At one point in our life, we also were poor enough that we couldn't afford to buy boxed food at all. I have enough time and some cooking expertise, so I started making hummus from scratch. I don't claim to have Middle-Eastern-quality hummus, but I think it is pretty good. We've Americanized how we eat it in a postmodern kind of way.
- One can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or one cup dry beans cooked to tenderness--hold back some of the liquid from the beans, you might need it.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini (ground sesame seeds) or peanut butter in a pinch
- 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tablespoon garlic grains)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
We eat this with chicken breasts cut into strips and fried with onions and bell peppers cut into strips, and corn tortillas.
I know, I know, tortillas are totally NOT Middle Eastern. Samantha can't have corn tortillas, so she eats them with the crepes I made for Valentine's Day. Crepes are at least French, and France is a little closer to the Middle East, but it's not there, either. I have made pita bread in the past, but since Dona would be the only person who might be able to eat the pita bread, we just use tortillas. Like I said, it's postmodern. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.