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Lima Bean Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips

5 Jun

Lima Bean Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – Anonymous

Traveling far and wide is truly an enriching experience. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes along the way help us gain a broader perspective of the rest of the world. I cherish every trip I take and learn so much from my travels. While everything about travelling is exciting it’s probably evident by now that I particularly look forward to tasting the local food on my trips.

We recently spent 10 fabulous days in Athens and the Greek Islands. My favorite island on the trip was Santorini, the southernmost island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Agean Sea. It is renowned for its spectacular beauty, breathtaking views and fantastic Mediterranean cuisine.  The local cuisine is characterized by flavorful, fresh ingredients and bright colors typical of the celebrated Mediterranean diet. Santorini is specifically known for the fava, (vegetable similar to a split pea) and a type of cherry tomato that only grows in Santorini.

Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini

Santorini Sunset

Santorini Sunset

We tasted several types of hummus on our trip and specifically loved a fava bean puree hummus.

Fava Bean Hummus in Santorini

Fava Bean Hummus in Santorini

My Lima Bean hummus recreates the textures and flavors that that I loved about that hummus with a few modifications. I use dried Lima beans as they are extremely accessible and brighten up the flavors with Greek Kalamata olives and parsley. I pair my hummus with spiced pita chips that are crunchy bursting with flavor. It’s not always feasible to travel to Santorini but one can certainly taste a small piece of it with this dish. Continue reading

Tomato & Lemongrass Broth with Orzo

20 Mar

Tomato Lemongrass Soup with Orzo

Mother Nature is playing cruel tricks on us this year. We are well into March and every time there is a faint glimpse of spring, the Weather Gods dampen our spirits with a cold front or a wintery-mix. This atypical weather makes it rather challenging to determine seasonal produce. Winter produce is almost on its way out. Spring and even summer produce is starting to preview in stores, but more than often the quality is far from desirable. So meals and menus need to be planned in the grocery store based on whatever looks good – winter, spring or summer produce – your guess is as good as mine, till you are in the store.

Last week I came across some remarkable Roma tomatoes, despite it being quite early in the year for them. Given my insatiable love for tomatoes, I returned home with several pounds of these beauties, that found their way into a heartwarming soup recipe.  Continue reading

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