Hello all! It’s hummus week, and it’s been quite a few weeks in this life. Along with career changes, deciding when and where to move, my dog getting attacked by an aggressive dog (will explain in a later post) and business trips, to add fury to the fire, the conflict in Israel has given me a lot of heartache. Not only am I angered by the misinformation from the media, I am nervous for my friends and family who live there. On top of all that, the rise in anti-semitism in Europe and the US is almost too much to think about. The world has truly gone mad.
Not only does my heart break for my Jewish brothers and sisters, even deeper felt is the injustice done to the Palestinians who (I believe) live under a terrorist regime. The neighboring Muslim countries have robbed the Palestinians of their humanity, using them as pawns in a chess game designed to obliterate Israel from the planet. This is evidenced by the indifference they show toward women and children being used as human shields by Hamas in order to make Israelis look like baby-killers.
While I was away on business I had the pleasure of meeting many different people from all over the world. One of those people was a Muslim man (we’ll call him M.) from Dubai. Not only was he a lovely man, but a really great bowler! Between frames, we had a chance to talk.
The conversation turned to ISIS. I lamented the horrific slaughter of Christians in Syria, and he responded “It’s not just Christians! Christians, Kurds, Muslims – they are terrorizing everyone!” He paused, and asked me “Wait, tell me what you know about ISIS.” I told him that I know ISIS is a minority extremist Islamic group that goes into areas of the world that are in political chaos (Iraq, Syria, etc.) and starts oppressing the people there, and by oppress I mean slaughter. M. looked at me and said “Thank you. The media does such a horrible job of portraying these assholes, like they represent all Muslims. Thank you for taking the time to understand the situation further.”
In that moment, I saw myself in M. The way Israelis are being portrayed in the media is so devious, so deceptive. It’s hurtful beyond words. M. feels the same way about ISIS and how that evil regime is misrepresented as him and his culture. At the end of the conversation, M. turned to me and said “We aren’t all that different, you know – Jews and Arabs. We’re actually very similar in many ways. We’ll get it right one day. We will make peace.”
This is why it’s hummus week. In Sasha Baron Cohen’s movie “Bruno” he attempts to make peace between an Israeli and Palestinian leader. He asked them “Why is it you hate hummus?” They responded, “No, we both love hummus. It’s delicious!” I’ll be posting 3 blog posts with different hummus recipes. So, yeah. M., this hummus is for you! 🙂
Recipe adapted from Neighborfood.
- • 1 15oz can of chickpeas
- • ½ cup tahini paste
- • Juice of ½ a lemon
- • 2 small cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- • ¾ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- • Reserved chickpea water from the can
- • Olive oil, parsley, paprika for garnish
- Drain the chickpeas, saving the juice in a small cup.
- Remove the skins from the chickpeas (This is the tedious part). The blogger who posted this found the easiest way to do this is to pinch the chickpeas between your thumb and forefinger, with the pointy side facing your hand. Squeeze the chickpea and the skin should pop right off. This worked for us too, but took a really long time.
- Place the skinned chickpeas in the food processor, discard the skins.
- Once all the chickpeas are skinned and in the food processor, pulse until the chickpeas are in sandy looking crumbles.
- Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt, and blend until smooth, scraping the bowl as needed.
- Slowly add the chickpea water to the mix until the mixture can blend without catching and is completely smooth. You don't need to use all the chickpea water, just until you get the result you want.
- Chill the hummus for an hour or so.
- To serve, top with olive oil, parsley, and sprinkle with paprika.