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It turns out that Coop tinned chickpeas are tinned only with water, whereas the chickpeas sold by the local Nisa garage*  which advertise themselves boldly as 'France's favorite vegetables'  are tinned with slightly salty water.  This makes all the difference to the eventual hummus.      The chickpeas tinned in plain water *definitely* need added salt, and the lack of salt in the mix somehow causes the garlic to become unbridled and gallop all over the place shouting 'I AM GARLIC! HEAR ME ROAR!'   The ones tinned in salty water don't need any more salt (or to my taste they don't, anyway).

Hummus is very tasty with tahini made straight from sesame seeds rather than pre-made.   I suspect the reason most recipes say 'tahini' rather than 'sesame seeds' is that when you toast the little sods in a little oil they develop a passionate desire to stick to everything, rivalled only by polystyrene beanbag beans.   Which is fine if you don't mind licking sesame seeds off your pans (and I don't) but would probably really annoy some people.

*what a treasure trove that place is, the kind of small shop where you can buy road salt, lemons, dog toys, chickpeas, beer, bacon AND deeny boppers. 



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17th Apr, 2013 21:25 (UTC)
I misread the last sentence as "Which is fine if you don't mind licking sesame seeds off your pants," not once but twice. It was quite... surprising.

I don't like salt (except in bacon and salt and vinegar crisps) and LOVE garlic, so should I ever make hummus, I will UTTERLY SPURN your sage advice. :-D

(Somehow managed to press "post comment" while aiming for the q. Not quite sure how that happened.)

Edited at 2013-04-17 21:27 (UTC)
18th Apr, 2013 07:38 (UTC)
Hmmm. I expect sesame seeds would *stick* to pants, but I think I draw the line at licking them! there's probably a moral to this story, such as 'don't cook sesame seeds without your trousers'. :-D

I like garlic a lot, but as a flavoring rather than raw by the clove. I'll cheerfully eat garlic bread with lots of garlic, but thinking about it, that would have a saltiness from the butter and the bread. I don't think I'd like it as much with unsalted butter.

18th Apr, 2013 01:59 (UTC)
I love the description of sesame seed as little sods. =D

I managed to spill some all over the place just last night.
18th Apr, 2013 07:38 (UTC)
It's like they have minds of their own, and a determination to set out to explore the world!
18th Apr, 2013 16:59 (UTC)
what are deeny boppers?
19th Apr, 2013 08:29 (UTC)
Mark thinks they are deely boppers. I am unsure. You know the things, two blobs on a pair of sticks attached to a headband. I am unclear on their purpose :-D
19th Apr, 2013 17:13 (UTC)
Ah, those things. I have heard the term before, but never been quite sure what it related to // I have certainly seen those things, but never really know what they were called.
20th Apr, 2013 14:20 (UTC)
That's interesting about the effect of salt on garlic - must remember that for future reference.

My partner makes bread and puts a solid layer of sesame seeds on top of his regular wholemeal loaves. Needless to say, I find sesame seeds everywhere: all over the house, the car, and at work. (I just eat them now, unless they're somewhere really grungy. Even one little seed has amazing flavour!)
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