Discovering Hummus

Hummus and pine nuts

Hummus and pine nuts

I finally tried something I’ve been seeing in grocery stores. Of course I’ve heard of it before and in research for my writing I know it has been around since the 13th century.

Hummus: Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini(sesame oil), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

Here’s my problem. As a young Southern boy I learned, in school and life, that humus is the top layer of earth where leaves and dead things decay and turn to rich soil. So now when I hear about people eating Hummus—guess what I think of. Now don’t get me wrong. I love flat breads like pita and unleavened bread and several other selections that come from the Middle East, but word association has kept me from trying Hummus, of any variety. I’ve seen it on the shelves in Thailand, but Thai food occupied my palate, except in the case of any kind of bread which I would indulge in, usually late at night.

Rednecks at the beach

Rednecks at the beach

Now that I’m back in the States, at least for a while, I’m renewing my love of Mexican food, pizza, hamburgers and just about anything that will make you fat. I’m still trying to accommodate the giant servings without the use of a doggie(take-out) bag. As a result I once again am gaining weight. I’ve also quit using tobacco products, which has added to my girth. A little know secret of mine is: I normally only eat once a day. Been doing that for years and I don’t know why, except that my mind works better hungry. Not that my mind works great, but any improvement is a plus.

Back to Hummus. I’m not sure if it helps with my ‘eating disorder’ but I read that it’s very good for you. While shopping with the wife—that will make another great post—I was perusing the shelves and came across a big pile of Hummus. I must give it to American marketing. They can make anything appealing. In what is known as an impulse buy I grabbed a small tub with pine nuts, something I do enjoy, and hid it away from my darling. She’s not crazy about buying things she has no idea what it is, although she buys many thing I have no idea about with no hint of guilt.

That night I pulled out some wheat thins and gave the Hummus a try. I had to go on line to see what was proper for eating the mash of chickpeas. It was wonderful! I even tricked the wife into trying it. She wasn’t as impressed as I was but I did observe her going in for more.

Potential fat guy and family

Potential fat guy and family

Now, I’m hooked on Hummus and hoping its not fattening. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

I haven’t written anything is several months and it feels good to stretch my fingers and brain. I hope you enjoyed this little post.

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