An Ode to Hummus and Friendships or Lunch with Quick Cook Rice

by Valerie on May 1, 2011 · 3 comments

Earlier this month, I completely missed my four-year blogiversary.  I find it hard to believe I have been blogging this long, and that is partially because of how much my blog has changed over the last few years. 

Through all these changes, one of the things that has remained wonderfully fulfilling is how many other bloggers I have been fortunate to meet and become real-life friends with.  And it is even better when they are local – I was especially reminded of this when I had lunch with Katie of Quick Cook Rice this week.  If you have not yet read her blog, go over there and do so.  Katie is witty and eloquent and draws you in with her great stories and recipes.  She is also much more responsible than I am and already posted her recap of our lunch. Speaking of recaps, we were never able to get a picture together, so Katie mocked up this hilarious photo of us:


It makes me laugh whenever I see it.  And reminds me I need more sleep these days.  Or makeup.  Other than work being busy, I of course have a very good explanation of why this post is overdue.  It all has to do with hummus. We went to Le Pain Quotidien (yes one can eat gluten-free there, yes it is difficult, yes there is a risk of gluten cross contamination – I count that as one of those informed risks, because I do love the gluten-free selections there, and generally do ok, except for one epic glutening) and at LPQ we both enjoyed salads with avocado and hummus.   It requires a little creative ordering and arrives looking like this:

LPQ, lunchbox spices 006

And then I turn it into this:

layered mousse 006

The hummus is clearly in a starring role – liquid enough to pour but not so much to be mistaken as a salad dressing.  Katie and I were of course discussing how to replicate this hummus – though we did cover many other topics, mostly interests we have in common – but back to the hummus. 

I have some ideas: lots of olive oil, less tahini, hefty pinches of salt, and Gena’s trick of starting with warm chickpeas – which is only appropriate since Katie and I met through reading Gena’s blog – and of course, using the Vita to liquefy the hummus. 

It has been several days and I have yet to get around to testing this template for at-home LPQ hummus, but Katie, I promise to get the recipe perfected soon and post it as Ode to Hummus, The Actual Ode.  In the meantime, here is to more lunches where we chat forever because we don’t run out of things to talk about!

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1 Faye @ May 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Congrats on 4 years! That's amazing!


2 Katie (quick cook rice) May 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I have tried twice to make the miracle hummus, but alas. No such luck! I hope you have better luck. I think it needs an entire bottle of olive oil, and I just couldn't get behind that. :-)


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