Sunday, January 25, 2009


Mark is a great cook. In fact, back in the courting days he taught me how to make hummus. We love hummus any time, but especially in the summer with grilled Israeli chicken.

Here's my official hummus story:
The first time I met Mark's wonderful parents, I wanted to make a great dinner for them. Knowing how these things historically go, I anticipated, nay, expected something to go wrong. Well, Mark and his roommate Keith had this old blender that you had to "help" to mix things. So, I'm whipping up some hummus, jamming the utensil down there to keep the beans moving around, and Mark said, "Be careful not to blend the spatulta in." Well, that's exactly what happened. Keith, wanting to see Mark get married off, faithfully hunted through the whole bowl of hummus for white spatula bits, to avoid any awkward "mmmm, hhmm, crunchy?" moments. We found a huge piece right before it went out to the table.


1 can garbanzo beans
¼ c Tahini (sesame paste and the best place to find it is next to the peanut butter)
3 T Water
2 T Lemon juice
1 T Olive oil
I Garlic clove
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Cumin
½ tsp Cayenne
¼ tsp Black pepper
Parsley (for garnish)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Leave things out or tweak amounts as the spirit moves. If you can’t find tahini, use more olive oil instead. I personally like lots of lemon juice and cayenne. Serve with pita brushed with olive oil and toasted under the broiler.

Grilled Israeli Chicken

5 Garlic cloves, chopped
2 T ground Cumin
1 ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Paprika
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 T Olive Oil
3 lb Chicken, cut into 8 portions (or I use 8 chicken thighs)
Salt and Pepper
Cilantro, for garnish

For a Yemenite flavor, use 1 ½ tsp turmeric and pinch of ground cardamom in place of the cinnamon.

In a bowl, combine the garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat thoroughly. Rub the mixture on a little too. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour to overnight. On a hot grill, sear the meat, then set the portions in a low-heat spot until cooked through. (The juices will run clear.) Serve with warm pita and hummus.

1 comment:

Terri said...

Thanks for the recipes Corinne. We LOVE hummus. I gotta pick up some tahini. And that chicken sounds fantastic! I really enjoy new recipes too. Gracias!
I'm so sad we missed you guys a few weeks ago! :( Next time!!