the oil and ginger in a small saucepan. Let the ginger sizzle, but not brown. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, including the ginger and oil, and pulse to blend until it's the texture you like. Season to taste.

1 comment:

Laura said...

What a fantastic recipe - I think the largest component we were missing were the cashews. But we did pretty well, considering! We'll just have to make it again. (Darn! If we must). I love your description of it in its summer setting. Beer! Burgers! Chickpeas! And thanks for the links. I second the trip to Paris. Wow, that food looks amazingly delicious.