She's sure it's all for her! Quite a look on her face when she was told to get down. Awww...
Back to the food. The inspiration for this came from Pinch My Salt: she did a hummus post last week, and I poked around on her site and found some great recipes for other things to go with it. Then Bob had a fancy middle-eastern spread for Father's Day, and that sealed the deal.
Originally was going to try making pita too, but oh well.
Herewith some fun facts from Wikipedia:
- The largest recorded bowl of tabbouleh was made on June 9, 2006 in Ramallah in the West Bank. It weighed 3,348 lbs, and earned a Guinness World Record.
- In the movie Bruno, Sacha Baron-Cohen (in character as Bruno) confuses Hummus and Hamas in an interview with Israeli and Palestinian scholars, creating much confusion.
- Come to think of it, did you see You Don't Mess with the Zohan? (A work of genius.) Hummus features there too...
- Nothing funny about tzatziki, apparently.
All from Pinch My Salt:
- Artichoke Hummus (she has lots of other flavors too, will go back and try some more)
- Tabbouleh with Persimmons & Almonds
Everything was very easy, so nothing went wrong! It was all delicious. The sweetness of the tabbouleh made a great contrast with the sharpness of the tzatziki.
- Would certainly have been easier with a food processor - my mini-prep is very mini, so had to blend everything in little batches. Forgot to put the oil on the top, oops.
- Had to leave out the garlic, of course :( But it was still great.
- Didn't use persimmons - just some apricots and a nectarine that we had already, and they worked perfectly.
- Used about half the amount of herbs, just because we didn't have enough, and it was fine (though I know it's supposed to be very herby).
- Bumped up the mint a bit - Mark Bittman had half a cup, and Pinch My Salt had a tablespoon, so I split the difference and used a quarter cup, which seemed to work.
- Drained the cucumbers but didn't strain the yoghurt, and it was still good (even the next day).
On the table, Jack throwing a pita: