Made From Scratch

IMG_1974Curious 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.


About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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