Monday, January 9, 2012

Ode to….. many things

Somehow I came across a few articles lately of how hidden chemicals in everyday products can affect our health. It made me think back seeing “A Crude Awakening” last year, a documentary about the impact oil has had on our lives over the last 100 years (only!)… That we use it for heating and transportation is obvious, but it has also enabled a huge chemical industrial landscape with the production of everyday items like clothing, plastic and makeup. It’s been a while that I’ve seen the documentary but in a way it was eye-opening: we only have used plastic products for about 100 years?! 

On the other hand, I often wonder that with all the medical advances over the last 100 years why do still so many people get cancer, die of cancer and they are younger than ever? It reminds me of the sudden ‘scandal’ of detecting that BPA in plastic bottles and the lining of cans that affected people’s health negatively, and all the unknown correlations we don’t even know yet (and likely industry might also not want us to know).

Ever since the BPA issues I went back to using glass containers to store food. I have a whole arsenal of the beautiful and practical Frigoverre glass food containers, inexpensively bought at TG-Maxx. I also use glass storage glasses for a large collections of dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, grains and flours. I do still use plastic containers, but only for storing items in the freezer since I managed to crack quite a few glass containers with the massive temperature difference between the freezer and outside and there is nothing more fun that a broth container without a bottom  taking over the fridge ;-)

So, ode No 1 – the ode to glass containers. It is also much more aesthetically pleasing.

You know my LOVE for the vitamix (as everyone who has a vitamix). Once in the kitchen it upstaged any other blender I own. With a sad and lonely existence at the bottom of the list of my blenders, the magic bullet, hidden deep in the cupboards. But not anymore! Making a batch of hummus, a small batch that is, the magic bullet has a much better cleanup factor than the vitamix (which basically keeps half of a cup of hummus in in sharp fangs, aehm blades). So, ode No 2 – to the magic bullet for small serving cooking. (I also use it constantly for pureeing chopped salt free tomatoes for sauces!).

And ode No 3? Finally, some food. A new tasty version of hummus --- with sesame oil, garlic, curry powder, cumin powder and a dash of maple syrup, so good!

Indian spiced Hummus
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 ts cumin powder
  • 1 ts curry powder
  • 1 ts roasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 TB maple syrup (the real thing)
  • 1 TB tahini
  • good dash of salt
  • 2-3 TB of chickpea cooking liquid (or water or veggie broth)
Place all in the food processor (magic bullet! shake the ingredients to mix well) and puree away. You might want to take if off the socket and shake it up a few times. Done! (Now, if they would make that magic bullet with glass cups,….. ;-) )

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