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Hummus is just chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, and salt. Well, and baking soda for extra tender chickpeas. That's the basic deal. The most expensive thing there is the tahini, and if you buy it, a jar will give you a lot of batches of hummus. If you make it, it's even cheaper because sesame seeds are cheap.
The zaatar is a topping, and you don't need it, but it's really good on top with some olive oil, as are Aleppo and sumac (which is in some zaatar).
I think store-bought hummus isn't worth much, and considering how cheap it is to make, it's hideously over-priced. Plus I don't like cumin-laced hummus, which is a problem a lot of store-bought hummus inexplicably has. I like lemony, slightly garlicky hummus with plenty of zaatar to top.
Originally Posted by Saria
This sounded awesome until I got to the za'atar. For some reason, it tastes like a tomb to me.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
You need really fresh stuff. A lot of people make their own with thyme and sesame seeds. I like Syrian zaatar a lot. It has plenty of sumac, so it's more red than green and has a nice tang. We have a Jordanian mix at work that also has sumac, though not as much as my Syrian one did.

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Last edited by Saria; 04-19-2012 at 09:52 PM.
This was a Syrian one since my Syrian ex husband made it. It was the only thing in his cooking repertoire that I hated.


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Heh, fair enough. I'm surprised the tang of the sumac didn't liven it up for you, though (because I have found some zaatar that could be described as having the problem you mentioned).
I feel kind of mean, but I have a FB friend whose baby posts pretty much make me cringe. They are not cute (the posts she makes, I mean)!
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I think store-bought hummus isn't worth much, and considering how cheap it is to make, it's hideously over-priced. Plus I don't like cumin-laced hummus, which is a problem a lot of store-bought hummus inexplicably has. I like lemony, slightly garlicky hummus with plenty of zaatar to top.
Originally Posted by Saria
I lerve mine garlicky. I made some years back and maybe because I didn't have tahini it was just tolerable and I didn't like the lemon taste that the recipe called for. So Saria if I grind up my sesame seeds I have tahini?

Just found a recipe and I have all the ingredients of course. Has anybody conquered quinoa yet? I have a container of it and tried two recipes that I wasn't feeling. I have the black kind.
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Last edited by gagirl09; 04-19-2012 at 10:29 PM.
Yes. Toast them and use a spice (coffee) grinder or a really good blender. Grind with enough oil to make a paste. The coffee grinder can do it without oil, but a little oil helps.
It will not be quite as smooth as the stuff in stores since that's made with hulled seeds, but it does have stronger sesame flavor.
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Heh, fair enough. I'm surprised the tang of the sumac didn't liven it up for you, though (because I have found some zaatar that could be described as having the problem you mentioned).
Originally Posted by Saria
Maybe he didn't use enough, lol.

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As for quinoa, first you have to make sure to give it a good wash to remove the saponin so it doesn't taste like soap.
I like cooking it like pilaf for a nice fluffy end result.
Here's an example of the pilaf method:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...ni-recipe.html

Or cook it in plenty of water like pasta. Drain it when it's done, rinse, and then you can use it any way you want.
http://guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/25/quinoa-fennel-salad-recipe-ottolenghi?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/01/quinoa-fennel-and-pomegranate-salad

Try this. It's hard to go wrong with breakfast porridge:
http://notquitenigella.com/index.php...thful-sundays/

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...oa-recipe.html

You can use coconut milk and sweetener of choice instead.

Quinoa cakes:
http://herbivoracious.com/2009/07/qu...st-recipe.html

Last edited by Saria; 04-19-2012 at 11:35 PM.
I feel kind of mean, but I have a FB friend whose baby posts pretty much make me cringe. They are not cute (the posts she makes, I mean)!
Originally Posted by Saria
It's not mean, just honest, and I know how you feel. Most of my friends have more than one child so most of their posts are, "My kid(s) did this...my kid(s) is/are so that..." I start to wonder if kids really become all you talk about once you have them, or if it's just certain people who can't stop posting/talking about their kids. Ah well, I guess that's why you can "hide" certain people's posts.
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Finally Hunger Games has a morning show. Now I can see it for $5. Interesting enough Think Like a Man starts off with morning shows
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and I really wish folks would realize the word is coarse and not course.......
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All Type 4 hair is not "coarse".
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and I really wish folks would realize the word is coarse and not course.......
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Finally Hunger Games has a morning show. Now I can see it for $5. Interesting enough Think Like a Man starts off with morning shows
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Is that film based on that horrible book by Steve Harvey?
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Finally Hunger Games has a morning show. Now I can see it for $5. Interesting enough Think Like a Man starts off with morning shows
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Is that film based on that horrible book by Steve Harvey?
Originally Posted by annabananalise
I was told it is. As I didn't care for the book, I'm not planning on seeing the movie.
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I feel kind of mean, but I have a FB friend whose baby posts pretty much make me cringe. They are not cute (the posts she makes, I mean)!
Originally Posted by Saria
It's not mean, just honest, and I know how you feel. Most of my friends have more than one child so most of their posts are, "My kid(s) did this...my kid(s) is/are so that..." I start to wonder if kids really become all you talk about once you have them, or if it's just certain people who can't stop posting/talking about their kids. Ah well, I guess that's why you can "hide" certain people's posts.
Originally Posted by Tuchie09
Well, it's just I don't want to be one of those people who gets annoyed over how much parents fall in love with their kids.
I like kids, and the friends I have post great updates about them that I enjoy reading. But that's not the only thing they post about, and more importantly, they still write normally, rather than in a baby "voice" like this friend does.

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