Friday, August 21, 2009

hummus and why it rocks

The Hummus-love started early in 'I don't know what the fuck to eat' phase of being a raw-foodist vegetarian and continues now, weekly, in my 'I LOOOOVE hummus and I can't stop eating it' addict phase. So we love hummus. I send my regards and thanks to the Gods of Hummus and sacrifice pitas and chopped, raw veggies in their name. They love me for it really, I mean, I've only made one batch of nasty-tasting hummus which really translates to flavourless-hummus. The Post Punk Kitchen fyi, is a great source of inspiration for all sorts of yummiful, earth-helping, animal-loving recipes, friends and blogs. So go forth and worship and don't forget to leave out some lovely, fresh cucumbers, celery and sweet peppers for the Gods of Hummus; they will appreciate it and prolly encourage you to dine with them.

Also, you must laugh. Because laughing makes people happy and assures them that your choice being a vegan or vegetarian is not depressing or humourless, it's wonderful, happy, intelligent, interesting and even witty.

So what's this post about REALLY? 'hummus and why it rocks' is pretty straight forward I think. I'm gonna say why I love hummus and why you should too:

- it's filling; filled with some fat and lots of protein hummus is quite a filling alternative and very important if you're cutting out heavy animal proteins
- it goes with most vegetables which of course you want to eat lots of, naturally
- homemade tastes better than store-bought; in what case is this NOT true is the real question?
- it's popular in Indian food style restaurants and dishes, so if you wanna go out and eat it, check there first. You can also check some Mediterranean restaurants too.
- it's really yummy and you can change the flavour based on how tangy you like it by adding more or less lemon juice (use REAL lemons btw, tragedy strikes when one uses the stuff you buy in the bottle- it's not yummy anymore!)
- adjust the flavours to your liking in general
- makes you practise your 'cooking' skills, it's technically not cooking but it's preparing and I find when I'm doing something like that, I want to be adventurous and make other things, especially when I make the hummus right and it's a hit with my friends and family.

I'm sure there are other reasons for why hummus rocks and upon attempting your own hummus, you'll discover them. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't turn out the first time because you're a noob with the veggie lifestyle or a noob to making things on your own in general, just get back up and try again. Get inspired by going out to eat hummus at a restaurant and it'll push you to make your hummus to taste just as good or better than the restaurant's. Finally, thank the Gods of Hummus and they might just bless you with innate hummus-making talent. Eat up! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

So it has recently come to my attention that well... "writing begets writing", I'm pretty sure I read that in some magazine for writers. Anyway, point being, to successfully write and write....and write some more, one must write about something they are passionate about.

Vegan food is definitely something I am passionate about but I'm really super lazy about actually preparing any of it, especially since while living at home, I'm eternally surrounded by omnivores and one vegetarian. And unfortunately for me, they DO enjoy preparing meals. They also don't care so much about super healthy-ness or anything else I'm interested in. So here I go now, marching into the unknown world of preparing food sans animal products with my own brand of laziness in hopes of slimming down with delicious food. I'm sure there's more to that I can add but it'll have to wait.

I guess the first thing I'd say that's a divine both vegan AND raw food breakfast, is the "Green Smoothie" created originally in the 60s by Dr. Ann Wigmore which has been brought back into the limelight by author and mother of "The Raw Food Family", Victoria Boutenko. There are many ways to prepare the delicious green smoothie and my favourite method is as follows:

- 2 cups of organic baby spinach
- 1 cup of organic strawberries
- 2 bananas (can be as brown as you like or even frozen)
- 1/2- 1 cup of water, depending on how liquidy you like your smoothie
- 2-4 cubes of ice
- 2 tbsp. of organic ground flaxseeds

Makes 1-2 servings.

Puree all the ingredients in your blender, minus one or two strawberries (may take several minutes depending on the strength of your blender). Pour in glass and stick a strawberry on the side of each glass. Enjoy.

Certainly this isn't an original recipe, but it definitely was something I loved discovered while researching the art of green smoothie making, which fyi, is so totally worth it.

Now my favourite lunch, at present is a very simple hummus on pita. Homemade hummus is about a 1000 times better than any store bought kind. I found my recipe on a website, but generally, it's a pretty simple protein-filled food to prepare. However, I must leave a word of caution: beware the gas. Eating this before going out on a hot date is probably not a good idea and should not be attempted by those at home, unless of course you're attempting to repel said date because he/she holds no favourable prospects.

- 2 tbsp. of tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained (about 16 oz. can)
- 1/2 tsp. of sea salt
- 1/2 a lemon juiced (definitely preferable to the lemon juice you buy in those containers)
- 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves of minced garlic..or more if you really really like it
- 1/2 cup of fresh parsley or 1/4 cup of dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp. of cumin
- dash of paprika

Blend all ingredients in blender until you have a thick, creamy mixture. Adjust to taste. I mean don't go throwing in the entire tub of garlic or anything crazy like that... trust me. It's good, but not that good. ;)

So that's your base/protein/ultimate-yummy-ness. Next chop up your favourite veggies (I like to use onion, organic mixed field greens, peppers, raw cabbage and tomatoes, but whatever makes you happy), and pull out your bigass whole wheat pita bread. Dump on your veggies and hummus (again, as much as you desire), ground some pepper and/or sea salt on your sandwich, wrap up and enjoy!

Hummus is an amazing dip too for cut up veggies and the vat you made will last a few days at least.

That's all for now. :) Happy eating to the lazy vegan!