It's Monday morning. Just as I pour my second cup of tea, my thoughts flit to lunch, knowing it will be a veggie sandwich using a fabulous hummus I picked up on Friday. Why the excitement? "It's out of this world," as my grandfather used to say. This "out of this world" hummus I purchased at Winslow's Home; a cafe, farm and purveyor of groceries cooking tools, toys, functional home accents and garden supplies; very carefully chosen "products to let the planet survive." Vegetables, fruits and herbs are grown on the farm. Some bee hives and chickens are kept there too, all for use in the food served in the cafe and the products sold in the store. They describe it as a cooperation between farm, kitchen and market. And the hummus is a fine example of the excellent outcome of the effort. This quality is so superior to what one would normally find in a store.
I had met my friend Dorothy there for lunch. We had a prime table in a sunny window. The tables are tight and tucked right in with the housewares. But the people are happy to be in close contact with others. Another day I was there with my daughter; not a seat to be found. You do have to look hard as a table for two could be snuggled in with the office supplies. That day we sat at a checkout counter on two stools. One of the managers did some paperwork on the other side. A customer inquired about the meaning of a french phrase on a set of glassware. He did not know. Did we, he asked. My daughter, a French student, speculated on the translation while the manager used his iphone to do some quick research. This continued for 10 minutes or more, all the while we enjoyed our meal and the pleasing environment.
After a lingering two hour lunch, Dorothy and I shopped. I picked up all natural furniture polish, a set of colored pencils and unbleached sandwich bags. We admired the dried lavender bundles and natural soaps. And we both picked up hummus; Roasted Tomato Hummus for me and Parsley and Traditional Hummus for Dorothy.
I usually make my own hummus. It's easy to do with a food processor. This SimplyCooking® recipe for hummus has a lemon pepper twist. The recipe relies on ingredients in the SimplyCooking® pantry, and does not use tahini or tamari which is often called for in hummus recipes. The SimplyCooking® Pantry contains basic minimally processed ingredients that are readily used in most home kitchens.
A really good hummus is a really good treat. Not only will my container of hummus from Winslow's Home be a really good treat for my lunch today, it will remind me of my most enjoyable afternoon there with a friend and urge me to make a batch of my own humus later in the week.
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, diced
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 16 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1" piece of lemon zest
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a small skillet. Swirl to coat the bottom. Add onions and sauté 2 minutes, until they begin to brown. Add the vinegar and stir. Cook 2 minutes until the vinegar is evaporated. Remove from heat.
Place the garbanzo beans and sesame seeds in a food processor bowl. Process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the onions, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Drizzle in the additional 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Process until there is a creamy consistency, using less or more oil as desired.