Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Culinary Firsts

This new food processor has been proving to be the official Best Thing Ever in the House of Procrastination. First, on Saturday I made my own pecan butter, and it was so easy that the only thing that's holding me back from becoming That Woman Who Makes Her Own Peanut Butter is that I haven't yet priced out bulk roasted peanuts (if it's more expensive than buying peanut butter, I'm not going to bother). Seriously: with pecan butter, all I had to do was toast the pecans in the oven for a few minutes, and then throw them into the food processor and let it run until it was smooth. That's it? I added a bit of brown sugar and some maple flavouring, and it's insanely delicious. I ended up also making some almond butter, because we had a gigantic bowl of mixed nuts left over from Christmas and I wanted to show Chris how easy it was.

I really really am in danger of becoming That Woman Who Makes Her Own Peanut Butter.

So, then on Sunday I had to quickly come up with a diabetic-friendly snack for some visitors, and when Chris went to the store I told him to pick up some avocados for guacamole. (This is my go-to diabetic snack, thanks to an old lady at church who loves the stuff.) On a whim, I told him that if there weren't any ripe avocados at Safeway, he should instead pick up a can of chickpeas and some tahini paste and I'd figure out how to make hummus.

I had no idea how to make hummus, other than that you used the food processor and that it contained tahini. And I was making it for house guests, one of whom has published her own line of cookbooks. And I had no idea whether the recipe I found (not from her cookbook) was any good. As I was pressing the button on the food processor, it occurred to me, "Why do I always try making new things when I'm trying to impress others? Remember the time I tried to make a banana cream pie from scratch?" Oh, and I also changed the recipe a bunch, because the one I found called for dried chickpeas and I had a big can of them.

You have no idea how relieved I felt when I tasted it and found that it tasted like hummus. I was even more relieved when our Cookbook Author houseguest told me to keep that recipe, because it was a good one. (They also consumed most of the pecan butter.)

That's making me feel pretty triumphant this week. (Future visitors to my home should be forewarned: you're going to be forced to consume a lot of hummus and pecan butter.)


C said...

yay! food processor! They have got to be the best things ever! they also make awesome pastry and pizza dough. i am jealous. also, mixed nut butter would be very yummy too. we used to go to the health food store and grind our own peanut butter in their big grinder when we were little. it was the most fun ever. but i am sure it would be messy to try and clean up out of the food processor.

The Blog Fodder said...

I love tahini but I didn't know you could get it in Canada. I've only eaten it in Turkey. Once at a factory where they made it. Yummy. Better than peanut butter.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Uncle Al: they sell tahini all over the place here. Chris got it at Safeway in the peanut butter aisle!

...and now it's occurred to me that I've never tasted tahini alone before (only mixed into dips), and there is a jar in my fridge. I may have to try it.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Christina: the awesome pastry dough is the reason why I insisted on replacing my broken food processor. I couldn't go back to mixing my pie dough by hand after the good butter crust I got out of the food processor.

Teacher Lady said...

I usually just use chickpeas, a little oil, a little lemon juice and some garlic for my hummus. I know it isn't really hummus without the tahini but it isn't something I usually have one hand.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

But the tahini is what makes it taste like hummus!

prairie nymph said...

i don't use tahini, i just throw in some handfulls of sesame seeds. dan loves a spread of sesame seeds, honey and anise. have you ground flour with your food processer yet?

Queen of West Procrastination said...

No, I haven't! I'll have to try it.

Adding sesame seeds makes sense. Tahini's just sesame paste (although a lot of times the seeds are roasted).