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Peanut Butter Hummus



It's strange to be sitting in bed writing about peanut butter hummus when thousands are camping out in Egypt's Tahrir Square, desperate for freedom and change. I keep asking myself, "Have I ever wanted anything that bad?"

Everything--even the cooking in my kitchen or yours--happens in a context. This week, that context seems more dramatic than usual. I am praying for the people to prevail. It's funny how America likes to talk up democracy. I think we champion predictability more than we champion justice. This is our chance to walk our talk. I hope we don't fail.

In my little world, I'm taking kids to the park, filing taxes, eating kimchi (that jar is never-ending!), and making peanut butter hummus.

Peanut butter hummus?! So creamy, easy, and delicious. As Nigella says (this is her recipe), without the "clagginess" of tahini. I remember my mom used to make baba ghannouj with peanut butter. No such thing as finding tahini in Bellingham in the 1980's. If toast is all you're using peanut butter for, you're missing out. Wyatt came home after church today and ate a huge plate of this. With all the unrest in the world, I'm hard-pressed to think of anything more satisfying than feeding loved ones or breaking bread together. 

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Peanut Butter Hummus
I didn't make any adjustments to this recipe. And since I always benefit from her commentary, here's the recipe in Nigella's voice:


Reader Comments (8)

Thank you for posting this! A former co-worker of mine made peanut butter hummus and it was AMAZING. Plus, I don't have any tahini in the house. So - score!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhubarb and Venison

i think i want to squeeze loretta and wyatt's little cheeks pretty badly. does that count as being equal to egyptians wanting their freedom??!! all kidding aside, i think feeding ones we love is pretty special. you are really good at it, too.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbethany

Nodding in agreement with your thoughts and reflections over here - everything taking place within a context, predictability over justice.

Love that I can come here for more than recipes.

This line of yours from the no-tahini hummus post has been sitting with me "I waste energy by trying not to get so desperate sometimes."

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEm

This sounds like a really interesting combination!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Wow! This is so so so delicious. Thank you for the new hummus recipe. No wonder Wyatt ate a plate of it! And, thanks for your thoughts as well as the cute cheeky smiles.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Gallucci

i heard nigella speaking of this very dish on NPR, a few weeks back! never tire of listening to her fantastic lilt. she had an awesome line about peanut butter, something about how 'if yo-re not borrrrn to peanut butt-ah aaand jawm, it raw-lly is raw-thuh difficuwlt to come 'round to'. amen to that.

i was driving at the time, no time to take notes. thanks for burbling it back up to top of mind status.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Had to tell you, I made this 2 nights ago with the help of my 5 year old granddaughter, and it was a hit. We put it in some homemade flat bread with lots of veggies and a little chicken, for dinner.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Wonderful! Accessible, inexpensive peanut butter. I may get my kids to like hummus yet. And this is why I love Nigella -- the complete lack of pretense. A great way to cook, and a great way to live.

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

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