I have been longing for a day in the kitchen to try out some new scratch recipes. When in Japan, I have to cook from scratch if we want to eat some American food. We don’t have the convenience foods in Japan that we have in the USA. I have to say that I am sorely missing rotisserie chicken. Today, I mixed up a few of our favorite salad dressings. I also made peanut butter and powdered sugar. I had a couple of disasters until I got my bearings. I tried to make gluten free bread in the bread machine in the past and it turned out like a brick. Today, I used this recipe and it was a great success!
My biggest excitement for day was the making of roasted red pepper hummus. I became quite addicted to this while on furlough and have greatly missed it. I did some research and came up with four different recipes that looked promising. I don’t have tahini yet since that was shipped by boat and we are still waiting for it, among other things. I found one that called for sesame oil and sesame seeds. Since those items are readily available here, I used that recipe as my starting point. I roasted 1/2 a red pepper and the garlic cloves. I cut the cloves in half for easier blending.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
2 cans of garbanzo beans, drained (save liquid)
½ roasted red pepper
2 roasted garlic cloves
2 T sesame oil
2 T crushed sesame seed
2 T lemon juice
1 t salt
1 t cumin
Add ingredients to blender and blend. Add bean juice until you reach your desired consistency. Another option is to add 1 T chili powder. I haven’t tried this yet since my chili powder has not arrived yet.
A side note: I was bemoaning to a friend that I missed hummus and how much garbanzo beans cost here. They can be quite costly. The average price is $3.46 (278 yen) per can. Yikes! I was food shopping the other day and “just so happened” to find some on sale for $1.23 (99 yen)!! I bought 10 cans!! =} It brought to mind one of my favorite verses.
“And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”