So, as the title suggests, the latest recipe did NOT go as planned and ended up taking a lot longer to complete than originally envisioned. We decided to make the Hummus with Ful (pg. 210) because hummus is very expensive here and we thought it would be nice to make our own. Our idea with this recipe was to make enough hummus to go with the ful, but then to have leftover plain hummus to enjoy, as well.Well. While making the hummus, my food processor decided to breathe its last breath. The hummus ended up taking hours, as after about 1 minute of blending the chickpeas, my food processor would die (or start to smoke). We let it rest and every half hour or so, we would go try it again… Well, long story short, we ended up with hummus, but its not the best and I don’t think it turned out how Chef meant it to Plus, the tahini I bought had a very strong bitter flavor, which was somewhat over-powering. Not buying that brand again! Then, after that debacle, I ordered a new blender/food processor!
So now we had hummus, and we did succeed in making plenty, but then I was on travel for 2 weeks for work. So, no ful to accompany it. The recipe was put on pause.
Mine (L) and Chef’s (R, pg. 212).
Finally I am back and ready to cook again! I whipped up the ful tonight and it was pretty easy. Alas, I once again had to go with canned fava beans (the only kind I can find up here), so they are brown, not green like pictured in the cookbook, but I think that’s OK. The only problem is they don’t look as pretty in the pictures 😉 The ful was easy to make: boil the beans until they were soft enough to mash with a fork, added the olive oil, lemon juice, and spices, mixed and spooned on top of the hummus. I also garnished it and added the hard boiled egg, as suggested by Chef, but not the raw onion on the side.
The presentation ended up looking very nice (despite the browns), but overall, I give this dish 3 stars. It just didn’t turn out as it was supposed to, I think. I am not sure if it was the crazy hummus, the fact that the fava beans were canned, or what, but it just isn’t my favorite. I can see where, done correctly, it would be a delicious appetizer dip with pita bread…but not so much mine (this time around). Oh well, we all have kitchen debacles every now and again, right? (Mine pictured below – no picture in the book).