Monday, July 12, 2010

Papa Diva Discovers the Wonders of Hummus

I've got to be honest, I don't know what's going on with my family. First, Papa Diva sends me a post he's written about hummus, then - just this weekend - Mama Diva divulged that she's flirting with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. Who are these people and what have they done with my parents?!

Now, its possible that you'd have to know Papa Diva to understand how funny this hummus business is. He's an Irish meat and potatoes kind of guy ... or so it seemed. But after a recent lunch with a friend, he's been waxing poetic on the wonders of hummus. Astounding! Now, of course, some of us have been eating hummus for years - but for him, its a new taste treat and he's taken such a shine to it that he's written our post for today. Take it away, Papa Diva!

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Diva Dad Goes Vegan ... for a Day

Recently, the Diva Dad attended a wooden boat show at Mystic Seaport with a longtime friend. The friend packed a lunch for himself and for the Diva Dad. The friend, Dave Niles, does not eat anything that had a face or a mother. We are talking serious vegan commitment here. Dave actually made the switch over to a fully vegan diet for health reasons and he is reporting very good results.

The Diva's very close friend, Olive, is also a vegetarian - I wonder if her name had something to do with the decision? The Diva's aunt Linda is also a recent convert. So we need to give these people some ink now and then ... it might just be a movement!

Back to the lunch - it was a hummus and pepper sandwich on a whole wheat bun. It was delicious and very easy to prepare. We are duplicating the sandwich herein. Mama Diva gathered the ingredients, made the hummus, and assembled the sandwiches.

Basic Hummus Recipe:
  • one 15 ounce can of chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 or 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, seeds removed
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling as garnish
  • ground paprika and chopped fresh parsley for garnish
In the bowl of your food processor, combine the drained chick peas, garlic cloves, salt, lemon juice and tahini paste. Process and pulse until smooth and fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more lemon, tahini or salt according to your liking. Serve.

If serving as a dip, place the hummus into a serving vessel and drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil over the top. Garnish with a dusting of ground paprika and some chopped fresh parsley.

Alternately, you may choose to prepare the Diva Dad's new favorite sandwich, as seen above. The peppers he prefers are small orange peppers. I usually associate small peppers with high heat, but this is not the case with these peppers. Preparation of them could not be more simple; no roasting, no caramelizing, no peeling. Just wash, cut open, remove seed and slice into strips. The peppers work well with the hummus, giving the sandwich much more interest.

Now I am aware that some people think any sandwich can be improved with a few slices of bacon - however we must remember that bacon had both a face and a mother. No bacon strips allowed here!

Many thanks, Papa Diva, for introducing us to this healthy lunch option! Of course it remains to be seen just how long Papa's fascination with the chick pea will last. Remember, this is the same man who recently wrote a post on grilling meat!

Naturally, I'll be submitting this post to Hey What's for Dinner Mom?'s Just Another Meatless Monday. Be sure to pop on over to Laura's place today and check out the other meatless meals on offer.

Bon appetite!


Wilma said...

what, what, WHAT?!!!!!
Grampy Diva eating bean based recipes? What's next green things on the plate?!
And Grammy Diva? Give up meat?!!
This is an atrocity. Is Mercury in retrograde or something?
Oh Auntie, we need to do something about this pronto! What will Grilma do?
I'll be coming up with a plan,let me know if you think of something. I must go rest, the very thought of meat going away has me exhausted.
Love you,

Mo Diva said...

papa is a genius.
welcome to the chick pea cult. Has he tried babganoush yet? he might be flirting with vegetarianism before he knows it!

Molly said...

that's hilarious, but hey, he's right, it is delish!!

Lentil Breakdown said...

Ha ha. This made me smile. And it's also kismet since I was going to make hummus yesterday and throw some raw red pepper in the food processor rather than the more subtle, caramelized roasted variety. Now I know it'll be ok if Papa Diva approves!

Jay said...

wonderful post...drooling here right now...

Debinhawaii said...

Great, fun post! Glad he is embracing the chickpea in all its hummus glory. ;-)

pixelgal said...

Loved reading this, Diva Dear. You've captured the essence of Papa Diva's new taste sensation in a fun and entertaining way. Family folk may also remember a Christmas when the resolution for the next year was 'more bean dishes!' Maybe it's taken 'til now to happen? FYI, I use the garlic in the jar which is more pungent and flavorful and leave out the salt. Dill is good in this as well you know.

Daily Spud said...

I love it - go Papa Diva! I don't think I could ever see Papa Spud taking to hummus though - he's another Irish meat & potatoes man and wouldn't have any truck with things like pasta, much less hummus, lol

Fresh Local and Best said...

Interesting. Everyone has decided to change their diets all recently. I wonder how they will feel about vegetarianism when it gets cooler and they smell the wafting of meat braising in the oven.

In think summer is a great time to go meatless with so much inspiration and possibilities from farm fresh produce. This looks like a great hummus recipe.

The Duo Dishes said...

This is so cute. Diva Dad has a new treat, and it's cool that he's sharing it. It's fun to change up eating habits from time to time, even if it's vegetarianism!

Laura said...

Go papa diva! love the hummus story! WE LOVE hummus, my kids with eat anything with hummus on it, and have been know to bite their own fingers when trying to get dip off of them.

When do you come to AK? Thinking of you and what a great trip you'll have :) Love you lots and we'll see each other in October! EXCITED!!

Heavenly Housewife said...

I absolutely love hummus.
Want your parents to change their mind Diva? Throw a barbecue. One whiff of flame grilled meat will make them forget everything about being a vegetarian!
Have a wonderful day.
*kisses* HH

stephchows said...

hooray to papa diva!!! gotta love guest posts :) no worries diva I'm sure your parents will still be as spunky as ever :)

Jessica said...

Congratulations Papa Diva! Welcome to the wide and wonderful world of vegetarianism/veganism. There are going to be many taste sensations you will discover along the way.

Hummus should be its own food group, I believe! lol

Ada said...

I love hummus! I have never made my own before and have always just bought the pre-made stuff from the store deli.