Before I get started with this week’s French Fridays post, I want to *clap* and *pat* all my fellow Doristas on the back for two solid years of cooking and baking together!! I can’t believe that it has been two years already and we are just beginning our third! We even celebrated hitting 100 recipes out of her (Dorie Greenspan) cookbook, French Fridays with Dorie recently! What an achievement for our group!!
I have only been in the group two years myself and I have really enjoyed it! Not only does everyone in my household look forward to French Fridays, but we all enjoy shopping for new ingredients together and trying the dishes and being really critical about them. Also when we find new favorites, we work them into our dinner rotations and share them with friends!
Over the past two years, we have hooked many a friend on the many delicious recipes housed within this fantastic cookbook and it has been added to their wishlists. I have even had many requests for photocopies of recipes!! I wish that everyone I have shared this with, and anyone that enjoys cooking as much as I do could have this cookbook, so I have decided to give
one lucky winner a copy of their very own! (This giveaway is now over)
I hope that the winner can enjoy the recipes out of this book as much as all of the Doristas in the group have, and possibly even join in the fun! All you have to do is cook the recipe for the week and post about your experiences on Friday when we all race to see how our friends liked it! How much fun is that? For most of us, the entire family seems to get involved in these recipes from the hunt for ingredients to the preparation and (always) for the taste-test! What a great way to bring the family together and try something new!
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Alright, now on to this weeks recipe!
This week it was hummus.
And it couldn’t have been timed more perfectly! Auntie Errin and I helped to bake and cook a bunch of treats and savory bites for a Pampered Chef party that we were co-hosting for our British friends (let’s just say they get a GREAT deal by going to our American show and paying in US Dollars… it seems that the economy is helping people out afterall!) and we had been racking our brains all week for a couple of great dips to put out with our veggie try when hummus hit the recipe list for French Fridays.
I had been meaning to make hummus for quite some time now, so I felt like this was meant to be!
Hummus and I have had a rather tumultuous past.
There are some I like and most that I don’t.
Maybe its the texture? Maybe its the idea of chickpeas? Maybe its one too many bad hummus dips that someone bought at the last minute at the grocery store to put out for a party that were either too bland or too spicy?
I just straight didn’t like hummus for a long time, although I always gave it a try when I came across it.
Here in the UK, we come across it a lot with appetizer platters, and with other dips like sundried tomato dips – the two together are great! But on it’s own? Not very fantastic.
So for this recipe, we had just finished making a crockpot dinner with chickpeas and I had an extra can of chickpeas left – can anyone say perfect??!
The tahini was a bit harder to find. I managed to find it wedged between jarred, shredded basil and a jar of German mustard. Nowhere near peanut butter or any other nut items. Weird. But I found it. And I now have enough tahini for a decade – considering I have only used tahini once in over 20 years. Yep. LOTS of tahini!
Does it go bad quickly?
At any rate, we made it fairly more flavorful than other hummus dips that I had and it seemed to go over really well at the party, although it sparked a debate on whether or not dried chickpeas made for a smoother, finer dip? No one knew since anyone that had made hummus only ever bothered with canned chickpeas.
Is there anyone out there that has tried to make hummus with dried chickpeas? Does it whip up any smoother than the consistency you get with canned chickpeas?
Either way, this was a hit for the party and a neutral hit for me. Not the best hummus, but not the worst either. It was just hummus. And I’m not entirely sure that it was very French, nor did it try to mix a flavor in that is pseudo-French or French fusion… but an easy, crowd-pleasing French Fridays dish is always a winner!
Now to find something to do with all that tahini….
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