Thank you Black & Decker! This is one tasty paste.
I frequently make a version of this, but I added olives tonight. My recipe was originally based off of this one on about.com. I usually make a double recipe and tonight was no exception.
1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tablespoon red pepper sauce
1 dash of ground cayenne pepper
1/8 cup pitted Kalamata olives
Drain and discard excess liquid from can. Crush garlic in a garlic press or finely mince and add to other ingredients in a food processor. Mince olives. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
Serve immediately with pita bread, pita chips, wheat crackers, or veggies. Or, spread it on a slice of lightly toasted bread or a flatbread, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake in oven at 350 for 5-8 minutes.
Store unused hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.
On our way home from Illinois, less than an hour from home, we had an unusual experience...
We were driving along in the rain on a fairly deserted (thankfully straight) and very dark stretch of road. It was really just rain. We hadn't noticed any lightning...
Suddenly, there was a loud BOOM and a flash of bright light. I thought the light seemed sort of flame-colored and Rachel recalls it as blue-white. But, of course, I was the one watching the road so I would have been more likely to have seen the light directly. Cones versus rods. But, anyway...
After the flash, the headlights went out and the interior lights came on. That was a bit disorienting. Part of me was thinking that I had been time-warped to a post-incident time and location where all danger had passed and we were stopped. Thankfully, that part of me did not win out and I was able to get the car to come to a complete straight stop.
Rachel screamed and Violet woke up and started crying and I think my pulse accelerated a little. But, we�re all ok. Thanks be to God.
I turned on the 4-way flasher lights and got out to see what the deal was. I still wasn't sure if it was lightning or if the engine had exploded or something else. Everything seemed to be ok, in general. But, I still couldn't get the headlights to work. I went back out again to check more closely and noticed that the windshield was cracked pretty badly on the passenger side. I also noticed that the radio antenna was gone and there was burn damage at its base. I was pretty convinced with the lightning theory at that point.
I got back in and we realized that the Jeep was still running so we decided to try to get it off the road and into someone�s driveway. As we started out (with no headlights), it became apparent that we had a flat. Upon inspection, both passenger side tires had been blown out. You�d think I would have noticed that while driving with no headlights at 55MPH, but I didn�t.
So, we proceeded with two flat tires and found a residence to leave the car at. The people there were kind enough to let us leave it there overnight. We called a few friends and eventually got my dad to come and pick us and our mounds of luggage up and take us home. He�s also letting us borrow his car.
Tomorrow is dealing-with-insurance Day instead of back-to-work Day.
Thank you for your prayers. Perhaps that partly explains why we�re not dead in a cornfield tonight.