But I have been getting some things in and yesterday the weed wacker and I set to work reclaiming the herb beds. Days when I'm running full out I rely on last summer's preserves for our evening meal.
Last night's supper was a jar of asparagus soup preserved from Mike Burton's asparagus. I can it without any dairy and then stir in a little milk while reheating and garnish with sour cream. Local spinach from the Harvest Moon, mung sprouts we grow ourselves, hulled pumpkin seeds and cranberries (not local but sustainable!) provided a bed for a scoop each of roasted red pepper hummus and chicken salad. For a sweet finish we had Peach Halves in Earl Grey Tea Syrup.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip
1 can chickpeas, 16 oz. or two cups dried chickpeas, cooked
3 tb Tahini or peanut butter
1 roasted red pepper
3 cloves garlic, pan roasted (more cloves if you love garlic like we do
1 small lemon, finely minced zest and juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a small pan and warm over medium heat. When hot, add the unpeeled garlic cloves and toast for about 5 minutes or until they poke tender with a knife tip. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. Reserve the oil in the pan.
Roast a red bell pepper on the grill, over a gas burner, or under the broiler just until the skin has bubbled and blackened. Set aside and allow to cool.
Roughly chop a half cup each of parsley and cilantro. Just remove the leaves from the stems, the food processor will mince it. Use more or less of each herb according to your tastes, or none at all of the cilantro if you're not a fan.
Squeeze the garlic out of it's skin into the bowl of a food processor. Remove the skin and seeds from the roasted pepper and discard. Roughly chop the pepper and add it to the FP. Toss in the cilantro, parsley and lemon zest. Pour in any olive oil remaining from toasting the garlic. Pulse the FP to mince and blend ingredients.
Next add the chickpeas, tahini or peanut butter, and the lemon juice. Pulse the FP a few times and then run until the ingredients become a smooth paste. Add olive oil to thin the paste to the consistency you desire. Salt and pepper to taste.
The hummus can be eaten right away but is much better when the flavors are allowed to blend for a few hours or overnight. Refrigerate but allow to warm to room temperature before serving.