Thursday, November 15, 2012

#96 The Case of Spicy Hummus and a Sexy Vintage Car

"They just don't make cars like this anymore," says my husband. He's licking his lips.

We're at the Black Currant Bay Antique and Vintage Car Show and I really must agree with him. Although I doubt if I'm looking at the displayed vehicles from the same perspective as Karl is.

See, I'm willing to bet the words in his thought cloud look a lot like this: horsepower, engine, torque... Manly, manly words.

My artsy-fartsy, womanly designer thought cloud includes words like: curves, Flamingo Pink, Elvis-suit White, chrome...

But we both agree these are magnificent machines. Ever notice how you can't beat an original?

Seamlessly transitioning to the topic of my recipe for Spicy Hummus, I've tried modernizing my original Spicy Hummus recipe with the addition of roasted red pepper, puréed pumpkin or even beets but that genuine Mediterranean taste of chick peas, lemon juice and garlic disappears. So here's my original Spicy Hummus, which is judiciously enhanced (not disguised) with a little Tabasco.

Although I usually post a picture of each dish I write about, you don't need a photo of my Spicy Hummus because you can picture it. It looks exactly like the 54 Dodge Mayfair above—authentic.

Spicy Hummus

1 cup dried chick peas, soaked for 24 hours, drained, then rinsed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
3/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
drizzle olive oil
chilli pepper flakes

Purée all the ingredients (chick peas to salt and pepper to taste) in a high-speed blender.

Spread in the bottom of a pasta dish and drizzle with more olive oil. Sprinkle with chilli pepper flakes.

Serve with cucumber slices.

Serves 3 as an appetiser, 2 as lunch.


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  1. I think it is the best way to show your love for food as well as for cars. I really enjoyed reading it.

    Sara William
    Click to know about vehicle transportation

    1. You should see all the other photos I got from the same car show! Wish I could find a way to fit them with the concept of this blog. Thanks for the comment, Sara.

  2. Thanks for the hummus recipe! I have the chickpeas, now to get the tabasco sauce. :-)

  3. I like looking at old cars also, but I definitely see them in an artsy, "womanly designer" sort of way too. As a reporter, I've interviewed some guys from a classic car club a couple of times, and I've admitted to them that I basically just appreciate the aesthetics. :) I like hummus, but I've never tried making my own. Thanks for the recipe. I like the idea of the spicy hummus theoretically, but I have gastritis and the doctor told me to avoid spice. Maybe, I'll have to leave out the Tabasco for now.

    1. Pretty sure the hummus will still be yummy without the hot sauce. Let me know what you think. I'm so happy you dropped by my kitchen, Susan!