Hommos or Hummus Chick Peas.
As you may notice above, there are variations in the spelling of the word hommos.
Hommos is the Arabic word for garbanzo beans or chickpeas.
It is popular throughout the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, Greece, Palestine, and other countries in the area.
Hummus is considered a national food in many Middle Eastern countries including Turkey, North Africa, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, Greece, Palestine, and Iraq, amongst other foods such as dolmades, lentils and white kidney beans which is often used in soup.
They also make extensive use of raisins and nuts like almonds, pistachio, and walnuts, etc., etc., in desserts and snacks as well.
Then after you can savor the perfection of your beautifully created Hummus along with some olives, pita or bread.
If you wish, top off sip on with a lovely glass of wine and perhaps watch George Carlin again or perhaps another of his many performances.
Now Let's Go Back to the topic of Hummus and the beautiful recipe...
Arabians have transferred this specialty into the American and Canadian cuisine. Consequently, you may find hommos almost everywhere.
Every country has its own recipe and methods of preparation. However, the ingredients are the same.
One person may add more tahini, less lemon, a bit more of this or a bit less of that.
It is the same scenario, one person claiming that his / her hommos is better than everyone else.
However, should you ask for the recipe and the quantities of ingredients, there is never a definitive answer or the person simply responds I do not know, inferring that the recipe amounts are based on experience.
I have all the ingredients to make the hommos, however, I wanted to write a recipe for individuals who are not familiar and wish at least to try.
In the last few weeks, someone came into my office and during our meeting, a conversation unrelated to business issues popped up and he mentioned that he was from Syria.
He further added that he makes the best hommos in the world.
Additionally, he stated that he would be at my office on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. to make it for me.
Apparently, I had forgotten about his promise. However, he did not. Mr. Taysir Fahham arrived at 10:00 a.m. sharp with a bag full of goodies, including Tahini, tomatoes, chickpeas, lemon, stainless steel bowls, forks, knives, plates and the works.
He was ready for the big day.
My business was to have the camera ready because I had to take many photos for each shot so that I would be able to select and position them in such a manner as to provide you with step by step instructions.
Hommos may be made from raw Chick Peas.
Soak a quantity of Chick Peas overnight.
The next day, discard the overnight water and bring to a boil in freshwater.
Of course, you do know that Goudas Foods has the best Chick Peas for this endeavor.
However, a can of Chick Pea is also useful due to the fact that the size of the Chick Peas does not matter because the boiled peas are crushed.
Therefore, the recipe I am about to reveal to you requires one can of Hommos and there are several varieties of them including Click, Cedar, Gandour, Cortas, and a dozen other brands.
Pick up a brand of your choice, and follow the instructions as per the photo display.
You may use this variety of raw Chick Peas if you wish.
If not, go to the next step.
You may use one can of Chick Peas. The brand is your choice.
Provided you choose to create the Chick Peas paste all by yourself,
simply grind the peas in a blender.
If you want to avoid this step, purchase a can of Hommos,
Tahini, Lemon, olive oil, salt, paprika, and parsley.
Open the can of Hommos and place a knife at the bottom of the can to make a small incision.
With the knife under the can, firmly hold the can with one hand and push down on the can with the other.
Be careful because the knife may slip and cut your hand, or injure you somehow.
This releases the air in the can and allows the contents to easily slide out of the can.
Empty into a stainless steel or glass bowl.
Flatten the Hommos with a spoon.
Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of Tahini into the bowl with the Hommos.
You may add more depending upon how creamy you want the mixture.
Next, add the juice of half of a lemon.
In this instance, we were fortunate to have obtained a seedless (which costs a bit more. Oh well !).
Notice the process of juice extraction.
Pierce the lemon with a fork and the juice flows out.
Read the book The Lemon Tree and discover how to choose the perfect lemon (and we are not referring to that old car that stalled on you on the way home after purchasing).
Blend the lemon juice into the Tahini.
A thick paste forms.
Add a few tablespoons of water to form a smooth paste.
Mix until smooth in texture (similar to mixing a batter for a cake).
Add a pinch or two of salt.
Blend for a few minutes.
Here is the master, Mr. Taysir Fahham at work.
Check out the expression on his face. You can see his concentration on the task at hand.
He is about to create a masterpiece.
Not only does he want to create the best Hommos for himself, but to create the best recipe to represent his homeland of Syria to the rest of the world.
Add a little water at a time until creamy in texture.
Scoop the mixture onto a serving plate.
Using the back of the spoon, gently spread the mixture unto the plate forming a ridge around the edges.
Sprinkle small amounts of flaked Parsley on three or four areas on the ridges.
Place 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chick Peas in the center.
Sprinkle a small amount of Paprika around the Chick Peas.
Pour a small amountofMr. Goudas Extra Virgin Olive Oilover the Chick Peas and Paprika.
The flavor and aroma of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil are very important to this recipe.
Place 3 or 4 thin slices of Tomato on the edges to further enhance the presentation.
Beautiful and impressive! The presentation is very important.
Serve as a full meal, an appetizer, or aperitif.
As you may see from the expression on his face, he is absolutely satisfied with his creation and may definitely win the international competition for the best hommos in the world.
In the photo is Mr. Taysir Fahham 17 Aug 2013.
Special thank you to Mr. Taysir Fahham, who is from Syria, for preparing and providing me with this wonderful and magnificent recipe.
By the way, Mr. Taysir Fahham is a gynecologist who has practiced his profession for over ten years in Europe.
Spyros Peter Goudas