July 22, 2006

Quick and easy broccoli

Did I mention easy? You need:

A head of broccoli
Around 4-5 garlic cloves
A tablespoon or two of olive oil
Chicken broth
Salt to taste

1. Steam the broccoli for maybe 3-5 minutes tops.
2. Dump the water, transfer the broccoli to a bowl (temporarily)
3. Saute garlic in the olive oil. Instead of chopping the garlic, I just sqashed them with a knife and browned them in the pan. Toast the pepperoncini in pan and add the broccoli back in.
4. Cover the pot and let the broccoli cook for a few minutes. You can add a little chicken broth so that the garlic and broccoli doesn't burn. Cook until broccoli's done.

My mom's hummus

The key ingredient here is a full-sized Cuisinart.

2-3 cloves garlic
Juice of one lemon
1/3 cup tahini
1 can of chickpeas (save the water)
Salt to taste

Garlic goes into the Cuisinart first. Pulse it a few times before adding the chickpeas, tahini, and lemon juice. Add maybe a third of the chickpea water to the cuisinart before blending the ingredients until smooth.

Once mostly blended, add salt to taste and more of the chickpea water if necessary. Also add the parsley and blend for an additional 30 seconds or so.

That's it.