I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Spread The Love

My love affair with mayonnaise has run its course. Don’t get me wrong it was great while it lasted but then I started to notice the little things….or in my case the big things such as my; stomach, my thighs and don’t even get me started on my hips. I began to realize that this relationship was just not healthy for me and that it was time to make a change.
I caught myself looking around at other condiments with great interest; it made me feel bad at first I wanted so badly to try them all. I felt like I was cheating by not sticking with the one constant condiment in my life, mayo. Then all of a sudden it hit me that I was only cheating myself out of the potential of ever seeing a smaller dress size by staying in this bad relationship, so I have since moved on.
Everyone, I would like to introduce you to my new love, hummus. Hummus gives me everything I look for in a condiment, richness and flavor. It is soft, creamy and very easy to spread. It gets along well with all the other foods in my life and has left me with a much healthier outlook.
I am very happy in my new relationship; I only hope that the rest of you can benefit from my past mistakes and move on to healthier, tastier and less abusive condiments in your own lives.


1 12-oz can garbanzo beans
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp tahini sauce (sesame paste)
juice of 1 small lemon
½ tsp salt

Drain 1/3 of the water from the can of garbanzo beans into a small bowl. Set aside for later use.
In a blender, mix together the garbanzo beans with the remaining can water and the rest of the ingredients.
Blend for 1-2 minutes until a smooth, slightly fluid paste is formed.


Insanity Kim said...

I LOVE Hummus!That basic recipe is great to add sundried tomatoes to, or anything else for that matter! The best combination is a plate of diced tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers and feta cheese, making a little pita pizza...oh man, I gotta do that now!!

Judy said...

I love hummus although I've never made it... I have some garbanzo beans so I must try this. Sounds way too easy.

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing, Insanity Kim that sounds delicious.

Julie said...

Hope you enjoy, Judy

Hillary said...

I love hummus - it's SO much better than mayonnaise based dips!

Julie said...

Thank you Hillary

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Julie,
Shame on me for not visiting more often:(. You have touched my mayo heart with this post. I too have learned the joys of hummus. I must learn to control the amount of garlic I add. I'm going to latch on to your recipe as a reminder.

Thanks for sharing...

Julie said...

Thank you, Louise

zerrin said...

I just can't believe that you know hummus. I thought it's a special dish in the Southern part of Turkey. Many people still don't know it even in some regions of our country.

I love the way you use it substituting mayonnaise. Here we make it with cheakpeas (the rest is the same) and eat it as an appetizer with some pickles near it.

Julie said...

Thank you, Zerrin. Hummus has become a very popular staple in the United States.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I should do the same! Give up mayo, I mean. But I found a brand made with olive oil that is low in fat.

Julie said...

I have had the mayo with the olive oil Mimi, it really is quite good.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I agree - it does not taste like a "Diet" spread.

Julie said...

Knew you would like it Mimi