Curious phrase, made from scratch. Doing a little research on this, I found that the general consensus was that the phrase originated from the line scratched on the ground as a starting point for a sports event. It was later used figuratively, meaning from nothing. This leads us to the culinary meaning that something is made from basic ingredients rather than from a packaged mix.
And this little flight of fancy is the preamble to hummus that I make from scratch. Hummus is so simple to make at home that I’m hard pressed to buy it ready made. At one point, I must have followed a recipe. Or most likely, combined ideas from a number of similar recipes. Truthfully, I usually just toss a number of appropriate ingredients in the food processor. This time, I forced myself to actually measure and write down amounts.
Ingredients for Hummus
15.5 ounce can chick peas (Garbanzos)
1/4 cup sesame tahini
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 shakes Tabasco
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup olive oil
1. Drain and rinse the can of chick peas.
2. Combine the chick peas, tahini paste, salt, pepper, Tabasco, garlic and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor with the blade in place..
3. While the processor is turning, pour the olive oil in the opening at the top. Continue processing until you reach a smooth consistency.
A couple of additional thoughts:
Sesame tahini is usually found in the salad dressing section of a market. I usually buy it in a tin, but I’ve also seen it in a glass jar.
Fresh lemon juice is mandatory. I will often cut back a bit on the olive oil and use additional lemon juice instead.
California Extra Virgin Olive Oil is reasonably priced and flavorful.