It's been one of those rare weekends where we had almost no plans, so I decided I would actually cook tonight. I browsed some bookmarked recipes, pulled a bunch of cookbooks off the shelf and finally found a couple of things I wanted to try. I wrote out my grocery list and I was all ready to go to the store and that's when the step-mom called and invited us over for dinner. It's hard to turn down a free dinner, especially when you get to hang out with a kitten.
I did manage to make some hummus (the boy-fiance had requested some a couple days ago). I'm pretty sure there are a thousand recipes out there, so I'm not going to give you one, BUT I am going to tell you what I do when I find that the can of tahini I bought months ago has gone the way of the mold monster. Tahini = sesame seed paste, right? Right. I always seem to have sesame seeds on hand, so I substituted an equal amount of them for the tahini, and I think it totally works! You may have to process the hummus a little bit more in the food processor and there may me little flecks of them left in the final product (especially if you use the already toasted variety), but I don't think it detracts from the taste.
I know it's not authentic and I would prefer to use tahini, but since I can't manage to keep a can of it from going bad, this sesame seed substitution may become a regular thing. Or maybe I need to find a recipe to make tahini?