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Monday, June 10, 2013
without the wife around to dress me, do I look like an idiot?
PITA, what does it mean to you? NO, it is not the animal rights group, and sure, in the right context it can mean PAIN IN THE AZZ or ankle as the wife puts it, politely...but really, what I mean is the little mid-eastern flatbreads, the pocket things, right? I wanted to make whole wheat pitas in a regular oven, and thanks to the interwebs, of course there is a variety of good recipes out there! Oh man, if you are used to making bread and pizza from scratch, MAKE pitas! Its really easy....some recipes are easier than this one, but I find this one reliable and plenty easy
What is the value of a pita, you ask? WELL, there are sandwiches and wraps and pocket sandwiches, of course, and since a recipe like this makes 8-10 pitas which can be saved, there is, as many parents might know, PIZZA in the blink of an eye.
I student taught in college in the pre-k and kindergarten. The kindergarten kids who stayed all day (just a few, most were only morning for that little school) made their own lunch. (NEVER WILL I TOUCH apple juice again...they loved it, they mixed it from concentrate so that it was like syrup). They liked tuna fish too (I never did like fish of any kind, and well, I am veg anyway) and I can remember the gag inducing moments of finding play dough or crayons in the communal tuna fish.
BUT their favorite? It was also our favorite when the wife and I moved here and had no idea where our cooking stuff was packed: pita pizzas! Or with an English muffin or bagel!
Any kindergarten kid could scoop out some sauce onto a pita, lay on a little topping, then cheese, then into the oven on a cookie sheet for a few minutes, and everybody has their own custom pizza!
THAT is why you want to have a bag of pitas sitting around, and if you want to top it with play dough, go nuts.
BONUS: I made hummus too, which I like almost as much as peanut butter! So easy! Recipe follows****
That sandwich for dinner was stuffed with hummus, grated carrot, diced red bell pepper and 2 kinds of olives, yum!
****hummus Gary style
-drain and rinse a 14-16 oz can of chickpeas, set them into a sauce pan covered with water and boil and simmer at least 20 minutes. Don't fart around with this (haha! don't fart around! as any vegetarian will tell you, if you prepare beans correctly, you will be no more farty than the general public is....but GOOD GOLLY the people who make hummus that is more like wood chips can certainly guarentee their guests an evening of gas----I have rarely seen anybody's recipe for hummus that boils canned chickpeas, they just chop them as is...believe me, go the extra boiling step for marital and personal happiness)
-let the chickpeas cool or rinse them in cold water
-toss them in the blender or food processor with:
-tbs each of tahini, lemon juice, olive oil
-spice, like cumin, hot pepper flakes, basil, black pepper, tabasco--I am low salt, and find that tabasco is enough added salt
-grind the mix up, adding a little water from time to time to get a nice mix, that is IT! some people add more oil or lemon or tahini, but whatever....
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