Hummus

I’ve been busy cleaning out drawers and cupboards for a spring clean, and have been getting acquainted with the instant gratification of successfully getting rid of stuff on Kijiji. It’s a buzz, I tell you. I have diagnosed myself with the opposite affliction of a hoarder. MINIMALIST. That’s me. I am a bit worried that one day I’ll go too far and Michael will come home to an empty home with the exception of a Japanese Tatami bed, and a little stove in one corner to boil water for tea. You don’t know how much that idea gets me excited! I wouldn’t have to worry about dusting things, or wearing clothes because I wouldn’t have closets full of them anymore. Nirvana.

But I digress. I’ve been so busy with my spring clean, I have been neglecting my blog. So today’s entry will be on my breakfast this morning: Hummus and whole wheat pita.

My foodie friends, especially those who get paid to teach people about food and cooking, I know, just know you are rolling your eyes and sighing heavily at the store-bought container of hummus you see in the picture. Does it help that it’s completely vegan AND organic?

It was a compromise you see. On my way home from work yesterday afternoon, I stopped in to get the car washed. One of those drive through places, where you wait obediently for the garage door to open, then you drive in, select a stall, wash your car, back out of your stall, and drive through the door at the other end.

Well, the door opened, I drove in, all the stalls were full. So I drove right through, around the building, and by the time I got to the entrance, there was another car in line ahead of me. The door opened, they drove in, the stalls were all full (I snickered) and they had to drive around. I cleverly sat there and waited until a spot came available. However, the man behind me in a large white pick up was getting agitated because the sign was saying “Please drive in”, and I wasn’t driving in. Although I was trying hard not to peek, I could see him writhe in his seat and smack the steering wheel a few times. Silly agitated man.

Eventually a stall came available, and I did a quick wash. One of those that just removes the chunks of dirt off the car, but as soon as the car dries you can see what a crappy job you’ve done.

I needed solace. And what pops in my head but a McDonald’s hamburger. So, I obey my head and drive towards the nearest McDonald’s. But what’s that? Just in front of it? Planet Organic. *snap of fingers* That’s what I need! Something organic. So I do a two-wheeled screechy turn into Planet Organic’s parking lot. Dash in and out with a tub of hummus and a bag of whole wheat pita, race home (avoiding pot holes and pools of water with uncertain depth), open the bag of pita, take out one piece, rip into pieces, open tub of hummus and let the dipping begin! I felt healthy, whole and freshly organic myself – pleased that I wasn’t stuffing my face with a hamburger, which would lead to another one, fries, and a half a package of chocolate covered Hob Nobs.

Junk food: 0 Healthy food: 1

I thought I’d try the hummus and whole wheat for breakfast this morning. Although coffee and garlic is a bit strange, it is filling, a source of protein, and probably most important during this cold and flu season, is the wonders of garlic. It will keep people away from me, and thus, keeping their germs away from me too.

If you don’t have a Planet Organic near you, make hummus yourself. You’ll be glad you did. It is amazingly easy. In a blender or food processor plop in: A can of drained chickpeas, a tablespoon or so of tahini, garlic (as much or as little as you like – roast it for a milder flavour), olive oil, lemon juice. Add water to thin and whir to desired consistency. The best selection of tahini I’ve ever found is at the Italian Centre Shop.

Wishing all of you a lovely day, and if I am lucky to see you in person today, I promise to keep my garlicky breath to myself and will lay off the H’s in my vocabulary.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Bonnie says:

    Maybe not hummus for me but the description of the journey to get there is hilarious.

  2. I like touchless car washes, myself. No way I’m going to wield the hose.

  3. Keith Denman says:

    Yum! I usually add some smoked paprika, and some sun dried tomatoes (the kind in oil) or roasted red peppers (the kind in the jar from Spinelli’s),. If I’m ambitious I crisp the pita in the oven. Yummy and vaguely virtuous.

  4. Crimson Rambler says:

    I like left-over RICE for breakfast, nuked up, with hot sauce… (in the absence of proper authentic GRITS…)

  5. Walsh Cooks says:

    Thank you Bonnie. 🙂

  6. Walsh Cooks says:

    I feel Mighty when I wield the hose. Mighty and powerful. And a bit wicked. Sometimes wonder how a person would react if I sprayed them across the wash bay. Of course, I only think this, and would NEVER EVER do it.

  7. Walsh Cooks says:

    Great ideas. I will try this next time I whip up a batch.

  8. Walsh Cooks says:

    Some people eat Rice Krispies. Others rice with hot sauce. But who ever said there are rules for breakfast anyway? 🙂

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