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Old 07-01-2012, 05:59 PM   #21
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107 F here today. It's celestial seasons acai berry tea sweetened with strawberries & raspberries today. Hot dogs on the grill, pita chips & hummus. Anyone have a hummus recipe you care to recommend? I'd love to try and make my own hummus.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:28 PM   #22
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Hummus is so easy to make. I generally use dry garbanzo beans that I soak overnight and cook, but you can use canned.

4 c garganzo beans (we love hummus, so I make a fairly large batch)
1/4 c water in which beans were cooked (or from the can)
garlic (to taste--I use about 5-6 cloves)
lemon juice (freshly squeezed) (or lime if you're adding cayenne and cumin)
EVOO (probably 4-5 T)
cayenne pepper (or not)
cumin (or not)
Tahini (to taste--but I usually use about 3-5 T--again, to taste)

Process in the food processor so it is a smooth paste, adjusting liquid to achieve consistency desired. Top with a bit of EVOO and paprika - I like to use smoked paprika

For variations (one of the following)
roasted red peppers and top with parsley
Sun dried tomatoes
1/2 c toasted walnuts (you can sub the EVOO for walnut oil if adding walnuts)

If you don't have tahini, you can make your own.

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Old 07-01-2012, 10:34 PM   #23
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CWS, what do you do about the skins on the chick peas? I find that they give the hummus a funny texture that I don't like, so I make hummus with canned chick peas. I would prefer to use the dry beans.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:42 PM   #24
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CWS, what do you do about the skins on the chick peas? I find that they give the hummus a funny texture that I don't like, so I make hummus with canned chick peas. I would prefer to use the dry beans.
I remove the pot from the stove when they are done, add a couple of glasses of cold water. The skins crack and float to the surface and you can remove with a slotted spoon, stirring removes more skin. If still too many have skins still on, stick your hand in and gently massage the chickpeas (provided you've added enough cold water to get your hand in). At least, that's how I do it--not sure if there are other ways to do this?
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:40 AM   #25
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gazpacho, watermelon and plenty of chilled water....
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:43 AM   #26
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Hot soups and stews here for the British summer.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #27
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #28
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Drinking water. Lots of water. Herbal ( no caffeine ) ice tea. Mint leaves, lemon or lime slices.

Cooking light, eating light.

Gazpacho Season has arrived. Yay. That's Definitely on the short list this week.

Even though my house has AC, the heat still makes me feel sluggish. I go for my morning walk at 5:30 or 6 am before it gets too hot. It doesn't cool off until way after dark, and I don't care to go walking then. We went swimming one day. I should do that again.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #29
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Thanks to those of you who shared hummus info. I love hummus and have it often, but have not made my own as of yet.

As far as eating and drinking according to the weather here, still having lots of fruits, veggies, yogurt and salads. Hoping to make up a batch of fried chicken later in the week, just so I can have cold fried chicken. With potato salad.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:46 PM   #30
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My own weight in lemon iced tea and dill pickle potato chips.
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