A Whirling Dervish in the Kitchen

In the wee early morning hours of the weekend, I found myself plopped on the couch watching Rachael Ray cook up all the meals for one week within an hour. (Girl’s got skillz.) While I have no desire to attempt that, it did drum up a need inside me to cook something. What what to cook? Lightbulb – I shall cook with the Vitamix!

I whipped out the menu book and immediately zeroed in on hummus. The recipe is simple with not too many ingredients (aka Amy proof).

Into the Vitamix went the chickpeas, sesame seeds (these were in the spice aisle of the grocery store – who knew?), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin. There was a lot of tamper stick action going during the blending process. So much so that my arms got tired. (Yes, my arms are that weak. What can I say? I’m a runner!)

While the ingredients were blending, they looked really liquidy. I was worried that the final result would be not thick enough. When the blades stopped spinning, the result was actually the perfect thickness! I had to scoop the goop out of the blender, it wouldn’t even pour.

Out of the blender

Into my tummy

The verdict: It’s good! I feel like the cumin flavor is a little too loud. Either I put in too much, or I just never knew that I didn’t want cumin in my hummus. Now I know. Since I have conquered the simple hummus recipe, I want to try this one from Sylvia. (It includes carmelized onions. Ooooh. Aaaah.) Or perhaps this one suggested by No Meat Athlete.

Because my hummus adventure wasn’t enough, I also made salsa this weekend. Again, I used the recipe in the Vitamix cookbook. Again, the ingredients were simple. (Onion, 1 jalapeno, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, Roma tomatoes.)

It looks divine and smelled good, but it tasted so bland. Where did I go wrong? I followed the recipe to a T, except for the cilantro. I couldn’t find fresh, so I used dried. Was that the deal breaker? My uncle also suggested that I try adding garlic. Other thoughts? I’m open to suggestions!*