Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Goodbye To You My Trusted Friend..."

We had joy we had fun...
Our dear friend, Cielo, the old pecan tree
We have 2 giant pecan trees, Respiro and Cielo, one healthy (Respiro) and one sickly (Cielo).  18 months ago our tree trimmer, Lovett, told us the leaning pecan tree was dying...gentle oozing was taking place at the root.  My husband thought he would possible heal it but the problem was bigger than it was visually.  We were in bit of denial about Cielo's illness (still produced pecans and beautiful shade) and the expense to remove it.  Every windy and stormy night I'd pray "Cielo please don't topple", toppling would mean: uprooting buried water lines, falling on the neighbors house, possibly hurting someone, ruining a garden...just chaos.  We are sad to see Cielo cut down. 

My Dearest Cielo,
First forgive me for taking you for granted, I didn't know how much I loved you till we had to say goodbye.  Tears roll down my cheeks as I witness you getting smaller and smaller...your so tender and quite.
Thank you for all the shade you have provided over the years.  You have been selfless with your love giving us years of fruit and shade.  Because of your shade we have enjoyed picnics, playing chase, croquet, hola-hooping, reading, partying, tetherball, alfresco meals and entertaining.  Even the Summer utility bills were lower because of the shade you have provided.  You will be mourned by all the singing birds, busy squirrels, insects and mostly by us and Respiro, your family.   Thank you for years and years of love. You will never be forgotten.
Papa has instructed Lovett to leave you 5' high, you will become a fairy house for Bebe.  You will continue to be loved and cared for.
Thank you for all the "Seasons In The Sun".
Love, Darlene

ps...Terry Jack's song discloses my love and sadness for you.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Honey Girl Hummus

Homemade Hummus
I love homemade hummus. Yes, only homemade or fresh from a Mediterranean restaurant.  I can taste the citric acid powder and the rancid tahini in store bought.  Oops...guilty I'm a hummus snob.  You'll be one too once you compare the two.  Tahini is a puree of sesame seeds and oil.  Making tahini is so easy you'll never buy it again.  Nuts and seeds are highly sensitive to light, time (on the shelf) and heat.  When I open up a new can of tahini it smells rancid...any and all brands.  No thank you.  I make my own tahini which gives hummus a nice fresh toasty bite.  Making a variation of hummus is what I tend to do.  A craving sneaks up on me, when I decide I want hummus I want it that very I use what I have.  If I do not have sesame seeds I will use pumpkin seeds (pepitas), walnuts, pinon or cashews.  I toast them first on the stove top or in the toaster oven with a little oil and salt.   Nuts and seeds tend to absorb heat very quickly, so keep an eye on it.   Once the nuts or seeds I'm going to use are toasted I put them in the blender with some extra virgin olive oil (first cold press).  Puree.  Now add all other ingredients to blender.

A blend of love...
Honey Girl Hummus

1 lb 13 oz can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas drained or freshly made
1/4 cup of toasted tahini/pepitas/walnuts/pinon/cashews (choose what you have or what you love)
1/4 cup of liquid the garbanzo beans were in (or water)
1/4 cup of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
3 cloves of garlic
2 t ground cumin
1 lemon juiced - medium to small
salt & pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to the blender.
I prefer the result of pureeing in a blender vs a food processor.  Super smooth.


Variations:  add roasted and peeled jalapenos, Serrano, green chile or you favorite pepper. My favorite is Serrano...I like it spicy!
Also, instead of garbanzo beans you can use any bean, even lentils.