Black Bean Hummus {Summer Days}

“So how exactly do you make hummus?” I casually ask as we’re driving down the road in wet swim suits. The windows are down and the warm breeze feels nice on our cool skin. We just spent the afternoon floating on tubes and showing off our swimming skills in the clear reservoir water among the green mountains. It was the perfect way to soak in yet another toasty summer day.

He starts right in like he’s been waiting on this question all day. “Well hummus is traditionally made with five base ingredients,” he says and holds up his right hand to start counting each one off with his tan fingers. “Olive oil. Chick peas. Tahini. Garlic. Lemon juice. And I like to add a little shallot or onion in mine for sharpness. Sometimes some black beans and cumin too for flavor.”

He pauses and looks off. I can see the wheels turning. Perfect. He’s already making it in his mind.

I clear my throat. He comes back to me. “That’s a really random question. Do you want some hummus or something babe?”

I slyly smile. “Why yes, a matter of fact I do. I thought you’d never ask.”

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The perfect snack for these warm summer days… Let’s let loose on some black bean hummus, shall we?

Ingredients:

  • (1) can of chick peas, rinsed
  • (1/2) can of black beans, rinsed
  • (3) cloves of garlic
  • (2) Tablespoons of onion or shallot, rough chopped
  • (3) Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • (1) Tablespoon of ground cumin
  • (4) Tablespoons of olive oil….can add to mixture in 1 Tbsp increments
  • (1/3) cup of Tahini
  • (1) and ½ teaspoons of salt (maybe more for personal preference)
  • And a little water for smoother consistency

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, process your garlic, chopped onion/shallot.
  2. Add in our chick peas, black beans, tahini, cumin, lemon juice and salt.
  3. During the processing, occasionally add a little olive oil and a little water as you go to help create your desired consistency.
  4. Once you achieve a smooth blend, you’ll need to finish by adding a little more olive oil and salt for a final blend or to your desired taste preference.

Alternate prep: We only have a mini-processor here in our little red cabin in the woods. Ideally you want a standard sized processor to process all of these ingredients together. Instead, we processed our chick pea mixture in batches with the black beans and then combined it all in our Kitchenaid mixer for a final light blend.

Enjoy with fresh summer veggies as a dip or on a sandwich like we did, made with fresh focaccia bread from Elmore Mountain Bread.

Until we pull from random inspirations again,

A+ H

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How To Roll Your Own Sushi {Date Night}

Happy Valentine’s week, friends.

Some embrace it. Some hate it.  Some could care less.  We’re a little indifferent, but always appreciate any holiday that inspires a time to chill, connect and cook.  Instead of splurging on a fancy prix fixe menu at a restaurant, you’ll find us roaming the local grocery store menu planning on our own.  This year, we’ve been craving sushi … and beets.  So we spent a night in rolling, experimenting and playing, making loads of our own creations at a fraction of the cost of going out.

Want to make sushi for your Valentine?

A few tips:

1.    It’s all about your rice.  Carefully follow the directions on your sushi rice package.   You’re looking for a sticky texture.  Seasoning is also key.  Try creating a rice wine vinegar reduction with a four to one ratio of vinegar to salt and sugar (Example: (4) Tablespoons of rice wine vinegar to (1) Tablespoon of salt to (1) Tablespoon of sugar).  Amount will vary depending on the amount of rice you make.  Master your rice and you’re well on your way.

2.    Put plastic wrap around your bamboo mats for easier clean up and to help roll inside-out rolls easier.

3.    Have a bowl of water nearby.  Dip your fingers in the water each time you add more rice to your mat.  This keeps things a little less sticky and you won’t have rice sticking to your fingers.

4.    Roll slowly.  Roll it tight.  Roll it evenly.


5.    Don’t stick with just a few ingredients.  Have options.  Try out different flavor profiles.  You know what we’re saying … let loose!

Until we eat again,

A + H